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Open Book Drummer 28th Regt from Nuts Planet/Fer Miniatures

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Hi ,

    We all know that the napoleonic period is full of subjects that have been released and now Nuts Planet in collaboration with Fer Miniatures have released the one we will look at here .


    As you can see we have a drummer from a very famous napoleonic unit the 28th North Gloucestershire Regt at the Battle of Quatre Bras

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    The battle itself was was fought on the 16the June 1815 between Ney and Wellington and was a very hard pressed battle which itself was the prelude to Waterloo 2 days later on the 18th and its was noted that the 28th "did their duty well" , units involved included the Foot Guards, the 44th Regt , also with troops from Brunswick, Nassau and Hannover and others including the 69th who lost their colour to the French Cuirassiers.
    Drummers were often "sons of the Regt" born to camp followers/wives , joining the Regt at a very young age and suffering the hardships alongside the men braving the battle line, carrying a drum nearly as heavy as themselves!!

    1 44th Drummer.jpg
    Uniforms consisted of reversed colours ie the 28th had yellow facings so the drummers wore a yellow coat with red facings ( the men's redcoat)with the cheverons on the arms being in the regimental pattern lace

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    The 28th had the distinction of wearing a back badge with a Sphynx on it , this commemorated the service in Egypt , this tradition is carried on by the Regiments successors
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    This drum above was actually carried at Waterloo by the 1st Foot Guards

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    It goes without saying books are in abundance here are a few I would recommend looking at there is of course also the Regimental Museum "Soldiers of Gloucestershire" itself ( well worth a visit and located in the historic docks )

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Now to the Resin


    Title: Quatre Bras 1815 28th Regiment of Foot Drummer

    Reference: NP 75009

    Scale: 75mm

    Material: Gray Resin

    No of pieces: 11

    Sculptor: Eduard Perez

    Box Art: Myeong-Ha Hwang

    Nuts 28th 001.jpg
    Nuts 28th 002.jpg
    Parts consist of the main figure itself less left leg , the left leg, 2 arms , head with shako, plume, sword, backpack , water bottle, drum and a base.
    Nuts 28th 003.jpg

    Main Figure... Remove casting plugs (x 2) from under foot and 1 from jacket tails
    Left Leg...Take off small plug to remove from under foot and fit to main piece
    Arms...Cut away small plug from each at the shoulder and fit arms to main piece
    Head...Take off small plug from under the neck area
    Backpack..Remove resin block from the lower inside
    Drum..Remove casting remnant from underside , and a very fine casting line
    Water bottle and Plume ...Remove small plugs and fit to figure
    Base...Remove plug from edge

    All easy to do and it took me longer to type the prep than to do it!!!

    The Main Piece consists of the torso and the left leg , beginning with the leg it looks long and the trousers look too large ...no doubt this was maybe a soldiers pair he was given ...good attention to this detail , trousers look loose in the folds , all of which are soft and well done , under them we have the gaiter edges , and the shoes again good shaping.

    The jacket is full of good details from the folds and the lacework both on the front and the back , the wings on the shoulders show nice shaping , the torso is strewn with belts , including the drum belt itself and also the haversack on top of which there is a formed area for the water bottle
    The crossbelt for the sword has the plate on it with the regimental number and the crown clearly seen
    Nuts 28th 004.jpg

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    The left hip has a fold which when the left leg is fitted looks really good and natural .the left leg again has the same folds all very natural

    Nuts 28th 009.jpg

    The Arms fit well to the torso with the chevrons lacework on each the right hand holds the drumstick the right hand is cast to the drum as though he is resting on it the drums sticks are delicate and nicely sculpted
    Nuts 28th 010.jpg

    The Head now this comes with the shako and the first thing to say is the face looks very young exactly as he should be , upturned nose peeking out from under the shako , the collar is good with the side lace and button being clearly seen .
    Nuts 28th 016.jpg Nuts 28th 017.jpg Nuts 28th 015.jpg Nuts 28th 014.jpg
    The Shako is the ones the Regt wore in the Peninsula ( they were not issued the new Belgic shako ) , the shako has been sculpted knocked about a bit with a hole to take the plume at the front , on the front we have the distinctive plate Nuts 28th 018.jpg , easily seen and well defined , at the back we have a diamond which is for the back badge. Nuts 28th 019.jpg

    The Waterbottle and the Plume are nicely done and when in place look good the same goes for the backpack , our drummer is lucky he has a good pack with a mess tin in its cover together with the blanket roll , looking like its has been rolled up which is good to see. Nuts 28th 021.jpg Nuts 28th 020.jpg

    The Sword , good styling and a nice thing to have on the figure the handle itself is shaped as in the reference .
    Nuts 28th 023.jpg

    The Drum is as it should be but has been left plain for the design of your choice ..this is a great thought as any regt could be depicted with suitable adjustments to the figure. Nuts 28th 025.jpg As you can see the left hand has been sculpted onto the drum rim , sitting naturally , we also have the cords and the rims very cleanly cast .

    The Base a simple rounded piece of undulating ground , suitable for purpose some might like to use it within larger basework Nuts 28th 026.jpg

    Final Thoughts

    This is a nice figure with 2 excellent companies working together on it , it could be part of a vignette with the Colour Sgt also recently released by Fer. The quality is very good as is the casting and of course the presentation.
    The piece has the right look of innocence and offers the opportunity to depict other regiments as well with a bit of converting

    Thanks to Nuts for the review piece and to you all

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    If you have any questions or requests please feel free to ask via nutsplanet@gmail.com

  3. Nap A Fixture

    Lets look at some more of the Box Art ....




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  4. Richard Baxter A Fixture

    Nice review. I have this figure and can endorse Nap's comments. Interested in the concept of "up-turned nose hair" though!

    One observation with regard to the colour palette is fixing the yellow used for the jacket and the drum shell. The British army used a shade that was paler and more subdued than that used by the French (weathering would also have an impact) and so many off-the-shelf yellow paints are too bright. Some cunning mixology is therefore required. Any recommendations out there gratefully accepted.
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  5. Nap A Fixture


    Hair edited out!

    Thanks for pointing out about the yellow ...couldn't think of the shade but it's not a bright colour

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  6. mick3272 A Fixture

    Nicely put together Kev. Good luck to those painting the Black,yellow,and white drummers lace on this scale, Rather them than me.
    He looks a very nice figure all the same.
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  7. mortier A Fixture

    Thank you for such a detailed review,good stuff
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  8. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    I have these figures and the detail is incredible. I am looking forward to painting them both. As an aside, I have the book on British Napoleonic Uniforms and for the 28th Drummer, no Lace on the jacket sleeves, bit more research to do.
    Excellent review Nap.
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  9. Huw63 A Fixture

    Superb review of an interesting figure. Thank you Nap.


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  10. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    Hope you don't mind but another picture by William Barnes Wollen.
    28th foot William Barns Wollen .jpg
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  11. peedee A Fixture

    Great work wirh this review Kev

    Well done mate.

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  12. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    Great review Nap. I like the trousers, they give character to the figure. Looking forward to seeing it painted.

    Best wishes
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  13. clrsgt A Fixture

    Great review. This one is on my must have list.
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  14. Zastrow.cuirassier A Fixture

    Great review as allways !
    And another great book highly recommended :
    Sorry but it's in French ;)
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  15. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Guys ,

    Thanks for the comments ths mdel is heading to Viking Bob ...it's got legs!...lol

    Really appreciate you all taking time to post more pictures...... always welcome

    Thanks for looking in!

  16. Mac1966 Well-Known Member

    Hi guys, I bought this figure and the Fer sergent.
    They are very, very beautiful, the sculptor is the same, the resin is the same, but I don't understand why the Nut's one is more expencive than the Fer's one (10€ plus, or +25%...). For me is too much. Also for the busts.
    At the end this is a little diorama but very beautiful. Give me an officer or a private too!!
    Thank you for the review.

    Only the boxes are different...
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  17. mortier A Fixture

    I agree,why the different prices?
  18. bucsfan21 Well-Known Member

    Nap, Thanks for the review of the kit of the Nuts Planet British Drummer. Man, that is a good looking kit! Lots of attention to detail. Very crisply cast too! I am aware of FER doing the Sgt. with pike. Does anyone else do an officer or a Pvt in same scale that could be added to the drummer and Sgt. to create a small vignette?

    PS< the folks that contribute on this site really know their stuff and have a consistent passion for the hobby....And folks actually response to inquires! I really appreciate everyone's time. The site is very inspiring! Now to get the free time to paint despite the other stuff in life that one has to do .

    Best of Everything, Terry Martin :cool:
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  19. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Terry ,

    Thanks for the comments it is a nice kit ...have a look at Hawk Miniatures they have recently released Napoleonic stuff

    PM sent

    Happy modelling

  20. Mac1966 Well-Known Member


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