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Friday, 6 April 2018

Scrap Box Army - Completed

Today I fnished the last of the British units, completing the scrap box project. I have enough figures, generals and guns to play the Command and Colors 1815 scenarios, with all the right models. This has given me a Dutch Belgian contingent, with 6 infantry units. A gun battery provided by Minifigs and a Del Prado general and cavalry:
Then there are two British Brigades. The first consists of the 2nd Foot Guards, the 42nd Foot (Black Watch) and the 4th Foot:
The second Brigade has four units; the 1st Brunswick Line, the 30th and 5th Line and the 92nd Highlanders:
With a light cavalry Hussar regiment, a foot battery, as well has a heavy cavalry brigade, with its horse artillery the British contingent looks like this:
Putting the whole lot together, adding a battalion of rifles and senior commanders we have the allied army:
The cavalry are all Del Prado, as are the rifles and most of the commanders.





25 comments:

  1. Not bad for a fiver from a car boot sale! Well done.

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    1. Yes, spent much more on paints and brushes!

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  2. I admire what you call "scrap"!--you've made entire units out of them! I've been making what I call "bits box" armies of ancients by prowling the leftover figures people sell at flea markets and bring-and-buys. It has been interesting, and has actually worked pretty well, but the units are a patchwork of whatever figures look reasonably similar--nothing like the superb units you now have. Bravo!!

    Chris Johnson

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    1. I was really thinking about discarding these figures, so it is very satisfying to see them looking fit to go on the table for a game or two.

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  3. Very splendid collection. They remind of Empire II which I started playing many years ago.

    Kevin

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  4. You have done a great job with your figures. If I had done half as good as your figures, I wouldn't have melted mine down!

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    1. I almost took the same route as you. However; I painted one figure and decided it was worth doing up some of the rest.

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  5. Excellent Collection. You are presenting excellent photos - very crisp- I'd be interested to know your method. Cheers. KEV.

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    1. Kevin, I use a nice little camera, a Canon IXUS 970. It has a good macro capability and is good for indoors shots. The key I find is getting the light right. Ideally I use daylight, but not direct sunlight. I also avoid using a flash as this produces a very hard result. Finally, I use a simple plain background to set off the colours. Often I will take the picture some distance away when it is a large subject, like a whole army, then crop the picture to size around the subject.

      The main thing is to experiment with light and settings to see what works best. Hope this helps.

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    2. Bob- Thank you for your information...I seem to take 'fuzzy' photos and your emphasis on daylight and cropping is certainly an answer to the problem.

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  6. I am impressed at how quickly this army came together and how good the figures look.

    Now I am waiting to see how they fight!

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    1. Mmmm. Worried about those Dutch/Belgians!

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    1. Hopefully they will take to the field soon.

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  8. Splendid toys...

    I wish I could find scrap like that....:-)

    All the best. Aly

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    1. In retrospect it was a lucky find.

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  9. Superb! I love the painting style.

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    1. Thanks. The old toy soldier, shiney style suits these figures.

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