Sunday, 21 January 2018

"...Bonaparte Crossed The Scivia On June 13th..."

"...And near to San-Guiliamo, integrated with Victor's corps (Gardanne and Chambarlhac's division)..."
This 28mm plastic French Fusiliers have been built using parts taken from the “Victrix Limited” French Napoleonic Infantry 1804 – 1807 boxed set, and resultantly has provided me with enough finished soldiers with which to populate a fifth musket-armed infantry quartet to use for Bob Cordery's "The Portable Wargame". Pigmented to replicate a Line infantryman, the soldier was initially undercoated with "Citadel" Skull White and had his boots, musket, pouches, backpack and hat layered with Chaos Black.

I then started the somewhat painstakingly slow process of 'picking out' all of his straps with either "Vallejo" Dead White or Heavy Sienna, and washed these areas with Pale Grey or "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade. The uniform was painted using a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Blue and "Citadel" Asurmen Blue, whilst his cuffs and collar were treated to a layer of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Bloodletter.
"Joined later in the morning by Lanne's corps they had seen no sign of the enemy on the left bank."
Lastly, having decided against 'highlighting' each and every one of the Frenchmen's numerous buttons, I applied some "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna and "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade to the wooden areas of the private's flintlock firearm, as well as some "Citadel" Ironbreaker and Nuln Oil to the weapon's metal parts. The Fusilier's bicorn hat, "worn throughout the Revolutionary Wars" and "during the famous Austerlitz Campaign in 1805", had its additional details picked out using "Vallejo" Gold, "The Army Painter" Strong Tone Quickshade and "Vallejo" Dead White.

With four Fusiliers completed, I arranged them appropriately upon a single 40mm x 40mm plastic base, and later glued some modelling grit over it in order to try and replicate the same 'texturing' I used on my previous infantry bases a few years ago. Later, I dry-brushed the small sedimentary rocks using "Citadel" Abaddon Black, Doomsbull Brown and Rakarth Flesh, and gave the stand a heavy wash of Agrax Earthshade, before partially flocking it with static grass.
Spoilpox Scrivener WIPs - The "downright dour creature" has been primed, washed and dry-brushed"
The "Maggotkin Of Nurgle" battletome for "Age Of Sigmar" continues to tease and tempt me with its marvellous array of recently released "Games Workshop" miniatures, so despite my best intentions I have simply had to purchase this multi-part plastic miniature of a Spoilpox Scrivener. Essentially a third Herald of Nurgle for my ever-expanding Chaos Army, this particular mortal "who resisted Nurgle's Rot for a lengthy period" is specifically "responsible for ensuring that the Plaguebearers of their Tallyband do not shirk" from their duties during a battle.

This particular Plaguebearer will also provide my force with a much-needed range attack, on account of his "Disgusting Sneeze", and, like so many of the Nurgle models, is entirely compatible with "Warhammer 40K". Such dual-usage really is a great motivator for me when it comes to painting up this sort of arguably over-detailed sculpt, as it means that I can justify, in my own mind at least, the significant time it takes me to just paint-up one of these figures...

18 comments:

  1. The madness continues.
    They're great figures btw.

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    1. Cheers Joe, LOL :-) The madness does indeed continue!!

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  2. Very nice array of eye candy for a Monday morning Simon, what a great way to start the week :-)
    The grouped shot of four Frenchies on their base is a nice little teaser for when the units are completed, and the Plaguebearer is another fine piece of Nurgle nastiness - though sadly not the only one around here with a "Disgusting Sneeze" today ;-)

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    1. Thanks Greg. This'll be it for the French Fusiliers, for now at least, but not the end of either the French or Austrians :-) I'm a big fan of the new Nurgle stuff and have loads of new bits and pieces to show off ;-)

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    1. Cheers Bryan. I appreciate neither is probably to your taste, but they need painting (and posting) :-)

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    2. Very true, Simon, but I appreciate that figures need painting and it's good that you're making progress on your mountain of unpainted minis. Keep it up!

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    3. "I appreciate that figures need painting" - Very true Bryan. More "Heroclix" coming in the next posting :-)

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  4. Nice finish of the current batch of Naps Simon, another interesting Nurgle piece

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    1. Thanks Dave. I'm finding it hard to squeeze the Naps in currently, as they take me so much time, but they should be worth the effort in the end :-)

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  5. That herald is a brilliant miniature!

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    1. It is indeed, Andy, and I'm very much looking forward to getting him painted.

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  6. The Napoleonic soldiers look great all on the same base like that. Makes me want to look at a massed battle game, but my slow rate of painting and my backlog of minis for other games does put me off. Still those French look great and will be awesome when joined by their brothers in arms. I do like the Nurgle model. GW do make some awesome minis imho, however the kits can be a bit of a pain to put together at times which can be off putting, but when they are done they look great. As a beloved of Grandfather Nurgle I can't wait to see what you do with it as you are a master of painting diseased skin. Keep it up sir, another good post.

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    1. Thanks Undercoat. I've definitely got a mass battle vibe currently, with a few new project pieces set to surface on this blog soon. In the meantime I plan on spending February concentrating on a few Nurgle minis... well, more than a few actually ;-)

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  7. Those French look smashing ranked up.

    That herald is a funny sculpt. I love the idea of it and am really enjoying all these new Nurgle characters GW have produced. (Are you planning to pick up that huge new Great Unclean One?)

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    1. Cheers Dai. The Naps are slow going though... I have two old Great Unclean Ones to paint next month as part of a Nurgle theme, and then I'll buy a new one to sit in the centre of them as a near 900 point Great Unclean core ;-)

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