These are all Perry figures, mostly metal. There are 6 riders from the pack of Westernised Stradiotti (which are metal castings) mounted on plastic horses. (This is how they are sold, six metal riders with instructions to buy two sprues of the plastic horses for mounts. ) The other two figures (with the long coats and top hats) are metal on metal, from the Stradiot command pack.
|The all metal figure are on the left of each stand.|
|Backside of the same figures. I love the poses here.|
|The shield design reminds me of ones I painted for my Hellenistic armies.|
Other entrants have commented that they hate painting horses, but I find it a lot of fun and very rewarding. My mother (a former Bengal Lancer) was horsey and in my younger days I spent many a weekend being the dutiful son at her dressage and other events. This gave me the chance to note various horse colour combinations.
The Perry horses are wonderful, especially the plastic set. A single sprue comes with enough bits for 3 horses with 6 half bodies plus 4 heads, all interchangeable. This gives you 24 different horses in the basic set, plus more with the armoured heads that come with the Knights. I've yet to find a losing combination and you get a sense of a unit galloping at the same speed but with different positioning of legs and heads and differing horse furniture.
I am continuing my experimentation on basing and again looking for critiques. The ground is a mix of Acrylic Gel with Raw Sienna plus fine ballast. I then washed the bases with Raw Umber and am quite pleased with the colour effect. I think I've hit the right combinations of Italian dirt colours. Foliage is a few tufts from the Evil Empire.
I am looking forward to fielding these ruffians in an Italian Wars game soon.
I really don't know what to say about your mother being a Bengal Lancer and so will take a pause and politely move on.
Great work Peter! I really like these cavalry, especially their bright colours and the varied shields. I think these will make the gendarmes have to think a bit before they commit to their typical panzer assaults.
As as suggestion, you may want to apply a highlight (or a thin wash) to your horses, especially the bays/sorrels. I think their musculature, especially around their hips, hocks and fetlocks would benefit with a bit more definition from shading and/or highlights. Just a thought. :)
These Stradiotti will give you a base of 80 points, but I'm adding a few more for the hand-painted shields and banner. You may think you're crushing me Douglas but I have you fixed in my sights now (ahem, riiiight).