Okay, just kidding. Actually, the horses were part of the fun as I recently painted up these fellows, to become the first (and maybe the only) cavalry unit in my British army, the 16th Queen's Light Dragoons:
The Perrys hardly ever fail to impress me with their models, and these sculpts are one of my favorites so far. Excellent, crisp detail, loads of charater in each single trooper. I'm really looking forward to add another pair. However, for most games the existing three bases could be sufficient, as the historical unit seems to have been chronically understrength, at least during the Philadelphia campaign. By 1778 the remaining troopers were transferred to the 17th Light Dragoons, their officers returning home. (Since I don't want to rehash what others have done far better, please refer to Giles Allison's condensed overview of the regiment's history.)
Regarding the 16th's uniforms and equipment I got mainly disparate, sometimes contradictory information. For example, Jim Bowen (painting for the Perrys' website) screwed something up, when he painted the musician's uniform in reversed colours - in fact, since it was/is one of the Queen's regiments, the musicians were allowed to wear the Royal livery. But guess what, I couldn't find a single reliable reference for that livery!
The same goes for other details, but the more I felt free to use a bit of artistic license. Furthermore, the 16th were one of two British cavalry units in the American theatre (who cares about loyalists?), so I thought it fit to accord them some elitist extravagancy. Therefore they're sporting blue canteens, actually not to be seen until the Napoleonic Wars, too. Also not very likely: The officer rides an appaloosa, a horse breed quite popular among European nobilites of the 17th and 18th century. These beasts were mostly reserved for parades or equestrian sports. Only a fool or a real gentleman would have dared to take such a costliness with him to America and right into battle. Anyway, it's a great display of British genteelness.
All in all, I'm quite happy with the way these guys turned out. Even though they might not be as accurately portrayed as it could be - lazy me, maybe next time. ;-)
Unfortunately, as you can see, the figures suffered not only from my poor photographic skills, but also from varnishing again. Both must not be done in a hurry!
PS: Finally, if I may call your attention to two new features of this site:
- I have joined Twitter to provide my readers with more regular updates. Painting and posting takes a lot of time (the latter not least since I'm no native speaker). And even if non-painting-related stuff makes an appearance here at times, I want to reserve this place mainly for pictures of my wargaming stuff. Therefore minor updates of what I'm currently doing (if relevant for this blog, of course) can be found from now under the "Mountaineer's Log".
- The "Rules Most Recently Run"-section has been replaced by a static page (see the tab above), where a few rulesets I own and/or have played are treated in some depth. Other pages are to follow, but still it's all in progress. So keep an eye out.