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Review 1/10th vive lempereur, col-burthe 4th hussars

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Steve Brodie, Jan 4, 2021.

  1. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    Imagine the joy and excitement I felt ( and to be fair my son and daughter seemed just excited) when I was given this wrapped up in shiny Christmas wrapping paper, I had left them subtle hints – okay maybe not so subtle hints, that I fancied painting one of these superb pieces. My son Josh got in touch with Gordon via email and the deal was done.
    Release info here - https://www.planetfigure.com/thread...burthe-4th-hussars.286236/page-2#post-1112690
    This is no way a full review, as the superb ones Nap gives us, but photos showing what delights are wrapped in a ton of bubble wrap, which certainly kept it safe through the postal system.

    The box is a fair size, and packed with bubble wrap

    1-Closed Box.jpg 2-Open Box.jpg

    A comprehensive parts list and a printout of the famous painting of “Vive L’Empereur” by Edouard Detaille;

    3-Parts list.jpg 4-Painting.jpg

    The painting depicts the cavalry charge of the 4th Hussars during the “Battle of Friedland.” Historians regard the Battle of Friedland as one of the most brilliant victories of Napoleon during the heyday of the French Empire. In the “Battle of Friedland,” which took place in 1807, the French army under the command of Napoleon won decisively against a Russian army. The battle took place in the territory of Friedland, which was part of East Prussia and now part of modern-day Russia. The battle took place 84 years before this painting was created.
    The 4th Hussar Regiment (4e régiment de hussars) is a Hussar regiment in the French Army, created in 1783 and still in existence. The Hussars played an essential role as cavalry in the Napoleonic Wars (1803–1815).

    Taken from https://joyofmuseums.com/museums/au...uth-wales/vive-lempereur-by-edouard-detaille/

    Where the painting hangs, interesting that the painting wasn’t created until 84 years after the battle.

    Onto the Resin, which is beautifully cast, nice and crisp with minimal cleanup. The only major cleanup is on the 4 parts of the horse, rest are minimal seam lines and a bit of flash here and there;

    Horses Body, some excellent under cutting (if that’s the right Phrase);

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  2. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    Head, with some sublime casting of the mouth, teeth and nostrils;

    9-Head.jpg 10-Head-1.jpg 11-Head-2.jpg 12-Head-3.jpg



    Genitals – yep that’s right separately cast horses bits – first time I have ever seen this, and you get a spare !

    Colonel Burthe, lovely molded facial details;

    13-Burthe head-1.jpg 14-Burthe head-2.jpg 15a-Burthe head-3.jpg


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  3. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    Upper Torso;

    17-Torso-2.jpg 18-Torso-3.jpg 19-Burthe head-4.jpg

    Legs and boots

    20-Legs.jpg 20-Legs.jpg 21-Leg Detail-1.jpg 22-Leg Detail-2.jpg 23-Rider.jpg


    24-Left arm.jpg 25-Right Arm.jpg 26-Cuff Details.jpg

    Sabre and holder
    26a-Sword and Holder.jpg

    Cartridge case ( One spare), very nice texture cast onto the item

    27-Cartridge Box-1.jpg 28-Cartridge Box-2.jpg


    29-Sabretashe-1.jpg 30-Sabretashe-2.jpg 31-Sabretashe-3.jpg

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  4. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    Saddle roll

    32a-Tent Roll.jpg





    Straps a plenty;
    34-Straps-1.jpg 34-Straps-2.jpg 35-Straps-3.jpg

    The substantial base points, with integral cannon ball, wheel and cannon cast into them. The gap between the bases could be filled in to make a solid piece of ground, which is what I think I will do.

    37-Base-1.jpg 38-Base 2.jpg

    As for construction and painting, looking at the 4 horse parts, it looks like you can join the two front halves together and then seperatly the rear halves together to ease painting. Once painted then bring the front and back together joining at the saddle strap line and then add the horses head. This would make it a bit easier to paint (all at the same time) with the airbrush

    One thing i do know is this wont be finished in a weekend
  5. grasshopper A Fixture

    Nice subject, but sure looks nasty to clean up and fit..definitely old tyle of resin casting vs say Avanpost..but you are the man for the job
  6. Henkm Well-Known Member

    Great review, Steve. Looking forward to see how this gets painted up. If it were me, it would take two years.
  7. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    Could be a long haul, with a few quick paint jobs in between

    Not sure about been the man for the job but I dont think it will be to bad, but sure will find out soon enough :)
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  8. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    I may replace the braids with twisted wire, sure i have some somewhere, as you do.
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  9. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Steve

    You are a lucky fella ...like a kid in a sweetshop,...lol

    Thanks so much for the look at the resin , some nice details on this for sure

    Good pics as well

    We have seen bust versions as well as full and all look good

    Do hope you will do a V bench and hope we see more from your boxes

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  10. Pilgrim53 Active Member

    Some kit that is; old school; but magnificent detail. Taking ones time will pay dividends. Good luck
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  11. yellowcat A Fixture

    Nice review. Just wondering if all the parts are casted with all the fine details. It seems the photos show some of the castings are soft, not crisp and lack of details when compare to RP Models.
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  12. Graham A Fixture

    I think this looks a terrific build that will give great satisfaction to put together and paint. Cannot wait to see it finished by next weekend :whistle:
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  13. Steve Ski A Fixture

    Excellent review Steve.
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  14. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter


    Its not as sharp as some of the RP castings, but should still paint up nice and a few washes will help pop the details that are there. Plus some of the images have been zoomed ( :-( )

    And its .......................... Not even out of the box yet :)
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  15. yellowcat A Fixture

    Looks like the edge is chipped.

    8b-Under cuts3.jpg
  16. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

    That could have been me, won't take much to sort out though either way
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  17. malc PlanetFigure Supporter

    I have been away from PF for over a year now and I must say as a fan of the napoleonic wars mounted cavalry figure this is impressive..

    Have you started it yet ?
  18. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter

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  19. MCPWilk A Fixture

    Historex used to do this as well as supply separate horse shoes.


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