Thursday, 4 December 2008

New recruits..?

Many thanks to all for your kind words in response to Wednesday's sad event. My family and I appreciate them.
I was in need of some distraction yesterday, so I turned my thoughts to how I could add new units to my imaginations' armies. Sorting through the batch of Napoleonic era figures that were wished upon me I came across a couple of dozen French Carabiniers of the Guard and a few line cuirassiers, along with an astonishing number of Horse Grenadiers of the Guard in those outrageously big bearskins.
Once I have horses enough to mount the cuirassiers they'll make up a regiment apiece for both nations. For Hetzenberg it'll be a unit provisionally titled the Birkenholtz Kurassiers, and for the Margravate the (in)famous Seinfeld Kurassier. As for the horse grenadiers I'm tempted to use them as-is, but painted up of course in the colors of my nations.
But before that, I need to remove the helmets on the Carabiniers and replace them with tricorns. This I can do, with razor saw and rat-tail file, but can anyone suggest a quicker, easier way of doing so? I'm all for quick and easy at the moment!
The next chapter of the Chronicles is ready, and I'll publish it tomorrow. Martin, sorry for the cliffhanger. ;)


abdul666 said...

Looking forward to enjoying the discovery of these 2 (4, with the Horse Grenadiers) new units!

andygamer said...

I don't have any conversion advice for you, but you could turn the Horse Grenadiers into French-style cuirassiers from (mainly) the German Horse regts. They had fur caps and wore the cuirasse under the coat so that just a bit of it showed like a metal vest peeping out of the coat.

A J Matthews said...

An interesting point, Andy, thanks for that. With those bearskins, I'm thinking guards.

tidders said...

I rently found out that the tricorne heads from some of the figures I cast from Creartec 40mm moulds are about the same size as Front Rank figures heads. It may be quicker to cast some new heads.

I'll post a piccy on my blog for you to see

-- Allan