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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2017 5:27 a.m. PST

Of course I still have not around to completing the bases on the 71st and 52nd let alone the 2/3 95th…..mind you I have not even photographed the 52nd yet!

The 95th are 36 figures and one dog. All but the mounted officer and the dog are either Perry or Victrix Plastic conversions.

I keep trying to hide the sergeant, because I was too lazy to swap over his cross belts, thinking it would not be noticeable. Even his cane fails to hide that. Powder horns at Waterloo maybe…and let's face it neither 2nd nor 3rd Battn were opposite LHS, clearly mid winter, but it makes a nice photo. Genuinely interested in any errors spotted (my excuse for posting on "Discussion")

Surprisingly the figures are very matt finish. The intense lighting needed for close ups with any depth of focus gives them that sheen






Frederick Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2017 5:49 a.m. PST

Great work and very great posing for the photos – notably with the stone wall in the background!

grenadier corporal16 Oct 2017 6:42 a.m. PST

No intention to flatter – but not having read the text beforehand the first two pics DID make me think of reenactors ("what a lot of riflemen").

rob polymathsw16 Oct 2017 7:18 a.m. PST

I love those photos, wow, they really capture the minis!

Great stuff! :D

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2017 7:46 a.m. PST


Martyn K16 Oct 2017 8:05 a.m. PST

Great painting again; amazing what is possible in this scale. Just makes me feel bad about my own efforts.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2017 8:10 a.m. PST

Thanks all. Martyn my figures are fine at low magnification, but when I tried for real close-ups…all those lace edges suddenly do not look quite so sharp!

The trick is to learn all the tips from the experts. I am still doing so. My skill is more in the conversions to be frank, than in the painting. Scratch building has always been my real pleasure. AARGH, just noticed the kneeling chap's plume is unpainted!


Lord Hill16 Oct 2017 8:59 a.m. PST

Absolutely magnificent! Keep it up and more pics soon please!

summerfield16 Oct 2017 9:27 a.m. PST

Powder horns for priming the pan were still in use. The 2/95th and 3/95th had been in Holland since December 1813. They had not had an issue of new cloths since early 1813. Most had to buy replacement trousers made of local cloth and their uniforms were heavily patched. Henry Clinton who was Inspector General was appalled at the state of the battalion. He wrote scathingly. I design and sorted for publication Gareth Glover's book

Susan Law and I wrote a book on the 1813-14 campaign up to the eve of Waterloo on Adam's Brigade (95th, 52nd and 71st)

I am pleased that you acknowledged their existance as most do not recall either the 95th or 71st in Adam's Brigade. Note the 52nd being over large was operated as two wings (two battalions). It had exchanged soldiers with the 2/52nd that returned home after 18 months service in Holland.

Hope that gives you some background.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2017 9:46 a.m. PST

Great help. "Prelude to" I had not encountered and will certainly be getting now. Just read "Rifle Green at Waterloo" and found that a good source too.

Lord Hill knows he was a major inspiration for this work!

Phatt Rhatt17 Oct 2017 5:04 a.m. PST

Great work!

Bill Slavin17 Oct 2017 5:43 a.m. PST

Yes, beautifully done, nice staging. I love how the angle of the building in the background matches the perspective of the line of soldiers.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2017 8:47 a.m. PST

Many thanks for the encouraging responses.

The 71st, the 52nd and the 2/3 95th are all now on grassy bases and, for once, I have left them simple and understated. No complex shrubbery, flowers, hayfields, cornfields (actually that I have never tried yet…maize. HMM. Lots of it in Waterloo…….)

Adam is there. A colonel for the Rifles and for 52nd too. Suddenly thought how to do one for 71st…obvious. Perry mounted Highland officer decapitated and with changed shoulder ornaments! Next task

Edwulf17 Oct 2017 3:34 p.m. PST

Great stuff!! Love the guy dropping his rifle.

Footslogger18 Oct 2017 1:43 a.m. PST

Great figures, and great photography. Thank you for sharing.

Three Armies18 Oct 2017 7:52 a.m. PST

Great work, you starting to push putty and cut stuff like a pro. I see you copied my Rifles mounted officer idea.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2017 8:56 a.m. PST

I actually used the Perry metal one, but used many of your other ideas, as I said earlier when showing the constructions, unpainted. Big debt to you and Lord Hill for inspiring these.


von Winterfeldt18 Oct 2017 10:56 p.m. PST

very nice units, good poses, just a hint, do more contrast on the greatcoat roles /blankets – like with a paynes grey or sepia

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2017 4:42 a.m. PST

A good point. I did use a much lighter combination here. Vallejo sky grey, a black wash and the same over that again.

To some degree the lighting for the photos has worsened it (and created that sheen however matt the figures) but it does lack definition.

I am convinced no greatcoats at Waterloo, these were blankets, but surely they were just as dark grey…..and yet, so many suggestions that whatever was rolled up was lighter for Rifles. The idea they had their own whiter blankets is daft, but it is still in my subconscious ever since Uniforms of Waterloo pronounced thus!

von Winterfeldt19 Oct 2017 5:49 a.m. PST

I have no clue about the colour of the blankets – just a bit more definition in the shades.

archiduque21 Oct 2017 8:35 a.m. PST

Very nice unit!

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