Friday, 2 October 2015

Huzzah Hussars

It's been a slow few weeks on the painting front as my hobby time has been mostly devoted to experiments in soldering bayonets onto broken muskets, of which more in later posts.

However, I couldn't put off the cavalry forever, so opted for what I hoped would be some fairly simple Prussian Leib Hussars. I also really wanted to have a go at painting the rather menacing-looking Totenkopf badges worn by the Regiment onto their shako covers. The result is positively piratical.

Pictured is the single test figure I've completed so far, painted to represent a trooper of the 2nd Leib Hussars. I chose the 2nd Regiment mostly because I liked their red shoulder straps. However, the fact that a few squadrons were also present at Waterloo had something to do with it.

The figure is a very tidy John Cunningham recast of Hinton Hunt PN 85: Prussian Hussar, Charging. He's the first of what is intended to be a 12-figure regiment. I haven't fixed on a standard squadron size yet, but am leaning towards 4-figure squadrons rather than 6 as its easier to find 4-figure multiples than 6.

More hussars should follow in the next post.

WM






11 comments :

  1. I like one-piece castings ! , looking good ! , Tony

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    1. Cheers Tony. There were some very difficult bits on this one!

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  2. Great detail Matt - I think this is a particularly tricky casting to paint and you've really brought it to life.

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    1. Thanks Ian. You're right, he wasn't the easiest. However, the all-black uniform helps!

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  3. Brilliant painting, glad you liked the recasts
    cheers Old John

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  4. Very well done, will look splendid with the rest of the unit, your Prussian army seems to be taking shape.

    Paul

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    1. Thanks Paul. It;s very slow going, but I'll get there is the end!

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    2. Looks very nice! Love the "Old School" figures. I'll be following your blog on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing.

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