First up the cavalry. I intend these chaps to feature in my Vimiero game and have modelled them on the 8th Regiment. I have a soft spot for these chaps, as the very first unit I painted, to put on a wargames table, were some 20mm Phoenix British Horse Guards who were doubling as Portuguese. I was using the original von Pivka illustration that had them wearing a very light blue outfit, which was, as you can see, utterly wrong. I was only 13 at the time and was pleased as punch when I got them ready for a club campaign game.
Anyway I am blessed with much better illustrations and I would argue better figures with these great sculpts from AB.
|Stage 1, the basic block painting done|
|The horses with their base colour done. I'm trying out the horse colours from Coat d'arms|
|Stage 2 the second colours are added together with some basic metal work - officer and bugler on the left|
|Stage 2 the other troopers, starting to 'pop' with their first highlight added|
|The horses drying after their wipe down with artists oils to add depth|
|The oil wipe technique was first demonstrated to me by Peter Gilder. The bugler's horse is off white with Payne's grey wipe|