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Blues and Royals

Posted by FredG on 04 Oct 2017, 20:30

Some time ago I decided to take eight figures from the Revell set 2578 British Life Guards and paint them as Blues and Royals.The horses selected from the set had a lot of extra plastic moulded on so they all had to be recarved, an annoying necessity. They were primed (brushed on black) them given a chocolate brown coat and then inked over black. This gave a very dark brown finish to further play with. I painted the sheepskin a sheepy colour and tried to give some semblance of a shabraque but failed miserably. At this point I just happened to fall upon the information that the Italeri set 6080 French Light Cavalry had the problem of too many shabraques and not enough sheepskins.
I dug out a set of these from the stash and selected eight of the horses.. They looked ok to go, the Revell figures fit but the hiorses' tails were too long. I cropped one of the horse tails ( Left) and reshaped the end and it looked reasonable so continued.

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They don't look too bad. Here's the comparison with a Revell horse

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The Revell horses now have a new home in an Italeri box and the Italeri horses are set to have Revell riders.

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Now to get on with the riders.
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Posted by FredG on 08 Oct 2017, 16:50

The horses are ready for a wash and then the furniture painted up. They had black primer then chocolate brown and a diluted black ink so they're not a solid colour. The wash will dull the finish and enhance detail. They'll also have a few bits of grey/white added.

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The figures are coming along. Most of the large areas are done and just need some fine touching up. then it's down to equipment and facings.

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I had a little fun with the scalpel. While removing the Troopers' plumes, I somehow managed to remove the Officer's plume ( the one in the fancy coloured trousers) and left one on a Trooper. Out came the Bosch screw driver and 0.6mm drill, his plume is now stainless steel wire coated in PVA.
I then conspired to remove the plume left on the Trooper and removed the front of the helmet too. Superglue gel to the rescue and a final trim ( carefully this time).

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If nothing else, preparation of this little band has been eventful so far.

Still a lot to do.






Still a lot to do.
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Posted by Susofrick on 09 Oct 2017, 07:54

I've seen The Royal Bluesband, but I don't think you will add them here. Looking forward to see more of this!
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Posted by FredG on 10 Oct 2017, 21:06

Work has progressed although it's not that easy to see a lot of it in the photo. All the leather work of the horses' tack is painted. As the horses are a very dark brown I used greyblack for this. Still the metal parts to add. Hooves and eyes are painted and I've started on the shabraques.

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The horses are not as glossy as they seem in the photo either.
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Posted by FredG on 11 Oct 2017, 20:06

I think the horses are about done. probably just a few little touch ups.

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Posted by Susofrick on 12 Oct 2017, 07:46

Hmm, where is that love-button .... Ah, yes!!! :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: There it was!
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Posted by FredG on 13 Oct 2017, 20:24

The figures are coming on. There's still a bit of work to do on these and to be honest I'm not 100% happy with them looking through the magnifier. With naked eyes they'll pass 8)

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Posted by Beano Boy on 13 Oct 2017, 22:44

They are looking real spivey FredG. BB
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Posted by Marvin on 15 Oct 2017, 10:01

Looking forward to the finished result. You've done a fine job so far, for sure!
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