Sunday, July 13, 2014

28mm Chasseurs a Cheval

With the outside temperatures tickling 100 F, spending time at the painting desk in the coolness of the basement seemed the prudent choice.  One of the products of that time employed at the painting desk are eight Front Rank cavalry.  Having recently held a 28mm Napoleonics game, the motivation to follow up the game with an addition to the project was heightened.  The cavalry mustering off the painting desk represent two squadrons of the 13th Chasseurs a Cheval.  The burnt orange of the 13th's facing color is a pleasing contrast against the dark green of the uniform. 





A number of other units are seeing action on the painting desk including 25mm Mexican-American War Mexicans, 25mm SAW US regulars, 18mm SYW Prussians, and a trio of 15mm Sardinian artillery limbers for the 1859 project.

What motivated the artillery limbers to jump into the painting queue?  QRF Models are offering a 20% discount of Freikorps 15s.  Thinking I could use additional artillery limbers for the project, I dug through The Lead Pile to see what remained.  Finding three Sardinian limbers, I pulled these from inventory and set them aside for primering.  Good idea to paint what remains before new models arrive, right?  Well, I thought so and into the painting queue they go.    

24 comments:

  1. Beautiful unit and a very effective color scheme as you mention. Are these chaps galloping off to Spain too, or heading east to crush the Tzar?

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  2. Excellent work, a great looking unit!

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  3. Wonderful looking Chasseurs!

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  4. Beautiful work, you really pull off the orange.

    Anything that gets items down the painting queue is worth implimenting

    Ian

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    1. Thanks, Ian! You are quite right that any motivating factor to get an item into the painting queue is a good one!

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  5. Very nice and useful cavalry. I like Front Rank models.

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    1. Thanks, Dean! I like the Front Rank figures too, especially the Napoleonic cavalry. Although I have not bought any yet, the Front Rank Reinforcement Pack models look even better than the regular infantry.

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  6. Cracking looking unit Jonathan!

    Christopher

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  7. very niceeee! ;o) unit you have here Jonathan

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  8. Loveley unit; love the trumpeter in reversed colors!I have always had a soft spot for the French Chasseurs a Cheval - the workhorses, literally, of the French cavalry. Their relatively simple uniforms are still very attractive. Indeed the very first wargame unit I ever painted (1970, 25mm Scruby) was the 6th Chasseurs, with their bright yellow ("jonquille") facings.

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    1. Thanks, Peter! My view of the French Chasseurs a Cheval has been one of function over form. That is, their utilitarian uniform had not the flash and panache of their light brethren, the hussars but they simply went about their task in a workmanlike fashion.

      I bet the yellow facings on your 6th CaC pop!

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  9. Wonderful painting, Jonathan! assumed these fellows were just short of Guard cavalry, seeing as how they were decked out so nicely. And then I saw them described as utilitarian. Only in Napoleonics could these be utilitarian uniforms. ;-)

    I have much to learn if I ever want to jump into the era. And hey, we both painted cavalry. Great minds paint alike!

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    1. Thanks, Monty!

      I surely would enjoy seeing what you could do to 28mm Napoleonics with your brush. Are you tempted to jump in? I could send some 'kindling' to help ignite the fire, if you wish!

      Yes, we both pushed out some cavalry this week. Sounds painful, doesn't it? Your 7th Cav look terrific!

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    2. That is a very kind offer Jonathan. I must decline as I have a full plate for 2014. Somewhere down the line, I can see turning to Napoleonics. I'm a bit nervous that when I do, it'll be like a vortex! Sometimes, I get like that. Locked onto something to the exclusion of everything else. You've never had that problem, judging from your painting!

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