Wednesday, 2 September 2009

First Victrix Finished and the Wurtemburgers have flown the nest


Finished the first Victrix Italians painted in the early uniform last week, and they turned out fine. Another box should be on it's way to complete the regt and then I'll just keep adding to them as I see fit. I think this is going to be a sporadic project rather than doing them all in one hit
Another view below with a rather blonde (for an Italian), drummer in the front rank, apparently, this really upsets some anal twats, (the drummer being there, not the blondeness) so if you are one; look away...NOW.

Perry mounted officer, GMB flag.
I must admit I do have a slight problem with the "lightness" of these Victrix guys. With the Perry stuff having 2 metal figures a base its not an issue, but these figures lack heft. In the end we are all a bit anal I suppose,which is why we are wargamers.

3 of the Wurtemburg Btns - chaps on the right lack a flag -typically it arrived this morning...a nice pink one
The other completion last week was the final battalion of Wurtemburgers from Firing Line Miniatures, I delivered these to Noel down in Plymouth over the week-end, so he is now the proud owner of 6 x 32's and a battery. Skirmishers are going to be a real problem. I'm still not sure what figures to use. I will however, order the figures for the Light cavalry regt today.
Noel has plumped for the mounted Jagers, which will look good in green

Close ups...having seperate heads makes for plenty of variation in adition to the 3 infantry poses shown here plus sargent/officer etc shown here. There is another infantryman with leveled musket who was rejected because those figures are always a pain because they inevitably stab the guys in the next unit..Firing Line also make the additional seperate heads which can be seen here (bandaged, baldy, Bonnet de Police etc) One or two of these add even further variation and character to a unit. The mounted officers are random Connoissuer figures I had lying around.
So..... The painting table is empty! What next?

7 comments:

RTB said...

Hi Chris

The Firing Line Figures seem very animated. How did you find them? I've got a few of their heads attached to some Foundry figures and quite like them.

Roger

christot said...

Roger,
They are available from Bicorne Miniatures, the light infantry are a bit poor but the cavalry are great (I'll be doing some soon, so they will appear here). They also do some VERY nice French Guard chassuers, some line chassuers and a small, but again quite tidy range of French infantry in long coats. The range of heads is enormous, especially if you delve into the ACW and gunfighters ranges for more bareheads. They also make some lovely horses, some of the French cavalry I've already featured use Firing Line horses.
I can see I'll have to do a little Firing Line blog entry

Anonymous said...

I too would be interested in Firing Line details. I usually don't like separate pieces in metal -- messing about with epoxy is not my idea of fun. But these look good and their muskets look very robust -- essential I think.

I am also interested in good horse sculpts. I am a big fan of Connoisseur horses -- are these in the same fold?

Cheers,
Chris

christot said...

The metal quality Andrew at Bicorne uses for these figures is high, they are very sturdy. The seperate head is a bit of a pain, but does allow variation especially when you use their other heads, I find superglue is ok to fix them, never had one come off yet.
The horses match perfectly with Connoissuer/Elite. I really like them.
If you go here:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5tGkVNh8Eb8/SSrkmEmct8I/AAAAAAAAAGA/93AABeZDEfw/s1600-h/john%27s+shed+2+002.JPG

then the horses with the little brass heart thingy on thir chests are Firing Line.

Anonymous said...

Thanks -- love the picture of the Cuirassiers. I see some Foremost horses in there too -- excellent.

Regarding F-L minis - I assume the head has a plug (below the collar?) that inserts into a hole in the body...if so, does it require much cleaning?
Cheers,
Chris

christot said...

Yes Chris, they have an open collar (which is quite high)on the body and then the head has a plug which does indeed need to be trimmed, just snip it with side cutters, then the head sits snugly in the collar

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris

I have enjoyed your blog.


Just out of interest I see you have used the Firing line generic heads? From your experience do you think they would mix well on Victrix models?

Cheers
Chris