Thursday, 4 July 2019

More French Carabiniers

Here is the second batch of the 17 French Carabinier’s which are made by Italeri that I am continuing to painting up. The trumpeter is the easiest figure to paint out of this set with clear clean lines. I have kept all of the troopers that are holding their carbines as there are four in a set and I do not want to buy another set just to make the numbers up. It’s a great shame that the set does not include a figure holding the regimental flag. Last five figures to finish off painting and they are nearly all done.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

French Carabiniers 1815

At last, the first batch of the 17 Italeri’s French Carabiniers for which it has taken me a total of seven years to complete. I started painting the 17 horses in 2012 and finished them pretty quickly but the troopers have been a bit of a night mare. The reason being is that there is not much information about what they were wearing at Waterloo. There are so many accounts of what they did and not wear it drove me crazy to decide what they should wear. Although the figures have some issues with the uniform, I love them.

It seems that most wargamers have painted them up in their parade uniforms but we know that is is not so but they do look really good in their white posh uniforms. So in the end I took a bit of this and a bit of that and I am well pleased of the finished results. I have painted them in much of their campaign gear and I have decided to keep their carbines, although some of the researchers said that they did not have them at Waterloo. The same goes for the badge plates on their helmets, as you can see I have kept mine on as it gives them a bit of quality for the French cavalry. I know my painting won’t win any prizes, but they will do for me. My second batch will be here soon.


Monday, 18 March 2019

Skirmish 2019 Sudan

I cannot believe that we are in March and this is my first post of the year? Still yesterday I went to my first show of the year at Skirmish 2019 “Sudan”.
After some rotten wet and windy weather, the sun was actually shinning when I left for the Sidcup show. I arrive by 10. 30 and it was just a little bit too quite as with previous shows. Although I did not make it to the September show last year, I made the effort with some money from the war chest.
The first thing to do on my list was to get some of the new HaT figures. These are the “French Command” box and a box of the “Colonial General Service Wagons” which were on sale.
On into the main hall and things where very quiet, but it was good to go round and see what’s on offer. You had a small choice of books, terrain, figures and kits. On the main stage there was the usual show of arms and equipment of the Sudan period. This is always very good to see what the armies had at that time.
Into the gaming hall and most of the games were for the Sudan period but a naval game and even Lords of the Rings were thrown in. The Bring and Buy tables were well stocked with goodies.

The best display and game was from the Replica Metal Soldiers with a the battle of Tel el Kebir a Egyptian game with 54 mm figures made in the traditional metal toy soldiers.

The other game I picked was from the Skirmish Wargames called “What a Carry on up the Nile” I just loved the paddle steamer.

The best part of the show is that I won one of the reprints of a British soldier from the camel corps in the free raffle. What a great way to end the day.