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Zvezda Saxon Cuirassiers (yes, more Nappy Cavalry)

Posted by Marvin on 12 Apr 2018, 21:55

I'm never going to stop. Never, I tell you! ! :mrgreen:

The 26th Regiment in the project for Napoleonic Cavalry is the Leib-Kurassiere Garde using Zvezda's impressive Saxon Cuirassier figures. I admit I lost patience with attaching the firearms, left many of them off and so have some holes to fill in on the figures. :oops:

I think the figures are supposed to represent the Von Zostrov regiment at Borodino, but I went for the Leib Cuirassiers which remained in Dresden for the 1812 campaign. Very sensible. This regiment had red facings and trim. As they are parading at home for the Saxon king, rather than fighting the Russians, I've painted them with white breeches.

Painting figures which are largely white and black makes for greater difficulty in bringing out details, but I really do like the uniform none the less.

My blog has more pics and a lengthy biography of the regiment, if you want to find out about that sort of thing.
https://suburbanmilitarism.wordpress.com/2018/04/11/leib-kurassiere-garde-nappy-cavalry-project-regiment-26/

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Posted by FredG on 12 Apr 2018, 22:13

Nicely painted Marvin.

There's some interesting, somewhat ungainly poses there with the way the swords are held. I'll have to dig out a box and have a good look. :shock:
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Posted by Bill Slavin on 12 Apr 2018, 22:49

So nice to these guys mounted. The horses are great, as always.
I love the subtle detailing on the saddle cloth, clothing, the use of washes (?) to separate the colour etc.. Is the flag hand-painted? Just marvellous!
And the lavender does have a hint of spring!
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 12 Apr 2018, 23:17

Here is my reaction:

Huzzah!
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Posted by Marvin on 12 Apr 2018, 23:31

Bill Slavin wrote:So nice to these guys mounted. The horses are great, as always.
I love the subtle detailing on the saddle cloth, clothing, the use of washes (?) to separate the colour etc.. Is the flag hand-painted? Just marvellous!
And the lavender does have a hint of spring!


Thanks, Bill. Yes, I use washes and also a little black lining for to make layers of clothing clearer. The flag has the design sculpted onto it, so thankfully no freehand drawing, but it's all quite subtle so takes a little care. :sweatdrop:
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Posted by MikeRC97 on 13 Apr 2018, 02:03

Marvin never stop! I so look forward to future additions to your nappy cavalry.
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Posted by C M Dodson on 13 Apr 2018, 07:59

Really nice work.

You have brought them to life in my opinion.

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Posted by Susofrick on 13 Apr 2018, 08:23

Eye-candy? Eye-candy! Definitely!
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Posted by Mr. Andrea on 13 Apr 2018, 11:28

That's a promise: you'll never stop! Pleeeeease
Already expressed appreciation for your painting style several times. This time, let me clap to those pink flowers you put here and there. Nice touch!
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Posted by Lacc on 13 Apr 2018, 15:27

I love you paint style, Marvin, indeed. when I painted my hussars prussians of waterloo 1815 you pictures helped me a lot.
I want painting this saxons riders in Borodino...can you tell me wich colours had Von Zostrov regiment at Borodino, please?
I hope you continue with these nice jobs of napoleonics cavalry.
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Posted by FredG on 13 Apr 2018, 15:58

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Posted by Beano Boy on 13 Apr 2018, 20:34

Marvin,
Bravo! :thumbup: BB
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Posted by vellek on 13 Apr 2018, 21:23

More cavalry from The Master. Excellent!
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Posted by MABO on 14 Apr 2018, 08:43

Very good again! Super
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Posted by Konrad on 14 Apr 2018, 08:54

Great as usual!
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Posted by Graeme on 14 Apr 2018, 13:51

Another wonderful cavalry post. Excellent, as usual, and all the more impressive because I imagine it must be more difficult to achieve such a result with plain white uniforms as you say.

The white looks very natural and I really like the colouring on the cuirass, helmet and boots.

FredG wrote:There's some interesting, somewhat ungainly poses there with the way the swords are held.


The figures giving point with the arm rolled over so the sword point is is tilted down, it's fair to say I've seen that pose done more elegently in Italeri's Guard Chasseurs a' Cheval, but lovely figures otherwise.

Was this done to avoid breaking your arm if you actually stuck the sword in someone from a galloping horse?
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Posted by Rich W on 14 Apr 2018, 15:45

These look really good Marvin. I'm never really bothered by Nap cavalry but you make this set look like a must-have.
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 14 Apr 2018, 16:51

Rich W wrote:These look really good Marvin. I'm never really bothered by Nap cavalry but you make this set look like a must-have.


Friendly word of warning to you, Rich. Marvin makes every set of Nappy cavalry look like a must have once he has painted and photographed them.
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Posted by FredG on 14 Apr 2018, 17:44

Graeme wrote:
The figures giving point with the arm rolled over so the sword point is is tilted down, it's fair to say I've seen that pose done more elegently in Italeri's Guard Chasseurs a' Cheval, but lovely figures otherwise.

Was this done to avoid breaking your arm if you actually stuck the sword in someone from a galloping horse?


I agree Graeme, the wrist should be rolled to the prone position to present point. unfortunately on these it looks like the fingers and guard are showing in the wrong position as if the sword was being held in a dagger grip.

Presenting point with the hand prone, arm straight is not to save the arm breaking, it is one way to help prevent it getting hacked off by the target.
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Posted by FredG on 14 Apr 2018, 18:27

Excuse me Marvin, I'll hopefully put this to bed. I've been up to the attic and dug out a box.

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It would seem that he's overpronated, it's getting towards painful for a human. :P
It's also very poor technique as the elbow is left unprotected.

Obviously not one of mine :mrgreen:

Now back to Marvin's horses :beer:
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