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Legere and Barrels

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All of zem.

I’ve been procrastinating on starting my 15mm 95th Rifles for Lasalle (although I did clean up all 50 casts, and mount them on craft sticks in preparation for priming!) by finishing up my 28mm French legere for Song of Drums and Shakos/Sharp Practice II. I also painted a couple of resin barrels, as you might
have gathered from the subtle title of this post.

A basic force in SD&S is a dozen figures, and, conveniently, it seems like skirmishers/light troops in Sharp II are assembled in groups of six.

Soon I will have to start purchasing mass quantities of 28mm figures for my Sharp Practice line infantry. I may go the plastics route, Then again, I REALLY hate assembling plastic figures, and this is a sort of slow going luxury project for me,┬áso maybe I’ll go ahead and bite the (expensive) lead bullet.

 

 

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.