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Author Topic: Olicana's Peninsular Project: French artillery battery (14:1:18)  (Read 5384 times)

Offline fred

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Re: Why do I struggle? edit: A new French unit 1:12:17
« Reply #30 on: December 01, 2017, 05:19:51 PM »
Good progress

Offline valleyboy

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Re: Why do I struggle? edit: A new French unit 1:12:17
« Reply #31 on: December 01, 2017, 06:57:11 PM »
Is it all about inspiration?
I've managed to paint lots of Napoleonics in both 15mm and 28mm with relative ease and it would be a rare moment when I felt fed up or uninspired

However painting some 28 SYW Austrians is a real struggle and feels like a grind
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Offline Lord Zippy

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Re: Why do I struggle to do Napoleonic units?
« Reply #32 on: December 01, 2017, 07:28:03 PM »
Well, I've done that French unit I mentioned. It's the first Napoleonic French unit I've ever owned - though I've painted quite a few.



It's the 1st Battalion of 36th Ligne (next up, 2nd and 3rd Battalions). I think I know now why I don't particularly like painting these figures - it's not the belts and equipment - which was a possibility but it's not that much more complicated than 7YW stuff which I've painted plenty of - it's the piping. I figured this out because of the easy satisfaction I achieved painting the French in greatcoats.

More pictures here:

http://olicanalad.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/the-first-french-battalion.html

I hope you like this latest addition. I undercoated the next unit this morning - hopefully I'll get it done this weekend

Very nicely done!

What flags and eagles do you use?

And what colour do you undercoat with.

Thanks Zippy

Offline vtsaogames

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Re: Why do I struggle? edit: A new French unit 1:12:17
« Reply #33 on: December 01, 2017, 07:39:55 PM »
Oooh, nice!
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With a glorious swish of his sword and his lance
And a glorious clank of his tin-plated pants. - Dr. Seuss


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Offline Timmo

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Re: Why do I struggle? edit: A new French unit 1:12:17
« Reply #34 on: December 01, 2017, 09:25:51 PM »
If you don't like painting piping leave it off. It's impossible to paint it in scale anyway. I don't bother on my 18mm AB figures and think they look better without it as the figures can get messy easily with too much fussy detail, that wouldn't be visible if you were viewing a real soldier, at the distance to make him appear 28mm tall.

Offline petercooman123

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Re: Why do I struggle? edit: A new French unit 1:12:17
« Reply #35 on: December 01, 2017, 10:38:06 PM »
Good job!

Keep the mojo high!

Offline Sparrow

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Re: Why do I struggle? edit: A new French unit 1:12:17
« Reply #36 on: December 02, 2017, 08:03:18 AM »
The completed units look lovely!

I understand where you are coming from re the missing mojo. Iíve had two failed attempts at Peninsular War. I have loads of Spanish terrain (SCW games) and was desperate to get the most out it. Stocked up on the beautiful figures out there and then hit the invisible brick wall. In the end I just had to admit; the history of it just wasnít grabbing me? I can read ECW, AWI and ACW histories till the cows come home but, somehow, Wellington in Spain just didnít fire me up?

Your SYW figures are beautiful (and your Italian Wars figures, well, oh my!) so you clearly have no problem painting uniforms or detail. Perhaps itís just the history that doesnít work for you? I know this will be scandalous to a lot of great Napoleonic gamers out there (my regular opponent is a Wellington nut) but we canít all be the same? (It would be very boring if we were?) .
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Offline olicana

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Re: Why do I struggle? edit: A new French unit 1:12:17
« Reply #37 on: December 02, 2017, 10:00:06 AM »
Thanks for the kind words.

I will crack the painting because well, I can take the pain....honest. >:( :'(

Eagle is Front Rank.

Flag is by Flags for the Lads. I don't think he has the full range any more (no new print runs?) but someone kindly gave me a stack of them and I got hold of what FftL still had in stock. They come six flags to the sheet (usually by brigade), in a 'dull' finish, and were very cost effective. I actually prefer them to the GMB flags, which are also excellent, in some respects.

Offline olicana

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Re: edit: Peninsular project up and running again - more French 8/12/17
« Reply #38 on: December 08, 2017, 02:05:22 PM »
Another French battalion - 2nd Battalion 36th Ligne



More pics, and the plan:

http://olicanalad.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/second-french-battalion.html

It's going to be slog but, I've rolled my sleeves up and...........

Offline Warboss Nick

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Re: edit: Peninsular project up and running again - more French 8/12/17
« Reply #39 on: December 10, 2017, 12:46:19 PM »
Excellent painting from you as always.

And a good discussion on an age old topic. Apart from what has already been said (in particular too many napis already for customers and napoleonics having a Ąworkď feel to them) maybe the answer is as simple as your heart is all for the emperor. But painting no british (or potuguese instead of british) is not an option, is it?

Offline olicana

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I must have started these after the 28th November because that's when I did a blog post on the British unit that started this thread. Since then, I've ploughed (word chosen carefully) through three battalions of French for the 36th Ligne. I think this qualifies as significant progress.



What I need to do is keep going towards the first goal - the first game.

The days have been very dark here lately and I've struggled with my desk lighting long enough. Even with nine feet of florescent tube just behind me and an angle poise lamp things have felt a little dark - perhaps it's eyes and age. New light fitted, and I'm very happy. See link.

http://olicanalad.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/first-french-regiment-completed-some.html

Offline vodkafan

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That's probably a year's progress for me!  :o They look fantastic.
Can I ask, what is the base size? 40 x 40mm?
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Offline olicana

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Thanks. Yep, 40 x 40.

Offline levied troop

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Looking very good.  Thatís 40 years progress for me!

I share the pain on Nappyís, which is why I opted for 1814 and lots of greatcoats  ;)
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Offline olicana

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Re: Olicana's Peninsular project: 14th Light Dragoons (16:12:17)
« Reply #44 on: December 16, 2017, 05:57:49 PM »
14th Light Dragoons done:



More pics and stuff here:

https://olicanalad.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/14th-duchess-of-yorks-own-light-dragoons.html

I feel like I'm finally getting somewhere with this project. I hope you approve of progress so far. Thanks for looking.

James

 

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