Friday, 12 August 2016

2nd East Prussian Cuirassiers

In a project already crammed with nostalgia (for me) here is possibly the most nostalgic unit of them all – the 2nd East Prussian Cuirassiers. All these figures bar one are vintage Hinton Hunt castings of PN.77 Prussian Cuirassier (mounted) charging and the odd one is a Clayton casting of superior quality. They’ve taken me the best part of six months to complete and involved painting somewhere in the region of 380 buttons. I hope you like them. 

380 buttons ride by...
The whole regiment ride dark brown horses - except the trumpeter
Charging to the right!
Charging to the left!
Just charging!!!
Let's hope this is an advance not a retreat...
Pure nostalgia - the same unit painted by me 45 years ago and now long gone
But here they are again restored to their rightful place!

Well, at least I’ve contributed something towards Vintage Leipzig.

20 comments:

lewisgunner said...

Super unit Ian, I love you k at it and think we must do Liebertwolkwitz!
Somewhere out there are your original Prussians , perhaps in a loft or cupboard, perhaps on a shelf in some old boys wargames room. Will they ever appear? Fancy putting up an orbat for Leipzig?

Stryker said...

I'll put together a list of what I've got and send it to you - time we set a date?

Wellington Man said...

Simply superb. Congratulations!

Matt said...

Well worth the button effort! Must be an A class unit based on the attention to detail alone!

Stryker said...

Matt B - thanks for that much appreciated!

Matt G - yes of course buttons equate to A class! Possibly I should introduce AA class?

Conrad Kinch said...

Magnificent stuff!

lewisgunner said...

found two Austrian Cuirassiers which makes me up to a second unit of 12 to boost the kaiserlichs. They must be DK as they are rather thinner than my HH ones. However, they will hide in the middle of the unit and make up numbers, so off they go to be painted. Also discovered some Art Miniaturen Austrian High command, big fellows compared to an HH, but they will sit on their own and do look rather imposing. How many Polish units have you got ? I will have two on your basing, maybe three, we need to get to an independent command for your gorgeous Poniatowski.

KEV. said...

Superb detailed painting of the Prussians- well done Ian. You must be pleased indeed to have your unit back again. Regards. KEV.

'Lee. said...

Fantastic unit Ian, you have certainly nailed that button method as they are all very neatly done, especially with the black outer ring.

the Archduke said...

See what happens when you leave your nice buildings out in the snow..Your cuirassiers are as magnificent as expected. On the button.

Stryker said...

Thanks for all the comments chaps!

Stryker said...

Archduke - yes I'm not quit sure why I decided to cover them in flour, it seemed like a good idea at the time!

Allan Tidmarsh said...

Nice painted regiment, button-tastic !

Stryker said...

Thanks Allan, I'm a bit buttoned out now I must admit.

Anonymous said...

Excellent work

Paul

Stryker said...

Thanks Paul, it was a bit of a slog but worth it in the end!

Dave said...

Superb work! Suggest you describe the horses as 'dark bay' rather than 'brown', you'll get more 'brownie points' (pun intended) from the horsey community.

Stryker said...

Dark bay it is then - don't want to upset the horsey community!

MSFoy said...

Sorry this is late - I've been away!

These chaps are beautiful, Ian - really splendid. Looking at your old photo - is that the same church.....?

Stryker said...

Tony - sadly not the same church, this is the mark 2 version.