Marechal Michel Ney and ADCs

29 Dec
Marechal Michel Ney and ADCs

Reading through all the theme round topics offered for this year Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, I think the second round was the easiest for me to make a pick. When I started painting napoleonics a couple of years ago, it be pace apparent to me that the one thing that would never be missing there was a wide range of spectacular cavalry and officers. One of my favourite sets from the moment I saw it was Perry Miniatures rendition of Marechal Michel Ney based on the Waterloo panorama at Waterloo.


What I really love about this set is all the dynamic and drive in the miniatures. Most napoleonic higher command miniatures are quite regal, watching the action from afar, but these look like they are in the heat of it (like Ney and his ADCs were that day)! And the last thing that always appealed to me is, that they are French officers, so there are is lots of gold and silver fabric in their uniforms and saddlecloths and therefore lots of opportunities for NMM gold and silver, which I have really started to like since I started with Napoleonics!

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

On a general note: in the past I have often had mixed feelings when it came to the Perry Miniatures casting quality. In this case I was really happy. Except for a bad mould line running over chef d’escadron Levavaseurs face, these minis were really perfect!

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

But I felt there was something missing in the set. If you look at the painting itself, one can see, that there is not just Ney, Colonel Heymes and Levavasseur riding close together, but another officer, too (plus a Cuirassier being shot from his saddle, but there was not enough room on the base for him). It is hard to tell from the painting but his uniform looks lighter in colour, so I assumed it was not one of the other two Colonels acting as Neys ADCs that day, but possible someone of lower rank. So I chose a miniature from one of the Perry’s ADC sets and painted him up as an imperial orderly.

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

I decided to keep very close to the painting itself while painting the minis. There are only two exceptions. Heymes horse is depicted as a white with dark grey socks. I personally wanted it to rather be a dappled horse and painted it up that way. The other exception is that I painted the leatherwork on Neys horse a dark brown instead of the red leather on the painting. At first I had gone for red, but it did not really look good with the mini and looked far too dandy for Ney. looking at Rousellot (Christmas present from my parents last year) he has him with brown leather work as well, so that seemed fine with me.

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Michel Ney and ADCs

Well, this is it. Hope you like the results of my work! This will be the last miniatures post for this year, but fear not, this is not the last you will hear from me this year!




20 responses to “Marechal Michel Ney and ADCs

  1. Nysse

    December 29, 2014 at 14:38

    Very nice work on these! Certainly one of the best Napoleonic sculpts from Perry in my opinion. Full of movement and character.

    Quality wise I think they’ve become better lately. I’ve heard a lot of complaints before, but haven’t really had too many problems myself. Only the odd bad blister every now and then with grainy detail or a lot of flash, but no problems in the last two years or so. Or at least nothing more than with any other company.

  2. Burkhard

    December 29, 2014 at 17:40

    Thank you Samuli!

    Hard to tell on the quality front. The Bavarians I bought at Crisis were OK. on the other hand almost everything else I bought over the past year was below average. Hopefully the Bavarians and your experiences represent the trend!

  3. Thomas Foss

    December 29, 2014 at 18:15

    Really a great piece- you managed to capture the painting in your vignette as well as the paint work. Thanks for all the great posts this year and the inspiration!

    • Burkhard

      December 29, 2014 at 19:23

      Thank you Thomas! Really appreciated!!!

  4. Dean

    December 29, 2014 at 20:20

    Most excellently done, Burkhard! One of my favorite marshals. And you’ve certainly captured his red hair (that is the areas not already balding ;)!) Nice work as always. Dean

    • Burkhard

      December 29, 2014 at 22:22

      Thanks Dean!

      He is one of my favourite marshals as well, although I think he had the misfortune to be given more authority than he could handle.
      The red hair was funny on him. I have my colours I always use for red hair, but I grabbed the wrong pot when I did the base for his hair, so I used a slightly different colour combination than usual, which turned out fortunate, since it was closer to his hair colour.

  5. Chasseur

    December 29, 2014 at 20:25

    Great work!

  6. vonpeterhimself

    December 29, 2014 at 21:09

    A mighty fine vignette Burkhard. Undoubtedly a great entry in the painting challenge. A clever move to base the figures on the diagonal to get the extra depth.

    Re the reins on the horses – comparing the reins in the painting and those on the horse castings it’s amazing how large/over scale they are on the models. I’ve never thought about that before. Perhaps that partially accounts for why the reins in red for Ney looked wrong.

    Oh yes – now that you’ve painted the figures in the foreground of the painting you will need to move on to the figures in the background! 8O)

    von Peter himself

  7. Burkhard

    December 29, 2014 at 22:32

    Thanks vP!

    Hope it will do fine, although there are some mighty fine entries in this round, so it will be tough!

    Basing them diagonally seemed like the natural thing to do. In modelling they always tell you to create a center of gravity that is off the centre of the base and not to arrange miniatures facing towards an edge of the plinth / base. So just to make them appear more lively, they “had” to be arranged like this this! ­čśë

    I always hate the briddles being this large on any miniature (I think there is not a single cavalry model in any wargaming scale where they are not). It just feels wrong and if you have a horse, where the briddle leather crosses on the horses face, it covers almost the whole fade up.
    I did not really like the red leather because it seemed to conflict with his uniform, but you are right… With smaller leather it might have looked fine!

    Regarding the other cavalryÔÇŽ I hope to do a regiment or two this year, so I think there will be a decent nucleus! ­čśÇ

  8. Michael Awdry

    December 30, 2014 at 09:14

    Such a great entry, there is a real sense of movement to the piece and really well put together!

    • Burkhard

      December 30, 2014 at 10:03

      Thanks a lot Micheal… Really appreciated!

  9. Simon

    December 31, 2014 at 17:28

    Lovely stuff Burkhard! Best wishes for a very happy 2015.

    • Burkhard

      December 31, 2014 at 17:49

      Thanks Simon. Amd a Happy New Year to you, too!

  10. The Angry Lurker

    January 1, 2015 at 07:09

    That’s beautiful work Burkhard!

    • Burkhard

      January 1, 2015 at 10:19

      Thank you, Fran! Hope his commander arrived safe and sound last year!

  11. Phil

    January 2, 2015 at 16:32

    Excellent work!

  12. Paul

    February 9, 2015 at 13:33

    Excellent Burkhard! Sorry I missed this 1st time round. Find it hard to keep up with WordPress blogs.

    • Burkhard

      February 10, 2015 at 07:22

      Thank you, Paul!

      No offence taken. Fortunately WordPress is the other way round, in that it is easy to follow other hosting sites blogs, but this year I am finding it exceptionally hard to get my private live, painting and following other blogs go hand in hand. I have often found I had to neglect the later, so I do not mind if someone stumbles over a post a few weeks later!


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