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1812 Campaign of Russia

Posted by ADM on 24 May 2019, 21:45

Only one day left and the Cannes Film Festival will be over, you won't have anymore to suffer seeing beautiful girls ! ;-) :love: (at least until next year) :winky:


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Posted by ADM on 25 May 2019, 22:09

the latest pictures of the Cannes Film Festival 2019, time now to go back to my Napoleonic project, it need plenty of work. :-) and you still have no idea how far I will go !!! :wave:

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Posted by ADM on 27 Jun 2019, 22:12

This time I've made some progress with the Zvezda's plastic figures.

-- The cuffs of the jacket are painted red (Vallejo 70909 vermillion) with a blue stripe on it (Vallejo 70809 royal blue) and buttons (Vallejo 70801 Laiton). Also a white line come around the red.

--spurs to the boots of the 4 riding officers : Vallejo 70864 Natural steel, with their webbing (Vallejo 70940 Saddle brown).

--On the back of the blue coat of each figure I've drew with a rotring pencil the letter "N" with a dot above (on the white flaps of the coat)

-- For some unknown reason all the 4 plastic flag pole broke at the same height (above the shako) when manipulating figures with my fingers so I replaced them with a metal pole, it could come from a problem of the mould who damage the pole, because the bayonnet are much more thinner but none of them broke, in fact you can bend them to 45 degree and shape them again to the right place 10 time, it doesn't break at all.

--Drummers and fifre :
The chevrons of the drummers and fifres are painted white first, then yellow (Vallejo 70953), and after that I've added some red dots (Vallejo 70909 vermillion) with the tip of a brush.


The metal color of the drum is the mitsubishi pen UM 153 bronze (Pigment ink),a blue stripe above and below the drum is vallejo 70809 royal blue (underlined with black) the rope is Vallejo 70876 brown sand, and the link of the ropes is white. Everything is underlined with black, by a thin brush.

The drum membrane is an addition of a white base, then apply a very diluted wash (95% of water with 5% of paint) Vallejo 70876 brown sand and two more wash made with black.
Drum sticks are Vallejo 70984 flat brown with a laiton part (Vallejo 70801)
With all the drummers I've already painted for the french infantry, the tambour majors will be welcome, music was very important during battle, among noise and smoke it was the only way to transmit orders or support the moral of troops.

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Posted by ADM on 04 Aug 2019, 22:19

Still making some progress with the Zvezda plastic figures, the black cartridge pouch on the back has a "N" written, I noticed that it's sometime difficult to see gold letters on black color so I started to make a white letter and then covered with gold (Vallejo 70801 Laiton). This method solved the problem because if you paint directly a Gold "N", the color is shining and it's hard to understand which letter it is, you have to turn the figure to different angles.

The backpack is painted Vallejo 70940 Saddle brown with stains of Vallejo 70876 brown sand, the rolled coat above is Vallejo 70989 sky grey (Prince august 989 gris ciel). All this received a black wash, the white webbing of the backpack is underlined with black, this time I've made it with a thin brush instead of a pencil, the effect is slightly different and more dark, it's an interesting variation but from now on I will make it with pencil again because it was so much time consuming with the brush !

some figures have the infantry saber on their side, the sheath of sabers is black with two gold end pieces (and red ponpon for officers).


THE FACE (same as I did for the previously done french infantry)

- base : Vallejo 70860 medium fleshtone
- Wash : Vallejo 70875 beige brown (mixed with 90% of water)
- Drybrush : Vallejo 70955 flat flesh (with a flat brush)

a touch of white Vallejo for the eyes, the black dot and the mouth is made by a Rotring pencil (0.35) It's so easy and fast like this.

HAIRS come in 4 colors :

- Vallejo black 70950
- Vallejo Burnt Umber 70941 (the most common color)
- Vallejo Black brown 70822
- Vallejo Beige 70917 (for blond people)

I've added a black wash only on the Beige, and a drybrush only for the others colors, completed with a touch of mat varnish on the pencil work, it's not really necessary, but like this the result won't move for sure.


THE RIFLE
the rifle is very very thin (specific to "art of tactic" collection designed by computer) compared to "Hat" figures or Zvedza conventional range, a deep line is missing between the metal barrel and the wood below to serve as a rail for the brush ! it mean less details to paint, honestly I prefer slightly oversized details on rifle (if in this one it is downsized or the correct size, nearly invisible details) and a better silex platinum, it's also more easy to paint big details. But anyway, it's still good enough and I appreciate the Zvezda hard plastic, none of them bend or broke and all the so thin bayonet are still there too ! straight forward !

wood : Vallejo 70846 brown (or Prince August 846 Marron acajou, it's the same)
Metal : Citadel color 61-55 Mithril Silver (or vallejo 70864 natural steel)
The details are underlined in black, no wash and no drybrush for this step.

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Posted by Susofrick on 05 Aug 2019, 14:47

They look a bit surprised, maybe shocked after looking at all those moviestars. Great to see that you are back at the figures again!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 06 Aug 2019, 09:41

Hello Mr ADM.

Nice painting with great detail.

I personally think the eyes thing detracts from your good work.

Mr Crynns has a technique ( presumably a Dutch state secret ) that’s works well with his ancients, but my eyesight even with the visor is not up to it.

An umber wash applied judiciously seems to do the trick.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Peter on 13 Aug 2019, 20:39

Once again you're painting a wonderfull army! :thumbup:
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Posted by ADM on 23 Aug 2019, 23:24

many thanks my friends, :-D

I appreciate your opinion C M Dodson, don't forget that my photos enlarge a lot those 1/72 figures and if you had them in your hands you could barely notice the eyes. I'Ve started this project with such eyes and will finish it with them. :drool: ;-) when I was young I wasn't painting the eyes, I caught the virus a few years ago :mrgreen:

For me the Rolls Royce of Brush is Kolinsky, and this size is 5/0 it work for the finest details you can find on 1/72 figures. When your work is finished don't forget to soak the brush with wet soap and reshape it with your fingers, like this you will have a perfect brush everyday.

This time I've nearly finished the Zvezda's figures by painting the Shako in black with gold Insign (Vallejo Laiton 70801) and the blue/red/white french cocard with ink pens, and covered by vallejo mat varnish to fix the result. The ponpon is red (Vallejo 70909). There's only the base left to paint.

Paper flags (from Rofur flags, this brand no longer exist but there's plenty of others) are soaked with PVA glue (for wood) and shaped with fingers.

I've also started to paint details on metal figures (10 tambour majors from Franznap miniatures, marvelous figures), the decoration (white or gold) on the trousers was not easy to paint, it's the first time in my life I painted with a magnifying glass because it was just too thin, but I have to say that prominent details are of good help to ease the painting, and I think a beginner can do the job too with the good tools and the appropriate method ! I will give the numbers of colors used for each of them when finished.

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Posted by Traveller1865 on 24 Aug 2019, 06:27

Just love it, beautiful!
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Posted by CPN on 24 Aug 2019, 08:08

Encore bravo cher ADM,
Vous êtes une source d'inspiration.
D'ailleurs je commence une unité de grenadiers russes de Tauride et je me suis fortement accaparé vos techniques.
A plus tard de vous lire.
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Posted by dykio on 05 Sep 2019, 17:36

Although i'm really not a nappy-fan ( :oops: :oops: :oops: sorry everybody) i'm an ADM-fan. The
huge-ness (is that english) patience and skill suprises me everytime. Incredible !!!!
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Posted by Susofrick on 06 Sep 2019, 08:28

Wow! That drum-major (if that's the right term) looks already marvelous!!! Looking forward to see more!
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Posted by Beano Boy on 06 Sep 2019, 16:36

Some of those cartridge bags were worn in white too.
Like in Westminster UK," Order! Order! The eyes have, The eyes have it! " :-D
Very good that dykio is chipping in with a few comments too. :thumbup: welcome home come on in and close the door.... BB
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Posted by Marvin on 06 Sep 2019, 19:52

Projects like this make me want to go and paint. :)
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Posted by ADM on 09 Oct 2019, 23:59

Many thanks for your great comments ! it's my reward after each step !!! :-D

Those figures are now finished, it was a real pleasure to paint the metal figures (Franznap), the finest details are very prominent and don't disappear under the first layer, so it ease the painting a lot ! if only all the plastic figures could be like this !!!
here is the list of colors (Vallejo) for each Franznap Tambour major, the gold color mentioned is always 70801 Laiton, the red always 70909.

-- TAMBOUR MAJOR 1 :

white trouser with black wash (5% for black mixed with 95% of water) and drybrush (using thick paint with a flat brush).
jacket : Royal Blue 70809 with black wash and drybrush
coat across the chest : white with wash and drybrush
belt buckle : 70801 Laiton, red details on uniform (red 70909)
collar and cuffs : red 70909 surrounded by gold (Laiton 70801)
water bottle : Beige brown with wash and drybrush
black boots with a part painted in 70875 brown, wash and drybrush
stick : 70872 chocolat brown and Citadel 61-55 Mithril Silver
gloves : white with wash and drybrush
bicorn : black, white feather
White/red 70909/blue 70809 cocard with a gold ribbon (Laiton 70801).


-- TAMBOUR MAJOR 2 :

white trouser with black wash and drybrush
Blue jacket 70841 Andrea Blue, with wash and drybrush
gold details (Laiton 70801) on trouser
white and gold scarf
red and gold details on jacket
black boots with gold parts
some red details like collar, sword is gold and black
stick : 70872 chocolat brown and Citadel 61-55 Mithril Silver
gloves : white with wash and drybrush
black Shapka with gold cord, white feather, red ponpon, above the Shapka : 70841 andrea blue

-- TAMBOUR MAJOR 3 :

white trouser with black wash and drybrush
blue jacket 70809 Royal blue with black wash and drybrush
Shirt, scarf, epaulette, cuff, collar and details on the back of the jacket : red 70909
gold parts on buttons, scarf and uniform : Laiton 70801
sword : gold (Laiton 70801), black and white
shoes :black with white gaiters above
white pipe and cure pipe
black hat


-- TAMBOUR MAJOR 4 :

trouser and vest : white with wash and drybrush
jacket : 70809 Royal blue with black wash and drybrush
gold details on trouser
Shirt, collar and cuff : red with some gold details
black boots with a 70875 brown part (wash and drybrush)
stick : 70872 chocolat brown and Citadel 61-55 Mithril Silver
bicorn : black, some gold, white/red/blue (70809) cocard as well as feather


-- TAMBOUR MAJOR 5 :

trouser : 70841 andrea blue with wash and drybrush
yellow jacket 70953 + wash and drybrush
vest and some details : red
white details on trouser and jacket
black boots with white stripe
stick : 70872 chocolat brown and Citadel 61-55 Mithril Silver
gloves : white with wash and drybrush
Shako : yellow 70953, gold plate on the front, some red details, cocard, and feather white/andrea blue 70841)


-- TAMBOUR MAJOR 6 :

white trouser, blue jacket 70809 royal blue with wash and drybrush
white base under details of the uniform (when you apply a light color above a dark color always use white as a primer before painting the final color, it mean painting the details twice but it worth doing it).
red and yellow (70953) details, some gold parts too.
stick : 70872 chocolat brown and Citadel 61-55 Mithril Silver
gloves : white with wash and drybrush
Black Shako, gold parts, white feather and cocard.


-- TAMBOUR MAJOR 7 :

complete dress : 70899 dark prusia blue mixed with 50% of white, wash and drybrush
white details on uniform
red and white scarf
black boots with white stripe
silver epaulette and collar edge (Citadel 61-55 Mithril Silver)
stick : 70872 chocolat brown and Citadel 61-55 Mithril Silver
gloves : white with wash and drybrush
bicorn : black, white edge and cocard.


-- TAMBOUR MAJOR 8 :

complete dress : 70899 dark prusia blue and drybrush
some white details and scarf
red parts on jacket (ribbon of the medal)
some gold parts (belt buckle)
stick : 70872 chocolat brown and Citadel 61-55 Mithril Silver
gloves : white with wash and drybrush
black bicorn


-- TAMBOUR MAJOR 9 :

trouser and vest : 70841 andrea blue with wash and drybrush
jacket : red
white details on trouser, white belt and gold buckle
epaulette and details : Citadel 61-55 Mithril Silver
stick : 70872 chocolat brown and Citadel 61-55 Mithril Silver
gloves : white with wash and drybrush
bicorn : black with cocard and a gold ribbon


-- TAMBOUR MAJOR 10 :

trouser and front jacket : white with wash and drybrush
jacket : 70809 Royal Blue with wash and drybrush
gold details on trouser, epaulette, sword
black boots with a gold stripe
stick : 70872 chocolat brown and Citadel 61-55 Mithril Silver
gloves : white with wash and drybrush
black bicorn with gold details, cocard, feather : blue 70809, white and red


I've already explained how to paint faces and make the bases for painted figures in this work in progress so it's useless to repeat, it's my style !
I will be back with the next batch of figures!


French Infantry : 497
French artillery (cannons) : 0
French cavalry : 0
Others French (gunners, staff, crew, headquarter, bridge builders and anything else) : 0
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Russian Infantry : 319
Russian artillery (cannons) : 0
Russian cavalry : 0
Others Russians (gunners, staff, crew, headquarter, bridge builders and anything else) : 0


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Posted by Beano Boy on 10 Oct 2019, 08:19

Beautiful photographic display. :thumbup:
Painting style, :thumbup: well done ADM.
You have a real cool gifted talent and metaphorically, the reflection of the table top makes them seem already frozen on the ice that is to come. BB

Post Script,
Thank you :thumbup: for taking time out to list all your colors used.
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Posted by Susofrick on 10 Oct 2019, 09:51

Wow! And then all these beatiful uniforms will get muddied by the cold Russian Winter! :( :( :( You really deliver (as usual)! Great figures and really like your style! Looking forward to see more!
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 10 Oct 2019, 19:20

Very impressive volume of figures and bright colors. I like the dark outlines that emphasize the details of the uniforms to the viewer. Good pictures, too. Not my style of painting but I love to see your work posted here at Bennos.
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Posted by Mr. Andrea on 11 Oct 2019, 16:41

Winter is coming, I see snow coming on those poor Frenchmen.
Looking forward to your next post :drool:
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Posted by Rich W on 14 Oct 2019, 21:59

Thank you for another wonderful update!
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