Monday, 8 January 2018

First batch for the Peninsular project in 2018

Over Christmas and New Year, I decided to use some of my 'holiday time' to get ahead of the game with the project quota for January. Most of the rest of this month will be taken up painting commissions, probably long into the night, so I'm not expecting too much more to be completed for my Peninsular project until well into February.

The units I chose to add were three battalions of the 27th Ligne. 

Figures are by Front Rank. They were painted by yours truly using Humbrol enamels (mainly). 

The tricolour flags are by GMB Designs and the fanion is by Flags for the Lads; the latter had to be cut down because the GMB flags are several millimetres smaller than FftL flags. 

Another difference between GMB and FftL flags is the paper they are printed on. GMB paper is 'shiny' and consequently the colours seem more vivid than FftL. However, GMB paper is also much heavier and doesn't bend as easily for the 'on the fly' look. 
The reason I chose this regiment is visible here. The regimental distinction is not only a colourful one one, it's also blindingly obvious, even from a distance.
These are the last troops in campaign dress that I had in the lead pile. 

The next six battalions of Ligne will be in full parade dress. 

I have chosen to field the French in both uniforms (full and campaign) because I like uniform variation and French full dress is very striking.

I rather fancy doing a converged grenadier battalion, or two, in great coats for even more variation.
The later voltigeur uniform for this regiment is wonderful! I rather wish all French regiments had adopted it. Yellow shako bands and chevrons, yellow tuft over green ball plume and yellow metal epaulettes with yellow crescents and green fringes (the grenadiers have yellow metal epaulettes with red crescents and fringes).

Now Santa has been, I will be able to do the three battalions for 2nd Legere - with grenadiers in bearskins. 

Speaking of Santa and wargaming, he was very good to me this year. He also brought another battalion of Legere (bringing my total lead pile to six); a regiment of Polish lancers; a couple of companies of riflemen; Six battalions worth of Portuguese line skirmishers in shakos which, having wrongly ordered in barretinas over a year ago, Alec at Front Rank kindly replaced; a hardback copy of Brent Nosworthy's Battle Tactics of Napoleon and his Enemies; Osprey's Napoleon's Polish Troops. Ta, Santa!


Jonathan Freitag said...

Gorgeous brushwork, James!

David said...

Very nice work there. A productive use of holiday down time.

Neil Scott said...

Great work

Colbourne said...

Great work. I love the new Front rank figures

Jacko said...

Artwork !

Jay White said...


Robbie Rodiss said...

Up to your high standards as usual James. You really make painting look easy.

Anthony Miles said...

Another good looking set of battalions.


Phil said...

Lovely figures and great paint bruch James!

Anonymous said...

Really nice James and I'm glad to see that you've included the iconic bits like piping on the collars and turn backs and have done it really well
Looking forward to see the full dress figures

Gonsalvo said...

The voltigeurs are probably the most fun to paint, because of the many variations in colors for the collars, epaulets, shako cords or lace, and plumes/pom poms. While we know of some of the individual variants of different regiments, even those are only strictly applicable for the time of observation - a few years before or after things might be quite different!

David Sullivan said...

Looking good!