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Greys Revisited

Posted by FredG on 09 Jan 2020, 17:26

With the two sets of Prussian Hussars now in one of the wall display cases I thouight I'd revisit the Scots Greys.
These were painted some time ago and I'm sure I can improve on the finish. There's a few of them so I may be some time. They've never been based so that helps.

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There's at least the same number as those in the photos still boxed so it should be a decent group by the end.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 09 Jan 2020, 17:42

FredG,i love the bottle tops. BB
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Posted by Wiking on 09 Jan 2020, 22:22

Four-cylinder with a lot of horsepower ! :-D

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Posted by Peter on 09 Jan 2020, 23:04

Are that hot dog plates? :shock:

Go on Fred! :thumbup:
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Posted by MABO on 09 Jan 2020, 23:56

Go I will follow this. Scots Grey have been my first new set back in 1998!
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Posted by Susofrick on 10 Jan 2020, 09:10

Looks like both sets (ESCI and Italeri). Will also follow this! The Scots Greys was one of the first sets I bought when I restarted the hobby mid 80s.
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Posted by FredG on 10 Jan 2020, 09:33

These are 3 sets of Action Toys (Esci)(3 x 12) and 1 set of Italeri (Esci/Italeri)(1 x 18).
Boxed I have 2 sets of Esci( 2 x 12), 2 sets of Italeri (2 x 18 )and an Italeri Waterloo 1815 set (36 Scots Greys) A grand total of 150 cavalry. It will take some time if I paint them all in one go :shock:
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Posted by Beano Boy on 10 Jan 2020, 17:43

i am sure you will paint them up fine FredG. BB
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Posted by MABO on 10 Jan 2020, 23:20

Beano Boy wrote:i am sure you will paint them up fine FredG. BB


Me, too... ;-)
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Posted by FredG on 17 Jan 2020, 20:27

I've been repainting up the 54 horses and I'm thinking that 150 of them is a bit ambitious at the moment.The ones I have already will fill a whole shelf in the new display cabinet so I will probably just add to these by painting up the boxed Esci ones (2 x 12) as I prefer these horses to the Italeri. The Esci horses will also be easier to add the blankets to the front of the saddle.
A set of approximately 74, the troopers with carbines raised are useless for a charge pose, should be enough for now and I can move on to other projects. The rest can then relax for a while.

As a general thought, does anyone make cavalry figures as they really should be seen? The gallop, if used, was only in the last 100 metres and swords wouldn't be drawn until nearing that point. Walking and trot with swords sheathed would be far more appropriate for a pose. I've also seen reports that the Grey's charge at Waterloo met with the French infantry at the walk, although that seems odd when the reports that the horses were blown when the French lancers countered them.

Onwards!
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Posted by Beano Boy on 17 Jan 2020, 21:06

The Scots Guards Infantry were in on that charge,but never hardly mentioned. It was they that hung onto the horse furniture and who also smashed into those massed French infantry divisions. BB
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Posted by FredG on 17 Jan 2020, 21:31

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92nd ;-)
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Posted by C M Dodson on 17 Jan 2020, 22:57

Very nice as always Mr Fred.

The Union Brigade had to pass through Picton’s troops who were engaged with the French.

With the uphill advance ( the French had reached the crest), hedges, mud, debris etc they were unable to charge and effectively ‘waded’ into the disorganised French.

Some Highland troops ( probably the 92nd ) joined their comrades by dashing off into the melee with them.

After hacking their way through the French infantry they attempted to attack the ‘Grand Battery’ on the opposite slope, hence their horses were ‘ blown’.

The picture is excellent but include cuirassiers mixing it with the 2nd Dragoons.

The Brigades of Travers and Farine we’re engaged further towards La Haye Sainte with the 1st and 6th Dragoon’s being their likely opponents.

The ‘Greys’ were most efficiently dealt with by Jacquinot’s lancers and chasseurs.

Lady Butlers terrific painting is of course, nonsense.

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Posted by FredG on 17 Jan 2020, 23:28

Aw! Mr Chris she was only painting it 66 years after the event. A sort of long exposure picture.

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Posted by Marvin on 18 Jan 2020, 00:25

FredG wrote:Aw! Mr Chris she was only painting it 66 years after the event. A sort of long exposure picture.

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Lady Butler's iconic (if fanciful) scene was recreated, more or less, in slow motion by the Waterloo film director Sergei Bondarchuk.

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Posted by FredG on 18 Jan 2020, 09:47

Big men on big grey horses so Bondarchuck throws in a few dwarves.. Italeri did the same with the dwarves in their set too. :-D

BTW has any one noticed the Saga advert showing Napoleonic re-enactors with 2nd dragoons on brown horses?
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Posted by FredG on 18 Jan 2020, 15:53

The new sets.

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I'll concentrate on the horses. They're washed, dried, removed from the sprues and tails docked. All set to glue to the bases.

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I did notice that one poor trooper has had half of his sword blade removed, either that or they issued him with a dagger. They're not the longest of cavalry swords to begin with. :(

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Posted by Marvin on 18 Jan 2020, 17:13

FredG wrote:BTW has any one noticed the Saga advert showing Napoleonic re-enactors with 2nd dragoons on brown horses?


Yes! I was pointing excitedly at the TV to my family when it came on! :mrgreen: :lol:
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Posted by C M Dodson on 18 Jan 2020, 18:47

Hello Mr Fred.

Incidentally have you seen Egbert work?

https://www.geschichte-in-miniaturen.de ... .php?t=801

I did not want to post pictures without his permission.

Good work, especially chopping faces off other manufacturers to get a better result.

I was memorised as a child watching Waterloo. I even had the poster in my bedroom.

Long gone, although I believe the bedroom might still exist!

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Posted by Bluefalchion on 18 Jan 2020, 19:14

Why did they dock their tails? Most horses I have seen seem to use their full tails for quite an array of tasks.
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