top of page
  • Writer's pictureBlaxkleric

"Soldiers! The Second Polish War Has Begun."


"Russia swore eternal alliance with France and war against England."

This 28mm scale metal model is sold by “Wargames Foundry", and can be purchased as part of their FN101 - Fusiliers In Greatcoat Marching set. The figure is one of eight identical Napoleonic French soldiers sculpted by Michael and Alan Perry, and has been painted to suggest the line infantryman is en route back to his homeland during the Retreat from Moscow - albeit I'll be using grass flock for all my basing for this project.


As I decided to predominantly pigment the miniature using the 'official' palette shown on the Nottingham-based company's website, I undercoated the Fusilier with a mixture of "Vallejo" Surface Primer Black and "Citadel " Abaddon Black. I then applied some "Vallejo" Heavy Blue and "Citadel" Drakenhof Nightshade to the Frenchman's trousers, before patiently 'picking out' all of his leather straps with some "Two Thin Coats" White Star, as well as a delicate splash of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade.

"Wargames Foundry" - These French Fusiliers are slowly having their details 'picked out'

I next applied the odd dab of "Vallejo" Heavy Brown to the model's water bottle and chest strap. Once I had subsequently layered the soldier's firearm with "Vallejo" Heavy Sienna I applied a shade of "Citadel" Agrax Earthshade to both of these areas. The figure's greatcoat was treated to some "Vallejo" Sombre Grey, washed with "Citadel" Nuln Oil, and very carefully dry-brushed with (more) "Vallejo" Sombre Grey. Finally, I applied a dollop of "Two Thin Coats" Skulker Yellow to the fellow's pom-pom, doused it with "Citadel" Reikland Fleshshade, and highlighted it with (more) "Two Thin Coats" Skulker Yellow.


With my 'test piece' completed, I have started making some good progress on three more of the French Fusiliers. I do find anything Napoleonic rather intimidating to be honest, so these days tend to tackle the uniform's infamous white straps quite quickly, as the miniatures simply don't seem quite so daunting once these areas have been finished.

"He imagined himself at the Emperor’s side, fighting some great, last stand against an unknown foe."

In addition, I'm definitely saving quite some considerable time (and frustration) by not giving the entire model an overall wash and dry-brush of it's main colour until towards the end of my painting process. In the past, I've done this at the start, and then repeatedly been forced to tidy up the area whenever my brush-tip has inadvertently strayed whilst working on an adjoining area. Now, I need no longer grind my teeth trying to blend a second (or even third) shade over a small 'repair'. But rather just apply an admittedly much more careful dry-brush just the once.


Finally, I've managed to polish off yet another of my 28mm plastic Horus Heresy Space Marines by "Games Workshop". One of ten MK VI Legion Tactical Marines I aim to field as part of my core traitor force, the figure was predominantly painted using "Citadel" Sons Of Horus Green, "Vallejo" Gold and Gunmetal, with plenty of "Citadel" Nuln Oil and Agrax Earthshade thrown in...


Recent Posts

See All

8 Comments

Rated 0 out of 5 stars.
No ratings yet

Add a rating
Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
Sep 28, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Great work again!

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 28, 2023
Replying to

Cheers Michal. Much appreciated.

Like

Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Sep 27, 2023

Another poor unfortunate Frenchman, with a long, frigid journey home.


The beakie looks great. That Chain Blade attachment on his bolter is a great shout out to the original 80's beakies kit.

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 27, 2023
Replying to

Don't worry, Dai. He'll soon have some company - there's another seven of the same sculpt in the blister. 😀


Thanks. Just a couple more to go and that'll be my MK VI unit finished - at least until I decide to double its size that is.

Like

undercoat2670
Sep 27, 2023

What a great looking French Napoleonic soldier! Awesome job. Don't post any more though as you might tempt me to start looking at some models!!

I really like your space marines too. They look superb!

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 27, 2023
Replying to

Cheers Undercoat. I always like to get a test piece done first, so I can better navigate my way around more of the same figure. I'm definitely a Foundry fan these days - as they seem to be my primary source of 28mm metal these days, and all plans to paint plastic Napoleonics have gone straight out the window, despite my owning an awful lot in my pile of potential.


I do like to crack on with a Sons of Horus space marine when I can. I think the next ten will be much quicker to paint though, as I won't be shading and dry-brushing them at the start as I did with the Mk VI but rather following the…

Like

wargamesterrainworkshop
wargamesterrainworkshop
Sep 27, 2023

Excellent job on your first fusilier Simon, also your latest Son as well. I see your recipe on the French is working for you, as you seem to be quickly progressing through the next batch.

Like
Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 27, 2023
Replying to

Thanks Dave. Now I've got the Fusilier formula sorted, I'm hoping to get the next three finished reasonably quickly. Still a long way to go though before I start playing games of Black Powder. LOL!!! 😁


I certainly hope to make the Foundry Napoleonics my main focus for next month, and get enough finished for some small-level skirmish games. I always find a game or two terribly encouraging when it comes to painting a specific range.

Like
bottom of page