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Arcane Steve Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2018 3:35 a.m. PST

In this weeks blog I have at last started my first Highland regiment for my Waterloo themed army.



Editor Alexa26 Oct 2018 3:51 a.m. PST

Iam so amaze especialy the army.
With the musician in the middel. I would like to ask
What is the porpuse of the two guy minitures at the
Back of the army?.

Ferd4523126 Oct 2018 4:49 a.m. PST

That would be military intelligence pointing, erroneously, where the enemy is located. (former analyst) H

Arcane Steve Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2018 5:52 a.m. PST

Hi Alexa, Thanks for your comments. If you are talking about the two figures in the trees in the background, they are from another project. One is a British Artillery officer, the other a surgeon. I had just finished basing them and they crept into the picture! regards, steve

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2018 6:22 a.m. PST

You have all my sympathy. I wish you luck and good temper.

I have a box of Victrix Plastic highlanders…largely cannabilised for other units eg 71st. Comparing them, bought many years ago, when they came in a light buff plastic, with my latest purchase of Waterloo British in grey…….they seem much less brittle nowadays.

I have a whole unit of Perry Highlanders charging hell for leather also. Still in those iconic boxes and cotton wool.

You did suggest that you are apprehensive about the tartan, the socks, the diced headband etc…….I wish you all the very best! Ever consider the transfers for the kilts? I had a go but not convinced…..probably just me……

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP26 Oct 2018 7:40 a.m. PST

Ferd45231… THAT was funny.

Garde de Paris27 Oct 2018 5:11 a.m. PST

Many years ago, I painted 20 Willies 30mm Highlanders advancing as the 79th – 2 Gren; 2 Light; 16 private men. We were wargamers, not concerned with museum-quality painting. In fact, one of our group did Napoleonic Austrian Germans all white, faces and hands in flesh, brown for hair back pack, canteen and musket, and it worked for us.

I later bought 2 Willies Officers in trews to be colour bearers; 2 sergeants; 2 drummers. I originally had over 40 private men, so now could do a battalion of 40 – 4 per company.

Then I got to looking at this site with the marvelous painting, and stopped completely last Christmas.

But I enjoy the looking!


Garde de Paris27 Oct 2018 5:14 a.m. PST

Off topic, but did the British ever carry their musket with the left arm crossed over the chest, and the lock mechanism/hammer resting in the bend of the arm – as the French did?

If not, then the 20 I did are wrong. If I ever use them in battle, they'll have to be disguising themselves as Swiss to fool the French!


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2018 9:14 a.m. PST

Nothing wrong with off topic…that is half the fun!

I quickly found two images to reassure you.

First is Haythornthwaite "Weapons and Equipment etc"

Second is contemporary. Fores' "New Manual Exercises 1798"

This is "support arms"…granted both images show it as part of preparation for firing but……..



dibble25 Nov 2018 2:43 a.m. PST

Paul :)

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