Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Swedish Cavalry Regiments - GNW - industrial scale production Part 1

3 squadron Abo och Bjorneborgs in action in Poland
Toggy, Gerry and I had a conversation recently about painting miniatures and our attitudes to the task. A visit to various fora focusing on the subject will tell the story in full. At one end of the scale you have the block paint and dip brigade who just want to get the figures on the table. At the other end of the continuum are the artists who take 5-6 hours+ over one 28mm miniature. Of course they'll never build a regiment let alone an army but we marvel nonetheless at their skill with washes, glazes, dry and wet brushing, et al. You've got to ram your stake in the ground somewhere and although I greatly admire and aspire to the craft so expertly exhibited by these masters it conflicts directly with my need to have large quantities of painted figures available at short notice for article photo shoots, Warfare Miniatures range promo shots, rule books, wargaming weekender and home gaming.

Add in the complication of a travel heavy and time sucking day job and the equation does not balance. So my painting for many years has been a compromise between juggling mass production with the little touches I have always enjoyed when creating something for the table.

I've used the infantry officer as a dismounted cornet here
Have limited options focuses the mind and when I decided recently to get the jump on the Swedes I prepared to paint 4 x 24 man regiments of Horse. The catch is, I was going to do this with only the single available trooper model as the bulk of the force. The officers and trumpeters were easy. There are many legitimate options from the extensive Cuirassier range. There are 11 different command sets and about 7 of these are usable for senior cavalry officers and trumpeters.

Gabion from the large gabion set WLOA928 released now
Of course, we're bringing out lots of Swedish cavalry but I wanted to get a start as 50% of my Swedish Army will be Cavalry and Dragoons so painting needed to begin now.

No conversions on the trumpeter and officer. Arm option on NCO
This post highlights some of the individual bases and squadron shots. The next post(s) will show how these have built into regiments each of 4 squadrons.

Cuirassier Command used for these Livgarde till Hast
I like the look achieved even with a single casting option. It is interesting to remember that when the bulk of my fairly substantial Grand Alliance/GNW collection as composed of Foundry figures there was only a single trooper option offered. So, from that point of view we are only revisiting ground very successfully covered for many years. Well, for now. Soon the options will open up exponentially.


  1. Stunning looking minis ! Greate paint work !

    best regards Michael

  2. Not bad, must try harder... :) :) :)

    Seriously, very nice work Barry and I'm going to blatantly copy some of your ideas!

    Really looking forward to the release of the GNW ranges.


  3. I'll be watching this with much interest. Improving the speed of my painting is something I want to work hard at, while maintaining a good standard to the finished figures. These Swedish cavalry look stunning and contain every element that pleases the eye for a wargamer. I wonder how long each unit took to finish?

  4. Not long Paul. I painted in the fashion that a pro painter would ie in similar time blocks. 5 horses per session.. 3 hour session. So, 21 horses about 13-14 hours. Troopers 5 per session maybe 4 -5 hours per session - say 16/17 hours. Painting - a week per unit maybe. I completed this lot and some un photographed cavalry all in less than 4 weeks approx 45 cavalry.
    I focus on the task, let nothing get in the way...

  5. Thanks Barry. A week per unit would be ideal, that's something I can aim for.


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