Anyway, I cracked the painter's block last week and powered through the remaining Grenadiers of the Guard, based, flocked and varnished them ready for the table-top. As I hoped, the AP Dark varnish has brought out the detail of the cross-belts that were obscured by the painting. I was considering attempting highlighting the belts a la John de Terre Neuve at La Bricole, but decided against it, as I didn't want to risk obscuring the detail again. I did paint around the NCO's collar, where a big blob of varnish had collected, but otherwise left them as is. Overall, quite pleased with the result.
I've started on the Chasseurs of the Guard using HaT's 8170 French Guard Chasseurs kit, which, compared to Zvezda is a lot more crudely sculpted. However, Zvezda is just head and shoulders above anything else in 1/72 plastic, so I can't really complain too much. The main problem is that this kit doesn't feature any officers, which I find odd. I've converted the flag bearer from HaT's latest Legere Command set, and used the converted metal Kennington officer figure shown in a previous posting as the command figures for this unit. Pictures to come soon.
Next, I'll paint up some Velites of the Guard Chasseurs, do a few more head conversions to create the Honour Guards cavalry using dragoons figures with Lancier Bleu bicorne heads (H02) I've ordered from MBM models in the Netherlands. I've also ordered a few of the other heads (H01-H05 & H08) to vary the line troops I'll be painting in the future, plus I intend to use the cylindrical shakos to make a couple of messenge/aide-de-camp type figures, too.
PS. weather has just broken with lovely cool south-westerly winds bringing rain and thunder and lightning. It's dropped 10 deg C in 30 minutes! Hooray!
|Completed 12 figure battalion unit awaiting Army Painter treatment|
|Unit varnished with AP Dark|
|Close up. Officer is a bit muddier than intended, but happy with the rest.|
|Battalion in line with recent scenery creations in background|
|Battalion in attack column|
|Line from the front. The 3 march attack figures are all wearing the Order of the Iron Crown, Napoleon's Italian version of the Legion of Honour.|
|Attack column from the left|