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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 6:05 a.m. PST

Black Musketeers of Louis XVIII are finally done. Many thanks to all who advised previously

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and I did agonise about the trumpeter and his horse. Actually neither turned out great, but I do really like the rest. Simple enough conversions from Perry Plastic Carabiniers Officers (well they were until, with all the painting nearly done, I suddenly remembered these lads did not have frilled collars to the soubreveste. That took some careful carving!

In terms of military effectiveness, these rate below the Duke of Cumberland Hussars, but that is quite some uniform. My final picture shows them with their boss, from the diorama I showed here years ago

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Major General Stanley23 Dec 2018 8:06 a.m. PST


18CTEXAN23 Dec 2018 8:59 a.m. PST


von Winterfeldt23 Dec 2018 9:20 a.m. PST

inspiring – a labour of love

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 9:52 a.m. PST

Amazing work and photography – thanks for sharing!

redmist112223 Dec 2018 10:51 a.m. PST

Hey…I know that movie scene! This guys look awesome.


Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 11:12 a.m. PST


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 2:52 p.m. PST

Thanks to all of you for this feedback. Very much appreciated, believe me!

It was the film that first got me wondering about this unit. Only later did I get to La Musee de l'Armee and get to see the mannikin and the room of Restoration uniforms.

Waterloo 1970 did have such superb resources for Sergei B and he was well served by Ugo Pericoli, who did the uniforms. These chaps feature for a few seconds as Orson Welles leaves what is meant to be the Tuilleries (it was also Padme's palace in Star Wars!) You can just make out a bugler in reversed colours, riding a grey, but with black helmet fur and mane. They even have the right sword hilts, which I tried to reproduce but failed to show in the photos!

Louis' ultimate departure was at night, as in the film, and I tried to show that in the earlier post. I found these major conversion work but dead easy to paint (after white Zastrow Cuirassiers these were a cinch!). I was delighted to find a clean shaven carabinier head in the box set. He must be the trumpeter and you get three heads in the box. Far better facial features than the officer, whom I had used before, for the earlier musketeers in the diorama.

alexkalinin Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 9:23 p.m. PST

Great work! Thanks for posting.

Lets party with Cossacks Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2018 9:45 p.m. PST

They came out very nicely indeed! You must be pleased with your painting and photography skill development.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 2:17 a.m. PST

Tell the truth, my Pentax camera is 14 years old and very dated technology. I bought it to photograph eardrums!

The trick is depth of focus for the group shots, so the background photo is reasonably sharp. Here it is the golden gates of Versailles. That needs a pinhole aperture, therefore lots of lighting, and a very solid tripod and long exposure.

The resulting images the are very high resolution and will take much magnification. Still have to say that painting these was dead easy; it was the construction work that took time and patience. The Cross of St Louis for example. Front of chest fine. Same on the back and then totally obscured by the crossbelt and ammo pouch


von Winterfeldt29 Dec 2018 5:19 a.m. PST

in case you like to see some original items

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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 6:06 a.m. PST

That is an amazing find.

I obviously love the First Restauration section, but there is so much there for First Empire and even before.

My favourite? page 100 the Chevauleger du Roi Casque. That feather is what we all try to model. Next time I use that as my guide. Imagine opening the hat box to find that helmet inside.

Many thanks indeed

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