Sunday, 24 June 2012

Another 18mm French battery

And some photos of a horse artillery battery, just before it is passed on to the owner. 


 And the limber team.   

Hopefully the horses look OK here. I've tried to get a good look and feel for the horses. I don't know if the satin sheen to the horses coats are visible in the picture. Thankfully, the models were good to work with.

One of my pet peeves for several years has been that many sculptors and painters who do magnificent jobs on human anatomy, fail when it comes to horses. Some horse models look like they belong on a fairground carousel. And specially with Napoleonics, where people who paint little human masterpieces, complete with buttons and piping and all, then just fail when painting horses. 
For example, the photo on the box of this horse battery I've just done had lovely painted gunners (better than I've done), but every horse was the same flat shade of brown, with no facial or leg markings at all. Painters don't seem to realise that horses have facial and fetlock markings; that manes, tails and fetlocks are generally a darker hair; and most of all, that all horses (except greys) have a sheen to their coats.

Bah humbug! That's my rant over for this week. 

1 comment:

  1. I Hear what you are saying regarding horses. I personally don't like painting horse flesh but will spend the time on it as they take up a fair bit of their unit and why waste the overall appearance by not?

    The following link provides some good reference in GW terms but is for their older paint range pre washes etc:

    http://www.freewebs.com/archiduccharles/Horses%20guide.pdf

    Still worth a look though.

    Cheers
    Ross

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