Wednesday, March 9, 2016

French Chasseurs d'Afrique - 1859

After the 28mm diversion to pluck off a unit if crossbowmen for the Reconquista and two stands of Stradiots for the Great Italian Wars, work returns to focus on 15mm projects.
Picking up on the 1859 Risorgimento project, four squadrons of a French Chasseurs d'Afrique regiment are mobilized from the painting desk.
Figures are Old Glory 15s and while the sculpting is generally quite good.  Troopers carry a variety of weapons including swords, pistols, and carbines.  As for the swords, they are very weak and insubstantially molded.  I have seen this problem repeatedly from this 19th Century European Wars range of figures from Old Glory/19th Century Miniatures.
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The French during the 1859 campaign fields three regiments of the Chasseurs d'Afrique.  Enough figures lurk in The Lead Pile to field all three, I imagine.  Perhaps, Lancaster Games' Chasseurs ought to be placed into the painting queue to offer a comparison?

Two more 15/18mm cavalry units are in work.

26 comments:

  1. They look fantastic, "Chargez!!"

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    1. Michal! Very good to see you becoming a regular visitor!

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  3. Great looking unit!... umm..er..so on average, you are painting completed figure units every 2 days? :o) which is an amazing strike rate on your part Jonathan! ;o)

    cheers,

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    1. Phil, that seems to be the trend thus far in 2016. Likely will not keep up that pace but there is a bit of momentum up right now.

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    2. Great!....
      ..but my concern is you may burn yourself out - it happen to me on 3 occasions during 2014-2015

      All the best,
      cheers

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    3. I appreciate your concern but there is always something interesting to paint. I may slow down but I have never burned out on painting (yet!). If I tire of painting then a game should hit the table for an extended period.

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  4. Lovely cav, Jonathan. Their uniform reminiscent of the 9th Hussars of the 1st Empire.

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    1. Thanks, Dean! It is a handsome uniform.

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  5. Nice work. I've got a unit of these guys for my FPW project. An essential unit!

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    1. Thanks! I look forward to seeing your work on the chasseurs. Are yours Old Glory or Lancashire?

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  6. I really like the light blue jacket combination with the red kepi, such a great second empire unit and delightfully painted as always.
    Best Iain

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    1. It is a handsome uniform. Appreciate your support, Iain!

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  7. Really fine work there Jonathan!

    Christopher

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  8. Its a great uniform tonwork with, isn't is? You have convinced me that I need to finish my second regiment.

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    1. Yes, it is a handsome uniform. I look forward to seeing regiment #2 trot off your painting desk.

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  9. You are on fire right now. This unit really comes together well.

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    1. When I put my mind into it, work gets done!

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  10. Those really look nice John. I've had the same problem with the OldGlory15's French Hussars. On the other hand, my Austrian dragoons are pretty solid. I reinforced a few weak blades with a light coat of wood glue. That seemed to do the trick!

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    1. Thanks, Don! I really wish the old Glory 15s' swords were a little more robust. I will try the wood glue treatment next time.

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