Thursday, 21 March 2013

Silesian Kurassiers

Well I'm glad to say I finally finished another cavalry regiment and so I'm mighty happy! I mentioned I was working on these guys a couple of times however I had put them to the side to work on some of the Prussian infantry battalions I bought from Darren at the end of last year. The majority of these figures also came from Darren but unpainted.
  
The figures are from AB and are very nice only requiring a clean up around saddle and the horses legs and I have grow to really like their standing at ready poses (you might remember I wasn't so impressed with them when I finished my 1st regiment? Mainly due to just finishing a Russian curassier regiment charging).
   
I attached the figures to their horses before spraying them black. For ease of painting I had already separated the figures into their groups of poses and placed them with matching horses for each group as best I could. This helps with speed of painting and basing as when you come to basing you split them up leaving each base with 3 different styles of figures and horses (plus colours of horses, that isn't quite historically correct but I don't mind that so much). It also helps if you want to do different colour of hair as if you paint the group you are painting with say blonde hair it means you get a nice random split of blondes throughout your bases.
  
I would like to say a huge thanks to the guys over on TMP for helping me out with all the small detail like saddle cover colour, trumpet cords and wings and also staff colour!
    
I used a standard from the signifer 15mm range that fits the AB figures really well however they didn't have 1 in the colour I needed so I found the nearest I had and painted the field etc (the colour is much more close to purple/crimson than the pictures show).
  
And here they are with the East Prussian kurassier I painted a year or 2 ago. I think this will be my last Prussian kurassier regiment as I can't see me needing more than 2? (Best not to say never but I'm pretty sure they will be my last!)
  
And I started work on a little command base for them yesterday.It's actually almost done now as I took the pics this morning. Again sorry to Phil for the use of wee dead French men on my command bases! Next post will be on my basing technique as a few people have asked about it. I took pictures while doing my Kurass so hopefully they will be useful.

Also I bought another lot of Prussian figures from Darren recently, painted cavalry this time 33 hussars and 32 dragoons so hopefully I will have a pretty good number of Prussian horse to field in the next few months so thanks again Darren!!!

19 comments:

Sgt Steiner said...

Superb as always

John (Von Blucher) said...

Paul,
Great looking unit!!
Glad to see you finished them, and with your other purchase you will be in good shape with mounted troops for the Prussians.

Ken said...

These lads look the business, I remember the other regiment though didn't you paint up some Russian heavies? - I've yet to paint up Prussian heavies myself.

Phil said...

Great loking cuirrassiers...oups, Kurassiers, Paul...
Phil.

Francis Lee said...

Top drawer work as always!

Ray Rousell said...

Lovely work!

dhcwargamesblog said...

Lovely... especially in this small scale!

Rosbif said...

Sehr gut, mein Herr!

Stryker said...

More great work Paul. I personally really like the "at rest" pose for cavalry and those are lovely figures!

warpaintjj said...

Very nice work Paul and worth the wait for all of us!!!
So, who makes a decent Prussian Curassier in 28mm, no one really!
Catch up soon,
JJ

Crazy Joe said...

REALLY nice figures! Well done.

paulalba said...

Thanks for all the comments guys I really appreciate them.

Just waiting my delivery of Prussian hussars and dragoons John and i'll be re-basing again.

I'm hoping to do the order of battle for the Katzbach 1813 however I will be aiming for the troop types rather than the specific regiments.

Ken you need to do some Prussian heavies ;0) and JJ do Perry not do a nice set of Prussian Kurass? I wonder when the calpe ones will be available?
Thanks again
Best regards
Paul

Gonsalvo said...

Great looking unit, Paul. Considering that there were only 4 units of Prussian Cuirasiers in 1813, two is probably enough... and that's how many I have as well!

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

That's one great looking set of cavalry! Well done indeed!

Christopher

fireymonkeyboy said...

This really is, hands down, the most inspirational blog I read. I always look forward to your posts.

James Fisher, FINS said...

Great looking units Paul. I did usually think of Prussian cuirassiers in the white coats. These fellas just add to the great diversity that is Napoleonic wargaming!

Craig said...

Great work again Paul. I see you've been using your AP Insane Detail brush again 😊. I always find something new to inspire me on your blog!

Scotsgrey said...

The group poses look very natural the trooper looking on for orders.

paulalba said...

Thanks guys,
For your really kind comments!
Best
paul