Saturday, October 17, 2020

British Granadiers










 Hello again,

A long pause in the blog, the summer, my last exam in September; but now with more time and energies to resume it¡

(a little aquarelle, I did in Galicia, mi little kids…)

 

I will began with two entries (Granadiers and Light Infantry); I did them some time ago, not very glad with the result, so I retouch the paintworks; But there is only one reference with four poses of each type of unit and compatibility with other figures -for making new ones- practically impossible.

 

Granadiers.

As I said in the previous entry I did them some time ago, not very glad with the result, I retouched the paintworks; but there is only one reference with four poses for making the entire unit, and compatibility with other figures -for making new ones- practically impossible.

They were the elite troops of each regiment, being the tallest and strongest men of theses.  At first, they were in separates companies. Later, as with the Light Infantry, Instead of using them in separated companies, (each regiment infantry was composed of eight regular companies, plus one of light infantry and one of Granadiers) in this conflict they formed units of eight Granadiers companies, taking them from others eight regular regiments.

Uniforms

Uniforms were similar to the regular infantry too, but with these main differences;

-The fur cap with metal plate.

-The tailed coat with wings as the Light infantry.

-As each company came from one different regimen, their lining color is different in each base.

-these kind of units didn’t use to have their own flag o musician.

Kits

As I said in the previous entry, for this kind of unit,
we have only one reference in the market; A call to Arms set 65 “British infantry 1775”. Actually this set is composed of four poses of Granadiers, and four poses of Light infantry.




They are very well sculpted, it´s a pity that they don´t wear swords. The four poses, are very static too, but at least, this kind of unit used rigid formations (not as the light infantry), but they are very standard, and with small personality. Other problem is the height; they were supposed to be the tallest men of the army, but with 1,66 mts, and in comparison with the rest of figure references they are very, very small.


The Unit

So I decided to make a firing unit in a very rigid composition.

I hope to have a good time seeing them¡






Wednesday, April 22, 2020

1/72 AWI, British and American Artillery


Hello again,

First of all, I hope you to stay safe and in good health.

This time I want to explain my experiences trying to build some British and American Artillery units, valid for the American Revolution period, 1/72 scale.

IMEX Artillery sets


In this scale we can find only two references regarding to this subject. Both are from IMEX, Set 554 American Artillery and  Set 555 British Artillery.









Regarding to the figures,


-Actually uniforms were the same in both armies, (and with the same colour, in blue, not as they appears in the British artillery illustration) so both references are valid for each armies, so we have twelve different poses for each one. (six from the British references and the same for the American one). You can see an artillery British uniform(left), and a artillery American uniform

 



-Sculpting is very good, the have some variety, uniform is correct, perhaps would have been better more figures without waistcoat, in campaign dressing…(you can read both Reviews in http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=1037 and http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=1038 )




-But…yes there is a very big (and this is the suitable word¡), they are too big, In the PSR, we can read that the American figures (the first ones) have and average height of 24mm and the British 25mm…)As you can see in the photos, if we compeer the Accurate-Revell-Imex infantry  figure with the Imex artillery ones, there is a real difference not only in heath but in build, this difference is big in comparison with the standing poses, but with the sitting ones its simply incompatible.
Because of this I haven´t used the sitting ones, and I ave cut and intermediate slice of the legs of the standing ones.


Regarding to the guns,


As you can read in the In the PSR review, both guns are very small (yes too big figures, and too small guns¡). The guns provided in the American Artillery box, may be 2 or 3 pounder guns, but the guns provides in the British Artillery box,are even smaller,and short as a little mortar, I thing is useless for a normal artillery unit.
If we can provide our units with something similar to the standard 3, 6- pounder gun we have to use anotherones









Other guns

-For the medium artillery units I have used the guns from  
Revell Set 02577 British Foot Artillery, (http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=527 ) according to the PSR they are 9 pounder guns,
Esci Set 233 British Artillery,
http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=106
-For the light artillery units I have used the guns provided in the American Artillery box
This link about the artillery in the AWI, is very interesting
https://www.americanrevolution.org/artillery.php






These are the results…




British Medium Artillery;





American medium Artillery






And yes…Conversions…

But apart from the standard figures, we can try another ways for building our units…

British medium artillery, campaign uniform;


I have used the IMEX artillery figures, replacing their heads for those from the Light infantry figures of A Call To Arms Set 65 British Infantry 1775














British ligh artillery;


We can use the IMEX American guns, with the Accurate infantry figures; yes with a minimal transformation...















American  light artillery;

I have used three figures of the Airfix Washington infantry, replacing thir legs as I did with the American Infantry, and the German Jaggers…






American light militia artillery;


We can use the same guns with the IMEX Set 521 Pilgrims (http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=805)












I think the look of the figures may resemble the civil clothes of the very first militia units, specially from the south…

I hope to inspire you new possible solutions¡
Thank you very much for watching¡¡¡

Antonio.





Wednesday, April 8, 2020

1/72 American Regiment (Dark Blue faced White) Airfix




After buying and old box of Airfix “Washington Army “,

 and making a small unit of German Jagers with some of them …



…I though; what to do with the rest of figures? I thought I have betrayed the Continental figures with a German units, so…I will do a real American unit.

So I began to do it. As I said, this Airfix figures are a little small, -because their legs are disproportionately small, the upper side of the figures are very correct and expressive. Although is a very drastic measure, I decided to cut their legs and replace them with Accurate(Revell-Imex) figures. With this new legs they result even high, because their body and head are in the big side of the 1/72 scale.



I painted them in blue coat with white facing, trouser and shirt in white too, so a lot of white, I could have used more variety for these clothes…
Trying, as I did in the Jagger unit, to add some variety in the unit and in the bases, I tried to do a little composition, with lower in both sides (with the prone and sitting positions, and higher to the center (with the standing and the officer on the horse), accentuated with a small elevation on the terrain.




The central base only contain three figures, I have tried to do and epic composition with the mounted official in an elevated position framed by the American flag, and the drummer advancing…





 The group of two men evacuating a casualty is my preferred; but I have set it looking backwards, logically, but this force them out of the spotlight…I thinking about turning them¡



Thank you very much for watching¡

I have still some more figures…I´m finishing other base with…? What do you think¡?

Antonio.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

1/72 German Jagers


1/72 German Jägers





Hello again,


After making my history exams, I have recovered my hobby…

I bought in Ebay a box of Airfix “Washington Army”. 





I received a box from Chicago…my Christmas present¡¡¡ It was not expensive (13 Euros with shipments), but it maintain the price it had…in the seventies¡?…58 cents

I feel they are practically an antique; I´ll fill a little guilty cutting they away…but they are done for using them; don you think so?





Figures


It´s the first time I see them physically, They have a strange proportion, in comparison with the accurate figures; short, and with a big head, and bigger hat¡¡…but with the exception of their short legs they look great. They have the unique AWI prone poses in the market…


I have seen them in internet, as part of very interesting armies. But in my case, Making them directly from the box doesn´t convince me; they feel very different in proportion in comparison with the figures I´m using…

but I will feel more guilty transforming them¡¡¡

So…with prone poses, with small legs for using the standings  poses,… what can I do with them¡?

I thought in making a small unit of German Jagers; they are a scout unit, these kinds of poses may be appropriate for this unit…


 
I thought that using not standing poses, and adding the jacked boots they would conceal their short legs. For the standing firing pose, I have changed his legs for another ones from the Accurate figures. I have transformed the Officer, from an standing to a sitting pose. I have added an arm with a telescope to one of the prone poses and I have cut the bayonets as the rifles didn´t have them.




German Jägers


According to “An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Uniforms from 1775-83”, Jägers were the best light infantrymen. They were specialized in skirmishing, scouting and ambushes. They used hunting rifles without bayonets.

In the supplement “Rebellion” of the “Black Powder “ Ruleset, they act as small light infantry units.



Uniforms



There were Jägers from the four main German contingents; Hesse-Cassel, Anspach-Bayreuth, Brunswick and Hesse-Hanau; All of them wore in the same way; “The Jägers were uniformed in green, faced crimson and their  buttons were of yellow metal. They wore the cocked hat, usually with a green cut-feather plume on the left side over the cockade.


So I did three bases… in skirmishing, scouting and ambushing…










Painted Figures 



Composition

In the skirmishing base I have tried not to do a linear composition, so I have positioned them uning among the rocks,so not in a direct way, and in three different levels; from one prone position otherone in standing and the last one above the rocks…

What to do with the rest of the figures?

It has been worthwhile to use the Airfix figures?
I have to think what to do with the rest of figures; My doubt is if to left their original legs in the standing poses or to replace them as I have made with the standing firing pose…What do you think?

Thank you very much for watching¡