Friday, 11 December 2015

Russian 'Hybrid' Cavalry - Painted

(Updated with extra photos 29/12/15)

I've finished the Russian 'hybrid' cavalry in the usual toy soldier style. I'm quite pleased with them, I think fitting the SYW infantry heads onto the Karoliner cavalry results in a fine set of figures.

Some of the details are not quite right, it depends how fussy you are - certainly an option for any 'imagination' armies.

My apologies for the photos, my wargames table and lights are not easily accessible, so just a lamp on the desk in front of the PC!

Cuirassiers


The Russian SYW heads are a great improvement on the original head, a bit larger and much more detailed.




Horse Grenadiers


No standard yet as I am waiting for it to arrive - only ordered it yesterday!

I think the grenadier head sits very well, and results in a splendid chap.






So if you have the Karoliner cavalry moulds and the new Russian infantry they are worth a play.


Presented with flags

(Added 29/12/15)

The cavalry have now been presented with their flags, and blooded on the battlefield.

The cuirassiers lead the cavalry

Followed by the horse grenadiers - what a large flag you have!

Cuirassiers decide charge Saxon grenadiers - not a good idea - they will learn!


15 comments:

  1. All gorgeous figures and horses!

    Best REgards,

    Stokes

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  2. They look great. When I'm caught up on other things I will have to give these a go,

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    1. Ross

      The head swap really does make the figures look much better, on a lot of Karoliners the heads are a bit small.

      Steve

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  3. Very nice! I like the simple style.

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    1. Simon

      Thanks - if you try much more they just look wrong - to me anyway.

      Steve

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  4. Good idea to use new heads on older moulds. They've come out nicely

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    1. Allan

      These cavalry are probably some of the best to do it on as they are some of the least flat.

      I wonder if the heads are round enough to fit on your Creartec figures?

      Steve

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  5. This is a great idea with the heads - you glued them so invisibly - perfect!
    Peter

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    1. Peter

      The fit was surprisingly easy, the head cuts off square with a heavy duty knife, and the peg on the head fits into a drilled hole, use an oversize hole and a thick superglue to fill the gap.

      Steve

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  6. These conversions have come out looking beautiful. A great option if the SYW cavalry take a long time to be released.

    What paint do you use for your bases?

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    1. Alan

      It is only really an option for the Russians who had the swords outside the coat - depends how accurate you want to be. Chris is still working on the new cavalry, but it is one of many tasks - and he is changing over to digital.

      The green is Dulux emulsion mixer paint ref 77YY13238. It usually takes 3 relatively thin coats to get a good coverage on MDF bases.

      Steve



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    2. One other thing, the latest photos was taken under a desk lamp, so the green appears a little more yellow than it actually is, look back over older posts for a better idea.

      A have spent years trying to get something a bit more yellow - but this is the best I could find.

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  7. Simple but excellent conversions, Steve. Quite seamlessly done, yet another example of what can be done with the PA's with a little creativity.

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