Attached is a photo of the almost finished 'green' of the trooper. There is a bit of work to do (reins, holster caps, lower the cartouche and round off the saddle cloth a bit), but quite close.
I selected the pose, as that is how I like to see my cuirassiers (hard looking) - I hope you like it. I think the resulting figure is very good, and am looking forward to painting up a unit (or two).
The intention is to cut the figure at the waist, where there will be a 'plug' joint, and the neck where there will be the same fixing as in the infantry. This should allow a fair amount of variation (it is not possible to completely split the horse and rider in semi flats).
We are not yet sure what will fit in the moulds, possibly just the horse in one, and three torsos, carbine, and heads in another. if only three torsos it is a bit of a shame, as I would like to see four, with an officer, standard bearer, trumpeter and trooper. If only three will fit I think that the musician could be left out and added, along with a dragoon drummer, a little later.
Austrian Dragoons & Musicians
Another mould with torsos can cover the officer, standard bearer and trooper for the dragoons, and a further mould for the musician torsos of both the dragoons and cuirassiers.
I think that there should be another walking horse to add a bit of variety - any thoughts on the dragoon pose?
Prussians and Russians
Once we have the first test castings we can see how much/little is needed to complete the dragoons and cuirassiers:
- Prussian dragoons might just need new torsos & heads.
- Prussian cuirassier might need new horses (shorter coat tails and sabretache) and heads
- Russians might just need new horses (sword belts outside coat tails)
This can really only be decided once we get the first batch cast up.
As usual comments welcome, particularly just as we are setting of with the cavalry.