Monday, July 19, 2010
Perry French Hussars - WIP + 1
I couldn't wait to finish painting (or even start on) the horses, before going on to putting the riders together.
Besides the officer and bugler on the command sprue, there are four identical sprues with three riders. All have several types of heads and headgear. There are three types of bell-topped shakos - one with the diamond plate, one with the earlier large tricolor cockade, and one enclosed in a campaign cover. The first two types have tall feathered plumes, cords and raquettes. The campaign one has a ball pompom. There is also heads wearing the mirliton, the later (post-1812) cylindrical shako, and finally the elite type with colpack. There are three torsos, separate right arms brandishing sabers, pelisses, and two choices of legs - one in full dress breeches and boots, the other in campaign trousers. Separate sabretache/scabbard pieces complete each sprue. Here is one of these sprues.
The next photo shows the basic components (less the sabretache/scabbard piece) for each rider. This particular head choice is the elite type wearing the colpack.
I chose to have the officer, bugler and six elites (with colpacks) in full-dress. That is, with breeches and boots. The remaining six troopers are wearing campaign trousers with buttons down the sides (as well as a stripe). All have pelisses slung over their left shoulders. Note the illustration of the 9th Hussars trooper in the foreground of the page on the right. The book is Uniforms of the Napoleonic Wars by Jack Cassin-Scott. My mom bought me this book when I was a kid and I've kept it ever since. Still very inspirational after all these years.
Speaking of the 9th Hussars, this is the regiment that I plan to paint these guys as - always liked them since seeing that illustration above. Apparently it is a popular unit as the Perrys chose to use it as the artwork for their box. It is also used on a set of Revell 1/72nd figures - see the picture below.
I posted a question (more like a testing of the waters) on TMP about decals or transfers for sabretaches. It was met with a fair amount of like-mindedness. A generous TMP member, Paleovento (Aldo from Veneto, Italy) posted a link of sabretaches designs he made for these very models - go to the bottom of the post and see his beautiful work. I plan to print out the ones for the 9th and glue them on; this will spare me much heartache and wasted time. Also, Steve at LBMS PM'd me on TMP after seeing the post, and said he is working on the very thing right now - he was kind of surprised I posted that and thought I was a mind-reader. I wish. So, if you rather not hand-paint sabretaches (and who really would), you have two choices, one is available right now thanks to Aldo, or you can wait for the one from LBMS - which I am sure will be quite beautifully done too.