For my La Haie Sainte project, I needed 2 regiments of Cuirassiers and I do have plans to do a second. But as an aside, I said to myself let's paint just one figure as those red-plumed fellows. Well I could not stop and here we are. I believe I enjoyed painting this cavalry unit more than any previous, I may even expand it to 12, but we will have to see. I have 8 more figures left from my second Perry box of heavy cavalry and they are slated to become the 1er Régiment de Cuirassiers. I have said it before, but I will say it again, these are first rate figures and I endorse them without reservation.
I believe I got most of the uniform and the horses right, although I do note that the plume on the helmet of the trumpeter in the above sketch is white, might change it after more research.
I used alcohol based metallics on the helmets and the cuirasses. Vallejo puts out a line called Oro Liquido, and they are just fantastic. On the officer's cuirass, I used red gold and on the troopers, I used plain gold. It is a little tricky to use, you put on a couple of brush strokes and then you have to re-stopper the bottle and give it a good shake to carry on. The paint just falls off the brush and has an almost perfect viscosity with an excellent spread and coverage pattern, remember I am painting over white and this is a single coat. It dries almost immediately. Highly recommended!The flag came out of the Perry box and with a touch up, it looks quite nice.
Hopefully, you can see the difference between the two gold colours. I really like that red gold.
And finally, before Old Anonymous puts his 2 cents in, I do know that this is not the 1815 Carabinier uniform, but I found the white and sky blue just irresistible.
Well, I am going to take a little break from painting and start to work on my La Haie Sainte scenario. I have just finished re-surfacing my terrain boards (I will put up a post soon) and it is time to do something different. Let's hope that I have enough KGL Light/95th figures for the scenario. More to come!