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Gunner Dunbar03 May 2019 4:54 p.m. PST

Hi guys

I don't know how many 10s of thousands of 15mm Napoleonic figures I have painted, its a lot, but the journey had to start somewhere, here are some pics of my first 15mm Napoleonic figures, painted 23 years ago, these are French, the white uniforms represent those Regts that were issues white for a short time when the French ran out of blue dye due to the British blockades.

I was going to say how badly these guys are painted, but having blown up the pics they're not to bad, only need a wash and some highlights to be presentable.

I managed to get 12 x 12 man Battalions, some arty, and some allies finished the first time, I will be doubling these to 24 man bats, repainting to all dark French blue, and re basing, aiming for a corps size force for 1809-10 Peninsular War.

When I bought these guys there was no online, they were bought from my LHS, so I ended up with a mix of figures, most of these figs are Old glory for the command and centre companies, which I don't mind, (if I was starting from scratch I would use ABs) and for the flankers some Essex which I loath and will replace ( I might use their heads for some head swaps) Lancaster miniatures, which fit in well with OG but are limited in pose, so I will be converting them a little to expand their usefulness, and some Minifigs, which I don't mind, but have a very different style to everyone else, so I might leave them out, or might try and keep to their own bat.

I also have a Peninsular Brit army (ABs) and plan on doing an 1815 Prussian army with mostly ABs and some Old Glory for the Landwher.
more pics here

14Bore04 May 2019 6:02 a.m. PST

I have been repainting units left and right. Sometimes they can just be touched up but I have been sending them to the stripper.

The H Man Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2019 6:24 p.m. PST

There are jokes, I'm just not going near them.

It's good to see older figures getting attention. I'm sure we can all look back in our collection and wonder "what was I thinking?"

Table and travel wear can play havoc also. Bases too with balding flock and chopped edges.

Gunner Dunbar05 May 2019 4:39 p.m. PST

Hi guys

Despite my posting pics of infantry in my French revamp post, I'm starting off with a Cav unit, my aim is to try and use up any figs in my stash before buying new figs (only if I have to) so I'm converting the Westphalian light horse from OG Bavarian Chevaulegers.

The helmet was wrong, so I have head swapped with some spare OG Carabinier heads, I have yet to change some details on the helmets, I have removed all the swords and drilled hands for lances, and given them wool shabraques.

Yet to do

Helmet details
add a sword and scabbard
shape the lance and add pennants

Question : does anyone know if the Westphalian light horse had carbines? I cant see any in reference pics.
More pics here

Gunner Dunbar07 May 2019 5:18 a.m. PST

Hi guys

These guys are ready for undercoat, all comments welcome.
my blog

Gunner Dunbar28 May 2019 11:07 p.m. PST

Hi guys

These guys are finished, well the painting at least, will base them once the whole army is finished so that the basing is consistent. have also finished the first 2 French battalion re paints, will post those pics soon.

Loads of pics here

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP29 May 2019 3:01 a.m. PST

Personally, these days, I seem to spend more time chopping figures and sticking bits onto them, than actually painting them.

So I love to see conversions like this. Really imaginative and coming up with something unique. Head swaps are great, trumpeter is smart and his grey horse……nice one!

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