Sunday, July 15, 2018

General Gilbert Désiré Joseph Bachelu's New Uniform and Horse

 
General Gilbert Désiré Joseph Bachelu has been repainted and now has a new uniform and horse. 

Here is the general as I received him, before the refurbishment (facing to the right)
 
 Here is a close up, after refurbishment (facing right)
Here is the general, again as I received him, before the refurbishment (facing to the left)


 

 Here is a close up, after refurbishment (facing left)
 Here are two more photos from different angles:
 
His face looks a bit odd in this photo; it looks somewhat different (better) in person.

Here he is from the back. 
All in all., I am happy at how he turned out.  He has not had his gloss applied yet.  The entire army will be glossified at a later date.
 
As always, please leave your comments below. 
 


Sunday, July 1, 2018

Prussian 6th Uhlans Report for Duty




The 6th Prussian Uhlans clatter into the Allied camp, wearing their new uniforms,
as the sun raises over the Wurmberg in Bremen.

This unit was formed out of Uhlans from Lutzow's Freikorps and Uhlans from the Bremen Volunteers.  Note the different colored pennons on the lances and the slightly different uniforms. 

Lutzow's Freikorps troopers
 
 Bremen Volunteers
The 6th Uhlans at the charge
 
There are some small differences between the Lutzow's Freikorps uniform/equipment (black collars piped in red, red shoulder straps and gold scales, and black over red lance pennons) and those of the Bremen Volunteers (red collars, white piping on the shoulder strap, and red over white pennons). 

 Bremen Volunteers (red collars, white piping on the shoulder strap, and red over white pennons). 
Note the buttons on the trousers in above plate are not visible.  They are on the figures, so I added them. 
 Bremen Volunteers in reverse (red collars, white piping on the shoulder strap, and red over white pennons). 

Lutzow's Freikorps uniform/equipment (black collars piped in red, red shoulder straps and gold scales,
and black over red lance pennons).  Note the buttons on the trousers in above plate are not visible.  They are on the figures, so I added them.
 
Lutzow's Freikorps uniform/equipment in reverse (black collars piped in red, red shoulder straps and gold scales,
and black over red lance pennons)

I have four remaining Prussian Lancers.  I am thinking of adding 2 more Bremen Volunteers (so that I have a complete squadron of them, and then adding 4 more Lutzow's Freikorps troopers so that I have a squadron of them as well, and then combining them into a regiment. 

Now I will have to find two more Prussian Lancers to complete that plan.  There is always something to do.

 


Monday, June 25, 2018

Marshal Ney Reports to Camp

 
 
Marshal Ney has reported to camp in his new uniform and mount.  Because he is the highest ranking soldier in camp, he has been named the new camp commander. 
 
 
FN/354 MARSHAL NEY with riding coat worn over his shoulders
On Approp. Horse FNH/10
 

Facing left (before refurbishing)
 

 
Facing left (After refurbishing)
 

The Marshal's uniform and horse is based upon the uniform and horse shown above in the painting of  by Jan van Chelminski  (1851 - 1925).
 
 
From slightly above
 
 
Facing right
 
 
From the rear

For additional "before" photos, to see what the figure looked like before it was stripped of paint and varnish and then primed and repainted, see this blog post.    Note:  "The Bravest of the Brave" still needs his coat of varnish (to withstand even the coldest of Russian winters).

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Three "New" Leaders


The consensus of the commenters to this blog are that the figures pictured below are Marshal Bessieres, General Baraguay d'Hilliers in Dragoon Uniform, and a standard French General.

They have all had their bath in paint and varnish remover, and here is how they turned out,  showing the before and after photos [click on the photos to see more detail].  The "magic" of the paint and varnish remover is apparent in the group photos below:

 
 
Facing to the Right are: 
FN/224 French General, FN/353 Marshal Bessieres,
FN/363 General Baraguay d'Hilliers in Dragoon Uniform  (Before)
 
 
 Facing to the Right are:
FN/224 French General, FN/353 Marshal Bessieres,
FN/363 General Baraguay d'Hilliers in Dragoon Uniform  (After)

 
 Facing to the Left are:
FN/224 French General, FN/353 Marshal Bessieres,
FN/363 General Baraguay d'Hilliers in Dragoon Uniform  (Before)


Facing to the Left are:
FN/224 French General, FN/353 Marshal Bessieres,
FN/363 General Baraguay d'Hilliers in Dragoon Uniform  (After)

I am very pleased with how these turned out as well.  Though there is a bit of paint residue that was not removed, it does not appear that it will obscure any detail after priming and repainting. 

Now that these have been "refurbished" I need to get back to the 6th Uhlans and Marshal Ney.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

After the Bath - Marshal Ney is Like a New Man


I ordered some 3M "Safest Stripper" (an Eco-friendly paint and varnish remover, safe for indoor use and no evil fumes) from the internet, and was somewhat disappointed to learn upon arrival that what I ordered was a "semi-paste."  Nonetheless, I was determined to give Marshal Ney a bath and remove his old uniform, so I put enough in a jar to cover the figure and left him overnight.

The next day, I fished him out of the paste and used an old toothbrush to scrub the figure.  Traces of his uniform remained, so back in the jar went the Bravest of the Brave, and the next morning I gave him the toothbrush treatment again and below are the results.  First, photos of the dusty and battered  uniformed figure, fresh off the retreat from Moscow, and then the bathed and refreshed Marshal of the Empire, ready for a new uniform and the challenge of the Hundred Days.


The mounted Marshal in his old uniform (before).


The mounted Marshal after his bath (after).


From the front (before)


From the front (after)


In reverse (before)


In reverse (after)

He is now in line for a new uniform and a fresh mount after the Prussian 6th Uhlans (though, being a Marshal, he will get his primer coat this evening.  Rank has some privileges).  We are starting to build up a log-jam on the painting bench.  

O.K., time to get busy and paint!



Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Two Mystery French Soldiers - Who are they?

 
 
Can you help me identify these French marching soldiers?  I took a look at the Hinton Hunter and there were some similar figures, but none that I saw with their arms and hands positioned in quite this way (note the hand is away from the rifle and not entirely across the body).

 
The fellow on the left looks somewhat like the:
 
The fellow on the left looks somewhat like the:
 
 
Here is the reverse
 
 
There are no markings on the bottom of the bases and it does not appear that they have been filed.
 
Your ideas are most welcome.  Thank you all for your help.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Can You Help Me Identify These Fine Gentlemen Soldiers?


I would like help identifying these Hinton Hunt figures.  Who do you think they are:

 
#1 Marshal (?) - Who am I?
 
 
#2 General (?) - Who am I?
 
 
#3 General (?) - Who am I?
 
 
More clues
 
 
In reverse


If you have any information about the identity of the above suspects, please leave me a comment below.  Thank you for your help, as always!

Happy 203rd Anniversary of the battle of Waterloo!