Friday, June 19, 2015

Heinrichsen French Infantry - Old 28mm Flats

Here's a set of old Heinrichsen 28mm flats which I've gradually repainted over the months.  More about them on this previous post.  It's a bit embarrassing to see that I'd predicted a 3 week completion time for this unit at that time, now 7 months past. Not that they take long to paint, they don't. But I'd left them in the queue 3/4 completed until this month. Well, better late than never !

Yes, they are small.  This photo showing the vagaries of scale between musicians of the Heinichsens and Eureka Toy Town soldiers (ostensibly 28mm scale), is rather comical.

"I'm 28mm." .... "No, I'M 28mm !"

And as completed.

If I game with them, I'll need to mount them simply on cardboard bases as repeatedly knocking down the ranks like dominoes while setting up for the photos was an exercise in frustration. 

I do like the old school appeal of these figures, and as a lot were produced back in the 19th Century, there's enough old sets and castings still around to make a go of assembling both a French and Austrian army.  The unit sizes tend to run around 20 foot, 10 horse which actually suits horse & musket gaming in the Featherstone style rather nicely. Most of them are factory painted and can certainly be sent to battle that way for the near term. And Heinrichsen has re-issued a few things.

Next up, first painted examples of some Austrians in this same antique style of figures.  I also recently scored a very nice deal on a set of Garde Imperiale horse artillery on German eBay, which will effectively take care of the guns for the French side.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Naval Artillery - 35mm Semi-flat


Just a quick post here to show an unusual figure I found on eBay recently.  It's evidently a home casting, as Roer's Bleisoldaten shows it on the Formenhersteller (mold manufacturer) section, "Ersten Weltkrieg von HDL".   As purchased, someone had crudely painted the sailor's head and nothing else, thus a simple matter to repaint it to my own standard.

Rather an appealing, toylike figure.

Next up, a battalion of antique Heinrichsen flats, French infantry of the 1850's.