Thursday, 4 December 2014

1st Leibhusars

As you may recall, some months ago I painted my first couple of Prussian hussar regiments. I was quite pleased with them, so I had to do more, and here is the result. The 1st Leibhusars Regiment in all their black glory. As it´s usual in me, the proportion of green-clad freiwiligers is inflated, but I had so many of those chaps bought from Calpe that I have forced them to serve the fatherland soon enough.
  All the minis are Calpe this time. The white-grey tumpreters horses is something I am not 100% sure. I know the French and other armies had this convention. But I have my doubts about the Prussians.

Italian reinforcements

Today I bring here the 4th Line Infantry Regiment. My third 28mm Italian infantry regiment so far. The fourth is currently on the painting line.
  As usual, white uniforms are a difficult task. Too much shadows and they look dirty, too much white and they look flat and lifeless. And don´t get me started on the right tone of grey... Many swear it should be tan-brownish, but I prefer a purer grey. Well, I hope you like them. As always, my painting style is optimized for arm reach distance, NOT for very close ups (if you want close ups, better get into 90 or 120mm scale).
  As you can see, I have opted for white pompons, as that´s what I find at the Histunif website. But I have other sources colliding with that.
  The figures are mostly Perry´s this time (with some Foundry and Victrix exceptions). They are from their French 1809-1812 range. I must say they are "rougher" around the edges than other references I have from them. The sculpting here feels a little rushed up, as if to fill a hole in the range quickly. Or may be it was a rushed up casting...  They are full of grace as always, but I bet the Perrys could make a "proper" Middle Imperial French period range with a lot of more references. And Light Infantry, please.
 Flag from Adolfo Ramos, waved by yours truly.