Saturday, 24 October 2015

More horses (and riders)

I know I’m crazy to be adding to the lead pile because I already have more stuff than I am ever going to be able to paint but I just couldn’t resist these French Dragoons. They are the two-piece version FN/148 Dragoon of the line 1807-12 on horse FNH/5.

My justification is that a) I don’t have any of these (and even Roy’s collection is light on them) and b) I already have some dismounted ones and it would be nice to represent a unit both mounted and dismounted. Strangely these arguments did not impress Mrs S however.

The castings are David Clayton produced ones and it has been interesting to compare the horses with the vintage ones currently on my painting table. They are of course slightly smaller because of the inevitable shrinking when a copy is made from an original figure (as Clayton was forced to do due to the lack of masters) but are superb little figures none the less.

The arrival of these figures has also shed some light on the horsey mystery in my last post as the bases are clearly stamped FNH/1 although they are actually FNH/5. I’m guessing then that the ‘1’ was an error on the original figures although it still doesn’t explain my mystery variant.

15 comments:

Wellington Man said...

Ian, I know the lead pile guilt feeling very well. However, it's an absolutely cracking set of figures you've got there. I know I wouldn't have resisted!

Stryker said...

Matt - yes they are nice but that's it now no more!

lewisgunner said...

No More! No More! is this some sort of reverse Oliver Twist.
No More this week perhaps, but a final No More forever would be unthinkable.
Besides you have to keep your followers entertained and that means the occasional purchase.

Roy

Stryker said...

Good point Roy - ok then if you insist!

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

As great as nicely painted figures, like yours, are, there is also something strangely beautiful about the unpainted metal castings in their raw form. And never say never where getting them painted is concerned. They could always jump a few places ahead in the painting queue.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Stryker said...

Thanks Stokes - you're right, they could move up the queue I guess!

MSFoy said...

Speaking as a Peninsular man, I believe you can never have too many dragoons...

Glad you sorted out the horse mystery - I'd been thinking about that one.

Stryker said...

Tony - it's still not completely sorted because I still don't understand why I appear to have a genuine variant but what the heck maybe I should just get on and paint them!

Conrad Kinch said...

Hmmm...it doesn't do to think too deeply about the lead pile, I find.

Stryker said...

Ah we'll, perhaps I do have a tendency to over-think things!

Dave Vickers said...

If you guys want some help resisting the temptation to add to the leadpile then give the rest of us some clue where you get them from! I have no leadpile worth speaking of. cheers, Dave

Stryker said...

Ah Dave, you almost had me feeling guilty! Drop me an email and I'll see if I can help...

KEV. said...

I can relate to the dilemma IAN - just a few more we say- it is all very tempting- I know with my own MARS 1832 Project I'm at a stage where what I had initially thought to be adequate in terms of the numbers of figures - has now, this morning grown into thinking about all sorts of ideas about additional figures- extra units and such. It looks as though my Skirmish Games are growing into Full-on substantial Battles! I think that H.G. Wells knew about this sort of thing. Regards. KEV.

Anonymous said...

Cracking looking dragoons, highly worthy of adding to the top of lead pile.

Paul

Stryker said...

Hi Paul - yes thay are nice and will help make sense of the dozen or so foot dragoons I have.