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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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The next chapter of the Chronicles is ready, and I'll publish it tomorrow. Martin, sorry for the cliffhanger. ;)

4 comments:

abdul666 said...

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

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