18” (45cm) x12” (30cm). 3lbs (1.5kg.) Well the Waterloo cavalry charge is finally finished; there are 70 cavalrymen, 64 infantry and 21 Royal Artillerymen and it took me three hours to put it all together. As always there was a nervous start as after putting in half the infantry in the part square I realised that they should have been on the other side. There was no changing it so I just put two of the guns over on that side. A lot of things don’t go to plan when I’m putting dioramas together but I suppose that’s half the fun.
I did have to increase the base size by a few inches after I realised the number of horses I had to fit on, so down the track you might see a base very similar! The cavalry I have talked about before, so I won’t go over them again. If you wish to know which ones I have used you can check out the previous posts. The infantry are a combination of ‘A Call to Arms Brits Set no.50’ plus the old Airfix set and the Royal Artillery guys (both from back in the sixties), plus some Hat Rocket troopers that had a little conversion work done on them.
Just a special note, I have a mass of figures from my youth which would make them over fifty years old and I like to slip one or two onto any dioramas I do. In this case I have included the wounded Cuirassier leaning over the dead horse and the fleeing Brit Infantryman about to be impaled by the Cuirassier. They have stood up well but have become a little brittle so one has to handle them with care.
Just a quick mention in regards to the base, it’s very basic, just foam board and plaster but I have again used the Vallego Earth Texture I discussed in an earlier post. It’s a handy product and the 200ml jar seems to cover a good sized area. Thanks again Ann and John.
Oh, and a big thanks to you Steve (Maenoferren) for letting me know about the trumpeters and greys! I did bugger up and put all the troops on the various horses only to be left with a black one for him before I remembered what Steve said. AAHH, a quick sort out and your little trumpeter was a happy little fellow.
Keep well all now I’m off to paint up some Dark Alliance Corsairs and little sailing boat for my next Fantasy show.