Monday, January 28, 2013

French Imperial Guard Grenadiers - Shako

I miscalculated the number of figures I would need for my 2 stands so I improvised.  Instead of 1 rank firing and 1 rank loading, I ended up with just one rank so I could properly make 2 stands for my Shako French Army.

These are HaT from the 1808-1812 infantry set, and mighty nice they are too.  My painting doesn't do them justice that's for sure.

With Napoleonics, I like to keep the more elite fellows in Reserve to commit once the breakthrough is established.  That being said, after last battle, I may decide to use them in more of a role as spearhead.  We will see!
The Imperial Guard in battle line!  


Target practice at the post-it notes

I love the way HaT models their weapons.  The detail really stands out.

Cool under fire.  




A fine addition to any Shako French Army.  Now I have 2 "elite" or "Guards" Battalions of French.  That qualifies me for an elite brigade!  (if I add my grenadiers a cheval, I'll have an elite Division!)

Next up I completed my Portuguese Artillery crewmen, French Artillery Crewmen, and about 9 terrorist insurgents for Seek Out, Close With, & Destroy.  Pictures of those fellows to follow.

Next up on the work bench are another squad of US Rangers w the chocolate chip helmets which seemed to garner so much positive feedback from you all, as well as a squad of US Army in ACU uniforms, French Napoleonic Lights, another British Peninsula outfit, then it's on to some other project starts:

15mm AWI British Regulars, 55th Foot, Battle of Princeton.
15mm US Airborne Company
15mm German SS Company in fall camo
20mm US Delta Force & SEALS in proper kit
20mm Russian VDV Airborne


16 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Steve! Appreciate the comment

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  2. They look good indeed Steven!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://www.peterscave.blogspot.be/

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  3. Hey Steve:
    I don't know the HAT line very well but they do like really good figures. My only quibble with your post is that I think you did them more than adequate justice with your painting skills. They look like proper grognards. Vive L'Empereur!

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    1. Thanks, Michael - uplifting comments are always appreciated!

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  4. Nice work
    when Hat gets it right they do really nice figs its such a same they had that time when they made poor figs

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    1. Thank you, Gowan. I very much like the look of their recent work. Can't wait until the Seven YEars War guys come out!

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  5. Very nice indeed. Is the white dry brushed, washed, or both; I like the affect.

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    1. Mike,
      A little bit of both. I dry brushed a little white on first to soften the black. Then I patched on heavy white in the raised areas. The HaT guys take this application nicely.

      Thanks for commenting. I think some Volley and Bayonet is in order soon.

      Steve

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    2. I certainly encourage that. Until I finally rebased my Napoleonic armies from NB to V&B, I just puttied the small bases to the 3"x3" bases.

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    3. Mike,
      It's funny - I am going for rebasing my already re-based Volley & Bayonet troopers for smaller, regimental sized bases for the ACW. I replicate one level lower - ie Brigade commander is on the table and division commander plays role of Corps Commander in larger games. I think they call that "wing scale?"

      I enjoyed the smaller based games alot more ie Regimental Grand Tactical.

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  6. Great looking Grenadiers, fantastic work!
    Phil.

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    1. Thank you, Phil. The HaT Grenadiers have fantastic detail.

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