The past few weeks have revealed that - much to my own astonishment - I can actually paint 54mm Napoleonic figures quite quickly and to a tolerable standard. As I indicated in my earlier post, I have been putting off painting these chaps for quite a while but now I'm not sure what I was worried about.
Monday 31 August 2015
Saturday 29 August 2015
Being such nice figures painting proceeded quite swiftly and I hope to finish them over the weekend.
Friday 28 August 2015
A distant view of the Lion Mound.
The other buildings survive and are in good shape after a recent restoration.
The view north.
The recent statue commemorating the defence of Hougoumont.
Thursday 27 August 2015
Funny Little Wars Yahoo Group offering some slightly down at heel but cheap figures I happily speculated the required tenner. A package soon arrived from Neil P containing not only the apparently random selection above...
...but also these promising looking chaps. They mostly seem to be Timpo figures, several with head swaps. Clearly of some vintage, a fair bit of repair work was required, so I set to with the surgical PVA. While that was drying I addressed the issue of horses - the package had contained only one.Supreme horses - which appear to be from the Italeri moulds. Actually I have riders for them all but the figures from Neil looked much more interesting. I can now report that all of the troopers in the second photo above have been re-horsed and are ready to take the field at Waterloo next month. Photos soon, and thanks again to Neil!
Tuesday 25 August 2015
I'll post photos soon of some other recently completed figures just as soon as the varnish dries.
Friday 21 August 2015
The horse boxes and Renault van weren't in the film.
I could look at it all day, but we must press on.
Looking sough to Belle Alliance.
The viewing gallery on the mound includes this handy map.
Down that track lies Hougoumont - our next destination.
Tuesday 18 August 2015
|I'm the one on the right. With the impressive hat.
As Waterloo fever grips at least one of the inmates of Megablitz Towers, I took the logical step last month of visiting the actual battlefield. This was done as a day trip from London in the excellent company of Jack and Bertrand - the latter having made all of the travel arrangements. My part consisted of driving to the capital the previous evening and enjoying as best I could the evening rush hour.
At 0355* we set off from London and drove to Dover where with very little waiting we were shoved onto the next available ferry. After a float about we were soon trundling through France and then Belgium with your humble correspondent at the helm of Bertrand's suitably Gallic conveyance.
On arrival at Waterloo, being hardened military history enthusiasts, we at first ignored the battle and had some lunch. Or it might have been breakfast. Who knows?
Then it was on the the sparkly new visitor centre. Now I'm not generally a fan of such centres but this one is a delight. Built underground - presumably at vast expense - it doesn't mess up the view and contains much which the visitor may ogle.
Among the exhibits is one of Dr. Guillotine's finest. The 'story' starts with the Revolution and helps put the battle in it's historical context.
Clearly a man with a lot to say for himself. He'll want watching.
Coming next - the field of battle itself!
* apparently the time 3.55 occurs twice each day. I refer here to 3.55am