Saturday, 28 May 2016

Connoisseur Napoleonic Kings German Legion Hussars

Two squadrons of KGL ready for some action

A quick post today showing two squadrons of KGL Hussars for the ongoing actions in the Peninsular.

It it did surprise me that the range of figures available for these chaps was very limited indeed.  In fact I think in 28mm the Connoisseur range from James at Bicorne Miniatures may well be the only ones with the correct peaked hussar busby/headgear.

The peaked busby, so unique to the KGL Hussars, is well depicted in this shot 
Once again, these figures were designed and originally sculpted by Peter Gilder and like a few of his figure ranges, they were limited in poses and variety by modern day standards.  For example these chaps have no musician figure available with them in the range and it is something I will revisit down the track as a converting project.  I am told that for the metal used in the initial period of release was very conducive to soldering, cutting, bending and chopping.

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    1. Thanks Pat. Perhaps need to go back and pay a little bit more attention to. Couple of details on the horses however a serviceable effort ;-)

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    1. Thank you Mark - these lads will get some action shortly as we return to the Iberian Peninsular for some GdB action.

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  3. Hi Carlo. Another fine unit that will look splendid on the table top.

    "I am told that for the metal used in the initial period of release was very conducive to soldering, cutting, bending and chopping." There's got to be something in there about the French not finding them particularly conducive to cutting, bending and chopping but it escapes me at the moment! 8O)

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    1. Thankyou Peter - whenever I am commanding those Frenchmen they seem to cut and bend a hell of a lot mate.

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  4. Very nice!

    Hmm they wore a *peaked* (i.e., visored) Busby? Very unusual, and as I plan on [painting a few KGL Hussars later this year, a detail I had missed to date!

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    1. Its interesting isn't it Peter that after all those years when you think you might have just gotten to know most things a uniform aberration pops up. I remember seeing the KGL Hussar in one of the Blandford Uniform guides (Armies of Waterloo??) and it shows the distinct peaked/visored busby. Very smart indeed.

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  5. Do I spot a few old Hinchliffe horses in there as well?

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    1. Perhaps one or two Brian of the slightly larger style that they sometimes had in their range. I have just, inspired by your last post and that of A Life In Lead, dug out an old regiment of Spanish La Mancha Lancers that may well need a hell of a lot of work but still look nice. I wonder if they are old Hinchcliffe or Connoisseur figures?

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    2. Please post some pics - I have been looking at an order to either Bicorne or Hinds for some if they fit OK with the rest of my stuff.

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    3. Will do Brian. They need a heck of a lot of refreshing however it might be a good "Before and After" post!

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