Monday, 25 May 2015

54th Ligne (2)

This is the first battalion of Napoleonic French Line infantry that I've painted in 2 years.  It is the first battalion of the 54th Ligne, so the counterpart to the second battalion I posted about in May 2013 (see here).  The 54th Line was part of the 1st brigade of the 1st division of I Corps and, as with its counterpart, at 1:20 for the "General de Brigade" orbat it has 24 figures.  As I noted before, I try to standardise small details like shako covers and greatcoat colours for each division I work on.  So this division have black oilskin shako covers and slate grey greatcoats. The figures are largely Perry plastics.  On the command stand are 2 Perry metal casualties and a Foundry drummer - I was trying to use up spare metal figures when I put this unit together (you can see the rest of the Perry casualties pack here).

Not much else to add, really.  I've now painted over 200 Perry plastic French infantry (check out the "Napoleonic French" label if you're interested in previous efforts) and I totally love these figures.  I'm currently painting some metal French infantry and they are so much more work than the plastic figures that I don't know why I bother, to be honest.  I'll probably complete Charlet's brigade with the 55th Ligne and then call time on the French infantry, moving on to some cavalry and allied troops.   As before, the building in the background is by the much-missed Touching History, with walls from the Hovels Hougoumont set and a side barn by Tablescape.

24 figures.  Painted November 2014 to February 2015.  Flag by GMB.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

14 comments:

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Another excellent unit Giles!

Christopher

Chasseur said...

Beautiful unit!

Will McNally said...

Nice work, I really like the officer who's been shot

Simon Jones said...

Fantastic!

warpaintjj said...

I love the eyes - difficult to get right.
You're so right about the Perry metals, almost over detailed, brittle metal and often lots of flash - their plastics are excellent! Cheaper and lighter to hoof around too.
Looking forward to the French allies & cavalry.
Best wishes,
JeremyJ

Bedford said...

Excellent work Giles....

I'd better start making notes as at Salute I bought....

2x French Infantry boxes
1x Hussars
1x Cuirassiers
1x Dragoons

Hmmmm quite a lot of Nappy painting alone! i reckon i'm going to have to Wargames Standard them all if they ever have any hope of making it onto the battleflield!! LOL :>)

Darrell.

Rodger said...

They look fantastic Giles!

AJ (Allan) Wright said...

Even though your volume has gone down, the quality is still spot on. I love the work of adding the dirt scuffing on the trousers. Nice touch.

Michael Awdry said...

Wow, that is stunning work Giles!

Fritz II. said...

Very beautiful brushwork

sandino said...

Love it, love all your work, very inspiring!

David said...

Fine work as always, Giles! I can't myself warm to plastics: no heft; no durability;& I can't be bothered with assembly. It's bad enough having to clean off flash and vent runs!

Doc Smith said...

Beautifully painted Giles - that's a terrific result on plastics.

valleyboyinnz said...

I missed these Giles, the detail and character in the faces is stunning