Saturday, 10 October 2015

Cuirassiers – WIP

Thanks to a kind donation by Roy of three spare Cuirassier riders I have been able to assemble a full 12 figure unit to bolster the heavy cavalry element of my French forces. This is my test figure FN/310 Cuirassier (dismountable series) and his fellow troopers are now well underway.

Like many of you who read this blog I began my interest in Napoleonic wargaming when Airfix released their 1/72nd French Cuirassiers and Highland infantry way back in 1969. I bought quite a few boxes of both but had to wait until 1972 before they could be reinforced by French and British line infantry. I don’t think I ever painted one of those plastic Cuirassiers preferring to use them unpainted for battles on the carpet.

I’m hoping to have this unit finished in time to take part in Vintage Waterloo the date of which has slipped back to the end of November (any more slippage and it will be a game to mark the 201st anniversary). I think this will give Roy and I four units of Cuirassiers and two of Carabiniers and they should look pretty spectacular en-masse – certainly better than my unpainted plastic ones ever did.

9 comments:

Conrad Kinch said...

A very dapper fellow. I shall have to bring his helmet back to my girl.

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

Curassiers and carabiniers? Yes! Nothing quite like massed ranks of (heavy) cavalry on the tabletop. Can't wait to see 'em. By the way, your photos of your works in progress and completed painting are helping to keep me going during these months of temporary 'not-abe-to-paint-due-to-lack-of-space-ness.' Thank you!

Best Regards,

Stokes

Stryker said...

Conrad - when you go knee to knee with a 20mm cuirassier you'll be lucky to bring away your life!

Stokes - yes, frustrating when you have nowhere to lay out your paint brushes - I hope this is resolved for you soon.

Wellington Man said...

Crisply done! Your regiment is going to look really spectacular

The Hobbyist said...

Very smart looking fellow. Will make a nice target for the British artillery!

MSFoy said...

Mr Kinch - I should strike him under the arm. The arm nearer to you would be easiest - yes - the one with the big sword...

Ian - excellent cuirassier - like him a lot - which regiment is he?

Stryker said...

Thanks chaps - your kind comments are appreciated!

Stryker said...

Tony - 1st Cuirassiers as per the Hinton Hunt painting instructions (of course)!

Anonymous said...

Nicely done, I think that all your cuirassiers and carabiniers will definitely look the part once en masses.

Paul