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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.


  1. They/re coming along splendidly!
    I think that painting the straps in the 'liner' colour first is easier. The secret is to make them slightly too wide. When the white goes on top it's then a case of painting up to an edge. This usually seems to go better than trying to painting on a straight edge directly. I always end up with very wobbly edges when I've tried this!

    1. That has been my usual technique, but since I have taken to lining the bottom of the vest and Jacket, I may try and just line the straps as well. I'll try a couple and see how it goes. My lining seems pretty wobbly whether I undercoat first anyway. :(

  2. They look classy (must be A+) and hopefully means we'll get Vimeiro Part Deux soon? I'm up for some pay-back on those Rosbifs!
    The choice of lining cross-belts or white highlighting on grey is really a personal preference. For me it would be dictated by what I had done on similar units as the obsessive monkey on my back wouldn't let me do it differently.
    My SSMs have had their final gloss varnish today and should be dry enough to touch tomorrow, so I should be able to share some photos later this week. It won't be tomorrow as I'm actually out for the day playing with someone else's toy soldiers, an FPW game using Principles of War - a rather old but classic set of rules.
    On the 20mil front, today I also undercoated a skirmish unit of Spanish Light infantry in bicorne, actually modifed HH early French. I've also dug out my Spanish generals (S-range) so hopefully will get on with the planned alterations after which painting should not be a motivation problem.

    1. Vemeiro part deux has definitely been on my mind lately Rob. Now that Cindy is heading back to school, I'll have more painting time soon, as she will be busy in the evenings instead of around to distract me from the important work of my hobbies!

    2. Rob, Meant to say I will look forward to seeing your work, in particular the Spanish light infantry and s-range generals.

  3. Looking good David…
    Personally I would use shade and highlight… because it’s pretty much how I paint.
    But as they are your toys… It’s up to you.
    You could probably get away with using both depending on what part of the miniature you are painting… Gloss varnish has a lovely way of bringing everything together.

    Looking forward to seeing them finished… and then possibly shooting in a future game 😁

    All the best. Aly

    1. For white on white, I gather you start with your off white Lychie colour, highlight with pure white, and then a coat of your patented liquid brown. Is that a good synopsis?

    2. Generally I block in all the colours first…
      White cloth… I block in with Citadel Pallid Wytch Flesh.
      Belts… I block in with Citadel Corax White.
      After the figure has been given a coat of Aly’s Brown Liquid…
      I re-highlight the cloth with Pallid Wych Flesh and if needed a few white edge highlights.
      The belts are highlighted white allowing only a small amount of shading to be left.
      This gives a a nice clear contrast between the two kinds of white.
      I hope this makes sense…

      All the best. Aly

  4. You will curse me.

    The pomegranate figurines are very pretty. Originally they are foot grenadiers of the Imperial Guard, but they are painted as grenadiers of the line.

    The grenadiers of the Imperial Guard are distinguished by blue collars and red turnbacks.
    The grenadiers of the line have red collars with white accents and white turnbacks with red accents.

    Beyond the colors of the coat, the main difference is in the bear cap. The copper plate of the grenadiers of the line represents a simple grenade. That of the grenadiers of the Imperial Guard is more elaborate and represents an eagle surrounded by two small grenades. It is not very visible.

    What is more is the cap of the hairy cap. In the line it is red with a white cross. It is commonly referred to as "monkey's ass". During the revolution, the four quarters of certain caps were sometimes alternately blue and red, always separated by a white cross.
    In the guard the cap is similar to that of the line from 1804 to 1808. From this date a white pomegranate replaces the white cross until 1815.

    Only the grenadiers of the guard have a grenade on the cap of the fur cap. It is very difficult to transform guard grenadiers into line grenadiers.

    I give you the link to:

    - a Russian site which puts Lucien ROUSSEOT's uniform boards online

    - the same boards with the texts from an Italian site
    sorry but the very detailed texts are in French

    Post Scriptum ; the saddles of general officers are crimson (a mixture of scarlet and pink) Some generals can still use their colonel's saddle (blue) but in the case of a general-in-chief (plumetis benches adorning his cocked hat) it worn out for a long time and he can afford a general's saddle.

    1. Hah! Never. I appreciate your thoughts and is a lesson learned for me. I was using a previously completed unit as my uniform guide and should have checked my sources. I will be revising my monkey butts! I had actually already repainted the General, as I found out Kellermann was a general of Divisions at this time, so he absolutely needs a saddle cloth upgrade. I also repainted the feathered border on his bicorn to be black.