Sunday, 25 February 2018

Young Guard – Completed

It’s taken slightly over two months but the Young Guard are finally finished. This unit has been a labour of love involving some serious flash removal and running repairs plus conversions and flag painting by Matt B as well as concentrated painting on my part.


Most of the figures here were vintage ones that the original owner bought direct from Marcus Hinton in 1965 (the remainder are Clayton’s). They had never been painted so the job of getting them table ready fell to me some half a century after they were cast - I hope I’ve done them justice.


For the record the figures are:
16 x FN/75 Voltigeur Guard (charging, one converted to drummer)
5 x FN/77 Voltigeur Guard (running at the trail)
2 x FN/70 Young Guard Officer (charging)
1 x FN/74 Young Guard Officer (marching)


One other unit finished this week was a Boer War British one painted for me by Matt G – click here to take a look on my Boer War in Miniature blog.

21 comments:

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

I think you may now rest easy that you have honoured them with your work. They look magnificent!

MSFoy said...

Excellent job, mate - spot on.

Stryker said...

Thanks Ross!

Stryker said...

Tony - well on the way now to C&CN Waterloo!

Mark Dudley said...

A lovely looking unit. It has taken me 2 months to do my 5th Ligne.

After a 50 year wait you have certainly done these boys proud. I hope to see these in action soon.

Stryker said...

Thanks Mark, it was probably time they were painted!

Rob said...

You have done them proud - a judgement underlined by the Emperor himself being unable to take his eyes off them despite the frantic gesturing by the agitated officer in front of him.
I'm particularly struck by the shade of blue used for the jackets - what is it?

Stryker said...

Thanks Rob - I use Foundry 20A Deep Blue for my French and Prussians, 2 coats.

The Good Soldier Svjek said...

A great looking unit !

Stryker said...

Thanks GSS!

Wellington Man said...

Absolutely stunning. Well worth the 50-year wait, I'd say. Just think, if you'd painted them when you were 10 they probably wouldn't have come out quite so superbly!
They will always be top class to me, of course, but what class are they going to be in M&M?
Best regards, WM

Stryker said...

WM - if I painted them when I was 10 they would still have had most of the flash attached! Grade A I think...

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Yes, magnificent indeed! May their morale remain high, and may they follow orders and fight well in many a future tabletop encounter.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Stryker said...

Thanks Stokes, I'm expecting great things of them!

Matt said...

They really are splendid figures. Well done to you!

Stryker said...

Thanks Matt, I'm pretty pleased with these!

Alastair Morrison said...

Lovely shiny looking toys...
One off my favourite Guard units.

All the best. Aly

Stryker said...

Cheers Alastair!

the Archduke said...

What's to add? They are everything Marcus would approve of. Bet they're your favourite battalion. But what is Cambronne's excuse for thus waving his sword in front of the Emperor?

Stryker said...

Thanks Nigel, and I agree that Cambronne is being a little over enthusiastic!

Captain Nolan said...

Well done! 24 figures in two months is right on track to meet your goal.