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Monday, September 11, 2023

Combined French Line Grenadier Battalion for Vimeiro, Portugal - 1808

To pull off the battle for Vemeiro village I had to add some additional Grenadiers to make up the four battalions of combined Grenadiers that Junot massed as his reserve.  Thanks to Wellington Man, I got to use some fantastic classic figures for these additions.  The first was made from some classic Garrison figures, and now this second battalion is made with some really lovely Lamming figures.

The Lammings have a very nostalgic toy soldier charm.

So much detail on the Grenadiers!

This pose of attack shows they mean business!

For some reason the back of the French uniform is always more interesting to me than the front.  I love the look of the turnbacks and cow hide packs, not to mention the "monkey butts" on the back of their bearskins.

A keen observer noticed that the lamming sculptor put the French drum on upside down!

You have to love the moustaches of the Grenadiers!

General de Division Francois Kellermann led the Grenadier reserve, along with Colonels St. Clair and Maransin.

Kellermann is made from a Der Kriegspieler copy of the original Hinton Hunt figure.

Love all of the bullion!

This is one of my favorite sculpts.  I love the way his hand rests on his hip somewhat behind his back.

All four battalions of the reserve massed for the attack.  Next, the terrain and one more regiment of Dragoons!

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Nashcon Finds and Works in Progress!

 Works in Progress at Home and Abroad

What better way to pass the time when recovering from the dreaded COVID, than to post some works in progress, and remembrances of a lovely gaming convention with friends in which many new toys were acquired.  I had avoided COVID for many years, getting jabbed as soon as vaccines/boosters were available, but no such luck this year.  In any event the symptoms are abating and I finally feel well enough to get a little computer time in and perhaps even some painting later today.

Here we have the first of the 54mm Hinton Hunt figures I am attempting to paint, a Hungarian infantryman.  The precision of casting/sculpting is not as fine as I would have expected, but I have tried to clean him up as best I could before beginning the paintwork.

I have suckered, I mean persuaded, some of my good buds into tackling a few of these vintage sculpts with me.  This Voltigeur from the Legion du Midi is underway having received a lot of love and a new hand!  I won't give away his caretaker until he is done.

This Austrian fellow with the big pipe is being done closer to home and is sporting a new mustache thanks to the ministrations of his caretaker.  The amount of prep work done on this poor fellow to get him into better condition is astonishing!

·         Undercut as many places as I could reach

·         Repositioned the arms

·         Recarved the musket

·         Made and added a new musket strap

·         Removed the bayonet and put it in the scabbard

·         Drilled out the musket barrel and the bayonet socket

·         Cut his que loose and shaped it

·         Added a moustache

·         Drilled out his pipe

·         Removed the cast flap and added a new one to the cartouche

·         Undercut the ends of the straps on the pack

·         Recarved the overcoat and reshaped it to look folded on top of his pack

·         Removed the pack, did a little carving and re-etched/enhanced the fur then glued it back to fit properly

This Stadden figure of De Hilliers will be winging his way across the pond shortly to get the attention of another talented artist based in the UK.

Back to my normal scale, I'll add some of my own work and correction to the Lamming Grenadiers from my previous post, on which I had painted an incorrect "monkey butt".  These fine fellows are now looking the part of line Grenadiers!

Nashcon Vendor Finds

These fine 1/72 Austrian fellows were labelled as Les Higgins, but I knew something was off about that.  They turned out to be Douglas figures.  I had never even heard of Douglas figures so these were a new one on me.  I picked them up for a friend who is slowly being seduced by the Austrians.

These were clearly based on a Hinton Hunt sculpt, but modified with a new canteen, rolled greatcoat and musket sling.

These Minifig s-series French Cuirassiers will be winging their way across the ocean to their new home shortly.

These fine fellows will be staying with me.  Two Minifig s-series varieties of Spanish Lancers; SNC 1s and SNC 2s, along with some s-series British Heavy Dragoons who will be converted to serve as officers, should make for a lovely regiment with some nice Spanish flair.  The Colonel in the lead is likely a Warrior Miniatures British Heavy Dragoon trumpeter, and will undergo a transformation to a Spanish Colonel of Lancers.

I already have this carriage set (SFA 1s), but for $5 I could not resist adding a second.  The original, painted by Dick Tennant is part of a vignette with Marshal Messena's mistress riding in the carriage.  I believe I will leave this one as is, albeit repainted as Massena.  

These lovely s-series Spanish Grenadiers (SN 5s) were my favorite find.  The s-series is a bit bigger than the Hinton Hunts that make up the majority of my collection, but they are Grenadiers after all, they are supposed to be big! 

I plan on converting the Austrian General into a Spanish Colonel to lead the Grenadiers.

I also found a nicely painted set of Der Kriegspieler French legere firing with enough intact bayonets to finish off a regiment I had in the wings.

These are Warrior miniature's Spanish Dragoons mounted on s-series horses for the most part.  Not the nicest figures, but I really do love the idea of adding a regiment with the yellow jackets of the Spanish Dragoons.

ADLG Madness and a Spanking!

The real draw of Nashcon for me this year was to play in the L'Art de la Guerre tournament.  I am not an experienced player but wanted to give it a whirl, so pulled out some Romans I had and with a few speed painted additions, was able to put together a 200 point army.  

Despite the addition of these rugged Roman legionnaires, lets just say that my games were a learning experience and leave it at that...

Finally a few pictures of a work in progress of a nifty vignette from a bud across the pond that I wanted to share.  Rob sent the following shots:

The inspiration is a painting of a Spanish Cavalry General with Guerillas and Lancers by Denis Deighton from the Royal Collection

The figures are a mix of Warrior and Minifig s-series castings

SNC 3 s with a modified telescope to match the painting more closely.

The original of this figure was holding a telescope out horizontally, so clearly a major re-work with solder and green stuff to match the Guerilla leader shown in the painting!  Can't wait to see him painted.

Sunday, August 6, 2023

Lammings forging ahead

 These lovely Lamming miniatures, a gift from Wellington Man, have finally broken through the summer doldrums and are approaching completion!

Lining the crossbelts and adding buttons are the only major elements remaining.

Just finished the painful process of piping all of the turnbacks!

A Hinton Hunt General de Brigade will lead them.  Historically General Kellerman lead the combined Grenadiers at Vimeiro.

I am unsure what his rank was at the time, hence the command sash is still unpainted.

Question:  Shall I just line the cross belts, or paint them dark grey and come back with white later.  I'm thinking I can just line them.  The addition of extender to my acrylic paint has really helped with lining, as the paint flows better for a longer period of time.

Saturday, April 22, 2023

More Scrubyness - 1806 Prussians

Mike from Historifigs was kind enough to do a test casting of his Scruby 1806 Prussian mold.  These will be painted as Spanish.  Simple figures but I think we can do something special with them.

3144 and 3145 (Grenadier)

3141 and 3142 (Grenadier)

3146 (officer with sword) and 3147 (Listed in catalogue as 3178? Artilleryman)

3148C on trotting horse

Monday, April 17, 2023

54mm Hinton Hunt and Stadden Figures

 I trust I am not the only military modelling enthusiast who has this problem, but in a moment of weakness I decided I could not pass on this lot of 54mm figures I discovered on eBay.  Some are in need of repair, but on the whole, not too bad for 50-60 year old figures.  If any of you grognards and collectors out there can help confirm my IDs or give them an ID for the few that are missing, I'd very much appreciate the help.  I have some Hinton Hunt catalogues and Tradition catalogues for the Stadden figures, but there are not always photographs available, so in some cases the ID is by process of elimination.

I'm sending these to fellow collectors who would like to take a crack at an old 54mm figure, with the hope that I can have a painted memento of the folks who I have met and corresponded with as I have been working on the Tennant/Crenshaw Collection.  One of these days I hope to have contributed enough in volume and style to call it the Crenshaw/Tennant collection, but there is a long way to go yet!  In any event if you would like to take a crack at one of these, let me know and I will arrange postage to you and back to me when appropriate.  It will be fun to post pictures of the finished figures as they come in.

 S 373 Hinton Hunt Russian Cuirassier

S 335 Hinton Hunt Tirailleurs de Po

S 181 Hinton Hunt Voltigeur - Correction: Legion Piedmontaise ou du Midi Voltigeur. 

S 388 Hinton Hunt (set of 2) British Dragoon Officer

S 388 Hinton Hunt (set of 2) British Dragoon Trooper

Stadden - World War I personality figure?  This looks almost exactly like the figure for Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovitch in the Uniform of the 17th Hussar Regiment, but the hand and head positioning is different. 

Confirmed - S122 Hinton Hunt Crimean War Highlander from the 71st Light Infantry

Nice that it is a historical period late enough to have an actual source photograph!

AA3 Hinton Hunt Zulu War British Private

Unknown - Missing standard

Stadden - British Peninsular soldier with dog

Stadden - Crimean War Russian Infantry Officer

Stadden - French Private in Shako 1804 - 1812 Fusilier

Stadden - General De Hilliers in Dragoon Uniform

Stadden - Gunner RHA 1815

Stadden - French Line Cavalry Hussar 

Stadden French Line Cavalry Trumpeter in Parade Dress

S 10 Hinton Hunt 1809-1815 Austrian 'German' Infantry