Continuing on with the 1859 project, a twelve figure regiment of French hussars departs its bivouac on the painting desk.
Figures, like so many recently, are from Lancashire Games. Again, excellent sculpting as I have come to expect from Lancashire. With their brown jackets and light blue trousers and shakos, these fine fellows can be recognized as the 2nd Hussar Regiment.
Note that some troopers carry a firearm strapped to their back while other do not. Rather than a purposeful decision, my guess is the absence of firearm is due to the vagaries of the casting process. This argument is strengthened by finding a loose firearm sliding around in the pack. Nevertheless, fine sculpts. One more curiosity present on the French hussars. I bought these dozen horsemen in a Battle Pack listed as containing 12 Chasseurs a Cheval and 12 Hussars. Without a photo of the figure available on the website, I wonder if these are actually Chasseurs d'Afrique? Perhaps the Chasseurs d'Afrique and hussar figures are interchangeable? When painting, no recognizable hussar braid was visible on the jacket but perhaps only the dolman is worn? A dozen Chasseurs d'Afrique should be ordered to compare with the hussars and confirm.