Thursday, 2 January 2020

New Year's Resolutions

Phew, that was a good one, if somewhat perilous. The lump in the landscape we chose to shin up this year was Castle Rock, which is about three hours drive north of Wellington.
Castle Rock, aka The Crag of Doom
There's a charming Department of Conservation sign just before the ascent which basically says: "Abandon all hope all ye who are daft enough to try this". I'm not entirely sure how we survived. There is absolutely nothing to hold onto on the way up or at the tiny little ledge at the top.
At the top. To give you a sense of scale, you may just be able to make out the lighthouse
 out there close to the end of the point.
My New Year's Resolution is not to do that again. On the plus side, the prospect of painting a regiment of cuirassiers suddenly didn't seem nearly so bad.

I'm still at the prepping stage with these. They're all vintage, never-before-painted Hinton Hunt FN 102s, and if you'd seen all the flash on them you'd understand why. It took me about five hours to carve it all off. By the end I was covered in little lead shavings.
Including one I did earlier.
They look quite smart now I've managed to clean them up, and there's the added enticement of the little command group I converted for them this afternoon.


I can't wait to get stuck into them!

Yours, and wishing you all the best for 2020,
WM

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  1. This should make those Allied types sit up, if that is you can stick with what will be a pretty fiddly paint job. I went to have a look at the old post with the photos of the "one you did earlier" - did you deliberately not tag him as "cuirassier"?

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    1. No, Rob, I simply forgot to mention it! Yes, they are cuirassiers, albeit with rather annoying curved swords. I've tried to straighten these out a bit, but not entirely successfully.

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  2. Magnificent work trimming away the flash. Those dragoons look very good already. Can't wait to see 'em painted up.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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    1. They would probably do quite well as dragoons, what with Marcus's rather "free-style^ approach to figure modelling, but they're supposed to be Cuirassiers, Stokes. Painting them, I fear, is going to be a slow job. Expect to see all sorts of displacement activity over the coming weeks!

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  3. Stout work with the knife and file WM! The last order I received direct from Hinton Hunt contained some FN102s and they never got painted, partly because of the flash - maybe these are the very same castings!

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    1. I was wondering why I couldn't recall seeing any painted examples of these on the interwebs, Ian! In every case the space between the arm and the torso was a massive blob of solid metal, and there was only a single, rather chunky rear leg. I broke several blades on my craft knife.

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  4. As much of a pain cleaning up flash on poor castings is, I have found few things as rewarding as bringing poorly cast models up to serviceable status. These will undoubtedly be magnificent once you paint them up. I had the good fortune of meeting Mark Dudley in the states and we did a small trade and I ended up with a few unpainted HH Cuirassiers with shouldered swords, which I had intended to use to bring my current squadrons of the 13th up to strength. As fate would have it, shortly thereafter I received some DK Cuirassiers modeled after the HH102s which are a better fit for my current unit. Now I will have to be on the look out for some more HH cuirassiers with shouldered swords!

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    1. Cuirassier with shouldered swords? Do please post a picture on your Minions site.

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    2. Ah yes, that'd be the demountable chappies. I'd be a lot happier painting those. The HH OPCs are all very charming and everything, but much harder to paint!

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  5. Lethal looking fellows.

    happy New year and congratulations on reaching the summit - did you plant one of your little flags at the top?

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    1. I would've done if there'd been anything like an actual plan to shin up the dratted thing.
      Happy New Year, Matt!

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  6. Even with such a lovely view... I think that I would still have given the summit a miss.
    I am looking forward to seeing the cuirassiers finish... they should make for a nice weighty unit.

    All the best. Aly

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    1. It was horrifying, Aly. I couldn't get off it quickly enough.
      The cuirassiers used to be a lot heavier....

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  7. Reminds me of a sign I enjoyed in Samaria Gorge... "Danger of falling rocks. Walk faster". Now, I have seen what you can do with an FN102 cuirassier, Sir and I look forward greatly to seeing these chaps in their full glory. You have already done the hard graft. Did you draw blood?

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