Thursday, September 1, 2016

French Chasseurs a Cheval in 1859

Work continues on the 15mm 1859 project.  Fresh off the painting desk is the French 4th Chasseurs a Cheval regiment of four squadrons.
Figures are Lancashire Games from the 19th Century ranges.  As seen before, the Lancashire cavalry are single pose without either command or variation.  To my eye, the cavalry look a little on the slim side when looked at from fore to aft (see photo below).  Still, solid sculpts with fine detailing that fit in well on the gaming table alongside regiments of either Old Glory or Mirliton cavalry.
One more regiment of twelve French cavalrymen are in work at the painting desk.  Next up will be more Lancashire French hussars.  

20 comments:

  1. An impressive unit, well done!!

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  2. Very nice. Those horse colors look especially good. Subtle differences but very effective.

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    1. Glad you like the results of my horse flesh rendition!

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  3. Super work Jonathan - a nice old school vibe to these figures. C&C are not the flashiest of Napoleon's cavalry, but I've always thought they were among the most impressive - hard working and riding. The green and red coloring came out very well, and as Prufrock said, the sharing on the horses is very fine.
    Bravo.

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    1. You are quite right, Michael! I thought the cavalry reminded me very much of the stiff-posed Minifig figures as I was working on them. Still, nicely sculpting with plenty of detail that is easy to paint. If the entire project was fielded from Lancashire, I would never have mentioned how they stacked up against some other manufacturers.

      I find CaC under-represented on the gaming table. As you point out, much of the light cavalry were made up of CaC. They were the work horses of the French light cavalry.

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  4. Very nice, Jon. I am a fan of Napoleon I's Chasseurs - not sure I've ever seen an illustration or figure of the Chasseurs a Cheval from this era before, however!

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    1. Thanks, Peter! Osprey has a good illustration of a Chasseur circa 1870 in the FPW volume and Lienhart and Humbert have an illustration or two too. I quick Google turns up very few examples.

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  5. Another great looking unit, you do seem to be steamrollering these boys out at the moment, Jonathan!!

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    1. Thank you, Ray! Yes, 1859 seems to be getting most of the attention with the brush at the moment.

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  6. You can't have too many chasseurs, solid looking unit and nice varied finish.
    Best Iain

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    1. Agree with the never having too many chasseurs observation. Now having added one regiment, more are needed.

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  7. Very impressive Jonathan. I am looking forward to seeing these armies on the table one day soon.

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    1. Thank you, Mark! I look forward to seeing the collection out on the battlefield again too.

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