Sunday, December 29, 2013

From AndrewS: 28mm Napoleonic French & Dark Age Saxons (290 points)


Andrew hasn't let Kent's challenge gone answered and so submits this fine Napoleonic French battalion and a large Dark Age Saxon warband.

From Andrew:
The first unit of my Napoleonic French collection, I thought I would break the ice so to speak with the simplest unit of the lot a battalion of 16 line infantry in greatcoats!
These are a mix of 28 mm Perry Plastics and Foundry Metals, they do seem to go together quite well although the Foundry have come in a tad smaller, but I am happy with the overall look of the unit.
The version of Black powder myself and Kevin have adapted means that we only need 12 or 16 figure Infantry battalions, which helps keep down the costs of building an army in this period but the biggest bonus is that we do not have to paint 24 or 36 detailed figures to make a battalion.
The second lot I have for you is a small commission I agreed to take on, the client only told me he had purchased some Saxons via eBay and just asked me to paint them up in my usual style.


The vagaries of such instruction escaped me until I saw what he had sent, the whole lot was a real mixed bag of figures, so my first task was to try and sort them into types and then try to make it look like a force. In all there are 42 Foundry 28 mm Saxons of various types and quality, some of the moulds used to cast these figures were past there best and they were the devil to clean, two actually retain a mould line, it was that or lose most of the face trying to sort it. I have managed to disguise the issue in the painting though.

The first picture is an overview of the 42 figures, I decided the only way I could tie these together was to have a colour scheme on the shields that brought them together.

Whoa! What a stonking submission! Fabulous work Andrew. I really like that French battalion. I too have Foundry and Perry castings mixed together within units and find they work quite well with one another (not totally surprising since they are from the same sculptor). 

These two fine groups of figures will give Andrew an impressive 290 points, enough for him to claim the lead once again. Well done!

49 comments:

  1. Great Stuff! I also really like the French battalion - a great start!

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  2. Superb work by Andrew - a worthy contender! Best, Dean

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  3. Bloody Hell Loki!!! You've just passed my target in 15 days!
    Fine painting all the same ol' chap!

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    1. Cheers Ray, I been slaving away like a mad man to do this, trying to outrun the sandbags

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  4. Annoyingly impressive output, bravo!

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  5. Wonderful job there Andrew really nice entry

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    1. Thank you Kent though it is hard work keeping pace with you

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  6. Very impressive. I wish could work that fast and to that standard.

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    1. Your work is very impressive Clint, the speed comes from the sheer determination to beat Kev

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  7. Absolutely amazing work again! You're cranking out stuff in almost no time.

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  8. Wow, I really like those French. Very nicely done!

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  9. Andrew - the Fire Brigade are on their way to put out the brush fire you've started by painting so fast ;)

    Lovely work on all of these :)

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    1. I will tell them to Feck off when they arrive I have spares and a pot of water to put the brushes out ;)

      Thank you Tamsin

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  10. You're a painting machine!

    Lovely work, too, btw!

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    1. That I am Johnny, but more locally known as a mischief maker

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  11. Bleedin hell bud.
    Well done and lovely stuff again

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  12. Nice to see some French in greatcoats. Lovely work all round.

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    1. Thank you Michael, they do look nice in Greatcoats, its a pity all ten battalions arn't in em

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  13. Love the French Nap's they look ready to go to work

    Ian

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    1. They certainly will be when I get some more done, cheers Ian

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  14. Great Stuff Loki you are truly on fire
    Peace James

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  15. Your turning into a painting machine Andrew! They look great too!

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher, I am definitely cranking them out

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  16. Hi,
    well done !
    quality and quantity!
    AndrewS is top!
    All the Best.

    GillesW " the french snail ;-) "

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    1. Thanks Gilles, yes quality and quantity, the latter can dissipate the former is the most important

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  17. Really fast painter! Very nice unit and warband.

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  18. Well, as we French say: "je suis sur le cul"

    A litteral translation is: "I'm on my ass" Doesn't mean anything in English, but in French (the most colourful language on Earth), it means we're more than in awe/ surprised by the achievement.
    well done Andrew!

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    1. I think that translation is a pretty good fit in English as well (as well as funny and appropriate).

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    2. Very good translation and understood well enough :) Thanks Seb

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  19. I'm French too, but I'll only say "Wonderful work!"..

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  20. Awesome looking work! Nice idea to do smaller units like that, can you convince Curt.... That way I don't have to do this huge unit of them that I am working on? Would make my life easier :-)

    I hope they come out even half as good as yours!!

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    1. That was always our issue, then table space as a consquence, now we have big games on a smaller table and it really works well

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  21. Great stuff Loki - I really like the French battalion

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  22. The french unit looks great. the vikings aren't too shoddy either ;)

    I'm impressed with how quickly you're turning out stuff too.

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  23. Cheers Paul although the Saxons might get upset at the name calling ;)

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