Sunday, 16 October 2016

Head Hunters

Der Kriegspielers DK 20 Chasseurs à pied command group

The DK 20 command group for my Chasseurs à pied (literally "Hunters on foot", in English) is ready for inspection.

I've had an ambition to paint a battalion of French Imperial guardsmen for as long as I can remember, so I've been beavering away during the weekday evenings to get them done.


Der Kriegspielers DK 20 Chasseurs à pied command group

The flag is my attempt to produce the 1812 pattern infantry flag. It's a little impressionistic as I couldn't quite squeeze everything on to it! I can't help thinking that the Imperial symbols down the sides look just bit too much like Chinese characters, but they ought to be OK when viewed from a distance.

I have a special commander for these chaps! All will be revealed in the next post....

Cheers

WM

17 comments :

  1. Great looking minis...and flag!

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    1. Cheers Phil. Every one is an experiment!

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  2. That DK flag bearer is a nice looking figure and certainly better than the one I have. The painting of the flag is amazing as always and no they don't look like Chinese characters!

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    1. He's a handsome casting, even is he is just the Hinton Hunt French line infantry flag bearer with a different head. Did you spot that I'd done a paint conversion on his rear pockets?

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  3. They are magnificent. I am in awe of the flag. Could you please drop the notes of self doubt, as they make me think of hanging up my brushes.....

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    1. Archduke, your wee men are some of the most beautifully painted figures I've ever seen, so don't be daft!

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  4. Well done , brilliant looking command group . Tony

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    1. Thanks, Tony. I had to put a bit of extra effort into them. I've waited for my guardsmen for a very long time!

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  5. Stunning! I copied the photo and scaled it to life size - you must have a powerful magnifying lens and the steadiest of hands to paint that flag!
    But who is the mystery commander - a red-headed firebrand by any chance?

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    1. Cheers Rob. No magnifying glasses were involved, just shortsightedness! I just take my specs off to do the detailed work.

      All I can reveal at the moment is that it is nay to Ney!

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  6. Cheers James.

    If you or anyone else has spotted the mistake you've been very generous in keeping quiet about it!

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  7. If its a competition of tarts to command such a beautiful unit then you coukd do worse than Junot. Napoleon's commanders were not chosen for breeding, connections or taste as you have shown us with Marbot and Murat, so I expect this arriving commander to be equally showy. To think that they were beaten by a lot of toffs in raincoats.

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    1. He'll certainly be down to earth, Roy!

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  8. I reckon it's Cambronne. Even if he was less earthy than fans of the prosaic would have us believe.

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