I wanted to show him a photo to prove I too was capable of such miraculous feats, so I started sorting through a folder of photos of my older Napoleonic figures, which I knew included my battalion of the 42nd Black Watch. And, as you can see above, I found my nicely (if I may say so myself) painted tartans … but I also re-discovered my bad habit of painting my figures with huge Thunderbirds style eyes! [click on the pics to see the figures blown up much bigger than real-life]
Anyway, browsing through this folder, I found a selection of photos of my earlier Napoleonic painting efforts, and thought I would share them here. So enjoy (if you can bear those huge staring eyes) …
The famous British 95th Rifles skirmish ahead of the thin red line. The 95th are well-known these days as the regiment to which the fictional Richard Sharpe and Patrick Harper belonged. Thunderbird-eyes alert for the figure in brown!
Colonel Tracey, a particularly Thunderbird-eyed officer, leads his battalion into a quiet village somewhere in Spain, whilst a couple of exploring officers survey the streets ahead for any lurking enemy.
Now we turn to the French. These are the 12th Dragoons. The trumpeter figure on the right actually depicts my own great-great-great-great-grandfather, who really was a trumpeter in this regiment.
One of my most colourful units, the 9th Regiment of Light Infantry, or, to be exact, Le 9eme Régiment d’Infanterie Légère). I really like the drummer and the jingling johnny beside him, as well as the apron-wearing sapper.
All of the above are 28mm metal figures, mostly made by Front Rank. The exquisite paper flags come mainly from GMB Design.
That’s all for now. I’ve found lots of other old photos too, but they can wait till another posting.