" On the field of battle his hat is worth fifty thousand men; but he is not a gentleman."
~ attributed to the Duke of Wellington
Vive Le Emperor!
I'm taking a break between battle reports (so I can go through the file of pictures and winnow them down to a decent blog posting) to show off two of the painted Emperor models, and the new standing horse. The poses you see are options with the Emperor model kit. Each time I design a new model, I like to push what can be done within the confines of the sprue size- which I have determined to be 4 x 6 inches. In the case of the Emperor, I really wanted to showcase his famous hat, so I worked on the design to show it off in more pieces, creating dimension and parallax.
|The Emperor's new sprue. Note the Légion d'Honneur medal|
Couldn't You Have Made A Bigger Sprue?
Yes, I could have gone bigger, and indeed my first sprue designs (now OOP collector's items) were twice that size. For so many reasons the 4 x 6 works better, giving me a stable framework in which to design. Sometimes boundaries are a good thing - just ask my producers at work :)
|The horses were based off of ones in paintings of himself.|
Here I've taken the ADC model and painted him up as a Saxon Chevau- légeres light cavalry trooper in the 1812 uniform. There was no conversion, just paint, although I did favor him with the standing horse. This is a smart uniform, and shows well on the game table/battlefield. I'll be doing up a full unit of these dashing blades.
|Mounted and dismounted. The latter was done with the French foot officer.|
|Fur texture was enhanced by the actual wood grain of the steed.|
|Two variations using the same ADC model!|
|I cut off the hilt on the sword scabbard for the Léger, as he is holding his saber.|