Friday, February 9, 2018

Giant Commission -- Waterloo Anglo-Allied Artillery

Here are 24 guns with crew for Glenn's Waterloo army.  I was able to finish these figures in just a week.  There's a lot of variety here.

I went with a dull grey for the British gun carriages.  From my research, this is the correct color for Napoleonic British artillery.  Most of the gaming pieces I have seen use a light blue/grey, but period sources describe the British wood as painted in a "lead" color.  This is a little lighter than lead in order to have the color show up on the tabletop.


British and Hanoverian Foot Artillery


Glenn provided figures in a mix of stovepipe and Belgian shakos.  I've always loved the look of British artillery crew.  Those uniforms are super sharp.


British Horse Artillery

This is one of my favorite uniforms in all the Napoleonic Wars.  The combination of hussar jackets and Tarleton helmets makes for a unique look.  Is there anything more fun to run during a game than a British horse artillery battery?  I don't think so.


Brunswick Horse and Foot Artillery
AB Miniatures does not make Brunswick artillery figures, so some conversion was necessary.  Four of the figures here are merely British crew in covered Belgian shako.  I chose figures that were clutching rounds against their chest, so the lack of coat lace is not apparent.  A simple paint conversion makes them work as Brunswickers.   The Leib Battalion officer makes a suitable horse artillery officer.  Two marching line infantrymen stand in for foot gunners.  I carefully trimmed away their muskets, drilled out their hands, added a brass wire rammer staff, and topped it with rammer sponges taken from Old Glory ACW gunners.  Drilling out the base of those sponges was a nice challenge!


Dutch-Belgian Horse and Foot Artillery

These guys also look pretty sharp in their blue jackets faced black with red trim.  I especially like the red and yellow shoulder rolls of the horse gunners.


Dutch Foot Artillery
I wasn't checking Glenn's OOB as well as I should have, and I failed to note that he needed only two Dutch foot batteries.  I painted all eight crew that he sent, while I should have only painted four.  What to do with the extra four crew?  Well, I have a French army for the Peninsular War that lacks Steinmetz's battery in the Dutch Brigade.  I don't know if this is the right uniform for 1808, but these fellows will do.  I painted a Blue Moon French 8-pdr gun and based them up.  So I was able to sneak in a little painting for myself in this batch, although I did not intend to.


Now the only thing left for the Anglo-Allied army are the mounted generals.  I hope to have them done in another week or so, and this army will be complete!

18 comments:

  1. Hi Scott. Nice work and fast too! It's a bit late for you but I have some Campaign Games 1815 artillery on special that would have saved you the conversion work. They match AB very well. Details.

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    1. Those would have been great! I'll look you up when I add to my own Brunswick troops.

      My friend Jon is painting up some of your castings, and they look terrific.

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    2. What the heck. I went ahead and ordered a couple batteries for myself anyway. I look forward to painting them!

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    3. Got your order. In the post tomorrow. Do let me know when you've painted them.

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  2. Brilliant! And super-fast.
    I can't believe that the project is almost complete.

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  3. Some useful and beautiful artilleries!

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    1. I used to hate painting guns, but they are growing on me.

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    2. The "caliber" of your painting has grown on me...

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  4. Nice work! I agree with you about the British RHA uniform; smashing!

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    1. We should bring that look back.

      Or maybe you should. Skin tight trousers wouldn't look very good on me.

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  5. Scott... It has been an absolute pleasure watching this blog for the updates on this massive project. I tip my hat off to you for its completion and for your dedication in documenting it as completely as you have. I consider this one of the crowning glories of our little hobby. HUZZAH!, HUZZAH!, HUZZAH!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, Scott! Glenn and I were just talking about that today.

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  6. Amazing collection of artillery, Scott! Impressive as always.

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  7. That looks excellent again!
    And in such a short time!

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    1. Thanks! I enjoyed seeing your Dutch horse gunners.

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