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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 12:39 p.m. PST

Finally got the Garde Imperiale Artillerie a Cheval painted and based. As I showed in the "work in progress"

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They are conversions of the two Perry French in Egypt 4pdr guns (I doubt IGHA ever actually used them but….). In the last photo I put them with my first ever foray into Napoleonic figures for many decades, the kosher Perry figures in proper campaign uniform, plus the mounted conversions from Brigade Games Miniatures Chasseurs a Cheval. It was my early days and I would love to move that spongeman, but he is well stuck down alas!







Dynaman878923 Jun 2019 12:41 p.m. PST

I'd be happy to play at your place!

Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 1:08 p.m. PST

Simply lovely.

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 1:10 p.m. PST

thumbs up !!

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 1:27 p.m. PST

Thanks folks.

I now see that, of about 20 photos, I just chose the one (bottom one, extreme left) that conceals the spongeman wrong side of the gun. I give everyone else grief for such carelessness….nice editing by me….They were almost 10 years ago.

I had meant to grind down the sabretache and then paint an eagle. To the naked eye, my result works. To a digital camera…nope. Go on. Admit it. You can still see the crossed cannon!

It is still a lighting thing. The flounders and plume are a totally different red to the rest, the lace, the colpack bag etc. But not in my photography……

What does work is "German Orange" from Vallejo, for the rank and seniority shoulder markings….that is what I see. (Mind you, two of my three sons are colour blind, but it is the mother that carries the gene and…well , that is a long story…but bless them all that I have married…. more than one, can I still can talk to, but fortunately no longer have to work with, across an OR table with any). And the current one (after 30 years married to me, has no interest in such a bloodbath, esp as I have now retired anyway) has far more sense.

I now need to add that Trumpeter.

Honest truth. My favourites of all, forget the massive conversion work in the full dress and mounted command group, are the Kosher Perry figures. Makes me sick, but, once cleaned with a very soft brush from Mrs F's makeup set and water…years of grime came off. Those two lads do have some talent

d88mm1940 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 1:57 p.m. PST

They look wonderful!
My British dragoons would be honored to charge them. Honored.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 3:52 p.m. PST

Nice animation too – very well done!

KevinV23 Jun 2019 4:10 p.m. PST

Great work. I love the bases.

Mike Petro23 Jun 2019 4:12 p.m. PST

Love the smashed down straw/field basing. So different, in a good way.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 4:47 p.m. PST

Wow – great work especially that innovative basing!

Markconz23 Jun 2019 9:42 p.m. PST

Excellent work Liam! Sabretache looks great to me!

C M DODSON23 Jun 2019 9:58 p.m. PST

Very nice indeed Mr D.

I still love the straw you make but a bit of your Waterloo mud underneath it would finish off your splendid work.

Heaven knows how those chaps avoided melting serving the guns in busbys.

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Lets party with Cossacks Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2019 10:58 p.m. PST

What is there to mock?

Pat Ripley Fezian23 Jun 2019 11:12 p.m. PST

very clever way to photograph them, nicely done.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2019 1:01 a.m. PST

Many thanks, all.

They could be mocked as in full dress and quite spotless. An NCO actually moving the gun himself??? Never. Did they ever use 4pdr guns?

Worse, on the earlier figures, is the spongeman to the left of the gun muzzle. I now give everyone else grief for that.

Finally, funny thing about both the bases and the top two photos. The general consensus domestically is that the figures are lost in the background photo from 1970 and that the trampled wheat is too ripe. I did a pair of RHA guns in greener vegetation and the colour effect was better I admit.

No, I did not use Waterloo mud on these two bases. I simply forgot! It does give a very good scale effect but dries very light, so has to be painted eventually anyway…

alexkalinin Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2019 3:08 a.m. PST

Oh! Great work!

Lord Hill24 Jun 2019 6:24 a.m. PST

Great stuff. As others have said, really nice trampled wheat!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2019 7:39 a.m. PST

Nicely done.

leidang24 Jun 2019 8:40 a.m. PST

Their mother was a hamster and their father smelt of elderberries. Now take them away or I shall mock them a second time… after I tell you they look quite nice.

Widowson24 Jun 2019 12:50 p.m. PST

Great conversion work. No unit like it on the planet. And yeah, you do need that trumpeter. Scarlet pelisse or crimson? I'm not sure. White colpac but the rest of his fur like the troopers. Right?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP25 Jun 2019 3:12 a.m. PST

Well the trumpeter comes in the dolman, which suits me fine. Easier add a pelisse than remove one.

The question you have raised it a very tricky one anyway. The pelisse is frequently described as "scarlet" but every single illustration shows much more like Polish Crimson facings.

I would go with the latter. But much confusion…probably according to evolving style. The Dolman is also shown in crimson, as well as the traditional Garde pale blue. I tend to think that is more to do with the train trumpeter. But the white colpack….definitely….right or wrong for campaign. May even do a trumpet banner. Their lace is tricky, very much mixed colours. luckily I have found a spare horse to stand next to him…pointed shabraque and all.

As for their parentage. They take after their mother then and will soon be munching the fake wheat.

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