Monday, January 29, 2018

French Old Guard Chasseurs a Pied

Having spent most of my efforts last year on building my russian army from the scratch, this year I'm going to invest more on the french and other major armies, and here are my first 2 units for my Grand ArmeƩ in 2018, the Chasseurs a Pied of the Old Guard.

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These are Hat Industries models, I managed to grab a couple kits of them on Ebay, they are currently quite rare, being out of stock for a while now - although Hat has announced they'll be restocking their entire line in time.

With 2 boxes, I built 2 batallions and 8 bases of skirmishers, and still have a few models left on my spare box for future projects. I use 4 bases of skirmishers per unit, to represent mixed order, thus the need for 8 bases.

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The kits don't come with an officer of flag bearer, so I had to make due with what I had in hand. The flag bearers were converted by trimming the musket off the NCO's and using bits I had in stock for the poles/eagles.

For the officers, one of the battalions received an officer from the Zvezda Old Guard box, the other received an officer from the Italeri set, with a head swap. Both required a few adjustments on their uniforms to look correct for Chasseurs.

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14 comments:

  1. Excellent. Hat make some fine figures and you have done a fine job of bringing these to life.

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  2. They look awesome, impressive job!

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  3. They are beautiful as always! You are doing these 1/72 figures proud.

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  4. Having read loads of your blog posts now I have put aside 10 minutes every Monday just to make sure I don't miss some true eye-candy, and today I am not disapointed in the least. (Just planning to get some Hat figures myself and start a collection, and it is all due to you Mateus! :) )

    Really like the conversions BTW. As others have already commented - top notch as always.

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    1. Thanks, Chirs! Every scale has its pros and cons, but for me, it's hard to beat the realistic proportions of 1/72, and the fact you can get a box of 40+ models for 8-10 dollars!

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  5. Wonderful job on these troops, as always. The combination of value and anatomy are strong arguments for these guys. I don't care for plastics myself, but the conversion potential is another plus of plastic, as you have so well demonstrated yet again!

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  6. Did I ever told you that you were a great painter ? And worse (or better :)), I planned to paint these guys too this year, maybe I have to wait a little because the comparison will be hard :)

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  7. Oh I forgot a more technical question: what blue do you use to paint these guys ?

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    1. Phil, I use Vallejo Dark Prussian Blue, followed by a coat of Citadel Nul Oil wash, and highlight with Vallejo Prussian Blue.

      Hope it helps! I'm glad you like them!

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  8. Wow, such wonderful pics! Is it possible to repost some of the pics in your blog to the HaT forum and Twitter with links back to your blog?

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    1. Sure, be my guest! I do occasionally post my painted Hat figures there as well.

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  9. Excellent work Mat! Just had a look and I'm missing these in my collection!
    The hunt is started! :-D

    Greetings
    Peter

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