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1812 Campaign of Russia

Posted by Graeme on 15 Oct 2019, 18:03

I've had trouble seeing your pictures lately but finally all is revealed. They all look good but I particularly like the drummers, fifers and mounted officers, I hadn't really considered that art of tactic sets before but your command figures look great.

And what a splendid bunch those Tambour Majors are, they all look quite magnificent.
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Posted by ADM on 24 Oct 2019, 21:36

That's a lot of positive feeling, thank you my friends ! :-D

I'm starting now with the french foot artillery from Zvezda, there's also some metal models from "fine scale factory" bought many years before, everything on the 2 photos where the ambulance stand is made of metal, the rest is Zvezda's plastic figures and models.
So, there's :

-- 12 canons
-- 4 limber with horses
-- 7 limber without horses
-- 5 wagons with horses, including one in metal without horses
-- 1 ambulance
-- 106 figures (gun team)
-- 48 horses

The primer is made of Tamiya colors :
Horses : light Brown XF72, dark brown XF10, grey XF24, and white
artillery and wagons : Green XF26

The foot team is painted Vallejo 70809 Royal Blue with black wash and drybrysh (the base color mixed with 50% of white applied with a flat brush).

The team on horses received a black wash on their white trouser, followed by a drybrush Vallejo 70837 pale sand.
The jacket is Vallejo Andrea Blue 70841 with wash and drybrush. the jacket has some parts painted in Vallejo 70899 Dark Prusia Blue. Buttons and straps are white.

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Posted by Peter on 24 Oct 2019, 22:03

Great! Another post in one of my favorite topics! Go on Thierry! :thumbup:
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Posted by Beano Boy on 25 Oct 2019, 01:36

This reminded me greatly of my own horse drawn guns and riders that fell under the sweep
;-) of my painting brush in those far off days of silent colorful dipping.

Well done on you devoted progress.
Your painted things are certainly mounting up.
All in all,a real pleasure to view. :thumbup: BB
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Posted by Susofrick on 25 Oct 2019, 08:03

This is so massive and wonderful so I dread the day when you have finished this! But then you'll probably start a new project! :-D
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Posted by ADM on 12 Dec 2019, 23:11

Thank you dear friends ! ;-)

Some more details painted on figures with this small update

Team on horses :

straps buckle is vallejo 70801 Laiton
sword : black and gold (70801 Laiton)/ white and red 70909
Whip : vallejo 70847 dark sand with a black wash


The foot team :

the red parts of the uniform are painted in white first as a base, then covered by red vallejo 70909.
the jacket has some parts painted in Vallejo 70809 (The grenade badge meaning they belong to artillery) on the back.
There's a blue stripe (Vallejo 70809 Royal Blue) on the red of the cuffs, and 3 gold buttons on it (vallejo 70801 Laiton), not to forget the buttons on the front of their uniform.
Then come the white stripes underlined in black with a very thin brush 5/0 Kolinsky.

And I wish by advance a merry christmas and happy new years to everybody with plenty of new scale models (or figures) to build and paint. :merrychristmas:

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Posted by Rich W on 17 Dec 2019, 23:37

As always, the quantity you're working with each time is very impressive!
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Posted by ADM on 10 Apr 2020, 19:08

I've nearly finished the figures for the french artillery ! :-)

boots, shoes and gaiters : Black with gold buttons (Vallejo 70801 Laiton)
The gourd for officers : Vallejo 70846 brown Acajou
bayonet sheath and sword cases : Black with a with stripe and Laiton 70801 for gold parts.
black ammunition pouch on the back with a metal insignia (Laiton), this has also a red ponpon attached, like the sword.

Back pack : Vallejo 70940 Saddle brown with stains of 70876 brown sand, the whole covered by a black wash (mix of 90% of water and 10% of black paint).
Rolled coat above the backpack : Vallejo 70989 sky grey, with black wash and drybrush (the original paint mixed with 50% of white and applied with a flat brush
White straps enlighted with a rotring 0,3 and covered by Vallejo mat varnish.

A box in front of the stomach is painted Vallejo 70875 brown with wash and drybrush
The lateral bag of the cannonball bearer is Vallejo 70977 desert yellow with wash and drybrush
The case for the firing rod is Vallejo 70940 saddle brown
The bucket is Vallejo 70875 brown with wash and drybrush, the metal part is 70864 natural steel, underlined with black.

The Charleville 1777 rifle is a specific model for artillery and Zvezda made the details very well !
Wood : vallejo 70846 Brown Acajou
Metal : Citadel color 61-55 Mithril silver with Laiton rings (70801)
the details are underlined in black with a very thin brush.

Some tools for gunners :
The ramrod to clean inside the gun 70822 brown and black
Nail : 70864 natural steel
The powder charge for the cannonball is 70918 ivory + black wash and drybrush, the cannonball is black
The firing rod is 70864 natural steel with a cord 70819 sand, covered by a black wash.

I've done the face according to what I did before :


- 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 brush this time.
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.

Shako is black with a cord painted in white first, and a second time in red, with gold insigna (70801 laiton) and the white red blue cocard, I still have to make some blue again because the blue dot was too thin to be seen, hidden by the flash I guess, so I will have to re-work on this. This is how enlarged photo help me to see small mistake hardly noticeable otherwise !
A little secret : when you take photo, do it at a distance from the figure, 10 TO 15cm not less, then cut the extra space around the photo with Windows 10 and the center will become bigger ! never try to take photo from too close, it ruin the light and the sharpness.

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Posted by Bessiere on 10 Apr 2020, 19:29

Very impressive ADM. I had seen your project way back and actually joined the forum forgetting that you posted here! Great to see you still at it which leads to this question: once the French are done is what comes next? Your work amazes me both for quality and quantity. I feel overwhelmed doing a single box of HAT figures. HATS off to you sir for this project. We'll all be anxiously anticipating your next installment. :yeah:
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Posted by Bessiere on 10 Apr 2020, 20:50

I got a good laugh realizing I was scrolling quickly through pictures of gorgeous women all dressed like Christmas presents to be unwrapped while thinking "where the heck are those Russian Grenadiers?" That's when you know you have a damn serious hobby!
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Posted by Michael Robert on 10 Apr 2020, 22:48

Oh ADM,
your giga-hyper project goes on. Great :-)
It is a long story. Some years ago you showed us your winter sledges.
How will the final diorama look like?
Keep up the good work
… et si nous pouvions envoyer quelques mini soldats pour virer les virus de nos bateaux?

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Posted by Kekso on 11 Apr 2020, 09:32

I would leave their faces and hands blue. It would be like watching Avatar in 1812 :D

Happy to see some more progress on this project.
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Posted by Egbert on 11 Apr 2020, 09:33

Hello ADM,
nice to see that your mammoth project is progressing.
The figures are painted in a very high quality.
I'm already looking forward to the continuation
and I'm excited to see the finished Diorama.
What are you going to do next?
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Posted by Rich W on 16 Apr 2020, 10:02

Nice work on the latest huge batch of figures! Look forward to the next lot.
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Posted by Susofrick on 16 Apr 2020, 12:56

I'm also excited about the continuation of this massive project! What we know is that you finish what you start. I usually start and then find something else to do. And something else, etc etc
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Posted by ADM on 04 Jun 2020, 22:39

Thank you for all your nice comments :-D
What will come next ? it wouldn't be a surprise if I tell you everything by advance ;-)
but expect something stunning in this project ! 8)

Some more work done with this artillery set, the crew on horses is finished, as well as the horses.


The team :

Black boots with spurs (Vallejo 70864 natural steel) attached with a strap (Vallejo 70940 Saddle Brown)
The Shako : Black, the front plate is Citadel Mithril Silver 61-55, the cord is white,
the feather is Vallejo 70841 Andrea blue with black wash and drybrush.
The round insignia is white, then Vallejo 70909 red with a white stripe on it.

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The horses :

they're beautifully detailed and it was a pleasure to give them some colors !
All the horses received a black wash with a thick brush above their base color (Tamiya) applied with an airbrush to save the finest details.

-- The white horses
they received a Vallejo white drybrush with a flat brush
A black drybrush has been added on the legs, the mane and queue is vallejo 70819 Iraqi sand with wash and drybrush.
The hooves are vallejo 70874 tan earth, black eyes, the muzzle is made by a drybrush vallejo 70870 marine grey
Black also for the mouth and the nose holes.

-- The grey horses
A vallejo 70989 sky grey drybrush on the whole horse (the base color is a touch of Tamiya XF24 mixed with Tamiya white)
Some white stains on the horse added by drybrush above the grey. A black drybrush on the legs,
the mane and queue is painted in black with a drybrush vallejo 70883 silvergrey (I'm always using this color to drybrush the black).
The hooves are vallejo 70874 tan earth, the muzzle is made by a drybrush vallejo 70869 basalt grey
Black for mouth, eyes and nose holes

-- The light brown horses
The base for these horses is Tamiya XF72, covered by a drybrush vallejo 70875 beige brown.
legs, eyes, queue and mane is black, and some white touch added on the muzzle and legs.
The hooves are vallejo 70987 medium grey

--The dark brown horses
The base color is Tamiya XF10, covered by a drybrush vallejo 70872 chocolate brown.
legs, eyes, queue and mane is black, and some white touch added on the muzzle and legs.
The hooves are vallejo 70987 medium grey


Then come all the accessories on horses :


-- the sheepskin saddle is vallejo 70837 pale sand with black wash and drybrush,
Serrated edges are painted with vallejo 70841 andrea blue

-- the saddle pad is vallejo 70841 andrea blue with a white stripe
The same color for the rectangular package behind the saddle

-- The horse collar is made of two color : Black for the part on the saddle side,
and for the front part it's vallejo 70893 US dark green with black wash and a special drybrush made of Tamiya XF49 Khaki mixed with white.
Details on this collar are white stripes, Laiton rings (vallejo 70801), hook vallejo 70864 natural steel

-- The rolled coat just behind the horse collar is vallejo 70989 sky gray with black wash, drybrush and white stripes painted on it.
(all the details are underlined in black)

-- The stripe on the back of the horse, (going from the saddle to the queue) is vallejo 70940 saddle brown

-- All the others stripes (except one in white below the saddle and some in black on the muzzle of the horse with the saddle) are vallejo 70837 pale sand underlined in black.


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Posted by Konrad on 05 Jun 2020, 04:21

ADM wrote:but expect something stunning in this project !


Something stunning?
All what you show here is stunning! :thumbup:
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Posted by C M Dodson on 05 Jun 2020, 08:55

Hello Mr ADM.

Your work both in quantity and quality is in itself stunning.

Personally, I still feel your ‘eyes’ stand out so vividly that they detract from your painting excellence which is a pity.

Looking forward to seeing this come together.

Best wishes,

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Posted by Peter on 06 Jun 2020, 22:04

Konrad wrote:
Something stunning?
All what you show here is stunning! :thumbup:

I can only agree with Konrad! ;-)

Looking forward to your next post! :-D

PS: thank you for the tutorial on the horses. Now I can go on with the ones I'm painting from Franznap. You gave me some good ideas! :thumbup:
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Posted by OwenChpw on 07 Jun 2020, 00:12

Very clean painting, very bright and eye-catching. I like that you've tried to do the eyes and I know how hard it can be to get them right because the scale is so small. I mess them up all the time; most of my time painting eyes is fixing them haha. Thanks for the tutorials, hope to see them completed.
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