Saturday, 5 April 2014

Napoleonic Madness

Well I can't believe it's been nearly a month since my last post. So just to confirm that I am still alive and though progress has slowed I'm still painting and gaming. On the painting table I have had a unit of French Chasseur a Cheval undercoated for at least a couple of months. I just couldn't face painting them. So much so I have been painting some very old medieval figures that I have had lying in a box for about 25 years.

Now one of the things that have always put me off Napoleonics is the over fancy uniforms, especially the French horse. They look great when painted well. So with madness creeping up on me I took the plunge, picked out a unit, the 1st Chasseurs and began painting. It has been slow hard work, normally it would only take me a couple of days to paint a WSS unit of the same size. These took over a week and that didn't include the basing. So here they are, not the greatest figures I've painted, but good enough for me. The figures are from Eureka.

1st Chasseurs
In column
Rear view
After painting these I realised that I hadn't posted an update on my Westphalians, namely the finished artillery battery. These are from Warrior Miniatures. As with the Austrian battery I have not stuck the gun to the base for ease when adding a limber.

Westphalian artillery
Westphalian artillery
While trying not to paint the Chasseurs I decided to use a piece of spare hardboard and made a field. I picked up the idea from one of the Wargames magazines (can't remember which). Using pieces of balsa to mark out the edge of the field I then covered the whole base with sand before sealing in with Floor varnish. Then on the raised edges of the field I simply added clump foliage for a hedgerow. Turned out pretty good.

Homemade field
Unit added for scale


Dave Huntley (sheepman) said...

Well worth the effort Scotty, great stuff. Get together when Neil gets back, I'm clearing the garage ready for the warm weather!

Neil Scott said...

look forward to it

Ray Rousell said...

Nice work Neil, I always plan double time when painting Napoleonics, even when they're 15mm, there's just so much more to paint on the buggers!!

Neal Croudace said...

Dave-bet your garage is still warmer than it is here! Having a great time though. See you both when I get back.

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Very nice work!


Anonymous said...

Nice. I'm painting up an Austrian army for Marengo using mostly Eureka miniatures. Nicely detailed figures and yes the cavalry can be a challenge!

Phil said...

Nice work, love the chasseurs...

Neil Scott said...

Cheers guys, now on to more Westphalians and Austrians

Monty said...

Well done, Neil.
Those look very well indeed.

Francis Lee said...

Damn good work Neil, it's the same reason why I have never gotten in to Napoleonics, too much detail expected!