You've come a long way baby! From start to finish the Bavarian 5th Chevauleger Regiment (Leiningen) was a challenging regiment to refine and paint. They started life as three Hinton Hunt original castings (BVN / 44) which were customized into the Oberstkommandant, Trumpeter and Major, as well as ten lesser quality Der Kriegspieler castings (216). The DK castings were particularly challenging because they appear to have not copied the HH BVN / 44 figure, but that of a British cavalryman with a head transplant! To transform them into Bavarians, the distinctive British canteen and Sabretache had to be painstakingly removed and the sword beneath re-shaped. Forage bags were also added to disguise some of the surgery. The swords on the DK castings were also particularly short and rather than have them look like gladius wielding Roman wanna-bes, I replaced the swords with flattened pins that were given a slight curve and filed to shape. A lot of work, but the end result I hope speaks for itself.
|I thought it would ad some visual interest to angle the swords rather than the more traditional straight up and down.|
|All of the blue diamonds on the shabraque was quite the task, but I just settled in and over the course of three evenings added those with a micron ink pen.|
|The Major has retained his sword and carbine and is essentially the standard trooper with the crossbelt just painted as a command sash.|
|This is a before picture of the DK castings. Note the giant pit under his extended arm which was a casting flaw on all of the DKs that had to be removed and filed smooth. Also of note is the gladius instead of a proper saber.|
|On a completely unrelated note, I saw these and thought they might be Hintons, so on a lark just picked them up off eBay. They turned out to be Phoenix Miniature Design's (PMD) extension to the Les Higgins Napoleonic line. |
|The figures are true 25mm scale, so a tad big to mix with DKs, but if I ever find some original Hinton Hunt French Old Guard horse gunners, they could add some nice variety|