Thursday, 20 September 2012

Bastille Day Parade

It's been a busy past couple of months and I've neglected this blog appallingly.  I am sorry.  However, I'm pleased to say that recently I've managed to photograph everything I've been painting over the past .4 months and this means I'll be able to post regular updates from now on.  For various reasons I've been finding it difficult to take satisfactory photographs.  I don't claim that I've resolved the best place and time in which to take them, either in my garden or the kitchen, but at least I have somethig I feel able to post.  Painting has proceeded apace - my ACW Reb army now stands at 6 completed and based regiments and I have lots of First Carlist War stuff finished and on the workbench.

Something I've been meaning to do for a while is take a look at my 25mm French Napoleonic collection.  This is something on which I have been working sporadically since early 2007, when I painted various French and Dutch-Belgians things for Loughton Strike Force's Waterloo game at Salute.  The nature of 25mm Napoleonics has bene revolutionised since then by the introduction of hard plastic figures.  That makes it cheaper to build large forces in 25mm, but of course the time required to paint figures is the same irrespective of whether they are made of plastic or metal.  Seeing all these figures together made me realise what an undertaking it is to collect Napoleonics in 25mm.  Whilst appreciating that I've painted lots of other things over the past 5 years, a total of 8 infantry battalions, 1 cavalry regiment, 1 gun and a few command stands is not particularly impressive.  But it's a start.  In orbat terms, what we have here is Bachelu's 5th division from II Corps with some other bits and bobs.  And Napoleon, of course.  Most of this collection has never seen a dice rolled in anger, so it was fun to set them all up.  All the figures are from Perry Miniatures save for the gun and crew, which are Foundry.  


Incidentally, the equivalent AWI parades I did a few years ago (and which are both rather out of date now, given the AWI stuff I've painted since) can be found here and here.  Over the next few weeks I'll post some First Carlist War and Napoleonic items.  I've delayed "ACW week" a bit while I finish off a couple of "extras".  I'm also pleased to say that I've started painting AWI again :^)

PS: Photobucket continues to be most irritating and it's way of dealing with photos is rubbish.



Sire Godefroy said...

Good to hear from you. And you're back with a mightily fine array of figures. Looking forward to your next updates!


David said...

Those are very fine, Giles, and no mean collection in their own right. Looking forward to the ACW though from a fellow Dixon enthusiast.

Rodger said...

Wonderful display of force Giles. Very impressive!!

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Nice to see you posting again Giles.

I wish I had a French army the size of yours. It looks just fantastic!

Of course I'm really looking forward to see your rebel army.

I couldn't agree more on photobucket. I've already complained several times. I don't know why they tried to fix something that wasn't broke and have now broken it! I now do most of the work on my computer and use photobucket mainly for distribution only.


Greg Sapara said...

Beautiful stuff Giles!!

Ray Rousell said...

Good to see you back again, some damn nice looking figures as well!!

El Grego said...

Very nice Giles!

And, don't worry about a posting schedule - we are fairly patient :)


painterman said...

Great to see you blogging again - very impressed that you can produce such high quality and numbers of figures on so many 'fronts'.

Silver Whistle said...

Welcome back Giles. Our hobby is the Painting and collecting, blogging is secondary, so long as we get to see it in the end.
Fantastic to see your French collection on parade.

Author said...

Great stuff! Love the parades:)

On another note, the photos are tough, right? Just when you think you have it down... I do notice that for this particular post (which I know is different) you did take the photos from the shaded side of the minis, rather than the sunlit side... I am sure you normally take the photos directly from the lit side, but...

Anyway... great stuff, your AWI parades were maybe two of my favorite of your posts:)

legatus hedlius said...

Wonderful stuff. I think these may be my favourite of all the figures you have done!

Ubique Matt said...

Fantastic looking army, setting the standard once again for the rest of us to attempt to reach.


MurdocK said...

It is always great to see them out in the SUN!