Monday, March 2, 2015

British 3rd Dragoon Guards

The painting binge in 28mm Napoleonics spills over into March.  Marked by the mustering out of the British 3rd Guard Dragoon regiment, Squadrons 1 and 2, a bite in the The Lead Pile with respect to 28mm Napoleonics is becoming noticeable.  If I have not tired of painting Napoleonics, why stop?

Painting Front Rank cavalry is a treat.  For me, the horses paint quickly and the raised surfaces on the robust troopers are easy to move the brush over.

Soon to join their comrades will be an eighteen figure regiment of the Coldstream Guards.  The Coldstream Guards are also Front Rank but the regiment is composed of the more recent Reinforcement Packs.  The British in the Reinforcement Packs are absolutely strikingly sculpted and will look smashing on the table top.

24 comments:

  1. Very nice, Jonathan. Although I opted for the later helmeted guys, the bicornes look great, and more appropriate for Peninsular. Front Rank are great figures too, of course.

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    1. Thanks, Dean. I do like seeing the heavy horse in bicornes. Fronk Rank are definitely my favorite 28mm cav.

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  2. Excellent work, Front Rank truly are a joy to paint. Just wish they had a few more head variants on their poses.

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    1. Thanks, Ray. I would enjoy seeing more variety too. The newer Reinforcement infantry packs do contain a bit more variety but seeing Reinforcement Pack cavalry may not be in the offing.

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  3. Excellent Dragoons, Front Rank are great figures!

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    1. Thank you, Cyrus! Looks like we all agree that Front Rank are exceptional figures.

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  4. Love front Rank fig's and these look awesome. Great work!

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  5. Great looking Dragoons Jonathan, nice job!

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    1. Phil! Always appreciate your kind comments.

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  6. Why stop indeed, they look great and you're building an impressively sized gaming force in the process... in short, keep'em coming!

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    1. Soren, the Napoleonics will continue to roll off the painting desk until at last three more units are fielded.

      I really am itching to take a plunge back into the 1859 project and continue to work some of the Lancashire figures recently acquired.

      Or, perhaps, I will continue plowing through the Napoleonic lead pile?

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  7. Lovely stuff - really like those fore and aft bicornes.

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    1. Thank you, Conrad. I like the look of the fore to aft chapeaus as well!

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  8. Great looking Dragoon Guards figures, Jon. Had to check out the saddle blankets, of course! :-)

    FR are great figures - just BIG (really about 33mm), and from the US, expensive! Barry's FR are quite a lot larger than my 25's/28's... but the little guys usually mange to best their larger opponents anyway! :-)manage to

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    1. Peter! Thanks much. I figured you might scrutinize the saddle blankets to see if our discussion bore fruit. Well, it did!

      You know, the bigger they are, the harder they fall...

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  9. Stout chaps, Jonathan. They look like they could ride through or over twice their weight in Frenchmen. The red is delightfully crisp, glad you resisted the temptation to dull it too much with dark washes as some people do.

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    1. Well, if I am commanding these chaps, I hope they DO ride through or over twice their weight in Frenchmen!

      As for the brightness, some of that may be due to the use of flash in the photo. These heavies got the Minwax treatment too but not too heavy-handedly.

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  10. Excellent looking group. I look forward to seeing the in action.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, we should get this project onto the gaming table but the list of gaming 'wants' is long...

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  11. Really wonderful work Jonathan!

    Christopher

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  12. Great looking figures and painting!

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