Friday, December 7, 2012

Peipp WSS General - 45mm



Here's a Peipp figure which I finally got around to painting last week. He is from Peipp Miniaturen Dresden, part of the 45mm range, Prinz Eugen und seine Zeit - 1703.  This is figure # PE4: General Charles Churchill, although I didn't paint him as such.  Painted in acrylics as usual.
 


 
As I've commented on the Vauban & Shandy blog and elsewhere, I think these figures can be used with 54mm 18th Century projects, strange as that may sound when you consider the "45mm" tag.  Let's see how it looks posed with some HaT 7YW Prussians:
 
 
Not too badly mismatched. I hastily shimmed the base with a piece of 3/16" balsa, but 1/8" or a few millimeters should do it. The general himself is quite large, as are all the Peipp riders. It's the horses which are the problem for upscaling purposes, being noticeably small for their riders. But they're stocky, hence a little thickness added to the base gives the overall illusion of a larger figure.  To my eyes, the biggest mismatch in this photo is our hero's antiquated fashion sense.  But what's a few decades in the world of toy soldiers ?

11 comments:

  1. Nicely painted, nice grey! The figure is large, especially the head. In fact he looks too large for his horse to me. I wonder if someone could mount the figures on one of the smaller 54mm horses?

    Though it would be a shame to give up the very heroic statue looking horse!

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  2. Thanks, Ross. Yes, I agree. He's too big for his horse but it's a nicely sculpted one. And I also think the riders would fit 54mm horses. Should save some money too, if Peipp is willing to sell just the riders - don't see why not.

    Regards,
    Steve

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  3. Just tried Ross' suggestion of a 54mm horse, a Peipp trooper mounted on the only thing I had handy. a HaT 1/32 plastic Roman cavalry horse. Fits perfectly, although of course the tack is all wrong. I'll try casting a L'il Army mold horse and post both of these results.

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  4. Hi Steve,
    I like Peipp-figures though I have none of them within my collection because they don´t fit to other ranges. But the sometimes strange style of the heads make these figures really interesting and also beautiful.
    You did an excellent paintjob on the figure. I also like the horse
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers
    Mike

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  5. Beautiful paint work and I don't notice the scale difference...just a small bit but the overall effect is great...even if a bit out of fashion, officers had much latitude in such matters!

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  6. A great figure, the expressive face looks like a man who enjoys his lunch. I agree he looks right with 54mm figures, I often put metal riders on plastic horses to reduce the overall weight, thanks for the heads up on Peipp.
    Best wishes, Brian

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  7. Thanks Mike & Littlejohn ! Good tip with the metal riders on plastic horses, Brian.

    Nice feedback on Peipp. Yes, I really like their figures too, very expressive and well-animated. Many of the 18th Century figures do seem to have enjoyed their lunch (horses too for that matter). Well, in an age when life was short and often brutal, there was little stigma to good eating and hard drinking.

    The Peipp 54mm are just too big to be useful to me but the 45mm are an attractive proposition. Great civilians too with charming women. Also really like the look of the 40mm Amazons, hopefully we'll see more Greeks in time.

    Regards,
    Steve

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  8. You've done a really first class job on the horse! I'm green with envy.

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  9. Thanks again, AlFront. The horse is an excellent sculpt, made my job easier.

    Regards,
    Steve

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  10. Gorgeous work. I actually like the 'amplified' scale of the rider. The grey dappling on his mount is beautifully done.

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  11. Thanks, Curt. Agreed, I don't think the size of the rider is a huge detractor either.

    Regards,
    Steve

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