Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Waterloo, Braine l'Alleud

Was lucky enough to visit the Waterloo battlefield in Belgium last week, it has been on my bucket list for a long time. I wasn’t disappointed, 200 years has changed the battlefield very little, thanks largely to perseverance of several groups and the Belgian government denying any real development on the site. It was particularly interesting to see how the land lies, something you cannot really grasp from books and reference material alone.
A visit to the huge Panorama painting was a must, and it is very impressive, here’s a snippet of just one of its thousands of little detailed moments in time. 
Of all the monuments on the battlefield, the Prussian memorial in Plancenoit stood out the most, looking brand spanking new as if it had been built yesterday.
Feverish work is going on at the Lion village and at Hougomont, no doubt to complete works in time for the 200th centenary this June. I couldn't take good pics of Hougomont due to the abundance of builders vans, but it is looking good after years of neglect with a brand new roof. I hope to visit it again when it is completed.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Prussian Westphalian landwehr cavalry troopers (2)

More progress with these two chaps. Shoulder straps here are white for the senior (and only as far as I can tell) regiment in the province. The blue used on the litewka coat is the old Citadel Regal Blue, highlighted with Coat d'Arms Shadow Grey, this makes the highlight nice and subtle. Black crossbelts are carefully highlighted with Foundry Slate Grey A and B. The covered shakos will be last to be painted due to excess handling.

Three posts in 5 days, i'm not sure how long this flurry of activity will last, hopefully until I finish this unit..

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Prussian Westphalian landwehr cavalry troopers

Started work on the first two troopers in this unit. Unlike the early Perry Napoleonic sculpts created for Wargames Foundry in the early 90s, the newer stuff the twins produce is much more 'in proportion' - and as such the heads/hands etc are smaller, and trickier to paint. Painting the eyes on these guys has kept me on my toes...

Saturday, 24 January 2015

That time of year when I post something new..

So I got a regiment of Perry Prussian Landwehr Cavalry for Christmas from my dad, and it was too much not to pick up the brush again. I'd vowed I wouldn't start a new unit until i'd finished at least 3 or 4 of the 'back-burner' units on my table, but I couldnt resist. Two new formulas for my horsee pals here, top is a chestnut and the bottom one is a dark bay. Working on three of each, then adding a few blacks and a grey for the musician (what little research i've done on Prussian horse colours is that the army would have taken anything they could, especially in the latter years of the Napoleonic Wars, so whatever..). Seriously, I hope to keep painting for a bit now, my new goal is to paint little and often, like a bit every two days, and see where I get to by years end.

These guys are pinned and their riders have a very sore hole in their butts too! I'll post the riders when I crack on. Two are based and ready to go. I have a really nice spangly shiny new cabinet downstairs for all my finished miniatures to live in, and i've vowed that only completed units can get a ticket in there. Happy painting if anyone is still out there reading my stuff!

Monday, 4 August 2014

The war to end all wars

100 years ago today, Great Britain declared war on Germany and entered the First World War. I'm taking time out today to remember all those who fought, and died, in World War 1. Lest we forget.