Saka Light Cavalry

Saka Light Cavalry

Friday, 17 April 2015

Adler Prussian Cuirassiers

I really move away from Project Waterloo with today's post, Prussian Cuirassiers. Whilst Prussia still had a number of Cuirassier regiments none were with the army that fought between 16th and 18th June. These are a nod towards using my Prussians for other battles and time scale. Ultimately I want to paint up the full thirteen regiments though I only have enough for five regiments at the moment.

This is the 1st Regiment, they should have poppy red facings, so I used the brightest red I have (Vallejo Game Colour Blood Red). I have painted both regiments in their campaign uniforms rather than the white of the dress uniform. I really don't see the point of painting up figures for battle in dress uniform though I probably mix the two types through my collection.

2nd Regiment looks very similar to the 1st, it's typical of the Prussians that their Cuirassiers are the most drab of all the nations that have them in their army. The lack of a shiny back and breast and even the helmets are black. All that said they have a certain charm in their frugal way.

The facings and blankets are darker than the 1st Regiment and I went with the old trusty Vallejo Flat Red. I have used ten figures on each base to try and make the mass effect and put them boot to boot on the base. My normal number is nine figures and it's surprising the difference one figure makes.

You can just about make out the colour difference in the two facing colours. As the figures are wearing gauntlets the cuffs are covered so you only get the red on the blanket, saddle cloth, pistols and collar. Still it lifts them up enough to stop them sinking into the background.

I won't be painting up the other three I have in hand for a bit as I have other figures to get painted, but if I find I need a few more for a game then I can dash them off quick enough.

6 comments:

  1. They look rather good :)
    I also prefer the 'campaign' to 'full dress' look where there is an option - often there isn't, of course, with some figures.

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    1. Thanks, yes you don't always have the choice but the effect of colour is something that is a draw for the period. My French in the Peninsular have a lovely mix of allies which make for a good looking game.

      Ian

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    1. Thanks Dave, only another 100+ units to go and I will have all my 6mm finished ;-)

      Ian

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  3. Especially the horses came out great! Well done.

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    1. Thank's, I do like to do different coloured horses. I painted 101 horses yesterday, not looking forward to painting the furniture today

      Ian

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