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WIP Bonaparte’s Saxons in Russia 1812

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Cannonball, Nov 8, 2020.

  1. Cannonball A Fixture

    Working on the recent release from Bonaparte’s depicting two Saxon soldiers pulling a sledge during the retreat from Russia, 1812. It’s a great little scene and beautifully rendered by Alan Ball in 90mm. The figures depict a trumpeter from the Chevauleger Regiment Polenz and a member of the Gardes du Corps pulling a sledge contains assorted equipment and a cask of booty. For the uniforms I referred to Uniforms of Napoleon’s Russian Campaign by Philip Haythorthwaite/Mike Chappell and the Saxon Army 1810-1813 by Bunde/Gardner/Stein together with some assistance from members on the site. There was a bit of a query around the greatcoats and colours in so much as some references suggested the coats were white with collar in facing colour but there were also pictures depicting the cape part of the greatcoat in facing colour. I opted to go with the latter to add a bit of contrast to the white. I’m utilising the caat base that comes with the kit which incorporates some details such as abandoned personal equipment and a few rocks. Not sure yet what to use to depict the snow.

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  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    You don't disappoint Neal, excellent painting on these great looking figures. Looking forward to seeing more.
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  3. misfit151 A Fixture

    Great choice on this one.....on my wish list......;). truly cracking start I knew you would all over this...(y). Mike
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  4. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Bob. It’s a great little set and the detail is nice and crisp. It’s been really enjoyable trying to get that frozen look on the figures.

  5. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Mike. Bonaparte’s have quite a few tempting kits in their range and I like the fact that they feature some of the lesser represented nations.

  6. DaddyO A Fixture

    Nearly slipped past me with this one Neal . . . .luckily I'm persistent so I'm following it now. Great start with it so far and I agree that the contrast helps with the cape. Also good to see some of the less well represented nations form this period popping up for a change as you say (y)
    Done a couple of snow-scapes . First one was melting /thawing snow which I used caster sugar which clumps and dissolves together to give just the right effect (Probably not appropriate for this one though) On the recent 70mm Teutonic Knight I used Micro-balloons and a small amount of Andrea snow crystals for sparkle (which looks good IMO):rolleyes: For a heavy snowfall I'd look at some of this stuff - https://www.precisioniceandsnow.com/ I've never used it, but it looks promising

    Look forward to the next installment
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  7. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Neal

    So that's why you were asking about their capes !

    Nearly missed this like Paul ...not now .....

    Good start on the figures as always look forward to seeing the groundwork

    Happy benchtime

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  8. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Paul, appreciate the comments and the pointers re suitable products re the snow. I’ve had a quick look on the forum and the internet and micro balloons get quite a few mentions. I’ve got some of the Andrea artificial snow (AAS-01) and used a little bit previously on a base. Initially it looked promising but as it dried out it lost a bit of lustre but that could be down to me and too much water/white glue and not enough of the snow.

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  10. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Nap. There’s always some method in my madness but I’m just not sure what the method is yet

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  11. Scott Sheltz Active Member

    Great looking paint work!
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  12. Cannonball A Fixture

    Thanks Scott, really appreciated.

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  13. KenBoyle PlanetFigure Supporter

    Fantastic work Neal! (y)

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  14. Cannonball A Fixture

    Many thanks Ken, most appreciated.

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