Saturday, 9 July 2016

Blackpowder and silk

I've kept some progress on my Burgundians ticking over, as my focus of time is currently some scenic pieces for my AWI collection.


The wheeled artillery and crew - which Burgundian contemporaries may have referred to as a crappaudeau or veuglaire - is the last one I plan to add to the army. This means I will have six wheeled artillery which feels about right in relation to the overall size of the army.


The gun itself is an old model by an Australian company from many years ago, who are no longer in business. The small range they kicked off were great sculpts and there's loads of detail on this piece, down to the chain holding on the wooden wedge behind the breech. For the crew I wanted a slightly different activity to the other guns and so used a halbardier to be in the process of ramming home the ball and wad. The master gunner is trying to keep the linstock from blowing out - its a pose which the Parrys have done on some recent Napoleonic crew and which i wanted to try and do (I think my chopping of plastic bits just about works, although I considered started reassembling the figure several times when painting him). The other crew are metals with headswops, one being a simple conversion for an Italian style hat.



The other update are more flags - filling awaiting gaps in my Burgundian men at arms and coustillers. Pete's Flags  have added a first sheet of Burgundian flags, all of which are fantastically detailed as usual and all of which are flags which I don't believe have been produced before in 28mm by anyone.  I sent Pete some images from Berne Chronicles which show Burgundians at Morat and coupled with surviving evidence in Swiss collections, he's produced 3 generic flags which are useful with any body of troops. Hopefully they'll be more to come in the near future. Added a couple here to show how great they look (just need to tidy up the white edges).




All the best,
Simon.


8 comments:

  1. Very nice! Great idea to use the halberdier as crew man - saved for future reference ;-)

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  2. Lovely gun and crew, the plastic conversion is particularly successful and very nice flags
    Best Iain

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  3. Fabulous as always, details (and banneers) are amazing!

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  4. If only we could kidnap you and force you to do 15c armies

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  5. Simon your work continues to astound me. The gun and crew are wonderful and your text explains why I thought it looked so unique. Great looing banner bearers - Pete does wonderful flags.
    Richard

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  6. Wow! Great work, love the gun and crew.

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