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may we add to your collection yet another, a bit younger, 1/72 replica?
Very nice, thank you Strelets. This must be on St Helena when he had to hold his own coat while doing the gardening. Previously, a valet would have been available.
Yep, gotta remember Marengo!!
Best Marengo is the Italeri horse..... well at least I put my SHQ/Kennington "Boney" on a Italeri horse anyway!!
That horse is probably the true reason for the ferocious charge of the Scots Greys. They saw Nappy on his grey horse and said "Hey he's stolen one of ours! Let's go get him!" :relaxed: :relaxed: :relaxed:
Haha!!! As a owner of a grey horse I liked that one!!!!
Knowing your (history) books too well can spoil a lot of fun when watching them made into a movie ... I still like this one despite its inaccuracies. The old "War and Peace" is far worse in its depiction of Borodino. Sometimes we do behave like hardcore Tolkienists critizing Peter Jackson's trilogy. Seems to be a professional habit 😄. Let's remember it's still a HOBBY. That said, yes the deficiencies of that scene are ... mmpf ... blame it on budget redtrictions. At least Pericoli showed them the correct uniforms.
Good old TV & film industry!!
Still entertaining though!!!
There definatley were lancers involved in the counter charge (3rd & 4th I think), but so too were Cuirassiers and I believe some Chasseurs a Cheval. I have read somewhere that the guard light cavalry lancers/Chasseurs also may of been involved but im not too sure on that one.
I think its assumed that it was all lancers that countered the Scots Greys due to what happened to Ponsonby. Certainly isn't true though.
As for lancer effectiveness, well I guess the lance has a longer reach, but apparently it was still possible to parry it away. I think a big factor to take into account, is the Scots Greys would of tired and the horses been "blown" from the charge in thick mud. They would of been exposed and probably outnumbered so even if they fended off one trooper, there was probably another ready to thrust or stab.
Once the fresher light cavalry of Vandeleur and i think de Ghingy arrived, that probably levelled things up allowing the heavies to fall back.
"As is often the case, a fair amount of mystique has built up around 'The charge of the Scots Greys at Waterloo' (and Lady Butler and her fine painting is partly to blame for this!)."
Good painting though!! If not perhaps accurate!
Yep there is a certain amount of folklore involving that charge definately. The charge did indeed get out of hand.
The Royals & Inniskillings are no less important. Captain Clark of the Royals also captured an Eagle, that of the 105th Ligne, but that isnt as well mentioned or portrayed as the one captured by Sargent Ewart of the Scots Greys.
Wellington always believed that the only man who could handle British cavalry - which was otherwise a 'fire-and-forget' weapon - was Sir Stapleton Cotton, who sadly wasn't at Waterloo.
Let's not forget Le Marchant who sadly died at Salamanca.
That is very true. I was aware of the controversy, and was i suppose just referring to the fact that another eagle was captured by members of the union brigade.
Wonder if it wasnt some sort of "class discrimination" that was to blame?
Your production is absolutely marvellous as ever! Napoleon and his Napoleon staff is a real wheeze—reminds me of 'Rimmerworld'!
The second photo of the Emperor and mounted staff is magnificent. Is that the one for your brilliant the diorama? (You may be keeping that 'under your hat'—unless I have missed it on your blog?—so I'll understand if you 'neither confirm nor deny'!).
Oh my! Thank you to Picton, Strelets for the preview, and everyone else. That is a most persuasive young Napoleon there, might have to bide my time a little. But yea, I need Marengo too. I can see how one may end up with a few Napoleons... :grin:
Thanks Handle with Care, you can only have so may Napoleons, so I chopped his head off and sat him in front of La Belle Alliance with an infantry shako and his foot on a drum:
A little vignette that I put out for this week's bicentennial of the death of the Great Man.
Having begun with la mort de Napoleon I'm now working forward from 1796 with the other 20. There won't be one per year but rather a few different command stands and/or vignettes, inspired by famous paintings. A few are partially completed others to be commenced, all planned to be done in this last of the bicentennial years. Strelets' Napoleons feature heavily.
A very different diorama to the norm and certainly one very inspiring & definately one well executed.
Top work there James. Very thought provoking.
Great work James, very nice!
Great idea James and very well realised, I really like this.
I look forward to seeing the rest of the series.
My favourite Napoleon and Marengo is the Italeri mounted figure. I managed to get the now very rare Strelets Napoleon sitting with with his foot on a drum, which I think is a fabulous figure, but an army commander needs to be mounted and the Italeri figure does everything you need it to.
My Wellington, Blucher, and Major Henry Percy are also Italeri. Gneisenau is an Italeri figure with a Strelets head. Orange, Brunswick, and Picton are from Waterloo 1815. But Uxbridge, Hill, De Lancey, Richmond, Ney, Grouchy, Bulow, and sundry other personality figures are all from Strelets. And wonderful figures they are too.
Very good, I particularly like the fact he is dying with his hat on:wink:
Boots too Alan! :)
Thanks all for your supportive comments.
Bonaparte and staff at Castiglione, based on the painting by Boguet, is next in line. I have spent time this morning doing some prep. and simple conversions for a stand for Marengo, based on detail from Lejeune's famous painting, which will be number five in the 'series'.
Speaking of Castiglione. There was an 1/72 Republican general Bonaparte by Bruno Arnal ...
I have used an Imex Washington from the "George Washington's Army" as the basis (and a figure from the Accurate "American Militia" for Pont a'Arcole). Improvising and adapting are all part of the fun for me.