Thanks guys! The khaki greatcoat is my favourite so far. I painted three more test models.
You've seen this guy before, but now he's almost done. That forage cap he's wearing is called a pokalem
. Not very stylish or protective, but good for keeping your head warm. They have flaps on the sides and back to keep the wearer's cheeks, ears and neck warm. The flaps on this soldier's pokalem are folded up. Here are
some life-sized reproductions for your viewing pleasure. Apparently they were originally Hungarian and were first introduced in the French army in 1769, only for their use to be discontinued in 1789, then reintroduced with the 1812 Bardin uniform regulations. Whenever you see a pokalem, it's a safe bet that you're looking at a French soldier from the late Napoleonic wars.
I eagerly await this forum's water container experts' opinion as to whether the thing on his left waist should properly be called a canteen or a water bottle.
I tried a different palette with soldier no. 2 here. The brown looks too dark to my eyes, especially compared to the greatcoat. I think I won't use the brown again on these minis. I'm not sure about the grey on the greatcoat. Perhaps it's a bit too bright? The rear shot gives a good view of the cowhide backpack. In the interests of my own sanity, I decided that these guys' backpacks would be sourced from plain brown cows rather than brown and white.
Soldier no. 3 here has apparently 'liberated' some onions from a Belgian farmer's larder. I rather like these little touches by Warlord Games' sculptors. A close look at his lower abdomen reveals he must be in breach of the 1812 uniform regulations. The white trousers conform to the uniform regulations but above them you can see a single line of buttons. These must belong to his waistcoat. The waistcoat would be showing when worn in combination with a pre-1812 uniform jacket
. An 1812 uniform jacket, however, would fully cover the waistcoat
. So our guy here must be wearing an old uniform jacket or none at all.
Finally, another colour test. Not bad but in my opinion not as visually interesting as the khaki and bluish grey greatcoats of the others. I'm going to mix and match all colours within a unit to spice things up.
Finally a group shot. Colours used from left to right:
Shako cover: 1. N/A 2. 72.040 Leather Brown 3. 72.061 Khaki 4. 70.862 Black Grey highlighted with 70.836 London Grey
Greatcoat: 1. 72.061 Khaki 2. 72.102 Steel Grey 3. 72.048 Sombre Grey 4. 72.050 Cold Grey
So what do you think? I'm especially curious about your opinions on the colours I used on soldier no. 2.