Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Saxon Guard Project 1

Sorry for the lack of posts, I've been having work done around the house, a new tiled roof and boiler fitted. Unfortunately it didn't all go smoothly so the hobbying side of life slowed down a good bit.

Thankfully fingers crossed I can now get back to life and painting. I've been working on the Saxon Guard battalion I converted and I'm at the half way point.

These guys are for 1813, there is some debate around what headgear they wore in battle. I've gone with bearskins, it would have been far easier with shakos however I took Kawe of Westfakia Miniatures advice and went with the head swaps.

So 16 down, 16 to go. They have been a lot of fun so far. The pics aren't great as I did them with my samsung phone and the quality is far to good. Makes the finish look very rough.

Ok I hope everyone is enjoying our hobby and pushing on with their projects. Happy wargaming!!!







36 comments:

caveadsum1471 said...

Nice conversion work and lovely painting.
Best Iain

Stryker said...

Paul, they look great. As a rule if you have the choice always go with bearskins!

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

They're gorgeous!

Best Regards,

Stokes

Purp S said...

Paul I didn't realise you had a blog! Been following you on YouTube quite a while and just stumbled here on a click around! Great seeing your collection in photos!
Cheers
Purp

Rupert Lane said...

Great progress around the disturbance! Will stand out nicely from the Saxon Line. Keep it up!

Chasseur said...

Excellent work Paul, I have these lined up in 28mm sometime soon :)

Samuli S said...

Great work!

At least according to what I've read they wore shakos on campaign and decided to go with that myself. Though looking at your stuff bearskins would probably have been a better choice. Great way to make them stand out from the rest of the army. And bearskins always look amazing!

Carlo said...

These look fantastic Paul and I honestly believe this unit has one if the best uniforms of the period.

Rodger said...

These guys are wonderful!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Rodger, the idea has been sitting in my head for years. Glad to see them coming together.

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Carlo, yes I would agree they are definitely an eye catching unit.

Sergiuss A said...

Excellent work Paul!

Darren Ashton said...

Absolutely love these Paul, wonderful work. I think I read somewhere that in 1813 they were attached to Napoleons Guards during the fighting in Saxony. They will be a stunning unit.

paulalba said...

Thanks Samuli, I would tend to agree on the shako however kawe at Westfakia has seen 2 German references that claim they gave their shako to the poles. That's good enough for me 😎

Hope your still doing yours!

paulalba said...

Good to hear Chasseur, westfalia/black hussar? Thanks very much!

paulalba said...

Cheers Ru, everything came to a standstill when the army descended on our poor little home.

paulalba said...

Hi Purp, yeah the blogs been going a good while longer than the vids although the vids are so much easier to keep in top of. Glad your enjoying the vids!!!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much stokes, the Samsung pics are to good. Capture the textures the naked eye can't see 😊

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Ian, that sounds like a very solid and sound rule to Me!!!

paulalba said...

Thank you very much Iain, very kind if you to say buddy!!!

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

As expected looks very nice!

Christopher

Colbourne said...

Great looking unit - I painted it a couple of years back, but with Shakos rather than Bearskins.

projects on hold at the moment due to too many work commitments, but back soon....

paulalba said...

Thanks you very much Serious, Glad you like them!!!

paulalba said...

Thanks Darren, great to hear from you buddy. I hope your well in the watching your 28mm naps? I finished 4 more today so just 12 more to do.

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Christopher. A nice choice of uniform by the Saxons. The red should stand out well amongst the white line and grenadiers and the duller light infantry.

paulalba said...

Will look superb in shako with the white plume or pompoms. I think we all go through patches where we have no time to paint. It can be a bit of a killer. Hope your back painting soon!

valleyboyinnz said...

Great stuff Paul, its a plus any time one gets a chance to paint a bearskin

vonpeterhimself said...

A most encouraging work in progress report Paul. The Samsung took good enough photos to reveal the beginnings of a great battalion.

There should be one of these battalions in my future as well. Shako or bearskin is as yet unknown.

Salute
von Peter himself

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Valleyboy. O kinda wish I'd went with the shako a bit. Im sure the bearskin will grow on me.

paulalba said...

Thanks very much CO, it will be interesting to see what calpe produce with the Saxons.

DeanM said...

Beautifully attired troops, Paul! This is a great example of my draw to the period.

Colbourne said...

yes the white plumes do look good!

quick question - what size bases do you use for your cavalry stands?

paulalba said...

For the cavalry I was recommended a 12mm front per figure and the guys base in 3s or 4s for guard/heavies. 36mm front or 48mm by 30mm deep. I base in 3s or 4s depending on the arithmetic 😶 2mmdeep bases lazer cut from warbases.



Willie Anderson said...

Paul,

What a fantastic collection wow!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Wullie, very kind of you buddy!

paulalba said...

Thanks very much Dean, appreciate your encouragement!!!