Tuesday, February 2, 2016

British Artillery for the Peninsular War

With only two 28mm British guns and crew remaining in The Lead Pile, I figured no harm in digressing from the 15/18mm pledge momentarily and knocking out a couple of small units for the 28mm Peninsular War project.  Painting the three mounted archers did not take away much from my intended lead push towards the 1799 and 1859 projects.  What could possibly be lost by adding two guns and crew?  Besides, the project could use a couple of guns to return to artillery parity with the French. 

Mustering off from the painting desk are two British guns.  One is a Royal Horse Artillery gun and the other is a Foot Artillery gun.

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The foot artillery crew, in their workmanlike uniforms, offer a contrast against the finery of their Royal Horse Artillery brethren.  One wonders how a weapon can be served in a heavily braided pelisse.

Now work really returns to focusing on a few more units of 18mm figures for both the 1799 and 1859 projects.  I will not be abandoning the 28mm Peninsular War project for long though.  On the painting desk are eight Polish Lancers to be fielded as Vistula Legion.

30 comments:

  1. Just 'knocking these out'with all that detail is pretty impressive Jonathan. Great work.

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    1. Thank you, Nathan! Six figures and two guns is a relatively painless diversion.

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  2. Great work Jonathan! :D These fellows were both brave professionals and fashion victims, I guess... ;) Cheers!

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  3. Great looking artillery pieces Jonathan!

    Christopher

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    1. Glad you approve! The British RHA uniform is a dandy, is it not?

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  4. They look great, very well done Jonathan!

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  5. Beautiful additions to your 28mm Napoleonic collection, Jonathan. As far as the pelisse in combat, wasn't that the whole idea back then - looking awesome in battle :)

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    1. Dean, who can argue with looking good for battle? Not me!

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  6. Beautiful quick work Jonathan. I always like little side projects like this when I'm working on something big. Variety, spice, life. All that.

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    1. Thanks, Aaron! For me, it is very helpful to keep activity on the painting desk interesting and varied. Mixing up the period and scale is a solution that works for me. I see we hold similar practices.

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  7. Very nice work, Jonathan. You absolutely want parity with Johnny Frog.
    As for me, if I was out on the town, I know which of those uniforms I'd want to try and impress the ladies with.

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    1. Thanks, Michael! Yeah, I would pick the RHA uniform for a night out too!

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  8. Beautiful, Jon! We'll have to see how they fight . . .

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    1. Thanks, Scott! One day, we will find out how they fight.

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  9. Lovely work Jon! I'm a particularly big fan of the horse artillery, they bring back memories of my early start painting the 1/72 scale as a teenager. I think it was ESCI (or was it Revell) who had excellent British horse artillery...

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    1. Always appreciate your encouragement, Soren!

      As a lad, I was particularly found of the Airfix 1/72nd British Royal Horse Artillery plastic set. That one included a limber and team too. From my memory, that was a great kit. The Airfix British hussars set was another good one.

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  10. Fine looking Artillery in their finery! I suspect they mostly wore their "fatigue" uniforms in combat. The French in particular had a bewildering variety of orders of dress. Not on my table, though - that demands the full dress kit!

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    1. As Michael mentions above, full dress should be de rigueur for the Napoleonic battlefield!

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  11. Great stuff Jonathan the detail on these is top draw keep up the good work my friend

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  12. I am just getting caught up on your updates, but you are an artillery machine. All these gun stands look well executed.

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    1. Glad you are able to catch up! Artillery has seen a lot of action on the painting desk lately. I think that is it for now, though.

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