Saturday, May 21, 2016

French Heavy Cavalry for 1799 Project

After a succession of four 28mm units for Napoleonics and Great Italian Wars project, back to 18mm projects for now. 
This dozen horsemen are Saxons from Eureka Miniatures' 1806 Saxon range pressed into service as early French heavy cavalry.  The sculpting is first rate and the facial detailing is especially pleasing.  As always with Eureka Miniatures, the horses are little gems.  Bigger than most but top notch modeling.  Eureka definitely make my favorite horses. 
These four squadrons muster out as the 2nd Cavalry.  Enough figures remain in The Lead Pile to field another such four-squadron regiment.

Fielding a 1799 game was a goal for 2016 and that objective is growing near.  The cavalry arm in the project is seeing good progress in 2016.  Getting close to picking a battle to refight and put the finishing touches on an OB and painting schedule.

Next up will be an Austrian regiment of hussars for the project. Any guess as to which hussar regiment goes under the brush first?

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  1. yes...very lovely painted by you Jon... nice unit...
    Austrian regiment of hussars to be painted next - the Blankenstein Hussars? :o)

    cheers

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    1. Thank you, Phil! As for the hussar regiment, I chose the 8th.

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  2. These French Heavy cavalry pre Cuirassier days are seldom seen, so it is a special treat to see them under your expert brush, Jon! Like the tricolor cocades on the bicornes. If they are like their Cuirassier successors, di roughly half have red and half Yellow facing colors?

    Perhap the most striking of the Hussar units (assuming the same colors 1802, which bis hardly safe) is HR #5, later Baron Ott - bright red shako. dark green dolman and pelisse, carmine pants. (They are seen on the Masthead of my blog) There are plenty of of other dramatic regiments to choose from , though!

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    1. I agree, Peter. The early war figures are not often seen. In fact, I had to pick 1806 Saxons as ersatz French. Hussar RGT#5 would have been a very good choice but opted for the bright green jacketed 8th. The 5th with red shako would be a striking unit. Perhaps next time?

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  3. There is a certain something about a cocked hat worn athwart. When do you think you will get a game on the table?

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    1. These figures to look quite jaunty, do they not? With so many gaming possibilities and so little time, the question of "when" is complicated. Hoping to bring the Great Italian Wars collections to the gaming table in June.

      So many periods, so little time seems to be my mantra...

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  4. Another fine unit. Although I always wondered how these guys kept the hats on in the charge?

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    1. Thank you! I wondered about keeping the hat on too. I guess pull it down around your ears and hope for the best. Shako cords served a useful purpose.

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  5. Wonderful looking cavalry squadron Jonathan!

    Christopher

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  6. Great looking troop for your grand project, Jonathan. BTW, Enfilade is this coming weekend. I'm hosting a Lion Rampant game on Friday afternoon - first game in a very long time too!

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    1. Thank you, Dean. Best of luck in GM'ing your LR game at Enfilade! Years ago, I attended Enfilade! on a regular basis. Have not made it over since it changed venue to Olympia.

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  7. Very nice, Jon. I'm anxious to game with them!

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    1. Thanks, Scott! You know there are so many collections awaiting their turn on the battlefield. Which on e sees the gaming table next is always a puzzle.

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  8. Lovely dashing heavies, nice sculpts and delightfully painted.
    Best Iain

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