Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Saxon Foot Artillery 1812-13 WIP

I've decided to ditch my Prussians for the moment as I've been getting an itch to work on another project, it's only temporary as I always come back to my Prussian in the end however for the moment I'm all prussian'd out! Anyway for a good while I've felt a pull to do work on my late Saxons. So 1st up is the artillery. I did a little video of the progress:


And as usual some pics of the battery below

1st I'm going to paint a 4 gun battery, they may well have been 3 gun so I'll just drop 1 if the OOB demands. The uniform is lovely a dark to mid green coat with red facings. Who says green and red don't go! This pic was taken a few days ago so I've made further progress on the troops.

My test figures 90% finished. Unfortunately the figures required a lot of clean up with scalpel and files however the figures themself are lovely.

I decided to do a little bit of converting on the artillery pieces using Stephen Summerfield's book on Saxon artillery as well as the Calpe and Westfalia guns as a reference. They won't be perfect but in 15mm who will care!

The gun tubes are progressing well, the smooth tube and stylish rim around the muzzle are very characteristic of the Saxon M1810 6pdr (and 12pdr). A little more work and they will be ready to paint.

Hope everyone is enjoying our little hobby and happy wargaming!!!

38 comments:

fireymonkeyboy said...

Nice stuff! I quite like the conversions.

Kurtus Brown said...

Very nice. The Green and red is perfect together. I am very fond of my lil Saxon artillery crews :) Interesting little bit about the Saxon 6 & 12 # guns. Very unique look to them. I didn't convert mine - in 10mm - but I would deff, do so in a larger scale. Such is the fun of Napoleonic wargaming and collecting.

Well done Paul. Looks great.

Kurtus

john de terre neuve said...

Paul, I am curious what manufacturers do you generally use.

John

Phil said...

A beautiful uniform and a great paintjob...excellent!

Jonathan Freitag said...

Looking good, Paul!

Samuli S said...

Very nice work on them! Nice little conversion as well. These are certainly something to use as an inspiration as I'm working on the Saxons for 1813 myself as well.

paulalba said...

Thanks Samuli, good luck with your own Saxons, will you be displaying them anywhere we can see them?

paulalba said...

Thanks Jonathan!

paulalba said...

Thanks Phil, fingers crossed they finish up well!

paulalba said...

Usually AB John, I also have some old glory Prussians to paint up but I mainly paint AB.
If your going for Saxons I had some problems with the cast of some of the last infantry figures I bought. I have informed fighting15's of the problem and he says he will take a look at the mould next time he casts them so should be sorted.

paulalba said...

Thanks Kurtus, the info on the guns has just came about in the past few years. No doubt if it was about when AB did his Saxons they would have the guns. All the 28's manufacturers seem to have them now. I'm just looking for a good similarity to the actual guns, in 10mm I wouldn't have bothered either.

paulalba said...

Thanks FMB, a good way to go still

Furphy said...

The green is nice but you also have some lovely flesh work going on there .
All the best Gav .

Phil said...

Lovely! :o)

Ken said...

They look nice. I like that red and green combination.

Gary Amos said...

Excellent job as usual, but I'm puzzled as to why your FB post appeared more or less straight away yet this has only just shown up on Blogger for me. The wonders of t'internet, I suppose.

Gonsalvo said...

Lovely execution of the stylish Saxon artillery uniform... before it gets grimy with powder!
Interesting bit about the guns themselves,. too! :-)

Phil said...

Hey Paul!
;o) forgot to mention, good job on the Saxon M1810 Raabe 6pdr Cannon conversions!

Rodger said...

They are beautiful Paul, I really like them!

Samuli S said...

Paul: They'll be on my blog. I've only done the first test minis until now. Will start painting them more actively in a couple of weeks: http://engineered-gaming.blogspot.fi/2015/11/saxon-paint-test.html

paulalba said...

Cracking blog Samuli, I'll be following your Saxon progress, great plans, I wish you well!!!

paulalba said...

Thanks Rodger, I've now finished the crews. The colour combinations are nice on the eye. Make a pleasant change from the Prussian blue I've done the past couple years.

paulalba said...

Thanks Phil, hope they come out alright. I'm not looking for perfection with them just a good representation. Got some inspiration to flip over from your Saxon army. You took me by surprise. I got lost on YouTube for a while then come back to blogging and your well in the way with a Saxon army of elites. Very nice to see!!!

paulalba said...

Thanks Peter, it's quite appropriate for the season as its pretty close to holly and the odd red berry. It has been in my mind to convert guns since seeing some images of them online by Stephen summerfield. Then Calpe and westfalia released them.

paulalba said...

Thanks Gary,
I made the video 1st then the blog post then I think I put the video on Facebook so that's how it will have been slow to appear here.

paulalba said...

Thanks Ken, yes they are very Christmassy!

paulalba said...

Thanks Phil!

paulalba said...

Cheers Gav, yeah the faces have came it well on most of the figures. The ramrod ramming figures are the only ones who didn't come out great as there seemed less detail but they do fine.

Giles said...

Lovely work, Paul. That green and buff combo is very pretty - I might try that on my AWI loyalists!

Best wishes

Giles

carojon said...

OOh I like those gunners Paul, very nice work. I have to smile seeing you lavish all that attention to detail on those cannon. A man after my own heart. Good stuff
JJ

paulalba said...

Thanks Giles, surprisingly it's a nice colour match, very similar to a French dragoon regiment I think the 5th or 6th?

paulalba said...

Thanks Jonathan, maybe a little crazy in 18mm however adds an interesting side to the unit.

Sgt Steiner said...

Superb as ever

Craig (Beresford) said...

Very pretty Paul! Theses are a lovely complement to your other "Saxon Dogs". Intriguing flare on the gun muzzles. Splendid work as always!

James Fisher, FINS said...

Lovely looking gunners Paul. Ditto others' comments of amazement at your attention to detail with those gun barrels!

paulalba said...

Thanks Sgt S, not sure if you ever catch the table top commanders paint and chat live chats on YouTube however there were a few nights some of the guys were discussing different board games. Thought you may have enjoyed the chat.

paulalba said...

Thanks Craig, let's see how long I can focus on them before I jump. I'm pretty excited by then at the moment! Yes the guns are interesting with the smooth barrels and interesting muzzle shape.

paulalba said...

Thanks Fins, just keeping it simple with the guns, I'll not be lengthening them, we will see how they turn out in the end.