Saturday, August 20, 2016

Austrian hungarian fusiliers - command

Another thing that I bought back at FIGZ was this assembly of command figures of Austrian-Hungarian fusiliers.
What I have in mind is a coloumn of infantry changing from march into charge. The command figures where a test to find out how the painted result would like. Next thing would be to buy the infantrymen. The figures are metal miniatures produced by Schmaeling miniatures (link)

What I like about this uniform is the combination of colours, especially the combination of blue and white.
The overall look is a bit edgy, as with most Schmaeling figures. Personally, I like them a lot because that company offers a wide range of poses.

Point is, that I'd need around ten sets of metal figures from Schmaeling and Franznap to complete the intended diorama. Which mean saving a lot of money and investing a lot of painting time. First-world-problems, eh? :-)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A small quick sidejob

During my rearch, I found a Knoetel page showing a Grenadier from the Duchess of Saxony Coburg-Saalfeld, one of these tiny German dominions which formed what was called the 'confederation of the Rhine'. It did not make a big contribution to the army that followed Napoleon to Russia in 1812, but I found that uniform extremely nice and therefore I simply wanted to paint it in order to have it in my cabinet.

I know that this isn't a first class paintjob. It's more of an easy quick paint job - I simply couldn't withstand that yellow, blue and green uniform with that little bit of red. Technically, it is not an addition to my PreBardin uniform project, because it's not a double-breast uniform jacket. I had to trim away vest, breast parts and buttons to make this conversion.
After founding of the confederation of the Rhine, Napoleon ordered that the Saxon dominions should have to assemble a regiment which was sent to Spain where it was completely whiped out. When preparations for the attack on Russia where made, the Saxon dominions again hat to raise an own regiment, which included soldiers from Coburg-Saalfeld.
They arrived in Russia at the time that the main army was already on retreat. Freezing cold, cossacks and the harshness of the environment nearly whiped out the dominions' regiment as well.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

French Cantiniere

Here's something a bit unusual that I bought back at FIGZ this year: a French cantiniere, made by Hagen miniatures. It comes together with a French casualty begging for a last drink.

This figure also comes together with a number of goods and equipment that you can glue onto her 'belt' - but when using all that stuff, the figure looks a bit overloaded to me, so I left that stuff behind. In addition, that woman is pretty small. In comparizon to the normal 1/72 infantryman, she appears to represent a woman who would be in real life not larger then 145 to 150 cm. Nevertheless, this figure is a nice addition when you've painted a greater number of firing/reloading infantry.

If you want to know about the women serving as Cantinieres in the French army, here's a good article: Cantinieres

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Italian Light Infantry Voltigeurs

In addition to my Pre-Bardin unform project, here are the Voltigeurs for the four light infantry regiments of the Kingdom of Italy. Again, I can only say that I like that green.

For this unit, only command and grenadiers (carabiniers) are missing and then it's done.

In the last weeks, I have been busy with some other stuff. For example, I painted some figures that I bought at the booth of Hagen miniatures at the FIGZ. I also bought a set of Austrian Hungarian line infantry command, which is currently under construction. And then, there are Amazons. Another great challenge, because painting a figure without clothes is something completely different.

Oh - and I finished this years' special collectors' figure for FIGZ and put in on the forum:
Every year, Alex from Moscow models a special figure for FIGZ. He is - in my eyes - one of the greatest miniature modelers. If you don't know him and his work, have a look at his website:

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Kingdom of Naples - Royal guards

Another unit that I virtually found 'by random' when looking for something completely different, was the King's Royal guard of the Kingdom of Naples. It was shown on a little painting and I found a confirmation regarding this unit on the web, but no specification about the time period when this unit existed. Due to the fact that many uniforms changed from the double breast pre-Bardin style to a single breast version under King Murat, I suppose that this example is from the earlier years of the Kingdom of Naples.

It's a very colourful uniform, with fusiliers, voltigeurs and grenadiers having different distinctive colours. There is little to be modified for getting this unit done.

Next will be the rest of the Kingdom of Holland units and Italian light infantry.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pretepeteeee - HalfTime!

Okay. Let's check the performance according to the 2016 plan I've published back in December. Where do I stand?

The planned agenda was this one:

  • One single- and one multi figure vignette for Heiden ISSC
  • One single-figure vignette for FIGZ
  • Baden jagers (which I must still buy)
  • Completing my 12 Russian-hussar-regiments display
  • 4 other Austrian lancers
  • Voltigeurs and command of the seven Italian line infantry regiments
  • Fusiliers of the Kingdom of Holland line infantry regiments
  • French colonial troops
  • Guards of Venice
  • Garde de Paris, white, green and red uniforms

When I compare that with what has really taken place on my painting desk, the result is rather odd.

  • Voltigeurs and command of the seven Italian line infantry regimetns - CHECK
  • Fusiliers of the Kingdom of Holland line infantry regimentes - CHECK
  • Multi-figure vignette for Heiden ISSC - CHECK
  • Single-figure vignette for FIGZ - CHECK
Well. That's it. The rest lays more or less started around, the Baden Jagers still not bought because of funding troubles (sry, Francesco). Instead, I've done quite a lot of different things:

  • Single figure for Heiden ISSC is ready, base construction has to be done
  • Painted 4 figures for 'special purposes'
  • Finished an Amazon, started 5 others
  • Started to paint two Hoplites just for fun
  • Started a French cantiniere
  • Started four Austrian Hungarian infantrymen
  • Started three Kingdom of Naples king's guard
  • Started two Sachsen-Coburg infantrymen
  • Started four Italian light infantrymen
  • Painted five French infantry casualties and that cornet on the picture above and below
  • Painted a a British light infantry soldier for the Peninsular war period for demonstration 
  • Finished display for French line rgt no. 30 (5 figures)
  • Finished a display with 9 Brunswick foot soldiers
  • Finished the voltigeurs for the 7 Kingdom of Holland line infantry regiments

So it's the same old problem again. Instead of doing the things I had planned, I'm doing everything else. M-)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Kingdom of Holland Voltigeurs of the line

My Kingdom of Holland branch for the Pre-Bardin-uniform project is nearing its' end.
I've finished the voltigeurs for the 8 line infantry regiments!

As far as I've seen, the regimental numbers were part of the cornet-shaped shako plates. That's far too small to be painted (at least by me and unless I have a supporting scanning-tunneling-microscope). Whatsoever - the line regiments are done.

This leaves one light infantry regiment and the Corps Israelite to be painted - and then I have a full display of Kingdom of Holland infantry ready. After that, I hopefully can switch over to the Italians once again and finish that army as well. :-)