After much perturbation, I have finally gotten up the nerve to finish the 7e Chevau-Leger Vistula Uhlans. This has always been a favorite uniform of mine, and the core of this regiment was so ably painted by Dick Tennant, that I was a bit intimidated by the idea of expanding it and bringing it up to full strength. Most cavalry regiments in the collection consist of 18 troopers and a commander, but DT only painted 14 of these. Probably like me, he had trouble getting the figures to do a full strength unit! I had despaired of ever finding some Hinton Hunt dismountable lancers (rare as hen's teeth I believe Wellington Man called them). Eventually I located some, but they turned out in the end to be rather poorly cast copies. Not to be deterred, I cleaned them up and decided to give painting them a whirl.
|Five of the troopers are recasts painted by myself. They're easy to spot if you know what to look for, but in the end I felt as though they were a pretty seamless addition to the regiment.
|The intricate buckles and belts were one of those details that really worried me, especially as they were conspicuously absent from the recast figures.
|I wanted to add a figure with a company guidon, and fortunately the figure selected had a broken pennon, so I did not feel bad about removing it and adding the guidon.
|So glad that this famous regiment can now take its proper place amongst the collection!