CHARGE OF THE UNION BRIGADE AT WATERLOO

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CHARGE OF THE UNION BRIGADE AT WATERLOO

Beitrag von Salaberry » Sa 1. Jun 2019, 17:06

Hello to all,

I am currently working on an idea that was inspired by Wolfgang's amazing dio displayed at the latest Dioramica:
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I intend the show the moment the brigade troopers forayed into the French batteries, as they are being recalled by their commander.
It will be a big piece, 120+ figures, four guns, some caissons and chariots, on a plaquette that is 60 cm by 30.
I have started converting the figures: the plan is to modify everything. And to go for "ultra-realism": blood, mud and gore at every turn.

"War is hell!"

Here are some of the first painted figures:

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and a modified cart:
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Wolfgang was kind enough to send me the remnants of his unused British figures to help me get started: once again, Wolfgang, your generosity is greatly appreciated; danke!

Comments and criticism welcome, as always.

Sala

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Re: CHARGE OF THE UNION BRIGADE AT WATERLOO

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » So 2. Jun 2019, 07:53

Hello Mr S.

Some very nice conversions on display here.

‘ war is hell’ sounds a bit gruesome but you are right, it is.

Adkins excellent Waterloo companion mentions maiming the poor horses etc not nice at all.

Are you including the Royals and or Inniskillings as the Scots Greys always seem to get the publicity in this their first and possibly most famous action?

I am looking forward to seeing this come together as I am sure it will be excellent.

Best wishes,

Chris

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Re: CHARGE OF THE UNION BRIGADE AT WATERLOO

Beitrag von Salaberry » So 2. Jun 2019, 14:05

Hi Chris,

Yes, indeed, there will be some Inniskillings mixed in the lot: I agree the Scots Greys usually get all the attention but as the title suggests, it's about the brigade and its commander giving his last orders of the day... before getting killed.
From what I read, both 2nd and 6th regiments really got mixed up in the end, the 1st dragoon opting for a venture on its own in the French infantry ranks (Marognet column), whereas the other two regiments really went for the guns (and their carriages).

I got some Waterloo 1815 dragoons which will do the trick: great sculpting.
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And yes, lots of horses maimed and lying on the ground.
Poor beasts.

And now I am about to launch into making casualties for the French artillery: I feel a greenstuff day on the horizon... :D

Sala

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Re: CHARGE OF THE UNION BRIGADE AT WATERLOO

Beitrag von Wolfgang » Mi 5. Jun 2019, 20:16

Viel Spaß beim Diorama! Das sieht schon sehr gut aus!
Liebe Grüße, Wolle

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Re: CHARGE OF THE UNION BRIGADE AT WATERLOO

Beitrag von Salaberry » Mi 12. Jun 2019, 19:45

And some more.
This time, troopers from the line infantry, and an artillery lieutenant.

The two figures in the middle are Zvezda 3d printed. I added the rifle slings, as usual.

Comments and criticism welcome.

Sala
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Re: CHARGE OF THE UNION BRIGADE AT WATERLOO

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Mi 12. Jun 2019, 20:26

Very nice Sala.

Lots of blood and mud with excellent painting.

Nice to see realism on display. The night of the 17/18 must have been awful sleeping in a field in the middle of a rainstorm.

Waterloo soil is a light brown loamy variety that makes a most glutinous and slippy mud when water is added.

It’s bad enough walking in it without being shot at!

Best wishes,

Chris

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Re: CHARGE OF THE UNION BRIGADE AT WATERLOO

Beitrag von Salaberry » Do 13. Jun 2019, 02:35

Thanks Chris,

Indeed: it's about realism, hence the faces/hands/weapons covered in soot from the firing and the mud/blood splattered all over the place.
These guys were caught in hand-to hand combat for over 20-30 minutes, which seems like forever, back and forth rolling with the various assaults: my diorama is about the moment the final wave of British cavalry rolls out... for good, but not without last damage to the French.

That said, you sound like you walked the ground yourself...
I did, but in 1990, and I have to say I didn't pay attention to the colour of the ground.
Little did I know then that I would try to reproduce it 30 some odd years later !

:)

Oddly enough, the main component brown I use for the splattering of the figures is called: "Mississippi Mud Brown"

Sala

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Re: CHARGE OF THE UNION BRIGADE AT WATERLOO

Beitrag von Wolfgang » Do 13. Jun 2019, 07:43

Die Schlammfarbe der Erde vom Schlachtfeld von Waterloo sieht genau so aus wie bei meinem Diorama. Ich war auch bei sehr vielen Reenacments als Zuschauer dabei und habe originale Schlammerde mitgebracht.
Einmal war es sehr regnerisch, also Originawetter, sogar wir als Zuschauer standen bis zu den Knöcheln im Schlamm. Man konnte wirklich die Schuhe verlieren!
Liebe Grüße, Wolle

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Re: CHARGE OF THE UNION BRIGADE AT WATERLOO

Beitrag von CHRIS DODSON » Do 13. Jun 2019, 09:05

Hi Sala.

I went once with Dee Feldmarschall who did a lot of shouting as we retraced the Gardes route up to the ridge!

I was also present at the 200 anniversary which despite the battle being hidden by our pre ordained viewpoint and smoke was very interesting.

Watching the French drill really gets you into how these guys operated.

Personally, I would not coat everyone with blood.

For every hero there are, unsurprisingly, many more shirkers.

Best wishes,

Chris

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Re: CHARGE OF THE UNION BRIGADE AT WATERLOO

Beitrag von Salaberry » Di 18. Jun 2019, 20:27

Latest scratch figure: a drummer à la Keith Moon!
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Sala

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