Wednesday, 11 May 2016

British 95th Rifles - "Reform to the left"



"On my order the 95th will reform to the left...REFORM!"
During the past year the opportunity to work to a deadline did wonders for my output and general habit of shuffling unpainted and semi-painted figures from one part of the painting desk to another.

There is no doubt that the Waterloo Battle Day project at the NWS was a proverbial kick up the backside for me on many fronts.


"Left is that bloody way Riflemen Costello!"
It also helped me draw inspiration from many wargamers blogs around the world. One image when I was hunting about for different ways to present units on the field was of a unit of Riflemen moving their rear ranks as the front ranks still issued fire upon the enemy.  For the life of me I cannot now find either the image nor the blog to give rightful credit for their creativity but when I do, rest assured they will; get their due honours.


Perry plastic rifles at the rear
This was a easy choice for me to try and replicate and add my own creative edge to.  It was obvious that the range of plastic riflemen that come with the Perry British Infantry box set would be perfect to represent the boys all scurrying off in good order to reform.


The rear officers and NCO marking the spot!

This shot gives a good shot of the attempt at some dynamic action to the stands

Combined with the metal Perry British Rifles Command advancing set it gave sufficient movement without the need to cut or solder a single figure.  This suits myself, my family and my Health Insurer down to the ground!

Suitably diverse group of figures which captures the "Light Infantry" feel of the regiment

Ready for action at the crossroads to the old village church


A few more special units to capture in coming months along with the continued work on the 1805-07 project.


NEWSFLASH - I found the original post on the blog that wholly inspired the unit above.


You can check out the excellent work from the Fawcett Avenue Conscripts here:


Fawcett Avenue Conscripts


It was really annoying me that I couldn't give credit where it was so thoroughly deserved.  All good now!



24 comments:

  1. Wonderful combinations there, full of action.

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    1. Thank you very much for popping by Phil - greatly appreciated.

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    1. Cheers John - I certainly think the combination of figures works reasonably well. The animation of the plastics and metals is quite effective.

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  3. Carlo, that's an interesting innovation to put figures all on one base - and beautifully done too. Don't know where you got the inspiration but I know you have been a keen follower of my La Haye Sainte refight at 1:3 scale and we had over 600 rifle type figures on the table for that. Here is a link to part 5 for anyone who missed it and you can link back through to the beginning (when there were more live riflemen on the table! ) http://notjustoldschool.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/west-country-waterloo-project-la-haye_26.html
    Chris

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    1. Hi Chris - thanks mate. They are actually on five bases of sixish figures (some less). Always love your blog.

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  4. lovely additions Carlo with coloured eyes to!

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    1. Cheers Paul - all the better to see those dastardly Frenchmen!

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  5. Great idea for basing Carlo.

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  6. Thanks Nathan - for the life of me I cannot remember the chap who first gave me the inspiration to do it. His had a felled horse on the base too and it looked sensational.

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  7. Hi Carlo, Really nice unit. Great to see a different approach to a unit that would be all to easy to produce in the 'normal' manner. Nicely animated and painted too. Looking forward to seeing your other productions for the same game. By the way....love your room set up - you lucky man! All the best. (You probably know me from Chris Gregg's blog - 1:3 La Haye Sainte and Hougoumont. Thank you for your kind comments to me on that!)

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    1. Hi Kevin -,wonderful of you to pop by and thanks for your wonderful comments. Your work along with Chris on the blog is absolutely inspirational. I have a few limber teams awaiting my interpretation on your stylish harness work.

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  8. Definitely like the "fluid firing line" effect!

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    1. Thank you Peter. Looking forward to catching up on your 1807 campaign posts this weekend.

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  9. The basing has come up really well. I can see the unit redeploying, almost as if the figures are alive. Magnificent!

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    1. Thank you Mark - hope to have these out at the club shortly so you can have a look see first hand.

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  10. Great stuff nice looking bases and minis

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    1. Cheers Stephen and thanks for popping onto the blog and taking the time to comment. Very much appreciated and makes it most worthwhile.

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  11. I aint seen that idea before. It's always good to see new basing choreography ... not that I'm suggesting that this worthy unit is like a gaggle of ballerinas!! 8O)

    A fine unit all around Carlo.

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    1. Thanks Peter - more like synchronised swimming methinks matE.

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  12. Nice looking unit, Carlo. Good ideas are always worth stea... Err, borrowing.

    Jim

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    1. Very true indeed Jim...very true indred. Looking for more ideas everyday.

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