19 October 2008
The first hussar squadron is almost finished!
Well, here is another photo-progress report of where we stand with these Revell hussars, or as they are known here in Stollen Central -- the 11th (Prinz Albrecht's) Hussars. They are based on the real-life 11th Hussars of Balaklava fame, although I've had to use some artistic license here because the real regiment had not yet been converted to hussars in the mid-18th century. Adrian, please feel free to jump in here and correct me on any of these details by leaving a comment.
Although I feel I've done better painting in the past, these won't look too terrible en masse once the entire regiment is finished. Above, you'll see an ok shot of the entire squadron assembled for inspection. Looking at my notes, I see that the only things remaining are the sashes, cuff lace, and some white markings on the horses, plus the inevitable touch-ups. Then it's a coat or two of Futer/Klear floor finish. And then on to the second squadron!
The second picture above is a close-up of one of the troopers in the first squadron. By and large, these Revell figures are pretty nicely done, although the molding on the pelisse is a bit weird. You can't see it here, but when painting the pelisses, I noticed that there is a part that seems like a third sleeve! So, some judicious painting was required to downplay his odd feature. Wish I had caught that before basecoating as it would have been relatively easy to trim away with an X-acto knife. Ah well. . .
Our third photograph above -- yeeeeees, the slightly blurry one -- is of the colonel of the 11th (Prinz Albrecht's) Hussars. You can't argue with how much fancier the gold lace on officers' uniforms makes them relative to the yellow lace of the troopers. There's just something about gold against a dark blue background. Behind the colonel, you'll also see the captian in command of the first squadron.
Finally, and for good measure, here is another shot of the entire first squadron. You'll see too that I have yet to insert a darning needle. . . er, flagpole into the right hand of the regimental ensign. I think I need to visit a sewing shop to buy a package of such needles. Anyway, once that is done, then it's onto the trimming and gluing of a standard, plus final painting of all that. . . including our ensign's right hand! Anyway, that's where we stand as of this Sunday morning. Hopefully, I'll get in a few hours this afternoon and evening. Stay tuned!