Saturday, 31 January 2015

Hussar Command Finished

So after the great response I had from my Napoleon command base I'm afraid it's back to the darker and much more serious shades of my Prussians!  However I personally love the late Prussian uniforms even if they are a good bit less fancier than their enemies!


Well I'm very happy to be able to slip in another completed item for January, I picked out these guys a year or 2 ago to be the command of my Brandenburg hussar regiment for the Katzbach OOB and like many of my figures they moved sideways into my "WIP" box. This was because I wanted to tackle the braid differently from the troopers in the full regiment as I wasn't happy with the contrast. 

In this group I have tried to represent a commanding officer of the Brandenburg regiment, a trumpeter from the Brandenburg regiment and an ADC from the Normal squadron. I had quite a bit of cleaning up with the ADC as he is a one piece casting and the area around stirrups and horse belly was confused as was the area around his neck and scabbard. A friend gave me another of these ADC's not so long ago so you may well see him in a different uniform on another command base at some point. I'm pretty happy how he came out especially the braid and I have to correct an error I made on one of my videos, I use Coat d' Arms brown No. 235 on the braid as a base to gold not Vallejo beige brown.

As usual it's difficult to see the shading on my horses however it is there. I used the same flowers and tufts as per usual available at most railway and modelling suppliers and I feel they really lift a base.

I used the foundry Prussian blue triad and I feel it came out well if quite subtle compared to a lot of other peoples Prussians I have see online. However I do like my Prussian blue pretty dark even for 15mm. I would say my painting is a little rough in some areas of these guys as I really just wanted them finished but I'm still pleased with them.

I have always wondered why Mr Barton didn't do a trumpeter playing his instrument for his prussian hussars like his other Prussian and Russian charging regiments? Maybe the Prussian hussars are a much older set and the earlier sets received trumpeters at rest? Anyway he's still is a lovely figure, although the castings I have need little bits added in areas, the trumpet cord and shoulder nests are missing detail and I stupidly forgot to add it in with green stuff before painting this guy.

overall  I really like this little command base and it's another thing to tick off my Katzbach OOB. I'm not sticking religiously to the OOB's as there are so many things I would like to paint that are not included in it but I'll pop back to it from time to time until it's completed.

As always happy wargaming and painting and thanks to everyone who has took the time to leave a comment or have a look in. I've cleaned, glued and base coated 24 hussars for my 2nd lieb hussar regiment. I'm not sure how long they will take me as all that braid is a big ask and I have a few other items nearly finished I may jump over to. I'll try and put a few posts each month on my progress.

Regards
Paul

31 comments:

Christopher(aka Axebreaker) said...

Outstanding work on this lovely vignette Paul!

Christopher

DeanM said...

Superbly painted and based, Paul. I do love the facings on the musician. A lovely uniform.

Rodger said...

Stunning command stand Paul! I would agree with your Prussian Blue look, looks wonderful to me!

Ken said...

Another amazing command base! the grass tufts and flowers really make a base sing.

Michael Mills said...

Beautiful as always Paul.

John (VonBlucher) said...

Paul,
Excellent looking Command base, and you've done the hussar lace extremely well which is all ways to me the most difficult part of painting these figures.

Jonathan Freitag said...

Spectacular! With your style, I think I could easily pull your figures from a line-up.

Carlo Pagano said...

Paul these are absolutely you notch (as usual!). The Prussians, when fore yo your standard, are a wonderful looking army. Looking forward to many more.

Gonsalvo said...

Marvellous painting once a gain, Paul - a top notch base!

"Chuck" said...

Very nice Paul!

Phil said...

I am always impressed by your outstanding details Paul, paint job and basement...gorgeous!

Vasiliy Levashov said...

One shot! Amazing, Paul.

Dmitri Kononenko said...

Paul, as usually great job, you painting best 15mm napoleonic in my opinion. But interesting, what ruleset you playing?

Duke Winser said...

I have to stop checking out your blog. Seeing your work totally undermines my confidence. All that to say that I am a great fan of your painting and basing.

paulalba said...

Thanks Christopher,
Much appreciated!

paulalba said...

Thanks Dean,
The musician does well do lift the dark prussian uniform.

paulalba said...

Thanks Rodger,
I really like the late Prussian uniform myself.

Craig said...

Great work again Paul. I particularly like the uniform details on the ADC. And the basing looks magic!

paulalba said...

Thanks Ken,
It took me long enough to start using them! It's strange as I used to use that kind of stuff on my armour bases yet thought it was best to keep the naps simple but I do like the end results with them.

paulalba said...

Thanks Millsy!!!

paulalba said...

Thanks John, good chatting the other night! Yeah it doesn't come easy doing the lace, wish it was!

paulalba said...

Thanks Jonathan,
Glad you like them!

paulalba said...

Thank you Carlo,
I'll try and keep on track this year, last year I let things slide a bit.
Glad you like them!

paulalba said...

Thanks Peter,
This will be a big year for naps, I would guess you will have a good few Napoleonic games planed around the summer?

paulalba said...

Thanks Chuck!

paulalba said...

Thanks Phil that's really kind of you!

paulalba said...

Thanks Vasiliy!

paulalba said...

Hi Dmitri,
That's really kind of you! The rule set we started out with is general d brigade and when we have time that's what we still use however we also play black powder for quick games.

paulalba said...

Hi Duke,
Glad you like the troops.

paulalba said...

Thanks Craig,
Another one off the katzbach OOB!

NapoleonicSpain miniatures said...

wonderful command base!.

mon felicitations, great art job