Friday, 20 September 2019

Troop Inspection

The Lamming castings I posted a few weeks ago seemed to go down quite well, so I decided to slap a bit of paint on them.


To recap, from left to right, the figures are:

FI/3: Imperial Guard Grenadier advancing;
FI/1: Line Voltigeur or Grenadier elite; and
FI/8: Line fusilier


They're a wee bit bigger than Hinton Hunts, but it's nothing  that can't be cured by using slightly thinner bases.

Hinton Hunt FN 254 and Lamming FI/1

Hinton Hunt FN 5 and Lamming FI/8

Lamming FI/3 and Hinton Hunt FN 234s
It'll probably come as no surprise to anyone that I also couldn't resist painting up one of the FI/1s as a Fusilier grenadier.


And the final lineup:


I think that some of these will definitely be making their way into Phase 3.

Best Regards

WM

21 comments :

  1. A nice piece of 'slap', en-masse they'll look great and it's also great to have your blog back as source of painting inspiration.
    Individually I think the Hintons win out as I think the proportions suffer from the comparison especially in terms of the size of the head and the leg in the fusilier comparison shot.

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    1. The HHs are undoubtedly much more sophisticated, Rob, although they have a few anatomical issues of their own. Their arms in particular are clearly far too long!

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  2. These are very crisply painted and outlined. Well done!

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    1. Thank you, AP! Lammings are a joy to paint - the relief work is strong and simple, so there's absolutely no guesswork involved, unlike Hinton Hunts.

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  3. Splendid colors and excellent job WM, "bravo pour ce superbe travail!"

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    1. Cheers, Phil. There's something abut the poses that make them look a bit like diminutive Mignots or Lucottes, don't you think?

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  4. Nice work Matthew I can see they appeal. Must be great to actually have some moulded detail to paint!

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    1. It is indeed, Ian. And yes, they have a certain character too.

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  5. Beautifully done! With the paint it really enhances their toy soldier look. As stated earlier, not quite as sophisticated as the HH sculpts, but something very appealing going on there. The Old Guard Grenadiers are particularly nice. I must say I am angry at you though. I have the Fusilier-Grenadiers in the queue as well, and now will have to do a mental comparison with yours, which I fear can only end in disappointment!

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    1. I feel exactly the same way about your Fusilier-Chasseurs, David!
      Rest assured, however, that as Fusilier-Grenadiers are absolutely nowhere in my short, medium or even long-term plans a battalion of them probably won't be appearing for a very long time.

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  6. What lovely figures (and photographs)! I'm not sure that I have ever seen painted Lamming Napoleonics anywhere before although I certainly remember the print ads for them from way back when. The slight difference in height shouldn't be an issue on the table so long as the Lammings and Hinton Hunts are grouped into their own distinct units. You really nailed the Fusilier-Grenadiers with that test figures as well.

    Best Painterly Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. The Vintage Wargamer's blog, "The Old Metal Detector", has a regiment of FI/3s (painted as Old Guard Chasseurs) complete with what looks like a magnificent mounted officer conversion. He's also documented some of the British, which you can also see on Foy's "Prometheus in Aspic" blog. I'm not aware of anyone posting ordinary French line fusiliers though. The FI/8 seen above may be new to the interwebs. Peter Gilder clearly fancied the FI/1s, however. Whole battalions of them with gorgeous red and yellow plumes can be seen marching across the battlefield in numerous photographs of his amazing layouts. I'm very tempted to emulate this....

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    2. I think you are right about their presence in PG's collections. Just before Mike Ingham passed away I went down to see him at the old Wargames Holiday Centre to help him identify the manufacturers of various units from the original WHC "20mm" collection, which he was wanting to sell for the benefit of his family. There was a rather nice unit of Lamming Dutch Belgians. I also seem to remember spotting a couple of battalions of Lammings, possibly Russians, in the later "25mm" collection.
      Many of the units in this collection had been painted for him by Doug Mason and others. Among the "20mm" collection were figures/units by Alberken, Garrison, early Hinchliffe, Hinton Hunt, Miniature Figurine 20mm, S Range, Tradition and Warrior.

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  7. I like your description of 'slapping a bit of paint on them' Matt. If that's what these beauties are, I'd 'hate' to see it if you took your time! (ha, ha)
    Beautifully done. Quite inspiring. James

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    1. They were remarkably quick and simple to paint, James, which is another incentive for including them in Phase 3.

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    2. I have a Lamming list from around 1974 (when the new "robust" Napoleonics were coming in but some of the old ones were still listed).

      The front cover describes then as "25mm Wargane figures - consistent scale top quality metal castings - easy to paint" which suggests this was deliberate.

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    3. I think you're undoubtedly correct, VW.
      There is one slight technical issue that I should point out, however, which is that the packs straps on the grenadier and the voltigeur do not actually pass over the top of their epaulettes. On the grenadier, in fact, the pack straps are virtually non-existent. The arrangement of the pack straps you can see above is thus effectively a paint conversion.

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  8. They have painted up nicely. The height difference is not too great and once based will fit in very well with your HH and DK figures.

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    1. I think they will too, Mark, which is a huge relief as I've got zillions of them!

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  9. Beautifully done...
    I am very fond of Lamming Miniatures...
    You constantly remind me that I need to get on with my own shiny Napoleonic project...


    All the best. Aly

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    1. I'm very glad you like them, Aly.
      As for your own wee shiny men, yes you do! I wouldn't be the only one who'd be delighted some more of your vintage artistry.

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