Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Guard Chasseur a Cheval WIP

Well John will be glad to see these guys making a showing at long last!

A wee while back my good friend John (Von Blucher) over in the USA very generously sold off some of his fine AB Napoleonic collection to help out a family member (or family friend I can't quite remember?). I was lucky enough to pick up his guard chasseur a cheval regiment (as well as some commands that I posted earlier). Unfortunately the postal service decided to put the package through its paces and a lot of the riders were separated from their mounts as well as a few bruised and broken bones.

Anyway I had plans to enlarge the regiment to a 40 strong unit and to make a separate 3 man command base so I set about taking the remaining troopers off their mounts and cleaned plus painted extra troopers and horses. They are not 100% finished yet but I thought it was time to share the . . . 

So this is the 1st 24 of the regiment and the rest will follow soon. I have a flag to reduce and a few little areas to finish off on the remaining WIP figures then they can join the regiment and then there are also the Mamelukes to add in!!! Yes I know it looks as though I will have to many troops! I'm thinking when the Mamelukes are done I may  split them and making a second regiment of 24 for my brother David?

So with my own painted troopers and horses mixed in with John's I really could not tell you who painted what? John did the regiment with bright vibrant colour so I tried my best to match them and I feel it worked well. I changed the faces to my own style so they match my other troops but to be honest not that different from John's own painting. The uniforms are definitely a lot lighter in colour than the chasseur a cheval troopers I have painted for my Napoleon command base and I really like them. I'm just not that brave to go lighter without following someone's lead.

This is the full 40 strong regiment, 16 troopers still to finish and a flag to add. They are really very close to being finished and I'll aim to have them done for the Waterloo anniversary battles we will no doubt have!

And a little dark pic of what else I'm working on at the moment. 6 lieb hussars not quite finished but very, very close plus I have just varnished another 4 Von Lutzow freikorp troops tonight! 12 down, 20 to go and the rest have all been base coated and have a lot of 1st shades and details done.

So that's me for tonight.

Have a good week and happy wargaming!

Regards Paul

23 comments:

Jonathan Freitag said...

As always, top quality brushwork! I really like the mass of cavalry. Quite impressive.

paulalba said...

Thanks Jonathan,
Glad you like the. Not sure exactly how many troopers I should need for an 1812 regiment at 1:20?

Probably be to many at 40 however the mass look is very appealing!

DeanM said...

Beautiful work on both of these great regiments.

Gonsalvo said...

Great job om this famous regiment. IIRC. by 1813, it was huge with the addition of ? 4 Young Guard squadrons, plus of course the small company of Mamelukes maybe as many as 2.000 men altogether.

I do think 40 is quite enough, though, especially if you throw in 6 =- 8 Mamelukes as well!

Chasseur said...

Wonderful work, very colourful!

Phil said...

Impressive mass of (famous) troops, and impressive details...excellent!

paulalba said...

Thanks Dean,
Still a good bit to be done but they are both getting there.

paulalba said...

Thanks Peter,
Yes I thin your right, I'll stop at 40 I'll probably split them up as it gets to many.

paulalba said...

Thanks chasseur!

paulalba said...

Hi phil thanks,
I'm be fighting these guys regularly no doubt.

Rodger said...

The chasseurs are one of my favourite units. These are exceptional!

paulalba said...

Thanks Rodger,
Yeah John did a cracking job on the original regiment and I was lucky to get them. It's been great searching and reading up on their history.

Ken said...

He did a good job on them - you can add your Mameluke squadron to these?

Darren Ashton said...

Brilliant work Paul, but how the heck did you get those skull and crossbones looking so good on the Shako's??

Stryker said...

The "must have" guard cavalry unit - actually they're all "must have"!!!

Craig said...

Great work Paul (again!). The Chasseurs look brilliant. I love the death's head detail on the shako covers. They too will look good a 40 figure regiment, once you've added the jager squadron!

paulalba said...

Thanks Craig, surely your joking with 40? I know you did 32, in just aiming for 24.

paulalba said...

Yip john paints great figures Ken, I'll work the Mamelukes in there.

paulalba said...

Thanks Darren, to be honest I wasnt sure if I was 100% happy on the death head. It was pretty tricky, mid grey then light grey them white then picked out the red before shading the shako around last when finished.

paulalba said...

So true Ian, so true!

john (VonBlucher) said...

Paul,
Just shows you how busy my week has been as this is the first chance I've had to check out your Blog this week and low and behold the Emperor's favorite children have made an appearance.
Excellent job on matching up to the painted figures I sent you. Especially since all those troopers were painted with the now defunct Polly-S paints.
Beautiful job on the Lieb Hussars as that will be another fantastic unit when completely finished. I’ll be painting up a unit of Death Head Hussars for 1806 eventually, slightly bigger unit for 1806 though of 60 figures.

paulalba said...

60 john! I could never manage that!

MiniMike said...

That's impressive, beautiful unit!