Saturday, 14 March 2015

Young Guard Voltigeurs Update

Hinton Hunt French Young Guard Voltigeurs

I've reached the half-way stage on Roy's Young Guard Voltigeurs.

Having got them off their wine bottle tops I can now see that the flag bearer is a lovely conversion of FN 70: Young Guard Officer, Charging. The Drummer is Roy's equally splendid conversion of the standard FN 75: Young Guard Voltigeur Charging.

Hinton Hunt French Young Guard Voltigeurs
Hinton Hunt Prussian JaegersMuch as I wish I could claim to have suddenly acquired a war games table, I have to admit that they've actually been photographed standing on a bit of green paper, with some blue paper tacked up on the wall behind them. This had strange effects on the colour balance on my camera, so apologies for the colour variance in the photos!  However, I thought I'd give this a go to see what they might look like on the type of abstract terrain used by Charles Grant in his 1971 classic The War Game. This is the type of look I'm thinking of going for when I do build a games table. Some of you may notice that I've managed to get hold of a few "Merit" plastic model railway trees, which I think add a nice contemporary feel.

The Last photo is a shot of my Jaegers, which I thought they deserved as I've finally got round to basing them all. It's rather large for a unit of skirmishers, but I'll probably have them divided up into detached companies when my Prussian Army is finished.

Although I'd originally intended to finish my somewhat neglected Neumark Landwehr Infantry Regiment once I'd got though half of Roy's guardsmen, I've decided to crack on with the Young Guard as I've finally established a bit of momentum with them. I'd also be very sorry if I didn't get them finished in time for Vintage Waterloo!

Have a great weekend everyone.

WM

10 comments :

  1. They look most impressive. Very good brushwork.

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  2. Lovely painting! I know that blues can be notoriously difficult to photograph accurately, they often appear lighter on the screen. Look forward to seeing the battalion completed.

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    1. Me too. There's a big glass of wine waiting for me at the end of this lot!

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  3. They look great Matt but surely separating Frenchmen from their wine bottles is fraught with danger!

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    1. Indeed it is! So much so that I'll be shamelessly stealing Lee's brilliant idea of using bluetack to hold them on in future. This also avoids the tedious necessity of repainting the edges of their bases after you dismount them.

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  4. I am grinning with the smug delight of being the inhaber of these lovelies (Jeune Garde) They are a delight to behold!
    Roy

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  5. Excellent looking Young Guard, love the fanion, they will look the part in the upcoming battle.

    Paul

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