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WIP 54mm Granaderos a Caballo, Argentina 1812

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by MarquisMini, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Hello Folks,
    another project on my bench.
    In this case i jave ordered this figure from Metal Modeles and planning to convert to a Horse Grenadier in the 1812 uniform, i have used a different head from my spare parts box, i believe it is from an unused grenadier Tambour from the same manufacturer.
    A little bit of background :
    The original regiment was founded by Argentine national hero José de San Martín in 1812. Its first military action was the Battle of San Lorenzo (1813). The regiment also played a key role as part of the Army of the Andes (Ejército de los Andes) in the battles of Chacabuco (1817) and Maipú (1818) in Chile. Traveling to Perú, Ecuador, and Bolivia, the Grenadiers took part in the Battles of Riobamba, Pichincha (1822) and Ayacucho (1824), and in the Cisplatine War. The size of the regiment fell to 120 men and it was disbanded in 1827
    This renown regiment currently serves as Presidential escort and guards the Government House ( Pink House) . 6535_15795-2.jpg 20180924_211328.jpg 20180924_211524.jpg
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    Here are some references of the 1812 uniform.. 6535_15796-1.jpg
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    And this is the modern uniform... granadero.jpg granderos-cropped.jpg granaderos-del-caballo-en-buenos-aires-la-argentina-39706766.jpg B1rfQ2tEl_930x525.jpg
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  4. Oda A Fixture

    A soldier of the Latin American wars of Independence and San Martin himself!Love it!

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    Thanks my friend ,it is good to work on some "unusual" subject once in a while.
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    Last night i realize the hea di've used was not from metal Modeles, it was from another napoleonic and was quite big, so, i went trough my spare figures and foumd the Metal Modeles head i was looking for and it is a better fit. View attachment 323296 received_2230946033616421.jpeg
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    I added the pon pon , sanded the napoleonic metal plate and replaced with a grenade badge i had from Historex parts, added the second cord and escarapela ( cockade).
    Lenghten the front of the coat, made the arch shape , added buttons, added the belt with grenade badge and lower edge of the vest... 20180925_193736.jpg 20180925_204413.jpg
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    I have primed the figure and layed the base color of the coat using vallejo sea blue with a dab of flat black and a bit of Flat base from tamiya.
    For the base color of the headgear i have used scale 75 Graphite grey and a dab of german grey.
    Base for the face is Citadel Foundation yallarn flesh with dab of cavalry brown. 20180927_084901.jpg 20180927_084911.jpg
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  9. phil_h A Fixture

    Great progress so far, Daniel (y)
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  10. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Thanks Phil!
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    Coat almost finished... 20180929_004458.jpg 20180929_004508.jpg
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    Coat finished, mainly used scale 75 abyssal blue with a dab of black as a base,
    added citadel fenris grey for lights and more black for shadows.
    I have painted the troussers with dark blue scale 75, slightly different from the coat since they wore a different materiel. 20180929_171054.jpg 20180929_171106.jpg 20180929_171120.jpg
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    Well....i had to modify the cords on the headgear, a good friend who has a Historical Reenactor group of Granaderos a caballo sent me some info, the color plate i have posted before has green cords, but in 1812 were yellow, then it changed to sky blue in 1818, so, idecided to do it in sky blue.
    He corrected me on the colors of the cockade, back then was all white with the center only in sky blue.
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  14. Oda A Fixture


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  15. MarquisMini A Fixture

    Thanks Oda :)
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  16. Nap Moderator


    Catching up in between packing to move soon !!!

    Great figure to start with for the conversion and as always cracking reworking

    Like the choice of the cord colour

    Look forward to seeing more


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