Friday, 5 August 2016

Saxon Light Infantry Complete

I've had these guys sitting around finished for a good while now with just the basing needing ticked off, thankfully over the past couple of days I managed to fit them in and so they are the newest recruits to my Napoleonic collection. 

Very happy how they have turned out overall. I like the shades of green however I have never really been 100% happy with the shine that the Foundry paints produce compared to Vallejo, Andrea or even GW yet the shades when varnished look very good.

It's really nice to see how the conversions have turned out, the calf skin covers are maybe my favourite as from a distance they say Saxon more than anything else. The buttons and ticking material also looks pretty good to my eye so definitely nice touch to the unit.

Like a Bavarian light battalion I did earlier I feel the firing line works well and I definitely regret leaving out a few figures from the Bavarian line as suggested by a fellow gamer. To me a firing line looks best when there are plenty of troops in it and there is a lot happening. 

1 of my favourites in the line is the converted Austrian casualty set, they fit in as Saxons very well.

In this pic are 2 musicians, they were a bugger as just before I started to paint I spotted that instead of wings they should have epaulettes. They were a pain and a little rushed, however they will do fine!!!

The mounted officer, I took the white plume from the Peter Bunde plate, probably should be a green plume but who cares!!!

I pinched the idea of the hunting horn on the shako cover from a lovely painted 28mm figure and the Westfalia plates. Apparently the 1st regiment had the pompom colours reversed so these guys are the 1st battalion of the 2nd regiment.

The little casualty figures really add a lot to the battalion so thank goodness Mr Barton sculpted them!!!

A wee close up of the ticking material

A well shot up base!

My Saxons so far, only 6 battalions strong, hopefully I will continue to add to them over the coming year!!!

Thanks for taking the time
Happy Wargaming!!!

58 comments:

Phil said...

lovely detail brushing Paul! I like the look of the firing line set up you created with your AB Napoleonic's figures. Awesome!

cheers,

Rodger said...

Absolutely stunning work Paul!

┌∩┐(◣..◢)┌∩┐ said...

Nice, I have a two forces being built up at the moment, French and Russian.

Jonathan Freitag said...

Marvelous composition, Paul. The detailing is first rate especially the piping, striped trousers, and the Hungarian knots; all perfect. Very well done! As Phil says, "Awesome!"

CAP said...

As always great pictures, beautiful figures and exceptional, unique painting. Greetings from the far south, Carlos.

Ian said...

They would be great if 28mm being 15mm they are stunning, great work

Ian

Rupert Lane said...

Simply stunning. Eye candy that will hopefully distract your opponents! What's next?!

Stephen Smith said...

Stunning work really enjoyed watching the unit come together Paul keep them coming mate.

Francis Lee said...

Great action bases Paul!

Beresford said...

Magnificent work Paul. The activity in the line really distinguishes the unit, as does the many different bits of detail you have provided through sculpting and painting. Quite an accomplishment!

Sgt Steiner said...

Simply excellent figures and brushwork. I really do hate you :-)

Anonymous said...

Vibrant colors, stunning compositions. Absolutely marvellous!
You are True Master!

Sho

dmitri.prapor said...

Superb painting and great basing. I love it. In fact in whole your saxons best army i've seen.

carojon said...

Very nice job Paul, a great mix and variety of figures that provides a feast for the eye

vonpeterhimself said...

A wonderful unit from any aspect. Absolutely brilliant.

Ummm ... don't Saxon Light battalions come in twos?! 8O)

Salute
von Peter himself

paulalba said...

Thanks Von P, yes your right they do. I plan to do a 2nd battalion. Just short some firing/loading lads. A friend in the US is swapping me for some.

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Jonathan, I'm very happy with them. I'll do 1 more light battalion I think.

paulalba said...

Thanks Phil, they were surprisingly fun to do.

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Rodger, thanks for the encouragement!

paulalba said...

Thanks, yip I have he same 2 armies to do, hmmm

paulalba said...

Thanks Jonathan, yoir comments very much we appreciated!!! In the enlarged pics I notice a few wee areas I've been a little untidy, I think it's my eyes changing a little? Such is life!

paulalba said...

Gracias Carlo, I'm glad the little lads are done, the conversions were a lot of fun but time consuming. 1 more battalions of the same and no more Saxon lights to do m. Yeah!!!

paulalba said...

Thanks Ian, very kind of you. You know that's the biggest compliment your can give a painted figure.

paulalba said...

Thanks Ru, lol I doubt it as unfortunately in not a great gamer.

paulalba said...

Thanks Stephen, they have been a long time coming but you know how that goes when your building yer armies. Appreciate your encouragement buddy!!!

paulalba said...

Thanks Fran, great to get the buggers done!!!

paulalba said...

Cheers Craig, it's been a while buddy (embarrassed face) it was so long from when we discussed them 1st. Ahh well they are done now!!! By the way, have you seen the blue moon Prussian caissons? The look sweet. I picked some up today. No riders/horses with.

paulalba said...

Ah sho you flatter me with this master stuff buddy. Your new early lines are looking superb!!!

paulalba said...

Lol Sarge S, I appreciate your positive hatred!!!

paulalba said...

Hi Dimitri, glad you like them buddy, remember 2 of the battalions are done with army painter. I'm still happy with them.

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Cracking work indeed Paul!

Christopher

Carlo said...

Hi Paul and thanks for posting such a wonderful unit on your blog. The conversion work and the level of research you have put into the battalion really shows through in the final result. It just goes to show that the small things that we research and add into our units can make all the difference. The additional casualty figures on the base really sets them off as being in the midst of the action like a fine fighting light battalion should be. Well done!

Gonsalvo said...

that is one spectacular looking unit, Paul!

Samuli S said...

Amazing work Paul! These will really be an inspiration and something to strive for when I get to painting my Saxon light infantry!

valleyboy said...

Those make me want to start Saxon's again, you've already inspired my Prussian collection!

desvauxdesaintmaurice said...

Great as always! I really like that each base has it's own character and add together to form a larger diorama. I remember doing these units in 6mm and they were just facelessly marching about the place, I much prefer these!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much, it's a part of it for me adding the characters and variety of poses. 6mm looks sweet though. Thought about doing them for large battles. Given up on it as nobody's what basing to do.

paulalba said...

Thanks valley boy. Very kind of you!!! Saxons are lovely!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Samuel, I don't know how important the converted ones are??? Most of the skirmishing figures have their buttons hidden anyway- the new French in Bardon maybe a good option also?

paulalba said...

Thank you very much Peter, it was a lot of fun to do!

paulalba said...

Hi Carlos, what can I say you have always encouraged me with your kind comments. Thanks a million for taking the time!!! I'm not getting online so much at the moment or getting much finished off. Again thanks!!!

paulalba said...

Thank you very much christopher they were a lot of fun to do. 1 more battalion to paint of them and I'm done with saxon lights! Thank you very much for taking the time to comment and for your encouragement over the years I've had the blog going!!!

Phil said...

So many wonderful details, as always...excellent job, love this wounded man!

paulalba said...

Thank you very much Phil, 1 more light battalion to do. Working on Saxon Light Cavalry now.

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Mark Lawrence said...

Amazing Paul ..the best I have seen
Cheers
Losh

paulalba said...

Thanks very much mark!

Ben Fiene (Ansbachdragoner) said...

They look fantastic Paul, almost more of a diorama than a wargames base. The firing line really does look superb
Ben

Greg B said...

Incredible brushwork Paul - your stuff is inspiring!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Greg, much appreciate buddy!

paulalba said...

Thanks Ben, yes I hope they still fight!

MurdocK said...

Absolutely amazing brushworks there!

At first I thought I was looking at 25/28mm miniatures, then when I saw that these were 15mnm minis I was agog at the detail work you have done.

BRAVO!

paulalba said...

Thank you very much MurdocK, really glad you like them! Very happy with them.

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Gary said...

Amazing work, wish I had your painting skills. Can you tell me what are your base sizes. I would like to rebase my figures. You have a lot more rooms. Keep up the amazing work.

paulalba said...

Thanks gary, very kind of you. These are on a strange size. 36mmx30mm the bases are for my Cavalry (3x12mm frontage) I stick my saxons on the Base by mistake and it looked good and different from the prussians/Russians on 40mmx30mm so I kept it.

Gary said...

Thank you for your reply. The way you are basing the figures makes the stand so real. It is like one is in the middle of the fight...

paulalba said...

Many thanks Gary, glad you enjoy the effect. Was a lot of fun to do them and I plan to do the 2nd battalion soon.