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14Bore06 Jan 2021 1:08 p.m. PST

Finally getting to British limbers and while usually can tell what things are, wood or metal but the sculpting on edges of the ammo boxes look like materiel as dropped eve has ripples all around. Painting Blue Moon limbers not that where they come from matters much.

Personal logo Artilleryman Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2021 2:58 p.m. PST

The limbers were built of wood reinforced by iron. On the ammunition boxes the brackets were on the corners. The top was covered in canvas to form a seat. Wood and canvas were painted grey (the shade of which causes much debate) and the iron was painted a protective black.

Hope that is a good starting point. Check Franklin's 'British Napoleonic Field Artillery' for more details.


14Bore06 Jan 2021 3:08 p.m. PST

As said just from model suspected the seat was cloth, the rub is my first is going to the Prussians who got guns and the limbers to fit out 2 horse batteries, 11th and 12th. The others of set are going to British and KGL.
No self respecting NCO wasn't going to not have their vehicles in Prussian colors.
Thanks alot for assistance.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Jan 2021 5:09 p.m. PST

14Bore, might want to check that the equipment given to the Prussians was in fact British. The British gave the Loyal Lusitanian Legion captured French gear (refurbished) for their artillery, so evidently the British had some sort of procedure for such things.

14Bore07 Jan 2021 12:19 p.m. PST

Source I used says the 11th Horse battery had 8 British 6pdrs, the 12th had 6 British 6pdrs and 2x 5 1/2" howitzers.
Somewhere it's mentioned they got the full kit.

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2021 9:15 a.m. PST

Bear in mind that the iron fittings were natural metal painted black, and the black would have worn off the tyres and wheel hubs in about the first 50 yards.

There are accounts saying that the tyres were left in bare metal except when the army stopped long enough to repaint, and that the wheel hubs were oiled and left bare metal.

You don't often see models depicted this way but it seems intuitively more correct – they didn't have Hammerite in 1815.

14Bore09 Jan 2021 12:45 p.m. PST


First attempt,thanking Dr Summerfield on how the harness went

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