Sunday, April 26, 2015

Entry #2 to the 9th Lead Painters' League - 1812 Retreat: French and Germans



For my past week's entry to the LPL I decided to add a few more figures to my 1812 Retreat collection. Here is a group of French along with a few of their unfortunate German allies.



Westphalian Hussar, elite company.




French Carabiniere.




French voltigeur.




Wurttemberg infantryman.




...and a French line infantryman.


These five castings are all from the fabulous range of 28mm figures depicting the French retreat from Moscow from Perry Miniatures. Highly recommended.

As for this week's entry, I have a group of very old school 1970s era orcs and goblins from Ral Partha that I excavated from the Lead Shed. If you have the time please drop by the Lead Painters' League to see all the submissions from the participants of the League.

Have a great week folks!

30 comments:

  1. Fantastic - as always. I love the guy with two pistols!

    The orcs are fun too - those were some of the very first figures I bought - and I still have a few of them!

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    1. Thanks very much Tim. I really like the dual wielding carabiniere as well (though the guy in the busby is a close second).

      Ha! I have to laugh about your second comment as those orcs and goblins were amongst my first figures as well - AND I'm sure we both got them from the same place: 'Wizard's Corner' on Broadway. :) Good times!

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  2. A very fine entry Curt - your retreat collection must be getting quite big now?

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    1. Cheers Phil! Yes, this little 'side venture' is slowly becoming a going concern in the display cabinet. :)

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  3. Stunning! You really do these justice Curt, bravo!

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  4. Beautiful painting Curt, love the chap with the two pistols.

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    1. Thanks Ray! Yes, he's a real corker, for sure. A very 'last stand' pose.

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  5. Superb work :)
    I am longing to give these models a go myself - great stuff!

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    1. Thank you Mike. Definitely give them a go - they are real little gems and a pleasure to work on.

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    1. Cheers Christopher, thanks for the thumbs up!

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  7. Very nice indeed! Of all the "1812 Winter War" fraternity I always think your stuff stands out.

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    1. Very kind of you to say Millsy - there are some spectacular collections out there, especially amongst the fellows in Germany who've created the '1812 White Death' set of rules - so being included with such company is a compliment indeed.

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  8. These look excellent. Very evocative of how I think of the retreat. The snow up the legs is very nicely done, how did you get that look?

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    1. Thanks very much Jamie. For the snow and frost effect I used an old, battered brush and stippled ever-lightening shades of grey, ending with a final highlight of titanium white. I used the same effect around the mouths and scarves.

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  9. Fantastic, this is a wonderful painting work.

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  10. As always that's quite an impressive paint job on these guys! Love how you really 'melted' them into scene with the snow on the lower parts of their clothing and the frozen breath around their mouths.

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    1. Thanks very much Nick, very kind of you. I've managed to work out a recipe for these guys that works okay. (If I ever loose my 'paint notes' I'll be completely hooped!)

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  11. You always do incredible work with these fellows Curt. I can feel the chill, and my hatred of winter oozes forth (not that anything warms up, but you know). Excellent job.

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    1. Thanks Greg! If there's anything I should be able to paint it's winter. :)

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  12. I missed these in the LPL voting (I'm still suffering Challenge burnout, despite not producing much during it), but, as usual, your painting and posing are splendid! Your black background photography works perfectly with the winter scenes.

    I love the Carabiniere, though if I ever get into this, I'll do 1814 and he'll be defending the Eagle!

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  13. Thanks Robert. Yes, many of these figures would be excellent for the late winter/early spring battles of 1814. Hmmm... Scenarios are already beginning to percolate... :)

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    1. Absolutely! 1814 can be a blast to game, and arguably it showed Napoleon at his best since at least 1809!

      The Perry and Victrix plastics could be used to flesh things out with just a bit of greenstuff work on the greatcoats. Cavalry is the hard bit, since the Perry's aren't really casting with formed units in mind, though the real problem is the dearth of non-French in anything but dress line uniforms . . .

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    2. Hmm, I thought Calpe was doing French in late campaign uniforms. I'll have to check. Otherwise I suppose you could always fall back on French in greatcoats.

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  14. As usual, you've set the bar at a great height. Well done Sir.

    Pip pip

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    1. Thanks Richard! I'm delighted you like them.

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