David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occassional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Hussars of the French Revolutionary Wars

The muse has been pretty powerful these first few weeks of the year, and so I've made more progress with my Wars of the French Revolution project than I had feared I might after December's debacle! I finished another French Infantry Battalion; I've already previewed some pictures of them too in an earlier post, but now I've finished some French Hussars. At present there are six, as Duncan had sold out at Derby Worlds, so the remaining couple I'll pick up at Partizan in May, my first show of 2015! {As an aside, that will be also my 65th birthday, so any there who want to say hello and buy me a drink will be more than welcome!} Here are the figures I've finished so far ~










They will represent the 2nd Regiment of Hussars in our games. Ideally I'd like some Chasseurs too to comprise a small Light Cavalry Brigade, but Trent don't do any. The Eureka ones are nice, but rather small and very expensive I think. I saw some by Foundry on a visit last year, in the non-Perry Napoleonic collections, so I'll take another look later in the year at them again. Some close ups now, which should disabuse any of you of the notion that I can paint a bit!
Officer and Trumpeter of the 2nd Hussars



















Standard Bearer and Trooper























Two Troopers























The figure on the left in the picture immediately above is my favourite pose of the six, he really does look like he's about the strike down an opponent. A shame it will be me rolling his dice though... Finally a close up of one of the faces. I realy do like the characterisation Matt bought to this range.























Figures are by Trent Miniatures and the MDF bases and movement trays by Warbases. I've also made a start on the first four figures of the last French Infantry Battalion: the Colonel, a drummer and two fusileers. I hope to finish these 24 figures before the holiday hoves into view later next month. We'll have to see how it goes. A Bientot mes amis!

14 comments:

  1. Lovely. I've only got the one Eureka as I'm not sure how I feel about them. What did the Trents cost?

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    1. Tom, I got mine at a 'deal price' from Duncan, as we go back a way. They are available from both North Star and Arcane by mail. I think Infantry are about £6 a blister and cavalry £10.

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  2. Nice bit of work their Mr. B. Great choice of regiment for colour.

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    1. Ta muchly old bean. See you Thursday!

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  3. These are sweet. I especially love the sabot bases. I have done similar for the first of the mounted troops for my British Zulu Wars force.

    http://woolshedwargamer.com/2014/06/27/zzulu-wars-british-17th-lancers-black-tree-designs/

    I think the rounded bases look way better.
    Cheers
    Brian

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    1. Thanks, Brian, glad you approve. The bases mean they take up less storeage space here in GHQ and the trays can be used in two other projects too!

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    2. Great looking painting.

      All the best

      Airhead

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    3. Thanks for the kind words, Airhead! Just wished I could do better!

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  4. Great looking Hussars, David. I do like mirlitons!

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    1. Thanks, Dean! The figures were much easier to paint than I had feared, eyes not always being what they should be now a days.

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  5. Beautiful Hussars, very nice job on the 2nd regiment! "Chargez!"

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    1. Thanks, Phil! Always nice when someone approves of my poor efforts.

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  6. Absolutely loved the painting! This year's Salute has got to be the start of Naopoleon in Italy! Can I ask where you got the guidons from??
    Mike
    cardiff

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    1. Hi Mike! Thanks for the comment, glad you liked them. I got all my flags from this site ~
      http://www.drapeaux.org/Accueil.htm
      Its in French, but the red highlights are the links to flags and guidons.

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