Freitag, 29. November 2019

Horses in 1/72

One of our Bestseller in the shop are the "naked horses".  I use them for plastic figures with ugly plastic horses and also for Art-Miniaturen and old Minifigs S-Range riders which have the shabraque sculpted on the figure.

Now Frank sculpted more of them. Very nice poses and anatomical better than some Plastics.

So in a short time, we can increase this range.

Dienstag, 26. November 2019

Rogers Rangers

Timo sent some photos of his conversions. Very nice ideas and a colourful spot between all these redcoats.

Samstag, 23. November 2019

Another Set of French Horse Artillery in the French revolution

One of the most popular sets in my range of the French revolution is the horse artillery made by Massimo. 
You can see it here.

Now Frank told me, he wants to make another set. We already have the uniform in Dolman, now he made the one in uniformcoat. I like these guys. 

And they are not only useful for Marengo:-) Here is Frank's text:

The next branch of arms for my Marengo-Range is the horse artillery. I want to introduce this new range step for step, with some aspects of the making off. So the fist chapter is the layout of the Uniform.

At Marengo, with only 18 guns, the horse artillery made up the rather little"Grand Batterie" which Marmont collected together from the remaining reserves to fight the Austrian deployment. He initiate with his battery the infantry attack of Desaix's fresh division on the northern wing. The positions of the Division of Desaix were recently reconstructed by Terry Crowdy.
Accordingly, this newly assembled "Grand Battery" initiated the major attack of the infantry with a dogged artillery battle against the clearly superior Austrian artillery.
The artillery of the Consular Guard, however, was set up directly on the flank of the already fighting famous 9th Light Infantry to support their counterattack. And specially their cannonade formed the prelude for the attack of the cavalry brigade of Kellermann.

The french horse artillery formed a highly specialized elite within the French artillery forces. It was formed up at the revolutionary wars time with artillery veterans. In addition to the training like that of the foot artillery gunners - which already meant an appreciation over the infantry - they were still trained as a riding troupe, which highlighted their status as an elite force. On the other hand, there were the risks and demands of their special skilled soldiers; in many cases the losses of the horse artillery were much higher than those of others, as it was used as a mobile reserve at the foci of a battle and often had to maneuver under enemy fire.
In battle paintings, this Branch of arms is represented in most cases in the flamboyant hussar style uniform. In 1802 Lejeune paints them in his atmospheric battle painting with this uniform in order to duly highlight the branch of service. But on the other hand, he shows dramatizing the injured gunners and horses too.

But we have aquarels of Lejeune, which represent a realistic image of the campaign uniforms of the horse artillery gunners of Marengo in 1800

On the left there is the horse artillery gunner of the consular guard with the linstock, recognizable by the bearskin and aiguillette, on the right the horse artillery gunner of the line with a sponge rammer. The latter makes the layout for the figures, with the front view of the guardsman, with his chasseur style coat, apart from the aiguilette and bearskin, we could have a front view of the right, but if you look closely, you will see the Hussar sash underneath the chasseurs coat; a detail that I have omitted with the figurines.
Thus, I had, the layout of the uniform. A mirliton with a feather plume and a peak, a coat in chasseur style without piping on the collar and lap cuffs, the coattails with poche a la soubise, plus a double-breasted vest. In addition to the coat a charivari or pantalon boutonné cavalier with leather trim. As armament I fixed the low-hanging hussar style saber at the sword belt without sabretache, with dragonne on the simple hand guard. And further the shoulderbelt & pouch for the rider pistols.
The gunners have mustaches and around 1800 still widely used pigtail and in addition, with braids hanging from the temples or tied back, as Lejeune shows.
Analogue to the appearance to the french light infantry in this time, we can assume, that there was a certain difference in uniformity between the units of the artillery a cheval until the end of the revolutionary period.

Mittwoch, 20. November 2019

Three nice flat figure dioramas

the last photos from Kulmbach. These dioramas were in the competition.

German civil war 1919

Wellington at Quatre Bras

French Chasseur a Cheval in the Franco-Prussian war 1870

Sonntag, 17. November 2019

Carlist wars in 1/72

Do you know this range fom Hermogenez?

He took over the Falcata range several years ago and started to produce additional figures. Beside this he made his own range of Carlist war figures.

I think the Perry's have more poses in their interesting 28mm range, maybe this series in 1/72 will grower too.

Montag, 11. November 2019

German Askaris from Ingo

I am glad, that new masters are comming up faster now again.

Ingo sculpted several German Askaris for German Eastafrica. In the first pictures I had to tell him about the bearded faces and the early 19th century bayonett.

In the meantime he changed it, but I have no photos for it. New poses will also come. I suggested kneeling and lying firing poses, also loading poses. And a charge to push the Indian and British infantry back into the sea at Tanga would be a nice addition.

The challenge will be the battle beees in 1/72:-)

And for the case, that Ingo takes a look here too, some suggestions for poses:-)

Dienstag, 5. November 2019

Austrian staff at Solferino

And here the next set from Massimo - I am glad, that it is going forward. And so many overpaid officers at once for these few rankers:-)