If a guard grenadier went to the battle, he had to win or die. There was no way of seeing them flee or withdraw without order. Guard grenadiers didn't use shooting much, they were tall and strong men, they prefered the bayonet attack. If they shot, they waited untill the enemy came close (about 2 metres) so the shots found their targets easily.
The grenadiers were fearless veterans, dominant power and the iron heart of the army.
A christmas gift for one soldier from my regiment, I was commissioned by my grenadier mate ( full digital with all details + size = $65 in dollars, but I'm cheaper for you kids *wink*see here [link] )
One of the biggest battlefield paintings I've ever done. The original size is A3, so my computer was quite laggy most of the time.
You have NO idea how I'm glad that I did this painting. It was a great challenge, but the final look isn't exactly what I wanted. I still have tons of stuff to learn and practise.
Thanks ~tTtroy for being my critic again.
Yes, I like to draw grenadiers, why do you ask?
Pencil, paper, Photoshop CS2, bamboo
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Artwork © Rai-che 2010 *Rai-che
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"The Guard dies but never retreats!" And they did, faithful to the bitter end.
still couldn't believe that France was that powerful
The emotion and detail is superb.
La Garde meurt mais ne se rend pas!
Excellent work that evokes the tragic glory of the Napoleonic wars!
I remember one of the famous quote "the guard dies but never surrender!".
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On one small detail - they did withdraw once, and that was at the battle of Waterloo. But by then they weren't the same Old Guard who had won Napoleon so many of his victories.
I'm, VERY aware of that detail, but as you said, the Guard at Waterloo was nothing like the real one which followed Napoleon around Europe. The bravest died in Waterloo battle, the luckier survived (the famous Jean-Roch Coignet for example), the young unskilled chickens ran. Nothing agains the Young Guard just... we know what conditions Napoleon had before the Waterloo campaign.
The details are impressive to say the least, from the dragoons in the distance to the faces of the soldier - not only the fierce ones in the first line, but also the worried-looking guy behind. Awesome work!
Cause I LOVE it.
And there's not much more I can say :/ I simply love it, the expressions, the shading, the detail, the horses in the back, ... ))))
I like it very much!