Wednesday, 28 February 2018

French Artillery

Work on the French 1812 collection continues with the first of the artillery. For this I decided to continue with the plastic theme and chose to use the Victrix figures.

The set comes with three guns, that can be made as either 8-pound or 12-pound models, and fifteen
gunners, with a range of headgear and arm options to make first or second grade gunners.

I chose to make up one each of the two gun types, using four crew per gun. The remaining seven crew will be used to crew the light 4-pound guns that are attached to the infantry brigades. The third gun from the set will be assembled in transit mode and used with one of the French in Egypt limbers.

First is the 8-pound set, if firing poses. The wide variety of poses allows for a great deal of variety.





Second is the 12-poound gun being loaded.





A second box of these will complete the artillery for the infantry.

14 comments:

  1. Very nicely done Mark. Your French blue is perfect in my eyes.

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    1. Thanks Carlo. The blue is plain old Citadel Kantor Blue, washed with Nuln Oil and then lightly highlighted with Kantor Blue again.

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  2. Great job Mark, love the poses, paintjob, and the base...

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    1. Thanks Phil. There will be another gun set later this week.

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  3. Excellent artillery work, Mark! The crewman swabbing the 12 pounder is a terrific sight.

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    1. Thanks Jonathan. There are lots of options for poses and yes I agree the man sponging the gun is excellent with plenty of animation.

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  4. Very nice work, sure to do well on the table!

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    1. I will reserve judgement on their on-table effectiveness...recent efforts have not been so positive! But they look nice all the same.

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  5. Looking good Mark...

    I have to admit that I really don’t have the patience to stick all the bits together on multi part kits... (this may seem a bit strange,given that my job is designing multi part plastic kits!) but there is no denying the flexibility you get...

    All the best. Aly

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    1. I think I have struck the answer to working with the plastics. I know that I can paint six foot or three mounted figures in an evening. So the last thing I do in the evening, after I have painted my daily allocation, is to glue together the next night's figures. In that way I'm only assembling three or six figures and much of the tedium of assembly is eliminated.

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  6. A couple of fine additions there, and some great poses. I have to admit the assembly of plastics puts me off them as well but, thinking about it, it's probably no worse than some the tidying up that often has to be done on metal figures.

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    1. This is very true because generally there is no flash in the plastics, although there is usually some degree of cleaning up where the figure is cut away from the sprue, but it is minimal. And the other advantage is where there are separate arms to glue on they stay glued on!

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  7. Very nice looking artillery there. 😀

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    1. Thanks. They were a nice set to work with.

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