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Posted by Rosbif on 12 Jul 2017, 07:22

Hi all,

Finally got some time to do a bit more painting! In my ongoing painting of Murat's forces for the Battle of Tolentino, I've painted the 1st battalion of the 7th Infantry Regiment, famously recruited from Caribbean refugees from Saint Domingue. Apparently Napoleon foisted them onto his brother when Joseph was still the king of Naples because they were the worst regiment in the French army. Without any improvement, they became the best regiment in the Neapolitan army. Says a lot about the quality of the army of Naples!

I was a bit lazy about trimming the mould lines off the legs of these figures, which show up fairly prominently in this photo :oops:, but for wargaming they are more than adequate.

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I've also painted a couple of command stands for my Neapolitan forces using Franznap's characterful figures

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Posted by Kekso on 12 Jul 2017, 09:39

Great job. Nice to see some of your work again.
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Posted by Mr. Andrea on 12 Jul 2017, 10:52

yes, nice brush work here. and I understand your giving up with trimming the moulding lines: I am wargamer too
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Posted by Graeme on 12 Jul 2017, 12:05

Good to see a Napoleonic unit that's a bit out of the ordinary. And they are splendidly painted too.
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Posted by Bramble15 on 12 Jul 2017, 12:26

HE's BACK!!!! Yes in all caps! Glad to see new work, as I am a fan. As I have mentioned multiple times I like this set even given the shortcomings of the chins. Very much like the unit you represent and the painting you have applied!
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Posted by Rosbif on 12 Jul 2017, 12:45

HE's BACK!!!! Yes in all caps! Glad to see new work, as I am a fan.


:oops: Stop it, you're making me blush! :xd: :mrgreen:

Seriously though, thanks for the kind words. I haven't been very active this year so far and want to make up for lost time. My Neapolitan project is restarting after a couple of entertaining games at the club. I want to bolster my collection with the remaining units from the Tolentino order of battle which will include Franznap's wonderful Murat figure.
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 12 Jul 2017, 14:14

These look fantastic, as always with your work. A really interesting unit to tackle and I think the mould lines here are just looking like trouser seams.
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Posted by Wiking on 22 Jul 2017, 06:06

Very nice and fine detail painted figures. Colorful !
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And thank you for the info about these (elite :shock: ) troops.
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Posted by sansovino on 22 Jul 2017, 13:26

really wonderful done - a pleasure!
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Posted by giorgio on 22 Jul 2017, 18:30

here's the "real" battle at Tolentino
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_urNhQZdf0
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Posted by Rosbif on 23 Jul 2017, 12:46

here's the "real" battle at Tolentino


Wow! I didn't know King Joachim had his own documentary team filming his final battle! :lol: :lol: :joker: :joker:
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Posted by giorgio on 23 Jul 2017, 16:07

:-D :P
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Posted by FredG on 23 Jul 2017, 18:47

Rosbif wrote: I've painted the 1st battalion of the 7th Infantry Regiment, famously recruited from Caribbean refugees from Saint Domingue. Apparently Napoleon foisted them onto his brother when Joseph was still the king of Naples because they were the worst regiment in the French army. Without any improvement, they became the best regiment in the Neapolitan army. Says a lot about the quality of the army of Naples!


Perhaps it says more about Buonoparte's later memoirs ;-)

He also the Saxons were rubbish troops and Bernadotte was a poor Marshal. He said it after 1813 though, not before :-D
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Posted by Marvin on 27 Jul 2017, 23:30

Never mind the mould lines - this is quality and they look great. :thumbup:

I thought Neopolitan troops would have worn a mixture of pink, brown and cream? ;-)
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 27 Jul 2017, 23:54

Marvin wrote:Never mind the mould lines - this is quality and they look great. :thumbup:

I thought Neopolitan troops would have worn a mixture of pink, brown and cream? ;-)


Except the strawberry ice cream always gets left for last. Unless Dad's Army is encamped in the vicinity.
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Posted by Rosbif on 28 Jul 2017, 01:17

I thought Neopolitan troops would have worn a mixture of pink, brown and cream? ;-)


I'm planning to paint a little known unit, the 1 ° reggimento di venditori di gelato. I've found an image of their supply train vehicles....

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Posted by Rosbif on 31 Oct 2017, 01:32

Finally done a bit more work on my Neapolitan project. Hobby stuff seems to be taking place at a glacial pace this year!

The Velites and Command figures all by the wonderful Franznap, while the Voltiguers of the Guard are mainly HaT elite figures with head swaps.

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1st Velite Grenadiers of the Guard.

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King Joachim and aides

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Voltiguers of the Guard

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Posted by huib on 31 Oct 2017, 15:44

Very beautiful painting of these Naepolitan soldiers!
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