Sunday, 8 July 2018

A productive week, and more to come. May the sun keep shining.

This sunny weather has seen a boost to my production and completion figures this week. Basing five unit of infantry and  one of cavalry for my 1672 collection was far less of a chore than it would otherwise be as I was able to decamp into the garden and spread out over the table on the patio. Four of the infantry were already painted courtesy of my mate Barry but the other two units were completed from scratch during the course of the week, which is good going for me and almost back to my production capabilities of a good few years ago, when I was still working!
The four new 'French' battalions

A single Imperial regiment.
Spanish cuirassiers.
Regiment Anjou. Dixon figures.

Another battalion of early Gardes Franca-is
A Swiss battalion - Jung Stuppa, raised if I am correct in 1672.

The 'English Regiment' in the service of France. From what I have read the uniform (grey faced with blue) is probably correct, but the flags are totally conjectural, based on those carried by the 2nd Coldstream Regiment of Footguards at the time. At least I can have some fun in fictitious battles with English and Scots in the French army facing Scots in the Dutch army.
I also made a start on the bases of my last ten battalions of Prussian infantry for my 1806 project, in the shape of two battalions of combined grenadiers and four two-battalion regiments of infantry. They've now all had their bases covered in PVA/coarse builders sand so a few hours work will be enough to get the hi-lighting, tufts and static grass added. Completing these will see my 1806 Prussian army done and ready to stand idly side by side with my smallish Saxon contingent and face the French menace. Note that I don't have any 1805/06 French and have no plans to get any. I will use my 1799 French if needs be, or transport the Prussians and Saxons back to the War of the First Coalition.
Ten battalions of 1806 Prussians.
A Dutch regiment for 1672
1790s Rumford Bavarians (Reiver Castings)
A wider view of the paining station. On the left in blue are some dismounted 18thC hussars while just visible on the right is a Russian 18th/19thC religious vignette and some Black African bandsmen. Organised chaos it isn't.
On my painting table to do this week (above) are two battalions of 1790's Bavarians in the distinctive Rumford uniform and another battalion of Dutch for 1672 that are 50% done already, as well as various odds and ends that get little attention unless I  need to use up some paint. I also need to make an observation basket to dangle beneath my French Compagnie d'Aerostiers balloon ready for the next FRW game, as well as painting an Aerostatier to be dangled in it.




15 comments:

  1. I'm impressed that you are able to paint in this heat! Here in Bristol it was around 32 degrees at Midday, with it cooling down to a hot 28 degrees in the evening in the house. Simply too hot to paint as it dries almost instantly on my painting dish:(

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    1. I know the problem Steve although being up t’north it wasn’t that hot and I still had my cardie on most of the time over my string vest. We had about 26 degrees in Middlesbrough yesterday which was rather pleasant even though our garden is a heat trap. The paint dried quickly but I managed that, although my super glue gel was rather runny. The heat was great for undercoating masses of stuff in the garden and doing mega basing tasks.

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  2. So many splen did and colorful troops, congrats!

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  3. You and your painting buddy have done a great job on the 17th century figures Colin. You definitely "need" to look at an 1806 French force though - that's what wargaming is all about - another army and another army...the games are just the icing on the cake!

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    1. Thanks. If I did that I would need a bigger house! But I can dream.....

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  4. Splendid stuff Colin...

    I think that is more than I have painted this year!

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thanks Aly, but I don't have the distraction of a day job any longer.

      Best wishes

      Colin

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  7. Some crackin' painting Colin! Love the Spanish Cuirassiers.

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  8. Excellent work Colin, and clearing the basing of figures in bulk, its the only way to raise larger armies in 25mm.
    Michael

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  9. you put the rest of us to shame Colin. Well done!
    Mark

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  10. I’m glad it’s not a contest! Some great additions there Colin. Too hot down here to paint over much though...

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  11. ""A wider view of the paining station"' yes it would pain me if I had to try to paint all that you have set yourself. Very well done Sir! Your end of term report says "Excelling".
    Chris

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    1. I find it easy to work in a state of chaos with several things on the go. Suddenly lots is finished at once.

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