Thursday, September 17, 2015

French 4th Hussars

In a change up from the trio of Renaissance units departing the painting table before, today an eight figure unit of French hussars musters off the painting desk.

These 28mm troopers are Front Rank and trot off as two squadrons of the 4th Hussar Regiment.  Red pelisse is an eye catcher.  

An interesting story in the painting of these hussars.  I grabbed eight troopers and eight horses from the box of French hussars, primed them and painted the horses.  In the next step each trooper was epoxied to his mount and set aside.  When I continued with painting each trooper, I noticed that one figure was not wearing a pelisse.  I figured it must be in campaign dress. Nope.  The trooper turned out to be a French chasseur lurking in the incorrect bin.  Since the figure was fastened securely to his already painted mount, the only remedy was to find the "Real" hussar in the bin and paint another horse and rider.  The bright side of this error and rework is that the next unit of chasseurs will have a one figure head start!   

26 comments:

  1. Great looking Hussars done in record time. The red pelisse are very nice.

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    1. Thanks, Dean! The red is vibrant and enhanced by the flash used in the more distant photos.

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  2. Lovely work! Maybe the universe was telling you to start a new unit of chasseurs?

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    1. Thank you, Ben. You know, you may have something there. How long will I allow that solitary chasseur to sit on the desk before I paint his companions?

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  3. Great looking Hussards, Jon! The 4th is a favorite unit of mine - I've painted them twice, once with my original; Scruby armies, and then again in the Foundry version about 20 years ago.

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    1. Thank you, Peter! The 4th certainly has an eye-catching uniform. I can see why you would paint it twice. I think I have it in 15mm too.

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  4. "Le 4ème régiment de hussards est magnifique Jon", congrats!

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  5. A beautiful unit Jon! Front Rank are such nice sculpts to work on.

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    1. Thank you, Soren! Yes, the Front Rank figures are exquisite and a joy to paint.

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  6. Egad. Frenchmen in red. It's just not natural.

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    1. I think they look smart! Don't a number of British cavalry regiments wear blue?

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  7. Gorgeous painted Hussars Jon - Huzzah! :o)

    cheers,

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  8. They look great, how on earth did you not notice the rougue Chasseur?? Lol!

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    1. Thanks, Ray!

      You would think it would be obvious, right? Well, they both have the same shako and it was in the same bin.

      I know, no excuse...

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  9. Superb painting, Jonathan. You are a machine!

    Cheers,
    Aaron

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    1. Thanks, Aaron! Not exactly a machine but consistently plodding along.

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