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Rather nice to be back in the Pirate forums, especially since I have new creations to share: British Army: Infantry (Regular Infantry and Rifle Brigade) The regular infantry is dressed in 2009 Pirates soldier uniforms with grey trousers and knapsacks, in a style reminiscent of the older Royal Regiments (Guards, Royal Fusiliers, &c). The sergeant (left-most) carries a regulation pike. The Rifle Brigade wears the constable torso from CMF Series 11, along with light grey trousers, brown epaulettes, knapsacks, and a plain black shako. Black muskets are used to represent the 1809 pattern Baker Rifles. Royal Artillery Pictured here is the Royal Artillery with a 12-pounder cannon. The uniform consists of white trousers with the cavalry torso from the Lone Ranger theme, red epaulettes, and a plain black shako. Cavalry (1st Dragoons) The 1st Dragoons were a unit of heavy cavalry, here dressed in grey-blue trousers, Classic Imperial Guards torso (gold-edged, like the Household Cavalry), blue epaulettes (representing the usual blue collar and cuffs), and bicorne. Each is armed with a straight-blade sword and carbine mounted on the saddle. Regimental Band The Regimental Band wears reverse colors in respect to their regiment. These band members wear grey trousers, Imperial Soldier torsos, white epaulettes, and 2009 Pirate shakos. British Officers (l to r: Ensign, Infantry colonel, Rifle major, Artillery captain) Last but not least are the officers. Both the Ensign and Colonel wear the POTC Royal Guard torso with bicorne, but the ensign dons blue epaulettes while the colonel wears gold. The Rifle major wears the classic Captain Redbeard torso with dark green trousers, black epaulettes, and plain shako. The Artillery captain wears white trousers with the POTC Captain Barbossa torso, gold epaulettes, and bicorne. The flag carried by the Ensign is the King's Colours for the King's German Legion. French Army: Line Infantry Here the Line Infantry is positioned in a usual French column (albeit a fraction of the actual size). The soldiers wear the 2015 Pirates uniform, with red epaulettes and plain black shako. In the rear is the Imperial Eagle bearing the flag of the 55th Line Infantry Regiment (took part in the siege of La Haye Sainte). Voltigeurs The Voltigeurs were units of light infantry that took part in skirmishes. Here the soldiers wear blue trousers, 2015 Imperial soldier torsos, yellow epaulettes, knapsacks, and plain black shakos. Here they are standing in skirmish order. French Officers (l to r: Brigadier-General, Line Infantry Colonel, Voltigeur Captain) Last but not least are the valiant officers of the French Army. The Brigadier-General, high upon his horse, is dressed as the 2009 Admiral, except with white gloves. He carries a saber and keeps a pistol mounted on his saddle. The Line Infantry Colonel wears the 2015 Admiral's uniform, with red epaulettes and decorative shako. Lastly, the Voltigeur Captain wears white trousers with the POTC Barbossa torso, yellow epaulettes, and a black bicorne. That about wraps up all there is to see. Feel free to post any comments or questions. In the mean time, seeya! Always entertaining, always inspiring, always:
On my holiday to Germany/Netherlands I traveled three hours in the car to see the site of my favourite battle: Waterloo. In the town of Waterloo there was a small hall which had an event centred around captivating the period of Waterloo in Lego. Me being an avid Lego fan I pounced in and snapped up some photos for you lovely folks here at Eurobricks (Whether I was allowed to I am not sure but there were plenty of other people doing so and the staff looked careless anyway). Enough of my blethering, here's the link to my Flickr album. Thanks for looking!
Well, Michael Ozzie beat me to it today with his outstanding La Belle Alliance, but here is my build celebrating the 200th Anniversary of this major event. Click on the picture for more detail: 200 years ago today, a truly epic and historical battle raged between three armies on sodden fields near the Belgian hamlet of Waterloo. The conflict determined the fate of Napoleon Bonaparte once and for all, and changed Europe forever as Great Britain became the dominant power over France, and Germany's power began to rise in the world as well. To commemorate this historic anniversary and pay tribute to the brave souls who fought and perished there, here is a quick build of that iconic Napoleonic Era infantry formation, the Regimental Square (or putting it more accurately, a corner of one...) Brave French Cuirassiers (Heavy Cavalry) charge this indomitable formation, the British Square, to no avail; in spite of all their courage, armor and powerful mounts, they never break through that long day as every British Square which had time to form never broke (though some units such as the Kings German Legion (KGL) 8th Line Battalion were caught mid-formation by the French cavalry and were decimated). British officers on horseback called for the rank and file to remain steady, and in general they did, allowing the Duke of Wellington's multi-national army to survive long enough for the arrival of the third army, the Prussians, to tip the balance. There should be bayonets on the end of those muskets, which is why it was so hard for cavalry to charge into a RS like this one. The LEGO musket barrel shape prevents anything but 2nd-party elements from working well, and being a bit of a purist (apart from that flag from Cape Madness) I won't use those non-LEGO parts. JBIronworks and I are currently working on a massive build of the key farmhouse in the center of the British line at Waterloo, La Haye Sainte, defended by the 2nd Light Infantry Battalion of the KGL; we should have it done in a few weeks so keep an eye out for it. Originally I had wanted to post La Haye Sainte today but we ran out of time. We will certainl finish it and it will be posted here in a month or so. Cheers!
Gary The Procrastinator posted a topic in Pirate MOCsMOC based on painting. Hello, here's my LEGO build of Karl von Steuben’s painting, Napoleon returned from Elba, which shows an event that happened 200 years ago today: For closer view click on the picture. In Napoleon’s quest to reclaim France after being exiled to Elba, March 7th, 1815 was one of those unique moments when just one little wrong move, and modern history would have been drastically different. The 5th Regiment, supposedly loyal to newly-restored King Louis XVIII, was sent to arrest Bonaparte after his return from exile at Elba. The senior general in command, Marshall Michel Ney, promised the king that he “would bring Napoleon back to Paris in an iron cage.” Always a gambler, Napoleon deliberately presented himself a target, “Here I am,” he declared to troops formerly loyal to him, “Kill your Emperor, If you wish.” If just one soldier had pulled the trigger…but instead the emotion of the moment swept through the ranks and they surged forward to him in idolization. Thirteen days later, he would ride into Paris, beginning his last period of rule, known as The Hundred Days. The end result was the Battle of Waterloo. My build, and the orginal painting, Napoleon returned from Elba by Karl von Steuben. For closer views click on each. In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of this history-changing battle, at Brickfair Virginia this year there will be a massive collaboration to render Waterloo in LEGO, with over 1000 minifigs, terrain, La Haye Sainte farm, and hopefully Hougoumont as well. Here is our FLICKR group for the collaboration: http://www.flickr.co...s/legowaterloo/ Hope you like the build! More Napoleonic builds are on the way...