Sunday, 18 June 2017

Chevaulegers

Yesterday I took delivery of some Hinton Hunt Chevaulegers, a very generous gift from across the pond. The figures are not vintage or even Clayton ones but reproductions dating from the 1990’s during the period Hinton Hunt was not readily available. I’m really impressed with the quality of these and I would easily have thought they were vintage figures if I hadn’t been told as the mold plug marks, HH markings and general feel and heft of the metal seem perfect.

BVN.44 Bavarian Chevauleger (mounted) charging (Horse attached)
SXN.41 Saxon Chevauleger (mounted) charging

I’m quite excited to have the Saxons in particular as I greatly admired the unit Roy fielded at Vintage Leipzig. This gives me a rare chance to field some French allied cavalry in red as I chose to paint my guard lancers in Polish blue. I did also wonder if the Bavarians could be painted as Swedes to give my Swedish contingent a mounted arm – any ideas?

19 comments:

Wellington Man said...

You must paint them as Bavarians, Ian! If they do half as well as the battalion I painted you will be ever victorious!

Stryker said...

Matt - that's a good point!

Stuart C said...

I would have thought they would be ok for later Swedish Light Dragoons given the shako shape

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

What a windfall! Whatever colors you ultimately choose, I am sure you'll do them painterly justice.

Best Regards,

Stokes

Captain Nolan said...

Even painted as Bavarians, you could attach them to your Swedish army on occasion.

Stryker said...

Ah that sounds like a good idea Bavaro-Swedes!

Mark Dudley said...

The detail on the figures does look crisp. These will paint up nicely.

Stryker said...

The detail is very good - the molds must have been made from some decent production castings.

Vintage Wargaming said...

Given the colour they have been undercoated and the OPC charging position they have the look of mini-Spencer Smith plastics.

Stryker said...

It looks as if they have been dipped in something as the coating covers the underside of the base. I'll have to try one to see if I van strip it otherwise may just have to clean them and paint as is.

Matt said...

Keep them as Bavarians! As it happens I may have started a small Bavarian wing and I can shamelessly steal, sorry, replicate your research!

Stryker said...

Bavarian's eh Matt? Sounds intriguing!

lewisgunner said...

For Swedish cavalry use the Russian chevauxleger in kiver . John C nakes a nice figure for that.
Alternatively the HH french early hussar in mirliton as illustrations show the Morner hussars in a natty blue and yellow outfit with mirliton even through 1812.
R

lewisgunner said...

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Just scrumptious.

Stryker said...

Roy - I knew you'd have the answer!

lewisgunner said...

Its a pity you moved North Ian otherwise we would hav been able to put on a Smorgasbord of Swedes versus Danes, with Ikea field fortifications and G Plan limbers and caissons.

Lee said...

I don't think I have ever seen figures undercoated in brown Ian, but I can kind of see how it would work as a shade colour for horses and even reds and fleshtones! You use the term 'reproductions' which is interesting, the castings look very crisp, and I guess with HH out of production there was no legal implications to somebody doing this in the past?

Mark Dudley said...

I have just received the latest Hinton Hunt recast list from John Cunningham
and amongst the many new additions I notice that BVN44 is now listed.

Stryker said...

Mark - I haven't seen the list yet buy had heard they are on it.