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Thursday, 13 August 2015

French Mounted Infantry Colonels (Perry Miniatures) 28mm

This is the second metal set I bought during my ebay rampage (this cannon being the first), x3 French Infantry Colonels and I've got to admit I was slightly concerned when I first opened the packet. The figures seemed to be bent and slightly skewed, the black horse in particular had really strange shaped legs and all the swords were bent. It didn't take much effort to get them looking acceptable but I was really worried about snapping the swords off.

These were really nice to paint, in particular the figure on the brown horse wearing the habit veste was really nice to paint. My only complaint is that the moulding on the right eye of the dark brown horse seemed to be non existent, it was simply a flat surface. Luckily the dark paint hides this but it almost made me throw the horse away and scrap that figure.

I used the same websites as previously stated here to pick the uniforms, however it was slightly complicated as this page by Calpe Miniatures suggests that the uniforms worn by officers varied due to the officer's allowance for uniforms and sometimes incomplete instructions to tailors.

Overall I was very happy with these figures, again I had to get separate bases but luckily I had some spares kicking around (I do love my spares box!).

I tried to adapt the uniforms slightly as 3 colonels is a bit much for the small brigade I want to build up. The officer on the light brown horse is intended to be an infantry colonel, the black horse figure will be a cavalry colonel (I had Ney in mind as I painted this one) and the final guy on the medium brown horse is intended to be an artillery officer - so I've attempted to keep his uniform similar to the gunners.

French Foot Artillery firing 6 pounder (Perry Miniatures) 28mm

So I managed to break my golden rule, which considering I've not done many sets since coming back into the hobby is a bit of a shame.. but it felt soo good!! I bought myself 3 sets at once, normally I like to take one set at a time so that I don't get distracted. This time however I bought myself a box of Napoleonic French Infantry, Mounted Infantry Colonels and a team of Foot Artillery firing a 6 pounder. I finished the artillery and colonels way before I had even unboxed the infantry and what I found was brilliant!

At first I was really worried that the metal would be really flimsy and snap if I wasn't careful, but once the cannon had stuck together they were fine (it took a few attempts to get the barrel to take and I had had trouble with chipping so I've got some varnish to try).

I found a couple of really helpful websites to help me with the uniforms, anybody interested in getting accurate and detailed descriptions for Napoleonic armies should certainly check out Napolun.com If this is one guy writing this himself then he's got a lot of time on his hands.

If you prefer a visual representation of the uniforms (although a slightly romantic depiction) then this Historex site is great!

Only downside to this minis (although understandable) is that they don't come with any form of base, I picked these up off ebay for a couple of squid so altogether for about £9 I'm over the moon with this set!