Sunday, 15 July 2018

50 Shades of Grey....

.....well maybe 12 shades if I'm honest, and all quite similar.
Which is my clumsy way of introducing the 2nd Royal North British Dragoons (Scots Greys).

Left view

Right view

Rear view

Lady Butler style view

This is one of those iconic units which any Napoleonic British army has to include, it's an unwritten law.
These are original HH one-piece castings. Some missing swords needed replacing. Looking at the finished results I wish I'd replaced them all, as a few are a bit stubby and look more like butchers' cleavers. I find the pose quite amusing, as if the riders are all a bit shy and are trying to hide their faces.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Duke and the Dandy

Decided it was time my growing British and Allied forces had some firm leadership.

The Iron Duke, in his trademark plain dark blue, meets Sir Stapleton Cotton, who clearly has a slightly more elaborate sense of military fashion. These are original HH. Not entirely happy with Wellington's mount, Copenhagen was an ex-racehorse 3/4 thoroughbred and 1/4 arab, the HH horse is a bit chunky for that.

Some nicer horse castings on the following which came to me from ebay ready painted, not sure of the manufacturer. Slightly larger than HH, possibly Lamming?

They depict Wellington in Full Dress uniform seated, with a major general, a guards colonel and an officer of engineers apparently.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

6th Dragoons (Inniskillings)

Recent ebay purchase, these are Newline Design, fairly slight compared to HH or DK, but not a bad match. They were painted to a level / style very similar to my own, so just needed a coat of gloss varnish and re-basing.

Posed these with a DK Royal Horse Guard for comparison.

Edit: Added front and side view comparisons for Captain Nolan:-

The Newline figures definitely look slighter, but strangely take up more space laterally than DK. They only just fit 2 abreast on a 30mm frontage base. Could be because I'm comparing DK one-piece castings with Newline separate horse / rider combo?

Edit: Adding comparison pics of Newline and HH 'dismountable' as requested by Mark D. What was Marcus Hinton thinking of to describe these as dismountable? The HH Hussar was part of a swap with Tony S, they will get completed very soon! Definitely wouldn't mix these in the same unit.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

5th Battalion / 60th foot

The first 4 battalions of the 60th were I believe formed from American colonists, hence the name 'Royal American Rifles'. But I think the 5th battalion was formed in Napoleonic times from British and ex-pat Germans. Have painted the jacket in a lighter green than would probably have been worn in the field, just because it looks better to me in this scale.

In the background is a Brunswick infantry regiment, came to me from ebay ready painted, just needs a little re-touching and basing. Only 20 strong though, including 2 officers, and the HH catalogue from 1973 indicates MH never did musicians or standard bearers. Anybody know if DK did Brunswick command figures?

Monday, 21 May 2018

Brunswick Hussars

Latest addition to the British / Allied roster:-

Next up will be a 24 strong British Rifle battalion. Probably 5th Bn / 60th Foot, just because I like the red facings.

Retro B+W version:-

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Hooray, it's the RA!

Finished two 4-man British foot artillery crews today, posed here with previously completed 9pdr and howitzer.

Next on the painting table will be a unit of Brunswick Hussars or a British Rifle unit, haven't quite decided yet.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Royal Horse Guards Realised

These are DK figures which came as a trade all the way from New Zealand (thanks Matt!).
Some were painted, others part painted, I've just finished them off to my usual 'that'll do' level with the aim of getting a couple of armies on the table by Christmas (can't guarantee which year though!)