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Trooper, 10th Cuirassiers

I have previously posted a tutorial on painting miniature horses on this site, but during the execution of my latest squadron of Perry Brothers cuirassiers over the Christmas vacation and into February, I stumbled upon a new approach that renders a better result, in my opinion. Rather than fighting the transparency of the medium, I embraced it. That is to say, after the initial application of the selected color, I used a soft, flat brush to remove all the excess paint, letting the gesso shine through. To my eye, the result is more realistic, and the final result is a much smoother finish. I still used some of the techniques in the tutorial, like blending to punch up the shadows, but I abandoned adding white to emphasize the high points. Rather, I used the flat brush to remove more paint, letting the ground (white gesso) shine through. I creates the same effect with less applied paint.

The Perry Brothers make some dramatic cavalry, with great horse poses throughout their product offerings, including French hussars, dragoons, and cuirassiers or carabiniers (your choice in the same kit). I very much enjoyed creating a squadron of these figures, all the while thinking that if only some support had been provided during their charge against the British squares at Waterloo, events may have played out differently.

Lots of painters and gamers are familiar with, and sing the praises of, GMB Flags. I ordered and received my first flags from GMB, and I can see why they are preferred over the flags that come in kits.

The GMBs are featured in these photos.

Trooper, 10th Cuirassiers

Command, 10th Cuirassiers