Tuesday, 13 January 2015

From JamesR - Perry Plastic Frenchmen and a Glowing One (104 Points)


I finished a total of 21 minis.  The first nineteen are Perry Plastic French Infantry.  I think the purple pom poms on the right might be too dark.

Here they are looking at the woods.

Curt should subtract a point.  One guy is missing a backpack.
Speaking of backpacks, I wish there were a few less backpacks with spare shoes tied on the back.  When the French retreat, my ill-shod Prussian Landwehr run off the table after them. Unless you're playing Regiment of Foote, having your troops run off the table is usually a bad thing.

Because I have hundreds of these French to paint, I am doing them in batches of three or less poses.

Here's a side shot, with the painful eyesore missing backpack.  I have no backpacks to spare; one poor soldier will forever be woefully unprepared to make camp.

To end on a dull note, the last two minis aren't that exciting.  The first is an Old Glory British Rocket crewman.  Years ago, an Old Glory British Rocket pack order came with an extra mini and he was never painted.

The abysmal looking green thing is a mini from the old Doom boardgame.  I wanted him to look like he was one of those radioactive ghouls, called glowing ones, from the Fallout video games.

If you squint or the photo is blurry, he sort of looks glowy.

Till next time, when I hope to have a few Prussians done.  I missed the Victorian challenge, but I have something clever planned for the next one, which I think is supposed to be funny.

Love and Kisses,

From Curt:

It's the kisses which really make all the difference James - though it does make me blush a little.  ;) 

Nice French Nappies! These poilu look suitably miserable and road-weary as they trudge to imperial glory.  So, James, how did you manage to be short a backpack? (As a suggestion you could have him slinging a drum as some drummers often carried them on their backs.)

The radioactive dude is brilliant, literally. (Is that pile of white ash at his feet his clothes?) 


  1. Nice work James. The glowy figure does look rather fab :)

  2. The French are very nice James...that trooper is obviously the slacker of the bunch!

  3. Was that glowing guy the one that held out at Waterloo?

    Great work!

    1. Yup, that's him.

      'The Guard does not surrender. It goes thermonuclear...'


    2. How did I miss him in all those Osprey books...

  4. Nice one James. I actually quite like the glowing chap.

  5. I find the greatcoated French harder than the ones with them rolled. You on the other hand obviously have it down.

    I also like the guy without the backpack someone always manages to loose stuff on the march!


  6. Certainly greatcoat lads are far harder than they you think they should be! Good job on these..and I like the glowing lad!

  7. Love the great coat French by Perry they are my favorite Napoleonic figures these look great. The green dude is really cool.

  8. Excellent work. I like the shading effect on the naps and the green dude is cool.

  9. That green figure certainly woke me up when I saw it. The Naps look very good within the wooded setting. Nicely done.

  10. I normally like my Nappies all colourful and glorious, but yours look like real soldiers, cold and weary. I really like them. And the green fellow is quite cool.
    As for the missing knapsack, well, in the American Civil War is was quite common for troops on the march to ditch stuff on the march if it was too hot or heavy. Or, more likely, somebody from another unit pinched it. Even today there's an army saying, "First up, best dressed". It's why recruits are taught to put their names and service numbers into all their issued kit.
    Again,nice entry.

  11. Very nice painting work with those French soldier; really, from the middle of the campaign!

  12. Yes I noticed all those shoes too! Great work!

  13. Well done! Those frenchies look great.

  14. Lovely work on the Napoleonics.
    The glowing one looks ... very toxic and radioactive

    1. Ah, I mean that in a nice way, of course.