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ThePeninsularWarin15mm Inactive Member11 Oct 2017 8:26 p.m. PST

So after a couple of years sitting around, I have the 15mm Old Glory model finished. You can see my thoughts and dilemma here:

Markconz11 Oct 2017 9:21 p.m. PST

Great work!!

forwardmarchstudios11 Oct 2017 10:39 p.m. PST

On the black or white question-

Having been in war zones, if an object in a battle is variously described as being both black and white by different commentators, then it was probably black and coated with dust, which made it look white.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2017 1:07 a.m. PST

Well I think I now know a lot about Napoleonic Era carriages and have made quite a few in 28mm and 15/18mm scale….and this is brilliant.

It was a project I had considered but the print you show is the only quality image of what he travelled in. You have researched this well. I would have sworn one could not have a postillion AND a coachdriver mounted on the seat. Napoleon's mameluke was purely for show. I had heard the tale that his own servants insisted and even some suggestion that the coach attracted artillery fire.

Very imaginative and thought out. All you need now is to tackle the crest on the door………(use the tip of a cocktail stick and dots). Half a bottle of Chablis helps, before you start that.

God wills it Inactive Member12 Oct 2017 3:57 a.m. PST

Very nice indeed, though I found the accompanying text rather difficult to read.

ThePeninsularWarin15mm Inactive Member12 Oct 2017 5:18 a.m. PST

Thanks t everyone for the compliments.

Forwardmarchstudios: I hadn't considered black and maybe dust covered. I would have liked to have found out who the owner of the carriage actually was and where it came from. That could have answered the potential color and the seal upon the door. I even tried to look for the "Paulin" guy mentioned, without any luck. I'm convinced somewhere there is text with a little more information.

Deadhead: The text available explained the seated coachman and a postillion riding. I'm hoping to one day discover the owner of the carriage, which I suspect was not Massena. Perhaps it was a local mayor or some other well-to-do who was forced to contribute to the war effort.

God wills it: I wrote in what is called a relaxed prose. Given that it is a hobby topic on a blog and not a commercial website, then it makes sense to do it this way.

rob polymathsw12 Oct 2017 7:14 a.m. PST

Really nice work, I love the simplicity of the painting, it's bold and bright.


Marc at work12 Oct 2017 7:38 a.m. PST

I also found it hard to read – not the style, which was enjoyable, but the text colour against a semi opaque background with the picture underneath it – it meant the text was not 100% clear.

But a great blog

wrgmr112 Oct 2017 8:22 a.m. PST

Lovely work PTW! Great addition to your collection.
I had no trouble reading your blog.
As far as the crest goes, years ago I used a Prussian flag centre crest and glued it on the side of a Fokker Triplane, it looks great. Maybe find a suitable one and do the same?

God wills it Inactive Member12 Oct 2017 11:56 a.m. PST

Sorry for misunderstanding…I meant what marc says…it looks pretty but I had to constantly scroll the text, keeping the line of text on a plain area of the background picture.

Still a good read.

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