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Nappy Cavalry Project #23 - Russian Lifeguard Dragoons

Posted by Marvin on 04 May 2017, 20:33

Greetings all!

Thought I'd tackle Zvezda's Russian Dragoons for the latest cavalry regiment in my project. At 3 figures a box, it requires the purchase of a number of boxes to put together some sort of regiment. The figures come in parts that snap-together with pegs for the horses to attach to the bases. Perhaps I'm a bit clumsy but I found it all a bit of a challenge. :stressed:

The sculpting as always from Zvezda is excellent though the detail is so very subtle it can make painting them rather tricky. :sweatdrop:

I've painted the prestigious Lifeguard Dragoon regiment. Some photos are below with a little history and more on the blog.
https://suburbanmilitarism.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/lifeguard-dragoons-nappy-cavalry-project-set-23/

Cheers! Marvin

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Posted by Bluefalchion on 04 May 2017, 20:49

The face on the rider in the second photograph is eerily good. All of these dragoons came out looking fantastic. Which vallejo model colors did you mix together to achieve the yellowish gold of the helmet eagle symbols?
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Posted by Marvin on 04 May 2017, 21:00

Bluefalchion wrote:The face on the rider in the second photograph is eerily good. All of these dragoons came out looking fantastic. Which vallejo model colors did you mix together to achieve the yellowish gold of the helmet eagle symbols?


Thanks fella. I mainly use Vallejo Brass for the helmets with just a tiniest touch of gold mixed in to lift the colour a little.
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Posted by MABO on 04 May 2017, 21:57

Interesting and once more beautiful. Nice addition to you amazing project of Napoleonics cavalry.
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Posted by Rosbif on 04 May 2017, 23:40

Superb! :yeah: :thumbup:
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 05 May 2017, 01:45

Marvin--

The more I see of your work, the more I admire your painting style. I would like to improve my painting by emulating some of your techniques. What type of brush do you use for dry-brushing?
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Posted by Mai Strac on 05 May 2017, 08:01

Amazing paint job!!! :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Posted by Kekso on 05 May 2017, 08:34

I painted that set last year so I agree with your comments about it.
Nice work and always pleasure to look at it (repeatedly) :thumbup:
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Posted by Wiking on 05 May 2017, 12:13

Rosbif wrote:
Superb! :yeah: :thumbup:

Agree!
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Posted by C M Dodson on 05 May 2017, 14:47

Very nice indeed.

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Posted by Marvin on 06 May 2017, 13:34

Bluefalchion wrote:Marvin--

The more I see of your work, the more I admire your painting style. I would like to improve my painting by emulating some of your techniques. What type of brush do you use for dry-brushing?


Thanks Bluefalchion :-D ... the answer is I use a range of brushes for dry-brushing. I use broad flat brushes for first highlights or large areas like horse flesh, and then I might use a smaller, stubby one like he one on the right for detail (extra lighter highlights on elbow creases, etc.).

Keep experimenting with bold or more subtle contrasts and fine the result that's right for you. Best of luck and don't forget we want to see the results on the BFF gallery! :thumbup:

Marvin

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Posted by gbvarese on 06 May 2017, 19:14

Dear Marvin,

Great work and good indications for dry brush technic.

Zvezda Russian dragoons suggests me a question for all the forumers: do any of us know why this excellent manufacturer has changed its range of production, choosing the current trend of sets with few subjects for a sproportionate price?

Thanks Giovanni
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Posted by Salaberry on 07 May 2017, 01:52

Very nice painting job indeed.
I admit I'm sad to see Zvezda moving away from big boxes to go into wargaming -based sets with much fewer figures.
That said, the small sets are superbly done, and this contribution highlights their quality.
The shading work is just superb: the uniforms look like they're the genuine thing.
Again, cudos.

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Posted by Bluefalchion on 07 May 2017, 03:28

Did I read somewhere that Zvezda are not making any more 1/72 scale sets of any kind? As long as Marvin paints at least one of all Nappie cavalry figs they produced, we will have something to look forward to.
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Posted by Beano Boy on 07 May 2017, 03:46

Beautiful Painting Marvin. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

The Zvevda, large boxed sets were the golden days of painting in this hobby.
A few boxes are to be found on Model Hobbies, as I type this.
Smaller sets why? ____ Less cost! ____ Lots of money gained. ______ Fewer workers needed.
However they threw away their first place on the market place.
So their awful gain was also their greatest world wide loss. BB
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Posted by Ray.Caruana on 08 May 2017, 06:10

Very good painting :yeah: Well done!
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