Thursday, December 4, 2014

Artillerie a Pied 12 Pounder

Hello everyone!

Well, I got a gun done today after all. Here is a French 12 pounder gun of the Artillerie a Pied.

(Remember to click on the pictuers for bigger versions.)

These are the same Heritage 15mm miniatures that I used in the howitzer I painted 2+ years ago. The gun is a slightly modified Russian gun from the Hat #8010 Napoleonic Russian Artillery set; namely, the gun's long trail was cut short to match the overall length of the AB gun carriages that make up the rest of the battery. (When I put together my Spanish artillery limber, I used a "spare" AB French gun and carriage; unfortunately for me, that gun should have been saved for this French battery. Oh well. Live and learn.) The "coffer" (the small box that holds ready ammunition and sits between the cheeks of the gun's trail) comes from the Italeri #6018 French Line/Guard Artillery, the same set that this battery's limber is from. The gun and coffer sort of dwarf the already-tiny Heritage minis, but I had to work with what I have to hand. So all in all this stand is a bit of a hodge-podge; the other two guns will return to being AB guns crewed by Heritage crew.

Painting is in conformation to Napoleon's regulations: olive green carriage and coffer, with black hardware and brass tube. The gunner's uniforms are regulation as well: dark blue trousers and jackets piped red, with red turnbacks, epaulettes, cuffs and shako plumes. Buttons and shako plates are brass, and leather is whitened.

Coming soon: More French artillery.

Questions, comments and criticisms are always welcomed and appreciated. Thanks for looking!


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