Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The Cameron Highlanders and Royal Americans
It's been a weird couple of months. After painting only four units of my Napoleonic army in 12 months, I've almost finished painting the second of two units in as many months, and have four more on the go. Then I'll need to assemble and paint three more units. Before I know it, I'll have a pretty sizeable collection.
Anyway, last time I showed off my Brits I said I was going to get started on the 79th Regiment of Foot (Cameron Highlanders). Well, here are the first four Victrix models in all their finery. I had to simplify the tartan slightly, but it certainly still gives the right impression. Next time around I'll show you my step-by-step for painting it.
While I was painting up the Highlanders, I was inspired to put together some more of my Rifle regiment. Above you can see two of the men of the 60th Regiment of Foot (Royal American Rifles), so called because they were first raised in America prior to the Revolution. These two are Perry Miniatures plastics. You get four of them in each box of Perry British. There are two bodies (torso and legs are attached), two sets of arms, and two head options. So, if you're doing a whole regiment of them they start to get a bit samey very quickly.
In the picture above you can see one of the stock Perry Rifles (center). I spent a little bit of time slicing up a bunch of these guys, cutting away the torso from the legs so that I could stick the torso onto legs cut from the standard line infantry, giving me a few more stances. An example of this is on the left. As well as mixing up legs and torsos, I decided to trim the Brown Bess muskets down to Baker rifle size, allowing me to do a few other poses. Using this trick I also added some converted rifles to a few Victrix line infantry (on the right) to get some kneeling poses.
Cutting the bodies in half meant there was a little line around the waist and a sizeable mis-match between the linen bags. Greenstuff to the rescue. I also used greenstuff to fix the cuffs on the musket arms to match those on the original rifle arms. Below are some examples of the conversions I did for the unit.
And here's a shot of the whole unit at the moment. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to add the officer and bugler too.