For quite some time I have wondered what base model Dick Tennant used as Portuguese Dragoons and Mounted Royal Horse Artillerists. It seems so very obvious now, but not knowing the figure line as some it just took me a looooong time to put the pieces together. I have two planned conversions in the works to make two Colonels for the remaining Portuguese Dragoon regiments, so I needed to find the right figure.
|Note the shoulder scales. DT did such a great job with these that for awhile I was convinced he might have opened up a chop shop and was putting random body parts together. Then I remembered the lead foil in his miscellaneous hobby supplies he sent.
|At first I thought the position of the right arm indicated the model started life with a shouldered sword, but if so, why cut it off?
|Note the smooth front of the jackets - I believe some file work was key here.
|This was a real stumper for awhile, but when examined closely, or blown up as in this photo, it becomes clear that the shabraque and scabbard and sword hilt were custom made for each trooper.
|The boots and shouldered sword make this officer figure likely to have started life as a Light Dragoon in Tarleton.
|The gunner on the other hand shows the same custom addition of a scabbarded sword as the Portuguese Dragoons as well as the aforementioned trouser/overall buttons.
|Note the hand positions of the mounted gunner, that in my mind makes it clear is the same figure as the Portuguese Dragoon.
|Ral Partha fantasy foot knights
|These really work pretty well as 16th century knights
|Ral Partha really had only one very awkwardly sculpted English longbowmen, so these are borrowed once again from a fantasy line sculpted by Tom Meier and sizeed as 25mm just like Ral Partha, so a very compatible fit.
|They are part of the Thunderbolt Mountain Arthurian line. Eventually I will use wood putty to build up the base and paint it to match the rest of the army.
|Here we have the city militia used to fill out the ranks of the professional men at arms or city garrison.