Saturday, 16 May 2020

Italian Artillery - 28mm Victrix

Some artillery support for the Italians. More Victrix figures used here, their 1804-1812 French Artillery set with 8 and 12 pdrs.

The kit comes with a variety of head options also including bearskins (for Guard Artillery), campaign shakos and bicornes and some bare heads, but I chose full dress shakos for all figures. Nice to have the option!

The guns also come with ammunition chests but left those off here for now.

12 pdrs are the two pieces on the left in pics above (and on right in pics below). They have larger barrels though a little hard to tell apart unless looking straight down upon them. I might need to paint the cuffs and collars of the 12 pounders in light blue as for 1st/Guardia Artillery so they are easier to tell apart! Other four guns are 8 pounders. 

There's a powder scoop arm option which was not really used at this time (but I stuck a couple in anyway).  

The bases are a bit small for the dynamic poses you get with plastics, as compared to metals, but managed to fit everything on. 50x100 bases would work better than these 50x75mm bases though.

Thanks for looking. On the painting desk at the moment more French and French Ally Generals.

Also for any other bloggers out there, it seems Blogger has changed the format for picture uploading in an annoying way (a simpler more restricted option) - but I was able to switch back to "classic blogger" format which works better thank goodness. You will find option on the bottom left menu.

22 comments:

  1. Excellent work, Mark! It looks great!

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  2. The look great Mark, and the green you have used works particularly well.

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    1. Cheers Lawrence! Vallejo uniform green over a darker green.

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  3. Lovely worl Mark. I know what you mean about the basing of Victrix artillery....I have the British set and had to put them on custom sized bases, as they would not fit realistically on my standard sized frontage.

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    1. Cheers Ross yes some of the "wheeling cannon forward" figures didn't fit so had to sit them back a bit as if they were moving into the position. All a bit cramped for the frontage, but didn't work out too badly.

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  4. Fantastic! Your collection of artillery is really impressive.

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  5. They look awesome, Mark. Two thumbs up for full dress (*although of all the arms they would not likely have worn such into battle given the mess black powder makes!

    It IS really difficult to tell the 12's from the 8's, isn't it? I use 4 crew figures per base for 12's, and 3 for everything else to help make it easier to differentiate them on the tabletop. Another trick is to use the ammo boxes on the bases of the 12's only.

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    1. Thanks Peter, and yes that's not a bad idea! Will have a think on it.

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  6. Lovely artillery! I'm all for full dress when we can! I really have difficulty telling the 12s from the 8s,regardless they're still splendid!
    Best Iain

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  7. Mark, great result! Very nice brush job! Italian artillery is very rare for wargame. You are a great fellow for doing part of the Italian army.

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    1. Thank you Dmitry, some nice variety with all these allies!

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  8. Impressive work on this artillery, well done!

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  9. I rather like those. Lovely green shade. I don't think I have ever seen so many Victrix artillery pieces in one place. My only observation is that to my ignorant eye, they look to be very densely packed. MY preference is for larger bases for artillery to get more of a diorama feel.

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    1. Thanks Doug, and no I think you are right they are rather crowded and more space would be more historically accurate! I'm just a sucker for having more guns rather than less, and with historical frontages of batteries they look rather sparse if I space them too much.

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  10. That's what you call a battery Mark! Beaut painting as always.

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