Tuesday, 18 November 2008

On the practical side.

Some time ago I discovered these figures in amongst a job-lot of Napoleonic/ Revolutionary French I acquired. I've identified them as Front Rank Miniatures post-1812 Hussars, but may be wrong. In any event I had intended to convert them to SYW-era hussars and they would then serve in the Markgraaf's army.
For some reason the guy I got them off never bothered to order horses for any of the cavalry in the collection! That being so, I checked out the prices for mounting the regiment and getting suitable command element figures, and found it uneconomical when compared to, say, buying an entire mounted regiment from Dayton Painting Consortium. It would be a shame not to use these figures in some way as I like the process of conversion, but for now, this project has been put on the back burner.


Bluebear Jeff said...

One use you might put them to is to use them as 'paint test dummies'.

By that I mean painting different uniform colors/facings in order to see what you like best. For example: which shade of blue looks better, etc.

You can always strip them later if you do find another use for them.

-- Jeff

andygamer said...

I don't know if they're affordable for you, but Hinchliffe have barebacked horses like Front Rank's (as the saddles are attached to the riders and not the horses). Maybe you can use them to mount the figures you do have?

A J Matthews said...

Thanks for your help and advice, guys. Andy, the Hinchliffe horses and command figures look the way to go here without breaking the bank.

andygamer said...

There's a new range that has bareback horses at Eureka Miniatures in Australia.

Here's a link to a TMP thread discussing them:

You can email the owner, Nic, and see if he's willing to sell horses separately without riders.