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Markconz20 Jul 2017 1:25 p.m. PST

New additions to my forces, and some thoughts about these miniatures, enjoy!

French Line Limbers:

Austrian Limbers:

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP20 Jul 2017 1:42 p.m. PST

Nice. Thanks for sharing.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 4:12 a.m. PST

Great work.

Good to see the horses correctly placed…. easily done wrongly.

Love the harness and have to ask, what did you use for the drag ropes?

Markconz21 Jul 2017 4:21 a.m. PST

Thanks! Liam used this for the ropes:

Artilleryman21 Jul 2017 6:58 a.m. PST

Nicely done. Regarding the 'extra' French Train set, I wonder why the Perrys did not include the usual detail on the horse collars? An oversight maybe?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 8:06 a.m. PST

The extra set are just pulling an ambulance. The collar is the same but I imagine the load is far less.

The chain. One goes from the front of each wheel horse to the front of the pole just at centre in front of them. A short chain. Why? To allow them to reverse or act as a brake! Only the rear horses can do that, poor devils.

At a glance you will see that the harness ropes straps etc only allow forward traction. Two short chains allow some pull backwards. Which, of course, is also why the two rear, the "wheel", horses have extra straps over their rear ends. If they are to pull backwards something has to take the strain and it cannot be the collar!

I hesitate to say it, but the link you gave us to show what seemed even better work has it wrong. The pole is attached to a "cross piece" which is attached to two more (swingle trees) by simple hooks and eyes. The chain must point backwards, not as shown. Google carriage harness and there are dozens of pictures.

Let me try to illustrate including a close up of my very first ever carriage construction, which now looks very crude. Boney's in 28mm and my photography has improved since!



Apologies for my earlier question. I saw the answer as soon as I went back to read the text and the range sounds invaluable. Thanks

stoneman1810 Inactive Member21 Jul 2017 8:17 a.m. PST

Just as an aside – many years ago I bought a spool of .015 solder wire. Great for ropes and even in 54mm can be plaited to make aigulettes.

ferg98121 Jul 2017 10:40 a.m. PST


Great work here…

*chucks own artillery limbers in the bin*




Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Jul 2017 2:42 p.m. PST


However bad…

They are better than the other guys or your next efforts.

My first Napoleonic Genappe Carriage looks awful now. My second (in 15/18mm) is now somewhere in Oz but was far better.

That is the problem. The more you learn from others…the better you get.

That is the whole point of this forum. If someone tells me there should be one more chain link in an artillery train harness….OK

You can take it or leave it. You can thank them, because at least they have expressed an interest and an opinion (even if totally not evidence based), plus your topic is back to the top again.

Dorsenne Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member21 Jul 2017 11:08 p.m. PST

Nice job Markconz

Markconz21 Jul 2017 11:35 p.m. PST

Thanks again guys, and for the updated info Liam too! And totally agree, never hurts to learn extra details, and by doing these modeling projects we learn! I've just added a link in my French limbers blog post to this thread so people can reference it too.

Osage201703 Aug 2017 3:29 p.m. PST

It looks very artistic. Awesome.

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