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.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Italian Line Infantry - Victrix 28mm

I have finished doubling my Italian Line Infantry and now have four units of them. Been putting them off because the figures are the early Victrix figures which require a lot of assembly, and painting of yet more white uniforms. Virus lockdown, which looks like being almost over here in New Zealand thankfully, has been a good excuse to get these done!

The Italian infantry had a complicated system with slightly different combinations of green, red and white for facings of their uniforms, and there is a lot of source inconsistency as to what regiment was wearing what during different time periods.  I cheated here and just painted all of these in the 3rd/5th regiment scheme for ease of painting and putting on the table and storing.  Facings are mostly green.

If I do more Italians, (perhaps using Perry) I will do another four units with more of a red theme to the facings.

While I've done four units of 36, for the scale we most commonly play at they will be fielded as six units of 24. This gives me four line units like the following.

Plus a combined Grenadier unit.

And a combined Voltigeur unit.

I also did up these four skirmisher bases. Once again from the Victrix kit, and I have plenty left over for more skirmishers and command.

Next up is some Italian artillery. Two 1804-1812 Victrix French artillery sets are being used for these, to get the 8pdr and 12pdr guns and earlier uniform. After that perhaps some Italian light infantry. 

Thanks for looking! Hope you are all getting through this damnable pestilence ok, keep well!