Friday, 11 December 2020

Erbgross Herzog Von Toskana Dragoons

That really does sound more like a made-up name for a unit on an imagi-nations blog, but it is the title on the Hinton Hunt painting instructions for AN.77 Austrian Dragoon (mounted) charging. The regiment is now finished, based and ready for action, although sadly not in time for the Battle of Windmill Hill.


The figures are all lovely original castings generously gifted to me by Don about ten years ago. My painting does make them look a bit cartoon like because of the black lines against the stark white but the overall effect from a distance is quite pleasing.

17 comments:

Aly Morrison said...

They are indeed very pretty...
I rather like the impressive Multi barrelled name as well...

All the best. Aly

Heinz-Ulrich von Boffke said...

They are spectacular!

Best Regards,

Stokes

Stryker said...

Aly, it is a very impressive name lets hope they can fight as well!

Stryker said...

Thanks Stokes!

Rob said...

Not cartoon-like but Striking! And I'd love to have them in my cadre (nowhere near big enough to be called a regiment let alone an army yet). They will leap out at you on the table (like most Austrians) but being B-class(?) are like to attract artillery fire rather than instil fear in the enemy.

Instil being another of those words that the comment spell-checker tells me I've got wrong...

Stryker said...

Thanks Rob, the jury is still out on B or A-class!

KEV. Robertson. said...

Nice job there on the Cavalry IAN- splendid- well done indeed. Regards. KEV.

Stryker said...

Thanks Kev, there's certainly no chance of losing them on the battlefield.

Rob said...

A-class? I read so much about how good Austrian cavalry was but when it comes battle accounts it doesn't seem to live up to the rep. I guess it's probably how it was employed rather than how the troopers fought.

Wellington Man said...

I'm rather glad they weren't at Windmill Hill!
Simply splendid.

Best regards
WM

Matt said...

Looking that good they would have definitely routed the Old Guard!

James Fisher said...

They look fantastic Ian. A make-up name or name for a fancy make-up?!
Regards, James

Stryker said...

WM, yes my cavalry were the most successful arm at that affair - must paint some more French heavies.

Stryker said...

Matt, only if the caught them disordered or asleep!

Stryker said...

James, nice one "Erbgross Herzog Von Taskana" from L'Oreal...

the Archduke said...

Look, chaps, it just translates as Grand Duke of Tuscany's own. More from Diesel than l'Oreal.
As to whether "they are worth it", informed word is that, man for man, the Austrian heavy cavalry were a match for their French oppos, but that they were never deployed in sufficient strength. Mind you, if they had been turned out as smartly as these, they would have carried the day on sheer glamour.

David said...

Those will definitely make a statement on the battlefield. I love the crisp clean colors and lines. I vote for A class. With a uniform like that they have to be good!