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1st Napoleonic finished

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by jcichon, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. jcichon Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Ok, for any of you you do Napoleonics, my hats off to you because this was the most difficult, time consuming figure I have ever done.
    THis is a Le Cimier 90mm metal Officier des Guides, 2nd empire done in oils with the gold braiding in acrylics. THis figure was tough. THere were no outlines for the eyes so I had to basically freehand it which sucked. This was my first attempt at painting red which was very difficult but not as hard as whites! I pretty much followed the box art since I could not find any info on how this was supposed to look. I think I stripped this down at least 4 times if not more. Really a difficult figure with so much detail work but I give it a C+ overall in appearance being my first Napoleonic. SO give me your honest critiques on this. I'd like to do some more of this era so give me your hard critiques!
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  2. blaster Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Jason,
    Its quite a nice figure, and well painted. Love your gold braid. If I may comment, perhaps you might want to reshape the sword belt, the aiguillettes and some of those loops which appear to be defying gravity.

    Rgds Victor
  3. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Jason you painted this figure well. The braidwork is great.
    Napoleontics are in my opinion not easy to paint, but they are colorfull and a joy to paint.

    Marc
  4. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Grreat job, it may be the photos but his hand appears to be floating above the sword.
    Very nice,
    Carl.
  5. el cid New Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Hi Jason. Great job for your first effort regarding painting Napoleonics. I hear you about Napoleonics being tough to paint- did my first 2 this year in 75mm.I like your braid work and the figure is very very well painted! Great job! The only quick critique I can see from your photos is the slight sheen in the greens (I'd go for a more matt appearance but that is just my opinion)Perhaps that is the effect you are after, & it still looks very nice.
    Great job.
  6. jcichon Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Yes I noticed the sheen also and will have to correct that and the straps also. Thanks for the kind words guys.
  7. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Jason,
    Great first Nappy figure.
    Cheers
    John
  8. Mike Stevens A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Jason, the braid looks great! I look forward to your next posting. What medium did you use?

    Mike
  9. silvana New Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi I've never painted a Napoleonic figure - that looks pretty good. I like the gold braid. Good on you for having a go maybe one day I try one too.
  10. slaj Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Malta
    Jason, I like what you did with your first 'nappy'.Not easy to paint. I don't believe this is a napoleonic period figure. In fact you stated it's from the 2nd empire. But just as hard.Well done

    Stephen
  11. jcichon Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Stephen, being a newbie to Napoleonics, I don't know the difference between 1st and 2nd empire!! I was just going with what the box said. Having said that, I would like to know the difference if anyone is willing to educate me.
  12. slaj Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Malta
    Jason, no problem whatsoever. You still did a great job

    Stephen
  13. michelangelo Member

    Country:
    Greece
  14. jcichon Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    ok, can anyone tell me the difference between 1st and 2nd empire? I would really like to know
  15. blaster Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hello Jason,

    In a nutshell, Napoleon Bonaparte started the 1st Napoleonic Empire when he crowned himself Emperor in 1804. This ended in 1815 at Waterloo. Lots of famous campaigns here, Peninsular War, War with Austria, Russia, Prussia etc.

    His nephew Charles-Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, became the first President of the French Republic in 1848, undertook a coup in 1851, becoming Emperor Napoleon III in 1852 until September 1870, when he was captured in the Franco-Prussian War. Also included the Crimean War.

    The uniforms are similar, but differ somewhat in cut and details. for eg, in the 2nd Empire, the soldiers started to wear red baggy pants.

    Rgds Victor
  16. jcichon Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Victor! I never knew and this was my first Napoleonic. It was a lot of fun but also a lot of work, much more than any figure I have ever done but I am looking forward to tackeling another soon. I think I will stick with some of the Verlinden napoleonics for now since they are a lot cheaper than any other company in the 90-120mm scale.
  17. blaster Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Hi Jason,

    I think Verlinden does all their figures in 120mm and 1st Empire. Enjoy!

    Rgds Victor

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