Tuesday, June 8, 2010

French 5th Hussar trumpeter

This is the second of the Perry's French hussars for the command stand for the 5th Hussars.

I decided to give him a colpack to match the officer's - many who had them retained them long after the shako was introduced and the elite squadron would have had them anyway.  The plume is conjectural as I've seen later ones in black, so I'm assuming this remained white.  He is of course riding a grey as nearly all French cavalry trumpeter's did.

I just realised that I didn't varnish him before I photographed him, so the tone may lack a little depth.  For the command stand figures I'm not using Army Painter dip either but relying on multiple washes in the shades I need and using the Rotring ink which produces a lovely deep tone to the colour.  I've also blended in a bit of pink into the horses muzzle.

As you can see in the detail of the pelisse, the sky blue colour acquired a nice rich tone with the ink wash.  The detail on the shabraque has to be painted on.  For enlisted troopers it was Napoleonic eagle in gold with oak leaves on the same blue cloth.  Very fiddly - nearly as bad as the officer's one but I think this one actually turned out better.

The white uniform is a bugger to get right - I used the technique that I saw used on some AWI French (thanks Giles!) blending in a light grey for the folds - enhanced in this case with a weak black ink wash - followed by yet more blending.

All in all I'm quite pleased with how they've turned out so far as they've been great figures to paint.  I'll add one more of  an NCO in full uniform to complete the command stand and then base them all up.  But I have yet another essay to write so it may be a while before I can do that and post the pictures.