Monday, 30 March 2015

3rd Battalion Landwehr WIP

I've started to get right into the final battalion of my 6th Silesian Landwehr regiment. I'm really enjoying my painting at the moment possibly because I'm finally starting to see my Prussians looking like a good sized army? Anyway here's my progress:


As promised some still pics below

iPad isn't really giving the kind of pics I would like compared to my old camera and phone but they will do till I work something else out. The trousers on the figures above I'll probably add an extra lighter shade as I've went very subtle with the highlight.

Again you can't really see the shading on these guys but not to matter as in the flesh they look nice to me.

And these wee guys came out fine to.

Still a good amount to go, I'll spend a few hours on a row today and see how I get on. I have a painting  session planned with my nephew David on Sunday so I'll maybe get some more done then.

Have a good 1!

24 comments:

John (VonBlucher) said...

Looking very good so far, these seem much easier to paint in comparison to some of the more detailed uniforms on some of your other Prussians.

Jonathan Freitag said...

Silesian Landwehr in their lemon yellow facing are my favorite. Yours are outstanding as usual.

Enjoyed the video!

paulalba said...

Thanks John, yes they may well be as the long coat is fun to paint. they still have their fiddly bits and take a good deal of time but are good fun to paint.

How you getting on John, found any time for your projects yet?

paulalba said...

Thanks jonathan, yip I thnk everyone who paints late war Prussians gets drawn to the Silesians at some point most often at the start. Glad you liked the video, much more simple to make a video than a long blog post.

Rodger said...

They look fantastic Paul! The video is a wonderful idea!

Gary Amos said...

Lovely work as usual and just the thing to perk me up! I'm thinking of Elbe or Westphalia (OOB matches), but I'm always drawn to the lemon yellow for Silesia.

Good idea having a video and a nice, clear voice is certainly an advantage. I thought about a video blog type thing, but my wife wondered whether anyone would want to listen to a Salford accent for longer than a minute! I suppose she's got a point :O(

paulalba said...

Thanks Rodger, with the video I had considered it before but it wasn't unit moving to ipad it became practical. Now I'm surprised there aren't mire of us doing it as its the easiest way to explain how your doing your painting etc.

paulalba said...

Thanks Gary, every late prussian army needs more landwehr. I take it your doing the waterloo campaign?

With the video I think you should jump right in. If coronation street is anything to go buy your accent will go down a treat 😉

Ken said...

Always good to see the Silesians painted up. Again, I've got the miniatures but not painted them up myself.

Gary Amos said...

Yes Paul, the 'idea' is for an 1815 force, but I'm such a butterfly anything could (and probably will) happen!

Coronation Strasse? AAAAARRRRRGH!!!!!! 😫

Sgt Steiner said...

Drop dead gorgeous

paulalba said...

That's me half way now Ken,
Still a few Landwehr battalions to do after this lot but this will be my 1st complete 4 battalion landwehr regiment. Hopefully!

paulalba said...

The audiences can't be wrong, can they?

paulalba said...

Thanks Sgt steiner,
That's a cracking battlefield over on your YouTube channel!

Craig said...

Great post Paul! The video supported by close up stills is a good comprehensive mix. And, yes, the voice-over makes for a shorter amount of text to wade through... Brilliant painting as always. Now that I know how you do your facings, I am sorry that I have finished my 24 battalions of Silesians without your technique :(

David Cooke said...

Very nice, They are great looking uniforms.

Craig said...

If you don't mind Paul, a quick question for John (von Blucher). I loved your technique for reating traces fo limbers. I notice though that you only use 4 horse limbers. How would you attach the front pair on a six horse team?

paulalba said...

Nothing to special about it Craig, no worries, 24 silesian battalions, That is dedication to the colours blue and yellow!

paulalba said...

Thanks David, yes the yellow on a very dark blue makes for an interesting look on table.

John (VonBlucher) said...

Paul,
Haven't had much time to work on anything lately and I spent last weekend setting up a new computer system for the house, Which entailed moving all the files off the old computer onto the new one.

Craig,
I only use four horses for the Prussians because I purchased quite allot of French Caissons years ago and between two limbers striped four horses to attach to them. This way every battery has two limbers and one caisson.

Now the for my French I have used all 6 horses and when I purchases these years ago I received 2 of the pieces that go at the end of the limber pole with each on, So for the lead horses I used one set and ran a fine chain to the front of the limber shaft. I don't think these are produced this way any more though. After checking quite a few books and going on line it seems that for the French the lead pair are connected to the second pair by the same ropes that run on the side.

I've check all over on the Prussians and I can't seem to find anything on the way the lead pair in a 6 horse team are connected to the limber shaft or the second pair. Myself, I would connect the ropes to the front of the second sets collar, as this might be the easiest to do. If you find out any better info on the Prussians ask Paul for my email address and I could help with some ideas on how to accomplish that.

John (VonBlucher) said...

Paul,
Congrats on passing 300,000 page views. Noticed this as I was checking for a response from Craig.

paulalba said...

Thanks John,
I hadn't joticed myself. It went a bit wonky at times because of blogger changing their format but the internal counter shows roughly the same number.

Craig said...

Thanks John, I will follow your advice. As it turns out, the Calpe Veterans site has the same recommendation for attaching traces to the lead pair of six.

Phil said...

Excellent job Paul...you know what? I'm not surprised!