Saturday, 23 May 2015

Using Up My Légère Time!

DK 13: Der Kriegspielers French Line Infantry 1812, Command, painted as light infantry
DK 13: French Line Infantry 1812 Command

DK 8: Der Kriegspielers French Line Infantry 1812, Charging, painted as chasseurs
DK 8s painted as Light Infantry chasseurs
One of these days I'm going to have to do more than just one of each type of unit before moving on to the next, but it hasn't arrived yet! So, true to form, I've decided to have a go at a battalion of French light infantry.

Commanded by three of Chuck's excellent DK 13 figures are nine DK 8: French Line Infantry 1812, Charging, painted as light infantry chasseurs. As the light infantry after 1812 had a more or less identical cut to their uniforms as the line, all that was required to turn them into light infantry was a different colour scheme.

I was bit worried that the results might look a little monochromatic, but I think the contrast of blue coats and trousers against red collars, with a further flash of scarlet on the cuffs, just manages to avoid this. Although blue pointed cuffs with white piping were more common for the light infantry after 1812, some battalions seem to have retained the older, pre-1812 style of cuff, so I decided this was allowable!

Once again, the DK 8s turned out to be beautiful castings once the old paint had been stripped away, and I was very taken with their fine, aggressive fighting stance! Although the lettering on their flag proclaims them to be the 45me de Ligne,  in my order of battle they are to be the crack 13me Légère. It was the 13th that finally captured the farmhouse of La Haye Sainte from the King's German Legion at Waterloo, and thus for a moment seemed to turn the tide of the battle.

Next up should be the 13th's carabinier and voltigeur companies, using a mixture of DK 8Es and a few more DK 11Es to make up the numbers.

Have a great weekend everyone,


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The 45th Goes Forth

Der Kriegspielers French Line Infantry 1812
Fall In the 45th!
Der Kriegspielers French Line Infantry 1812
I was at home with a cold today, so had nothing better to do between sneezes than to finish my DK tribute to Ian's 45th.

At just under four weeks to paint from first to last, this battalion has got to be something of a speed-painting record for me.

Two whole companies devoted to grenadiers and voltigeurs was a bit of an extravagance, but I thought that as this was my first French battalion I should stint them nothing.

I think I'll need to do at least one more battalion to get the French Army well and truly underway before returning to the Prussians. The only question is, should it be another line battalion or some light infantry? I rather like the idea of an all-blue unit....

Der Kriegspielers French Line Infantry 1812Many thanks again to Chuck for providing the vital command figures. It just wouldn't have been the same with a home-made Eagle. Having said that, I think it's certain that I'm going to have to have a go at this at some stage!


Der Kriegspielers French Line Infantry 1812

French Flankers

Der Kriegspielers DK9 E: French Line Infantry Elites 1812, Advancing
DK 9E: French Line Infantry Elite, Advancing
They took me a little bit longer than expected (all those piped collars, cuffs, lapels and epaulettes!), but the 45th's flank companies are finally ready.

First up are two examples of the Der Kriegspielers DK 9 E: French Line Infantry Elites 1812, Advancing figure, painted as a line grenadier and a line voltigeur. As with the DK 9 fusilier figures, these are clearly related to the Hinton Hunt FN 5 French fusilier figure, but with added elite company distinctions and those trademark DK hanging musket straps.

Der Kriegspielers DK11 E: French Line Infantry Elites 1812, Repelling
DK 11E: French Line Infantry Elite, Repelling!
Contrary to my previous post I found that I actually had nine of these figures. This gave me enough for six voltigeurs, but only three to form the grenadier company. However, help was at hand in the form of three DK 11 E figures, French Line Infantry Elites 1812, Repelling.

Pictured is one of the original veteran DK 11 E figures (on the right), with my revamped version (on the left). Underneath all the old paint were some very tidy little casting! Many of the DK poses seem to consist of little more than a slight variation in the musket position, but I think this one qualifies as something altogether more original. My version has his head twisted round to face the front in order to make him blend in a little more with the DK9s.

The bases have been prepared and are drying, so the next post featuring the whole battalion shouldn't be too far off.


Saturday, 2 May 2015

The 45th Forms Up

Der Kriegspielers DK 9: French Line Infantry 1812, advancing
The 45me de Ligne takes shape.

Der Kriegspielers DK 9: French Line Infantry 1812, advancing
DK 9: French Line Infantry 1812, advancing.
My Der Kriegspielers tribute to the 45th has reached the halfway mark.

The marching officer is one of Chuck's splendid DK 13: French Line Infantry 1812 Command figures, and I have to say that I think he's come out rather well! Most of other the figures are DK 9: French Line Infantry 1812, advancing.

DK 9 is clearly modeled on the Hinton Hunt FN 5 figure, French Infantry of the Line 1812-15, Fusilier charging. However, there are some significant differences to look out for in case anyone else comes across these figures.

The first thing to note is the head position, which is facing directly forwards in DK 9 rather than to the side as in the FN 5 figure. Another difference is the musket sling. This is fastened tight against the musket in FN 5, but hangs loose in DK 9. Finally, the bases on the DK 9s are rectangular rather than forming the classic HH square. As with many DKs, they are also altogether lighter, slimmer and less detailed than their HH contemporaries. A final identifier is the "9'"inscription discernible under most of the bases

Der Kriegspielers DK 9: French Line Infantry 1812, advancing
DK 9 musket sling variations

They may not be Hinton Hunts, but I'm delighted with them nonetheless. The lack of deep relief detail made them simple and quick to paint, and they look balanced and well proportioned. In short, I think it's entirely fair to say they have a charm of all of their own.

I also like them because while I was painting them I experienced one of those moments of pure geeky joy when I realised that there are in fact two variants of the DK 9 fusilier - one with musket sling starting in front of the left hand, and one starting after it! If this batch is anything to go by, the former is a lot rarer than the latter.

The next post will look at another unique DK feature - the inclusion of special 'Elite' variants within the French line infantry range. I have eight of the DK 9E variants, which will serve vary well for the 45th's grenadiers and voltigeurs.