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Re: 'Napoleonic Assortment' contribution

Hello James,

these backgrounds are from the famous "Dresden" cycle by Benardo Bellotto - better known as Canaletto. I used images from a calendar I bought a few years ago and kept the pages when I recycled the rest of the calendar.

The artist is famous for his baroque cityscapes and especially those of Venice and Dresden. You will get a lot of great pictures on Google if you type in his name.

The Prussian cavalrymen belong to the era of the campaign in Germany of the years 1813-1814 and therefore the Dresden city motifs fit very well of course and the units might actually have marched up the banks of the river Elbe like this once.

I always combine several layers for my photos with which I present my figure montages: Real buildings or structures in the foreground or background to my bases on which I mount the figures (they are not wargamer bases, because I am exclusively a painter and collector of the Napoleonic era - and therefore never use the figures in a game!), together with single trees with which I conceal the side edges of the backgrounds (paintings or matching photos), so that a three-dimensional impression is created.

I am pleased that you like this arrangement.

Best regards


Re: 'Napoleonic Assortment' contribution

Thank you very much for replying Norbert and in such detail.

The ‘Dresden cycle’ is one of the many things that I have learned so far during this day above ground! 😁

Kind regards James

Re: 'Napoleonic Assortment' contribution

May I add my congratulations to the latest contribution and offer the same to James and Borodino ( if not late regards ) a!so.
The passing of the old and the start of the new has got off to a cracking start. The bar has been set very high and now with the especially fine backdrop complimenting the painted figures, phew !
I wonder if it's not too late to take up a different hobby....

Re: 'Napoleonic Assortment' contribution

Wonderful stuff with imagination and flair on display.

The lances look lovely and it is nice to see those sappers in action .

Best wishes,


Re: 'Napoleonic Assortment' contribution

Great work Norbert