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35th Regiment in Square

Finally finished my two British Regiments from Victrix Ltd. The 72 figures took more than a few months to complete, and the final 24 figures comprising the flank companies of light and grenadier stands took quite a bit more time than the center companies. The flank company shoulder wings presented some painting problems and I started over on them several times, trying to figure out the best way to realize a clean result. Some of the sculptures seemed distorted which added to the difficulty. After several attempts at perfection, I gave up and accepted the fact that I couldn’t do any better.

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The 4th in Square

The regimental flags sourced from Battle-Flag.com were a great addition, and I will continue to use them for any new 28mms I do, if available. The flag cords on the Victrix poles are awkwardly placed, so I removed them, cut off the tassels, and made new cords with twisted solder wire. The new cords fit the flow of the flags better, and can be arranged however I see fit.

February 10, 2014

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35th Regiment in Square

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Chasseur à cheval

Chasseur à cheval

Stefano Borin is a celebrated Italian sculptor whose career I have followed with great interest for years. He has created some stunning figures for White Models and later for MasterClass, of which this 54mm chasseur is one. The dramatic pose is inspired by Théodore Géricault’s famous painting of 1812. Andrea Miniatures has also produced a figure based on the painting. It is a 90mm kit and I was hard pressed to decide between the two versions but I chose the one offered by MasterClass probably because S. Borin designed it. That and the fact that a 90mm requires many more hours to complete.

Chasseur à cheval, reverse

Chasseur à cheval, reverse

You cannot suggest something on a 90mm like you can on a 28mm or, to a lesser degree, on a 54mm. 90s require a longer commitment, and I suppose I wasn’t in the mood the day I ordered the kit to embrace that commitment. All things being equal, Borin’s design appealed to me slightly more than Andrea’s. My initial impression of the kit was that whoever executed the cast could have done a better job ensuring the fit of the two horse halves, but filling some ugly gaps with putty is usually required with any metal figure kit. I guess I thought the casters would make an extra effort knowing that the great Stefano Borin was the sculptor (a naive assumption, I admit).

6th hussars

At the February 2012 Genghis Con gaming convention held here in Denver, I was fortunate to win Best of the Diorama Category and a gold medal in the painting competition for this group of 54mm Andrea figures representing the 6th hussars. Without the encouragement of my friend and superb miniature artist Scott Merrifield, I would not have even known such an event existed.

At the same painting competition, my 90mm Italian Chevalier recieved a silver medal in the Large Figure category. I believe he lost out to a tank, as I recall. Anyway, this knight is another spectacular Stefano Borin sculpture, marketed by White Models. I bought the kit about ten years ago in Paris but I think it is still available for purchase. I spent around 100 hours on this figure, the equivalent of watching 33 complete hockey games on TV. Click on the thumbnail for a closer look.

XVI century Italian Chevalier

XVI century Italian Chevalier

Poste Militaire is a defunct English miniature company that featured sculptures by the  great Ray Lamb and his son, Julian (I think I remember that correctly). They were revered for their magnificent 90mm mounted figures, the Dutch Lancer below left being one of the most dramatic. I feel lucky to have purchased this kit long before their demise as a manufacturer. Their superb work and the remarkable detail of their kits left a legacy that has never been equaled, in my opinion.

Dutch Lancer of the Imperial Guard

Dutch Lancer of the Imperial Guard