Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Building a Swedish Napoleonic Soldier

I´m in the progress of building me some Swedish infantry for my Finnish War 1808-1809 Project. As I will buld every single one of them I thought I should share some pictures of how I make them, if you by any chanse also would like to make you some;)


The base for them are Perry Dismounted French Dragoon body and British Marines heads from Brigade games. I will also make som of them using the Perry British Riflemen bodys.


To make the Swedish hat out of the British Marine Heads I just gently bend the leftside hat brim stright up against the bottom of the feather. Take it easy so you don´t breake the feather, the brim or the face of the head...


Now to the carving...the  ammo box have to be moved down and the clip on the bandolier removed. I also filed and cut a hint of a belt all around the waist.

The upper part of the riding boots had to go and they was made in to a pair of gaiters that ended by the knee.


The Backpack are from a Victrix Austrian Grenadier and I used the ammo box and also the Cutlas. 

The Swedes didn´t cary the backpack as usual but more like a Haversack on the right shoulder, so I will add that to the minis that already have some belt/straping from the right shoulder, the french dragoons haven´t. 

The musket are also from some Victrix plastic kit.

Just to start glueing...


Some pictures of the almost finished mini.


I used some green stuf to cover the joints of the Muskets arms


On the left back side I will add the Cutlass and Bayonet scabbard.

I will start painting him when I build 5 more of them...


15 comments:

  1. Nice work Michael, thats a complicated comvertion done well

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  2. Excellent work on the conversion Michael! Such a lot of work though!!

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  3. It does seem like a lot of work but you've figured it out pretty well. You must have a huge bits box.

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  4. Impressive work !!! I'm not able to do such a conversion : congrats and Thanks for sharing .

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  5. Awesome conversion! I really applaud the combination of parts, if only 1:72nd models were as easy to convert! As always keep it up and one last thing, I quite liked your Baltic Crusade models- enough to look over the Field of Glory book detailing that era! Regards David

    PS How do you like Victrix parts, I'm asking because I disliked their British sets: the bayonets on the guns were SO easily broken!

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  6. What a fabulous conversion Michael, I always end up rushing anything like this and end up with broken bits littering the table!

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  7. Thanks you mateys !

    Absolutely some work behind each and every one of them, good its a skirmsih project;)

    Don´t know if my bitbox are that huge, I got good help from some fellow gamers with bits of use:)

    I must agree with David that some of the Victrix plastic bits, like the rifles are realy fragile. the back packs i used have been good, but they are by nature more solide. Sizewise they match quite good with the perry parts.

    Best regards Michael

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  8. It is a really complex project, Michael, but can be very rewarding.

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  9. Looking good so far... Really looking forward to seeing my backpacks put to use! ;-)

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    1. Thanks Burkhard!

      Havent been done if i haden´t got the backpacks from you, thaks for the help !

      Best regards Michael

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  10. Great conversion. I realy like what you do for this project.
    Unfortunately I never have the patience needed for a project this Sitze.

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  11. Thnaks my friends, glad that you follow my project!

    Now I only have to get through it without cuting my fingers to much...

    Best regards Michael

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  12. Very clever Michael. I'm learning as you go!

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  13. Do you happen to have any leftover British Marine heads that you would be willing to part with for some compensation? :)

    I was planning to build up Sven Dufva for Curt's Painting Challenge and sourcing a single head (or at least less than 24) is bit of a challenge.

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