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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2018 11:20 a.m. PST

Nice job!

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JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2018 12:38 p.m. PST

would think a 12lb gun hard to move in wildreness

Glengarry505 Mar 2018 1:03 p.m. PST

Much of the movement, particularly by the French, would've been by water.

historygamer05 Mar 2018 1:53 p.m. PST

So it is supposed to be an English gun. It has some problems.

historygamer05 Mar 2018 2:30 p.m. PST

So here is the problem I have with such posts. The original poster is not the one who painted the above figures. So that immediately puts any comment into a weird space. If you compliment it, the poster (in this case, Tango) kind of takes credit by saying something innocuous, like, glad you like it (even though he has nothing to do with it at all).

If you critique it, that perhaps doesn't seem fair to the original artist, as he didn't post it here for comment though apparently he did post it somewhere.

The bigger problem (though, admittedly small in the universe), is if the figures have issues do you point them out so others don't repeat them? Or, do you say nothing, which perhaps perpetuates the problems with them, or say "nice", which is kind of the same as giving a pass to some things that are wrong?

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2018 8:39 p.m. PST

Reading the original blog post provided in Tango's link, this was painted for a "BFG Challenge". And yup, a British 12-pounder certainly counts as a BFG for FIW use!

Certainly would be used on either side of a fort during a siege.

historygamer06 Mar 2018 5:20 a.m. PST

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historygamer06 Mar 2018 5:26 a.m. PST

So I am not sure what that model gun is, but it is not English. English guns did not have handles (though some howitzers did), that was more French. Also, why are the parts over the trunions painted brass (bronze) instead of iron? There is some thought, based on this painting, that the guns and most of their ironwork were painted grey, not black. Fort Ligonier repainted most of their guns grey.

The officer figure is painted wearing white breeches. Not sure where that came from as you can see from this painting that Royal Artillery officers wore red breeches while the enlisted men wore blue.

I'm also not sure why the officers queue is painted using white, as all period portraits that I have seen show black ribbon to bind the hair.

You can also see that the enlisted men wear lace on their waistcoats. I am not sure why the enlisted figures have short hair instead of queue either.

historygamer06 Mar 2018 5:27 a.m. PST

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Note the ready boxes on the side of these guns, though not pictured in the painting.

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