Wednesday, 21 December 2016

French Line Battalions : No Frills

Recently I started a little project to get some battalions added to my collection quickly. Over the years while adding to my lead mountain I've picked up a lot of loose part painted figures from friends and fellow gamers who have for whatever reason decided not to continue with their 15mm Naps. Previousl I would trade them away for unpainted lead, however I have now decided to speed paint them up and force them into my own armies. 


1st up are 2 battalions of French in advancing poses. They have been cleaned up with scalpel and files to the best I could manage and have been given a no frills paint job.

I have a few more videos of the process on YouTube if anyone is interested. These 2 were finished in 3 weeks so I'm very happy with them!

As the troops are from different collections they were pretty much repainted so they matched each other and my own collection. I have dropped a few highlights and no buttons were painted but despite the short cuts they have come out pretty nice and on the table who will notice?

I threw a few casualties into the mix to give them a hard fighting look. And plenty of overalls plus ticking material was blocked in.

So not the cleanest looking battalions but I'm chuffed they are ticked off my "to do" list!!!

This may well be my last post of 2016. I hope you are all enjoying our hobby and thanks to everyone who has dropped by to have a look or left a comment!!

Have a great Christmas and all the best for 2017!!!


44 comments:

Gonsalvo said...

What's not to like about them? They're still above the standard most of us paint to for our wargame armies, and , as they say, "quantity has a quality all its own!"

Rupert Lane said...

The Emperor's New Clothes! His men will be delighted to be warm for Christmas. Great work, bags of character & colour as always.

Have a very Merry Christmas Paul and all the best for 2017!

Ray Rousell said...

Beautiful brushwork Paul. Have a grest Christmas and New Year.

Phil said...

Great job Paul, great job!

Gary said...

Merry Christmas..

Gary said...

Merry Christmas.. Enjoy reading your blog

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

I think they look wonderful Paul! I've done the same thing with my AWI collection in that I bought a bunch of British line troops and fixed them up and added them to my collection. In order to get large armies fielded by ourselves it takes a bit of help from others here and there.

Christopher

Furphy said...

Your cranking these out now Paul 😎.
All the best Gav .

Neil Moulden said...

Still great looking figures Paul. Happy xmass.

Michael Mills said...

Your "no frills" work puts most of us to shame Paul. Lovely work as usual.

Rod Forehand said...

Lovely work!

Carlo said...

An excellent job Paul. What's not to like about some new troops being spruced up, refitted and joining the ranks! Thanks for all your excellent posts this year and a Merry Christmas to you and yours mate!

vonpeterhimself said...

Two mighty fine looking battalions added to your French forces ... and in double quick time. A great early Christmas present to yourself Paul. well done that man.

Merry Christmases all around.

Salute
von Peter himself

Rodger said...

Great work on these guys Paul! Merry Christmas.

CAP said...

Magnificent figures, as always. At 15mm there is no place on the web that shows a painting of such excellence. Thank you very much for letting us know your miniatures with your great photos with the fans. Merry Christmas to you, your family and friends and a great year 2017,Carlos www.juegosdehistoria.blogspot.com

paulalba said...

Peter your to kind buddy, I'm really chuffed to get the quantity upped. Guard horse artillery no frills on the go now.

paulalba said...

Many thanks Ru, great to get a couple of units finished in quick time.

All the best to you and your family!!!

paulalba said...

Thanks Ray, all the best to you and yours hope to catch sight of a posties rejects came online in the new year

paulalba said...

Thank you very much Phil, much appreciated buddy!

paulalba said...

Merry Christmas Gary!

paulalba said...

Thanks Gary, glad you like it buddy!

paulalba said...

Thanks Christopher, yeah I think we do. My years of thinking I could paint everything myself are long gone.

paulalba said...

It feels like it this last month with the troops you painted and thus bunch. Really getting somewhere Gav!

paulalba said...

Thanks Carlos, your to kind my friend. You and your family have a great Christmas and new year!!

paulalba said...

Thanks a Rodger, best wishes to you and yours!!!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Von Peter!!! All the best to you and yours!!!

paulalba said...

Thank you Carlo, very much appreciated!!! You and your family have a wonderful christmas.

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Rod!!!

paulalba said...

Not at all Michael you've not seen them in yer hand. Have a great Christmas buddy!!!

paulalba said...

Many thanks Neil, hope you and yer family have a great Christmas!!!

Francis Lee said...

Those are fecking good Paul!

David Cooke said...

They look wonderful Paul. Like small dioramas. Also enjoyed the video tour as well.

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Fran, Merry Christmas!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much David, Merry Christmas

valleyboy said...

I thought they were called epaulettes not frills :-)
Sorry couldn't resist - these really are very good Paul
Looking forward to seeing more good stuff in 2017
Best wishes VB

Francis Long said...

Great stuff Paul. I LOVE the variation in poses and how you have painted them.

paulalba said...

Ha very good VB, thanks very much and all the best to you for 2017

Craig (Beresford) said...

Great stuff Paul. Whether they ar no frills or high intensity, they look brilliant. Happy New Year! I hope Christmas was relaxing for you and the family. Craig

paulalba said...

Thanks Francis, getting through them now.

paulalba said...

Thanks Craig, just plugging away with the collection. Yes quiet it was. Hope the same for you and yours. All the best for 2017!

Sado Sid said...

Wonderful figures, and really like your blog and videos.

Wondering watch are the measurements of the bases you use for your figures?

Grahame

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Grahame much appreciated, the French are based 30mm x 30mm on 2mm deep mdf.

BadDog said...

For your basing convention is it French 6 figures to a 30x30 base and British 4 figures to 30x30 base? They look spot on

paulalba said...

Hi Bad dog, yes the French are on 30mmx30mm bases. The brits are a little more complicated because of the 10 company structure. There are various ideas on what strength of unit people are building and how the flank companies are represented.