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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 12:45 p.m. PST

It was not his day. The story about the pyelonephritis, the thrombosed haemorrhoids (UK spelling of that diagnosis), the Frolich's syndrome or the Addisonian crisis… was the Prussians pitching up that did it really. Blucher was a lunatic to do what he did, insane, and yet set European history for at least one century. At least one.

But can you blame poor Boney for looking so hacked off?

So this totally fed up chap, from Gringos 40, in 28mm, now has his hat attached, to prove that the makers do listen to what we demand. You will all know the famous painting I think





Osage201711 Aug 2017 12:56 p.m. PST

In general the figure looks pretty good. I like the uniform !
The only problem is his hairline, forehead and chin. But this is detail.


4th Cuirassier11 Aug 2017 1:16 p.m. PST

Nice paintwork there. Very nice.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 1:19 p.m. PST

Well if you ever visit Apsley House you will see Canova's statue of him, in all his glory. It does not look remotely like him, give or take a fig leaf or two. Stark rollock naked….

I honestly think this is not at all bad, when compared with that nonsense.


Let me stress that I post pictures for Ged, but, if he does one day produce something that is crap….well I would still post, because he is even less IT literate than I am (that is why I do it for him…..and would for anyone who needs some help) but I do not have shares in Gringos40!

I would have darkened his hair, but I could never have captured his facial expression. I never even try to paint eyes. Whoever did this…well just look again at the downcast gaze. That is seriously artistic…and I do not just mean nice shading and highlighting……I mean artistic stuff

Markconz11 Aug 2017 1:33 p.m. PST

Nice job!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2017 4:37 p.m. PST

"set European history for a century"

If you're trying to say "set European history BACK for a century" I'm going to have to disagree. Unless you think "Napoleon represented a Europe where all the orders came from one place" is more important than "Napoleon represented a Europe in which only one man's opinion mattered, no one had any right the government was bound to respect, and troublemakers disappeared into imperial prisons."

Frankly, Blucher looks a lot less crazy to me than the guy who thought that France needed him more than he needed France, and that Joseph Napoleon was the rightful King of Spain. I enjoy the Napoleonic Wars too--but from a nice safe distance. His Imperial Majesty was not the sort of man you'd want to live on the same continent with.

Even if he is looking a little tired in the sculpt.

Sobieski Inactive Member11 Aug 2017 5:53 p.m. PST

What is a "rollock"?

repaint11 Aug 2017 8:37 p.m. PST

Actually, Napoleon was pretty good to the French infrastructure, Education and Legal system. Pretty well advanced compared to all the "democratic" regimes surrounding him. Robert.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 4:17 a.m. PST

No, I was definitely saying that Blucher's decision set the pattern of European history, at least until 1918. Not sure France has ever really recovered. Personally I think for the better, at least until Bismarck and the rise of Prussian militarism. Morrell McKenzie was more to blame for WWI than was Blucher in practice, some claimed (but then they were German surgeons anyway).

Blucher took a huge gamble marching from Wavre to Plancenoit/Mt St Jean. It could have been an absolute disaster for him and his army, but it paid off massively. Good for him…..

As for rollock, I think it is what an oar fits in on a boat, but not quite what I meant here. But you know how censorship works…..

4th Cuirassier14 Aug 2017 8:19 a.m. PST

Interesting to think that if Wellington had lost at Waterloo because Blucher did not show up, he'd be castigated now for have bet and lost his army on the timely intervention of Blucher's in the teeth of the Prussians' actual record.

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