Readers Simon and Simmy asked recently how I'd found the Perry plastic Continentals. Simon noted some difficulty in putting the figures together and he's right - having to glue the arms on can be a bit tricky and, as noted with the AWI British plastics, removing the hats from the sprues can also cause problems. But I like the figures - naturally posed and excellent facial detail. You can see from the photo how the size/proportions of new Continental plastics are rather different to the French infantry on the right - the former are quite a bit slimmer.
Is the chap in the middle another "Alan"...?
And here's a photo of the Napoleonic post coach, made by Westfalia Miniatures. Although it's based it is not quite finished, as I have the outside lamp to paint and attach to the other side of the coach. Now, if you thought putting Perry plastic infantry together is fiddly...
So the above is a taster of what I've been doing for the past 6 weeks or so, and again I'm sorry that both this blog and my appreciation of other blogs have gone awol again for a while. I will have at least one "proper" post at the weekend, as those photos (of something that's a bit of a departure from my usual stuff) are already in the bag. I then need a bit of sunshine to take some others, including another unit of the 71st Foot and the above Perry plastic Continentals, which I have now finished.
Lovely to see you posting again and lovely work to boot!
Nice to see you posting again Giles. Lovely stuff as usual. Westphalia are producing some excellent models at the moment.
Those plastic Continentals look great - will I be seeing you this weekend at Decanter? Malc
Thanks for comparison shots and nice painting. Looks like those figures possibly have the same physiques but the relatively baggy trousers and larger shako makes the French more bulky looking.
Nice to see you back in the groove, even if they are plastics!
Great looking figs - love that carriage
No need for apologies, Giles! Life has a way of diverting one's plans (my own blog has died a slow and lonely death....).
As always, wonderful to see your work!
Hurrah you are back! Yes the two perry plastics in hunting shirts are the worst. Be careful to line the fringes on the arms with the body ones. Then its lots of filling. To be honest I only bought a couple of sprues from Perry, not the full box of plastics. Think I will stick to metal.
What are your thoughts on using Foundry uniformed militia as Loyalists? Wnat to do a small unit of eight figures without the round wooden canteens. Possibly red faced blue unit as its a pretty common late war combination. You inspired me to add the Kings Orange Rangers to my collection. I used Foundry marching British figs.
All the best
Nice work Giles and good to see a post. I pretty much ignore the extra bits on the plastic Continentals as well as getting perfect fits in the joints so as to make life easier and usually one doesn't notice within the completed unit unless looking for it.
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