Tuesday, 23 December 2014

My Waterloo Highland Units


"Don't do it!  Think of your life! Think about what it will do to your eyes!"

Those were my thoughts to myself but there wasn't anything but to pick up the 000 paint brush and get to it. So after much deliberate delay, I finally got to the tartans...and all the British regimental lace...and the bleeping bagpipes.....

For the element's strength ratios of the rules, one can often pick and choose which individual regiments one will want to use to represent the entire brigade.  Well, for the brigades of Picton's Division I picked the Highland Regiments.  How could I not, actually.  They are THE units of Waterloo.

The 79th Camerons


the 92nd Gordons



While I only really needed the 79th and 92nd to represent the brigades, I also painted up the famous 42nd (the Black Watch) at the same time as they are well known and can be used in the Quatre-Bras scenario as they were chewed up by French cavalry. To that end, I used at the kneeling figures - from a Victrix box of flank company types and ignored the overuse of the shoulder wings - to create a "square-like" vignette of tense action amidst the rye.
the Black Watch at The Battle of Quatre-Bras.  My version anyway.
I decided to do all the regiments together with the idea, like peeling a bandage off the hairy part of you leg all at once rather than doing it slowly.

Old eyes and impatience. But these still took a long time to paint. That is all I have to say about that.


 As a final note, I added "Colonel Gordon" to the Duke of Wellington's command stand for, in the movie "Waterloo" he seemed to have the most interaction with the Allied commander.  "Some of the lads can call me more than colonel"
"The lads are down to three rounds a man......Och aye, they'll stand" 

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  1. These are SOOOOOO good, you may have started to loose patience but they came out great

    Ian

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    1. Thanks Ian for the kind comment. It is fortunate that only a few figures are required to fill in each stand. IMHO together all the different stands look good on the tabletop. I have been gazing at my completely Waterloo collection set up in historical order on the table and I am pleased with the effect.
      Cheers.

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  2. Great looking Highlanders, Doug. The kilts of the 79th are particularly nicely done.

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    1. They were the last of the sets to be painted and thus benefited from the previous attempts. I decided not to go back and redo the others......
      While tartans are at the top of my dislikes to paint list, heraldry is certainly up there and so your efforts with them are impressive.
      That for the comments
      ...DougH

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  3. Brilliant! I'm just in the process of finishing the 79th in 15mm. Having researched the kilt I see you have done a superb job of it. I chickened out.

    I've said it before, but this way of doing units looks really, really good. Excellent work.

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    1. I found ( after painting of course! ) this site which has an easy to follow tutorial which might re-encourage you. http://www.angelfire.com/tx/ToySoldier/tartan.htm
      I find it surprising but like you, I think the sizing and numbers really work.
      Thanks again for the kind comments.

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  4. I'll add to the chorus. Fantastic work on the tartans. Great little vignettes (as always).

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    1. The joy of the large bases are the room they allow for this sort of thing. Not simply firing poses but a scene of drama can be made.
      Cheers.

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  5. Great work on the tartans! Truly three great units.

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    1. You are making this laddie blush
      thanks

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  6. Stunning work on the tartans!

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    1. and thank God I won't have to do more! < grin >

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  7. Magnificent work on those kilts - especially the back pleated sections. The tartan wound has been torn away, you may rest your eyes for another day.

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    1. Must admit that the Victrix sculpt design of a flat frontal area and even rear pleats allows for easier painting which other figures may not allow. The trick for the rear is not do worry about the vertical stripes.
      Thanks for the note.

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