Saturday, 14 July 2007

Kanonier of the Prussian Foot Artillery


This is the relatively austere uniform of the kanoniere of the Prussian foot artillery; earlier, the other type of foot artillerymen, the bombardiers, wore a helmet rather like a flattened version of the fusilier helmet but this apparently went out of service in 1756. I might get round to drawing this one too as I rather like the unusual helmet and it survived in service until just about the beginning of the SYW! (The garrison artillery wore it for several more decades.)

9 comments:

Tim Coakley said...

I have been following all of your work and would like to know if you have all of the files available as bitmaps for download or to send to me via e-mail.

I will check here for a response and herhapts I can send you a contact e-mail address.

Regards,
Tim

Bluebear Jeff said...

Tim,

I have just copy/pasted his templates and then used my graphics program (an old version of Paint Shop Pro circa 1999) to change it into my preferred format (.gifs). I presume that you could do the same sort of thing.

Of course, David is so nice he might be able to accommodate you as well.


-- Jeff

David said...

Hi Tim,

As Jeff says, the blog is set up so that if you click on the images, they come up as .png files in your browser window; you can then right click on the image and save it to somewhere on your hard drive. But if you would really prefer to receive them all via email, then let me have an email address and I'll post them to you in the next day or so.

David.

Anonymous said...

Dave,
I would very much appreciate the e-mail:
tcoakley at optonline.net

Now I will be able to goof off at work!

Tim

tradgardmastare said...

Davd It is probably my lack of technical skill with the technology but I cannot seem to colour the uniform templates well- I found Jeff's filled easily with my paint package. Can you give me advice about what I am ding wrong?
cheers Tradmastre

David said...

Hi Trad,

A quick reply here as it's very late and time for dinner and bed! Can you tell me what program you are using to edit the files, please, and perhaps I need to see an example of a file "gone wrong". The original .png files are 16 colour and if you want more colours you'll need to do some processing in a graphics prgram, possibly by adding a 256-colour palette, for instance. Anyway I'll come back to this tomorrow - my brain is struggling after a very tiring week! Perhaps it would be best to contact you off blog via email. I'll be in touch.

Regards,

David.

Snickering Corpses said...

Do you have the same issue I did, Tradmastre? With my PaintShopPro program, every time I tried to fill in a section with the "paint bucket/flood fill" it'd fill the whole screen.

I didn't find a way to make PSP stop doing it, so I acquired GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program), which was free.

If, on the other hand, you're clicking to fill with paint and nothing's happening, then you're probably experiencing a color depth issue (I did this as well). Exact menu items may vary, but I found an "Increase Color Depth" menu option in GIMP and after increasing the color depth of the template it worked perfectly.

tradgardmastare said...

I found the colour left strange white lines between the colour and the black lines. Does that help explain the probs I am having?Thanks for the advice so far!

David said...

Hi Trad,

Sorry, couldn't email you as there is no email given on your blog.

That sounds as if you are using a version of the file which has had its colour depth increased and the lines anti-aliased (various greys added alongside them to make them look better on screen) by the graphics program into which you have loaded it; that can happen with the higher-end sort of graphics progs.. You really need a program that leaves the file much as it is before you colour it in.

With the newer versions of the images, which will all have 256 colour palettes (and I'll slowly give all the previous ones 256 colour palettes too) dropping them into a graphics program and colouring them in should be easier. I've found that one of the easiest and most intuitive programs is the free version of Graphics Gale http://www.humanbalance.net/gale/us/download.html where if you load one of my templates into it it clearly shows you the entire range of 256 colours available and, using the fill tool, you can easily select a colour and fill the required area. Quite a number of graphics programs I personally find *very* unintuitive to use, especially with my templates.

HTH

David.