Sonntag, 30. September 2012

Albuera - the movie

I found this great little film on Youtube today. In the past I tried to load up videos from our own dioramas but wasn't successful so far.

Another one was more intelligent and here is the film

Samstag, 29. September 2012

Borodino - The charge of the Garde du Corps

And here we have the Saxon Garde du Corps attacking the redoubt from the flank. The regiment is drawn up in half squadrons, the first two already within the redoubt riding down Russian infantry while the rest is following up. The Russian infantry and militia try to form a defensive line within the redoubt.

I hope these are not too much photos for you:-))

Donnerstag, 27. September 2012

New Indian heavy cavalry

For my Indian armies range there was still something missing (beside the artillery and British cavalry on which Ingo is working at the moment). These are armoured Indian cavalry.

So I gave some photos of armour, helmets etc. and asked him to sculpt me some figures.
Here is what I've got!!

Great figures, eh? And the guys are useful from 1525 up to the 1850ies. I wanted to use them for my Wellington in India series, but they could also go as Sikh Gorchurrah.

Michael Cremerius from Germania figures will try to cast them in resin and afterwards we give them to Jörg Schilling for casting them in metal. Afterwards they will be available in my job - just in case someone will help me to cover the costs:-)))

Dienstag, 25. September 2012

1812 too - but later in the year

Here is what I have found on the fair too - the new set from the Schillings, sculpted by Ingo.

I think they are great figures, "lively" poses and I can imagine a small vignette or diorama about the desastrous retreat of the French army.

Jörg told me that there will be more figures for this series soon, for example dead and dying in greatcoat.
If you would like to buy the figures, the link to the Schilling-shop is in my link-list.

Borodino 1st part

And here we go.

The battle of Borodino, fought on the 7th September 1812 was so far the biggest battle in the Napoleonic wars. You know, I always want our dioramas in Scale 1:1. With around 250.000 figures this would have been a challenge:-)) So we decided to show one part of the battle - The charge of the Saxon Cuirassierbrigade who finally conquered the Rajewsky-redoubt in the center of the Russian line. This finally broke the Russians.

There is one big fault in the diorama. As usual we have much too less dead on the battlefield. Especially here we would have needed hundreds if not thousands of dead within and in front of the redoubt. That was simply not possible to do in the short time.

See here the two Saxon regiments of Garde du Corps and Zastrow. We had not space to bring the supporting Polish cuirassiers on the plate, not talking about the Westfalian Cuirassierbrigade on their flank.

 So what we are showing here are the Garde du Corps charging in the redoubt from the flank, while the Zastrow are taking on the Russian infantry which was formed in squares beside the redoubt. After we have established the diorama we have seen that we had some little space left which we used to show a Russian counterattack. The problem was we had no Russian cuirassiers with us. But Schmitty had some at home which was close by and we took these. The problem here was - as mostly when you buy painted figures from Ebay - that the uniform was totally wrong. So we used the first hours on Saturday morning to repaint these figures... See here Peter who had to do the job:-))))

In my last post I asked around who can send me photos from the project to have some showing me working too. Well, Alfred and Tom already responded, but the photos I got - hm....

Alfred working while Michael and me standing around, not even trying to look busy:-)))

But for my luck I got some others too

Ok, but now to the more important thing. How did it looked like? First part the Redoubt itself with the Russian artillery manning it. Photos from Tom Winterkamp, Alfred and Roland Umhey and myself (thanks to Schmitty who lent me his camera after my batteries broke down).