For months I left the 50éme de Ligne undone maybe cause I was afraid to finish one of the armies that gave me more joy to do: L'armée de Portugal of general Massena. This is its last regiment and the last 60 of a total of over 1000 figures built and painted in the last few years for this army.
This regiment is a mix of Hat and Ykreol plastic figures.
The Tête de Colonne is an a Ykreol stand and the figures are just great!
Damn!! I forgot to erase the "6" from the flag and replace it with the "50". I will do it now as soon as I post this one.
Hat Voltigeurs. I couldn't find correct uniform info for the 50éme Voltigeurs so I hope this one is close.
The Hat and Ykreol figures go very well with each other having a toy like look and seeming as being sculpted by the same hands.
The direction these guys were looking at the end of the 27th September 1810...
And now a small video for you to see the full Massena's army for AOE in 20mm.
On the recent days I've been busy in Condeixa, near Conimbriga, due to some works of mine about WWI.
There I found in a small book/utility shop all these Atlantic boxes. I made the usual question when entering such places " mam, do you have those old small boxes of plastic soldiers, tanks or planes to build ?" The lady went to her attic - several times - and came with all these.
Almost 60 Atlantic boxes from the 80's of modern infantry and weapons, Tigers, Shermans, Leopards, Japanese, AfrikaKorps and many more and some 1/32nd scale models I didn't even remember they manufactured. Price? She called his husband and he said to charge 1 euro each box and then to apply a discount to the lot. So, at the end, 40 euros! Not bad for a Saturday morning.
The worst is that probably I will never do any of them but it's good for the soul and makes me remember my first battles with plastic models some 35 years ago when I was throwing dryed pieces of earth (shells, of course) at them in the back yard were my grandmother planted her onions.
Everything of course under the close observation of Anita, my neighbour and same age as me but 10cm taller...
As Springsteen sings "in the wink of an young girl's eyes, glory days".
The hedgerows themselves are made in the following way: pick some moss from the local woods... Ok, ok you have no woods nearby, then buy some cheap bags of Iceland moss that are sold around Christmas; then chop the moss with a pair of scissors or knife into small bits; mix them with green paint and PVA glue and apply them generously over the mounds. Don't make them too high as you will need your models to fire from the inside, at least in some places.
This is were you can use the pieces of carpet: directly inside the bocage box or outside if you prefer.
The house is a Chinese resin one, of a kind no longer seen. Fortunately some 15 years ago there were plenty and very cheap so I made a good stock. That will be another article.
Again the same principle. Without...
... and with carpet fields.
These ones are half-tiles but with the same kind of construction.
These ones are one-quarter tiles.
All of the Bocage boxes have a balance bettween the earth of the mound being shown, small pebbles and some grass made of acrylic, PVA glue and sand.
Let's see how they look in action...
Britannia 20mm SS soldiers man a 50mm mortar behind a small Bocage box.
Panzerschreck looking for Brad Pitt's Sherman...
Sniper at the gates...Sorry, I think I'm watching too many movies.
Leave plenty of space inside the boxes as there must be enough room even for armour to manoeuvre.
- Hey, Hans, nice French house...
- Franz! Dumkopf! Didn't you hear the guy saying it was chinese!
The lot. Seven boxes of Bocage and some fields to scatter around. I already have add-on Bocage but the old ones, built approximately in the same way, are in strips and not in boxes. The old ones are more pratical for wargaming but these ones are visually more appealing.
I'll show you the ones in strips next time.
What do you think about the way to make bocage? What is your style?