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Review Marine Artillery 1816 from Black Eagle Miniatures

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Oct 30, 2019.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Hi everyone

    Following on from announcement by the sculptor here:


    Depicting a Sgt of the Royal Marine Artillery in 1816

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    based on this picture from Charles Stadden



    which is included in this excellent book


    The unit was raised in 1804, initially they wore the same uniforms as the rest of the Corp , when manning the guns wearing a blue coatee with red collar

    The hat changed from the 1799 round hat to a design similar to a civilian top hat , made of black laquered felt with a brass plate for the men , Officers were made of beaver and with gilt plate.

    You can see the plate used here ( in the NMM collection )


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    Crossbelt plate here:


    The headwear featured a black cockade with a white plume , worn on the left

    Lace was yellow for the rank and file with Sgts having all their lace including rank badges in gold

    Here we have some reference pictures of the RA Sgts very similar


    Renactor ( RA not Marine Artillery but not uniform )


    Continued in next post

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Lets look at the release

    Details here:

    Title: Royal Marine Artillery ~ 1816

    Reference: BE/09

    Scale: 1/12th

    No of parts: 3

    Material: Gray Resin

    Sculptor: Robert Lane ( Elan13 Miniatures)

    Casting: Grey Matter

    Box Art : Alex Long

    After purchasing I received the model quickly from the Hawk Miniatures ( John Fitzsimmons ) , it was well packed on opening the parcel I found a thin cardboard box with a colour picture of a painted version on the front

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    Pieces consist of just 3 , the torso , the head with hat and the plume

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    With few parts and knowing Gray Matter casting I was expecting very little in the way of Prep....I wasn't let down....

    Torso: Small resin excess from underneath and drill a hole for the display post

    Head: Small excess resin to remove from under neck and a very fine casting line to sand off at rear and thenfit to torso

    Plume: Fit to Hat ( I would suggest pinning as well)

    Personally I like the bust sculpts that Rob Lane does so was happy when this became available.


    The pose is a relaxed one , arms folded and the gloved hands tucked into the elbows

    At the lower edge there is a full sash, at the side of a tied "rosette" , the sash is defined into 3 area's , helping in the painting of the red/blue/red striping , the rosette is sculpted on the left , depictions show the other side also in use ...

    It would be an easy option to remove to the right , build up the left and possibly add a sword top in a frog ...there's a thought !!

    Across the body is the crossbelt with a plate with some nice detailing on it ( as in my reference picture ) , undercuts on the belt are sharp with details on the plate being the same

    The lacework has the same sharpness on the bastion ends

    On each arm there is the rank badge of 3 chevrons , individually sculpted on a backing

    Moving up we come to the collar with , the collar is high and well cast with the edging having the lace , the neck area is very clean and will cause no issues when fitting the head

    Folds on the uniform are in relation to the pose

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    This is a one piece casting and well done the facial features are very good with nice work on the eyes and the character of the man , looking straight ahead with determined features , high cheek bones , mouth shut tightly shut , Rob has given him a fine pair of sideboards ...reaching low on the face sides , textured well

    The face is good but what makes this bust is the headwear , very distinctive with the shaping being very good , at the side we see the rosette , well detailed up

    On the front we see the plate , very accurate to the original , with the details being well shown

    .....good sculpting + good casting = happy painting(y)

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    A good shape and again well textured ...I would suggest pinning

    Dry brushing will bring it out very well

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    Final Thoughts

    A nice interesting bust , something a little unusual and good to see the marines being sculpted especially this period.

    The piece has a lot of conversion potential as well

    Coming from the Lane stables sculpting is nice and its all cast well , prep minimal with the resulting piece being ready for the bench very quickly


    For more details :

    Website: www.blackeagleminiatures.co.uk (this will take you to Hawk Miniatures )

    Hawk Miniatures are also on Social Media

    Contact : John Fitzgerald

    Thanks to you all for looking in

    Happy bench time

    KenBoyle, Alex Long, clrsgt and 2 others like this.
  3. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    A very precise review. Well done Nap, I can see you will enjoy painting this.
  4. Nap A Fixture


    Cheers Bob ..your right I will !!

  5. clrsgt A Fixture

    Well done review Nap and you are right - something different.
    grasshopper and Nap like this.
  6. Bootneck Well-Known Member

    Thanks for an interesting review Nap. This has helped me make up my mind and will buy this bust at the upcoming Telford show.

    Nap likes this.
  7. MrBMB A Fixture

    Looks like a nice sculpt
    I wouldn't want to shart in those trousers :)
  8. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter


    Do you know which stand the figures will be on at Telford ?
  9. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Steve

    They will be on the Hawk Miniatures stand , along with other goodies !!!

    Hi Peter

    It's a lovely little bust mate ..I am adding a sword hilt on mine

    Happy shopping

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  10. Hawk_Uk PlanetFigure Supporter


    Hi Peter and Steve,
    The Hawk Miniature stand will be in Hall 2 on the main through route between the halls, right next door to Sphere Products as usual.

    Hi Kev,
    Thanks for the review and glad you like this bust and look forward to seeing your painted version.

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  11. Steve Brodie PlanetFigure Supporter


    I did check the IPMS website and list of traders and you were not there, reloaded the page and your are , so I must have had an old cached copy of the list or something.
    Something eles to add to my browsing / shopping list.
    Hawk_Uk and Nap like this.

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