Vive L’Empereur!

Here we have Jacque and Phillipe modeling the latest in light infantry campaign wear.

Here we have Jacque and Phillipe modeling the latest in light infantry campaign wear.

I’ve been painting a couple of test figures for my Song of Drums and Shakos/Sharpe Practice project. This time it’s voltigeurs from the 9th Legere, in the 1809 uniform (or is that 1807 uniform…I get confused). This is the campaign version of the uniform, not the dress uniform, thus the small plume, trousers, and not-as-fancy boots. The trousers probably shouldn’t be blue, but it’s too late now!

My primary discovery from this painting exercise is that I really hate piping.

Voltigeurs, 2x2

Voltigeurs, 2×2

The blue on these guys is too bright. I will endeavor to keep my highlighting to the edges of the edges and heights of the high spots on the next batch of Frenchies I paint…then perhaps I’ll give the proper impression of dark blue, while keeping things bright enough for the gaming table.

And here are a couple of fake action shots. I really need to invest in a couple of cheap lamps at my home for this sort of photography. The lighting situation once I move from my desk is icky and uncontrollable.

Jacque and Phillipe take fire from some Brunswickers, while trying to acquire some forage.

Jacque and Phillipe take fire from some Brunswickers, while trying to acquire some forage. This photo suffers from massive foreshortening-I need to get a grasp on how to control depth of field.

Fight in the hayfield!

Fight in the hayfield! Foreshortening isn’t such a problem here. For some reason.

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  • 40kterminatus  On 12/27/2014 at 3:57 pm

    Your pictures of the two voltiguers are fantastic, advertising ,Photoshop ,magazine standard. Very impressive😛

  • dave2718  On 12/27/2014 at 4:15 pm

    Tres bon, mon amis! Vive l’Empereur indeed

    • arkiegamer  On 12/27/2014 at 4:18 pm

      Merci, merci! (and other vaguely French sounding noises of thanks)

  • Frank Arey  On 12/27/2014 at 10:16 pm

    You, sir, are talented with a paint brush. Well done.

    • arkiegamer  On 12/27/2014 at 10:55 pm

      Well, thanks, Frank. I do enjoy painting, and I guess steady practice makes for steady improvement. Until sever eye deterioration sets in, anyway. :)

    • arkiegamer  On 12/27/2014 at 10:55 pm

      Severe, that is.

  • General Whiskers  On 12/28/2014 at 1:24 am

    You hate piping? My wife says, from experience: “the guy who designed the French uniform never had to sew one of the ****** things!” Wherever two colours meet there is a 3rd contrasting colour of piping.

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