|Posted by Nedius on October 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM||comments (6)|
Well, I've been getting back to the project I originally started this webpage for - my Napoleonic Imperial Guard.
I've been playing around with the design of the lasgun I want them to carry. Here is the Brown Bess flintlock musket - the weapon the Napoleonic British army carried (rifles aside, of course).
And here's a lasgun.
I need to turn one into the other.
Now, given that these are supposed to be Imperial Guard, not just sci-fi Napoleonic, I prefer the idea of a' musket-like lasgun' to a 'lasgun-like musket', so it should be more of a lasgun than a musket. So, rather than use the Empire Hangunner muskets and convert them into a lasgun, I'm choosing to start with the lasgun and convert it to look more like a musket.
The main features of the musket are the top mounted barrel and the long length. As such, I've come up with three concept designs that I'd like your opinion on.
A. This is the simplest design - simply an elongated lasgun. It is clearly a lasgun, but with the musket like length.
B. This is the most 'musket-like of the three. It has the length, the top-mounted barrel and a musket like muzzle - straight cut with a small bayonet mounting/sight.
C. This is a combination of the upper two designs. The lengthened, top mounted barrel, along with a lasgun like muzzle.
Anyway, I'd like your opinion on which is better, or what alternatives could you suggest?
Please, let me know! Thanks!
|Posted by Nedius on May 22, 2009 at 5:46 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Nedius on May 20, 2009 at 2:25 PM||comments (0)|
I've added some pictures to my 'tailcoat legs tutorial'. There are still more needed, but it makes a start.
I've also been plugging on making my components. I've enough torsos finished for 10 infantrymen, and am close to having enough legs as well. I got a whole load of bits from BitzBox, which will let me make a start on my artillery and perhaps make a musician. The arms for that will be a challenge...
By the way, I've a small request. Could you please email me at [email protected], or leave a comment on this blog entry? I'm just curious if anyone actually visits here...
|Posted by Nedius on May 10, 2009 at 6:41 AM||comments (0)|
I've written the beginnings of a tutorial on how to make your own Napoleonic Guardsman. I've started with the torso (the first bit of the model I do when making them). I'm sort of mass producing them, doing each step on 16 torsos all at once, but you could do them one at a time either.
If you want to see the whole tutorail, head over to the Tutorials section.
(Edit 11th May; Added a little to the torso tutorial.)
|Posted by Nedius on May 9, 2009 at 9:33 AM||comments (2)|
Well, I've had a try at making my first Napoleonic Guardsman using Cadian bits, very thin styrene sheets and a bit of greenstuff! Here's how he's turned out!
On the Whole, I'm pretty happy with him! A lot of the cadian body parts needed cleaning of all detial first, and the groin are re-sculpted tp give the 'tail-coat' apperance, most of which is subsiquently covered up by equipment!
Anyway, I'm happy with it so far. It's still a WIP as I've got to finish the trousers over the right gater. I'm dissapointed that the lasgun covers the chest detail, the bit I was the most satifsied with. I like how the plume on the shako turned out, but need to work on reducing the size of the rosette so I can fit in a badge or symbol underneath it somehow. Overall, a good first attempt!
Whilst the greenstuff dries, I'm cleaning another 19 Cadian torsos. I'll take pictures of the steps I took to make the model during the next attempt. It will be a long progect. This guy took several hours to make. Still, it'll give me soemthing to do!
|Posted by Nedius on May 7, 2009 at 2:40 PM||comments (0)|
Well, with the relase of the new Imperial Guard codex, now seems as good a time as any to renew this project.
Firstly, I've decided not to use Praetorians. I've got a huge number of them, but as they are now out of production, wrecking them by covering them in greenstuff seems wrong. So, I'll make them a more modern version of the 68th - a Victorian counterpart to my Napoleonic section.
So what will be taking their place? Well, I'm going to experiment with two things. Firstly, I'm going to be using the excellent http://www.bitzbox.co.uk/ to buy a variety of bits I can try my hand at sculpting a napoleonic uniform and equipment onto. This is quite simmilar to my original plan, but using a variety of GW plastics. I've got a box of Cadians, and will get a box of Catachans, and see what I can do with mixing and matching bodies, legs and greenstuff.
Secondly, I'm going to try using the Perry Napoleonic British Line Infantry. They're true scale 28mm, but stand as tall as the Games Workshop Imperial Guard, even if they look a little skinny next to them...
Anyway, I'll try converting one to be holding a lasgun, and see what he looks like. If you'd like to see more comparison pics, please view this gallery.
If you would like to view earlier news, please see here.