Monday, 5 September 2016

28mm The Duke of Wellington's Command stand

I've been busy vignette building, this is one of three 100mm diameter command stands for the later Napoleonic Wars.

 The Duke's horse is 'Copenhagen' an eight year old chestnut.
Lord Uxbridge is a conversion wearing the correct hussar Busby of the 7th Hussars slightly modified.
 I painted these in enamels, oils and acrylics to obtain the best pigment colours.
 Perry miniatures supply some of the finest 28mm figures from their Napoleonic ranges.
 The tufts I made earlier, they are 4mm in height, longer fibers for example 6mm tend to be difficult to make satisfactorily. I'd like to figure out how to make wheat clumps someday.
 The base has textured filler spread onto it and various grades of rock clumps glued on with PVA glue.
 Dry brushing techniques were used for the dirt effects.
 The whole vignette was then varnished with 'Testors Dullcote' varnish to even out the shiny and matt effects of the paint.

 I may have over done the effect with a small gorse bush in the front.
 I like to paint the horses with pink noses, having lived near the countryside with plenty of horses around, it's one feature that I like to pick up on.

The vignette comprises The Duke of Wellington - Arthur Wellesley with a telescope, the 2nd Earl of Uxbridge - Henry Paget in the uniform of the 7th Hussars, Major Henry Percy - the Duke's aide-de-camp from the 14 Light Dragoons, and two other officers. The idea was to base it for a Waterloo 1815 Hundred Days Campaign.

Anyhow, Napoleon's command base will be featured next,
All the Best, Peter.


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