Just in case you thought I had completely stopped painting figures myself here is FN/359 GENERAL LASALLE in pelisse, hat and full trousers (the horse is FNH/11 as I don’t possess the correct one FNH/13). This figure had been shoved to the back of my painting table since January where he had been passed over in favour of various bits and pieces being readied for Vintage Waterloo.
The Comte de Lasalle had a very colourful military career and I’m sure most readers of this blog will be familiar with his exploits. He was a "hard smoking-drinking-fighting-womanising” cavalry leader and rose through the ranks to eventually command a Division under Murat. It seems likely that he would have received a Marshal’s Baton had he survived long enough.
Lasalle is reputed to have said that “Any Hussar who is not dead by thirty is a blackguard!” but he himself lived to the age of thirty-four before an Austrian Grenadier put a musket ball between his eyes at the battle of Wagram. From what I’ve read I imagine him to have been a bit like Lord Flashheart in Blackadder.
Update: I realised that my first photo was a bit dark so I've replaced it with another one and added this close up of the detail on this figure. Amazing how much life Marcus Hinton could breath into these tiny 20mm creations!