Friday 19 April 2024

"The Infantry Of Prussia In 1806..."

"...Was 'a museum piece' reflecting the great days of (King) Frederick the Great."

This 28mm scale metal model is produced by “Wargames Foundry", and can be purchased as part of the identical eight-figure PN063 Infantry in Peaked Cap Marching blister. Sculpted by Alan Perry, this Napoleonic miniature has been patiently waiting its turn in my painting queue since I bought him in July 2023, and is hopefully destined to be part of a small Prussian force I can bolster either my French or Coalition army with as a scenario dictates.

The soldier was initially undercoated using a couple of licks of "Vallejo" Sombre Grey, and then essentially painted from the ground up following the colour scheme shown on the Nottingham-based company's website. Resultantly, I applied "Vallejo" Stormy Blue to the tunic and sleeves, and later darkened it down with a splosh of "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

"Pull. Pull. Pull."

I used a combination of "Vallejo" Heavy Red and "Citadel" Carroburg Crimson for the figure's cuffs, collar, cap band, and gun strap, as well as "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna with plenty of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade on to his rifle and backpack. I subsequently squeezed in some "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil onto the model's metallic areas, such as his gun barrel, its bayonet, and the fellow's water bottle.

Lastly, I applied some "Citadel" Abaddon Black to the infantryman's boots, extra baggage, leather straps and epaulettes. To be honest I wasn't entirely convinced by this choice as the vast majority of illustrations I saw had the Prussians wearing white straps, and none sporting black shoulder pieces. However, I did read that the colour was used to designate Fusiliers within the army, albeit this 'title was honorific rather than implying a specialist or elite unit.'

"Wargames Foundry" WIPs - Three more Prussian Infantrymen at various stages of completion

In addition to my latest Napoleonic figure I have also managed to pigment another 28mm metal Roboman by "Black Tree Design". Available as Code DW127 Roboman from their "Doctor Who" miniatures range, this sculpt is based upon the Daleks' mindless minions from Terry Nation's November 1964 BBC Television six-episode story "The Dalek Invasion of Earth".

Primed using a mixture of "Vallejo" Surface Primer Black and "Warlord Games" Pitch Black, the miniature was heavily dry-brushed with “Vallejo” Heavy Charcoal and drenched in "Citadel" Nuln Oil. His trousers were then base layered in "Vallejo" Sombre Grey, shaded using some "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and roughly highlighted using a careful dry-brush of (more) "Vallejo Sombre Grey. As a final touch, I 'picked out' the Roboman's clunky headset and machine-gun with "Vallejo" Gunmetal and "Citadel" Nuln Oil.

7 comments:

  1. Great work on the Prussian, and Roboman Simon, how many more Robomen do you have left to finish them (not including any that are secretly hiding in a drawer ! LOL). See the next batch of Prussians are progressing quickly.

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    1. Thanks Dave. I think that's the last of the Robomen - at least as far as I can see, LOL!!! I was painting all four Prussians together. But as usual became impatient of the process, so dedicated myself to just the one, Hopefully, I'll get the other three finished in good time.

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    1. Cheers Michal. One down, seven more to go. LOL!!

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  3. Great to see more Nappies, pushed to the front of the queue. Keep 'em coming Simon.

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    1. Thanks Ray. The Napoleonic's do take me a while though, so I always need a couple of palette cleansers along the way to keep me going. LOL!!

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  4. Great looking Prussian soldier. I really like your Napoleonic soldiers as they look so good! The Roboman army grows ever larger!!!

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