A WORD ON WATERLOO
|Foundry Hussars - right without moustache|
When I first started experimental painting of my plastic figures in my early teens, it was Napoleonics. My first structured wargames were using Donald Featherstone rules for Napoleonics. My return to wargaming and stepping into 28mm figures with my great mate Grant was through Napoleonics and The Grand Manner. I met my other long time wargaming mate Matt thanks to Napoleonics and it's a period which, even after an active absence of years is one I will always return to. For me, it started and ends with the battle of Waterloo. If only Bernard Cornwall could have left it there ... but I digress.
|Foundry squadrons with command.|
My representation of the 10th Hussars at Waterloo is a particularly studied one as my previous research posting might indicate. I'll let my choices speak for themselves through the photography but I want to talk about painting plastic figures. My 10th is very much a representation of squadrons (four) - two with the old Foundry metals and the other two with the new(ish) Perry Brothers hard plastic miniatures. I got hold of the Foundry figures off Matt years ago in a trade but needed another 12 troopers to make up the regiment in 1:20 representative scale. I saw the Perry's at a wargames convention and decided to give it a go.
|Plastic Perry squadrons|
Let me be up-front - I have hated painting these plastic figures. I admit, I'm unused to it for a start and have been cautious with them. So much so that I even went and bought the ridiculously overpriced Citadel white spay undercoat to avoid what happened to me anyway. The undercoat acted like blotting paper - absorbent and totally unsuited to my wash painting technique. This made them more complicated and time consuming to paint because I had to apply block painting and dry brushing.
|Perry plastics left - Foundry metals right.|
Some people may like this about these figures but they are also incredibly detailed - too detailed. Maybe this is fine for six-figure or eight-figure units but a total pain in the numbers I require. Don't get me wrong - I like a detailed sculpt and am fussy about my paint jobs but these buggers were just more than I wanted to commit to. I mean, hussars are difficult enough as it is. Every detail imaginable is present and credit to the masters, they left nothing out. I just found myself holding my breath every time I turned to them and then exhaling when I returned to the old Foundry sculpts; that even included when I was detailing the shabraques.
|Command got a shave too.|
|Happiest with this moustache removal of all three.|