A few months back I completed a couple of Napoleonic purchases with 1 of our cousins from the USA (Von Blucher). With us enjoying the same hobby we kept in contact and have shared some very pleasant and helpful correspondence (The internet certainly does shrink the world). Anyway Von Blucher (John) is a brilliant figure painter and has allowed me to post some pictures of his fine work.
1st up are some of Von Bluchers command stands.
As you will most probably know already if Naps are your thing these figures are from the 1806 AB Prussian range. A range I don't know myself in great detail.
This figure is 1 of my favourites, I have him converted to a Bavarian ADC ready to paint so to see how John has tackled him is very helpful.
I think John and I have a very similar style for painting uniforms and horses? I am a little lazy on the faces of my figures by just using 1 flesh tone over my black undercoat giving a high contrast. I decided early on with my collection that I just didn't have enough available time to add the extra detail. I very much prefer how John does his!
I particularly like John's horses as although we have the same style of painting I have a tendency to go way to dark and subtle with my horses.
This horse (and rider) is stunning! I love the shading on the horse.
When I see a collection of well painted figures like these I instantly want to go and get my paints out!
I'm sure you will have found John's figures as inspiring as I have and I will post more pics soon.