Bit of a late start to 2018 I know
Yes it’s already February and there’s not been a blog post yet. I do have an excuse though…….
Please Sir but I’ve been busy, busy painting you see – yes 15mm Napoleonics.
It all started in the New Year when I have a bit of time off, I decided to tackle what was waiting in the 15mm Napoleonic lead pile. I felt I needed a break after completing 4 battalions of 28mm SYW Austrians
I started by painting all the horse flesh first, all 131 of them! Then onto the riders in units of 24 or 12. First out of the stalls came the AB Prussian Dragoons, followed by the Silesian and East Prussian Cuirassiers. I found the inspiration from Paul Alba’s blog http://napoleonicsinminiature.blogspot.co.nz/
Not only is his painting sublime but his photography is so clear. A real inspiration for 15mm Napoleonic fans. I wish I could manage such good photos
Next in line were some old Minifig French Cavalry that I first painted in 1983 but was so ashamed of that I dipped them in paint stripper a year or so ago and have only now got around to repainting
These were followed by the AB Prince of Orange Staff set and I happened to find some sample figs that Nic had sent me some time ago – Dutch Belgian Cuirassiers – a trooper and an officer – I found some spare AB horses and have morphed them into a command stand for my Minifig Dutch Belgians
An old figure of Davout has been sitting on a base somewhat forlorn for a bit so I added a 2 figures – a mounted officer and a chasseur to keep him company. Lets be honest his glasses look pretty awful and probably need a repaint!
Whilst rummaging around in the spares box I found some AB Guard drummers and a Guard Horse Grenadier standard bearer that I bought intending to try and create a band with mounted kettle drummers years ago whilst visiting Eureka in Melbourne.
Deciding after all that time that it isn’t really going to happen I gave them a lick of paint and added an ADC from the new AB French ADC pack http://abfigures.com/command/1432-mounted-adcs-in-action.html
Here’s the result, I just need a standard now to finish the base off – Napoleon having sent off an ADC to get the drummers to knock up a tune to send the troops forward
These ADC figures are superb and I left these until last. I doubt that I have ever enjoyed painting a set of figures as much as I enjoyed painting these. Tony Barton is a genius!
Here they are as best as I can show them off with photos taken out in the sunshine before basing rather than in the wargames room
I added 2 to accompany an old and lonely figure of General Lasalle and another to accompany a spare French Line Lancer figure and the remaining 4 in two pairs
They probably look better when leading scurrying around and leading troops forward though! The last picture illustrates some of my older AB French Command by the way
I hope anyone painting these gets as much enjoyment from them as I did
Hopefully the next blog post is not too far away – a Waterloo like ridge