Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Napoleon's Naval Artillery Regiments

After his disastrous Russian Campaign, Napoleon looked for new sources of manpower for his new armies in Germany in 1813, including the marine artillery contingents bottled up in the various harbours by the Royal Navy.  These proved to be, by most commentaries, to be exceptional fighters and were a large part of his forces during that year's fighting.
Napoleon's Naval Artillery Regiments of the 1813 campaigns.  They would mostly fight in their dark blue greatcoats as the weather was exceptionally poor with almost constant heavy rains marking most of the summer and autumn battles.

Wearing dark blue greatcoats and trousers and black covered shakos with red fringed epaulettes they were often misidentified as Imperial Guardsmen.  Their unique carrot-shaped short red plume I modelled with a bit of epoxy putty (green stuff) on the top of the existing round pompon of spare hussar shako heads

The figures are Victrix guardsmen obtained from a gaming buddy who had glued them up but decided not to paint.  I was able to remove the original heads and replaced them with spare hussar heads. He did a good job in the posing for a convincing firing line.

6 comments:

  1. Those are very natural looking figures- the head swaps are very nicely done.

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    1. Yes they are quite natural looking - credit to WillB (the gluer) and Victrix (the producer) for having the separate arms attach together nicely. Their earlier Napoleonic plastics were clunky looking but these are nice and their current ancients are outstanding.
      Thanks for the comments.
      cheers

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    1. Thank you once again for your kind comment, Chas

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  3. These are great looking figures Doug - your mate did a good job on the animation - Victrix are great but the sheer variety of parts means a bit of messing around to ensure you get the right arms and legs with torso, I have found!

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    1. Victrix does have instruction to put Arm A with Torso C etc. but that creates the same pose over and over, so one is forced does want to "fiddle about". So yes, he did a good job to make them convincing.
      cheers

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