Friday, February 17, 2017

Winged Hussars - a joy to behold

Ooh - look at that! Lovely work by Rob G

A little more detail about the fine unit of Winged Hussars commissioned for our 2017 show season.
The models are from Warlord. Nice sculpts with my only criticism being the fragility of the horses ankles which will in some cases undoubtedly lead to fractures if very careful handling is not undertaken at all times.

First squadron in detail

Rob Goodyer did a very fine job on these and the combination of his painting and the interesting sculpts has made for a very fine unit indeed.

First squadron opposite view

I particularly like the chap I chose as the banner bearer with his fur hat and imposing moustache.

The commander is an imposing sculpt

The bases are my standard now for Pike and Shot era cavalry - 75mm frontage by 80mm deep which allows the sense of movement to really be built into the unit.

You can feel the heft of these laddies!

The lance pennons were a bit of a fiddle and If I had had the time I would have hand painted these double sided on a single piece of paper to avoid the fiddly cutting and glue-ing of something which is fraught with cutting inaccuracy. Flag sheet was overall good though - a nice find by Bob, the company is called Battle Flag and can be found at

The preferred Swedish view whether in 1620 or 1704

The basing is now coming out consistently the way I want. If you fancy trying it here is the method:

1. Milliput the horses to the base and blend away the metal stand on the model horse. Allow to set.
2. Lightly skim the base in plaster. Leave over night.
3. Apply a coat of dark Chocolate household emulsion. Leave overnight.
4. Patch on PVA or wood glue and sprinkle with builders sand. Leave overnight.
5. Paint  sand patches with the emulsion.
6. Dry brush in a mid brown.
7. Dry brush in khaki.

Second squadron - nice trumpet banner from Rob

8. Dry brush stones in pale sand.
9. Apply ink washes under the horses to form shadows.
10. Dilute a Sepia wash and run over all sand patches.
11. Paint base edges in Olive Drab.
12. Patch PVA and sprinkle with Woodland Scenics static grass - any colour.

Another view of the second squadron

13. Dry brush static grass with Japanese uniform to get a nice effect.
14. Patch on dry brush patches of mid green.
15. Patch on stipples of light green.
16. Apply tufts to suit.
17. Dry brush some tufts.


If you ever doubted your hobby - look at these and breathe in! Feel better?

Good basing can lift average figures to a new level and excellently painted work like Rob's deserves the best you can achieve.

I think Toggy is combing the web for more Poles!


  1. Barry,

    great looking Polish unit, RG certainly did a grand job. and with a basing tutorial as well, who said Scots can't multi task


  2. I've always found Polish winged hussars to look very impressive on a wargames table no matter which company they came from.

    1. Even if they come out of the Old Glory hot pie cabinet!!!!

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  3. Barry,
    Winged Hussars were the most beautiful cavalry in the world. A lovely unit.

  4. Toggy put these chaos together and over dinner last night mentioned how difficult they were to assemble. The result is absolutely super but the construction seems to have been a pain . No pain, no gain sounds like.

  5. I have this same unit of Cavalry (even usedsame flags) they are beautiful but a real labour of love to build paint and complete. Well done.

  6. Although the sculpts are nice, the horses are fragile and the figures are a pain in the arse to assemble. With a variety of gamers handling them at Tactica we had some casualties and half time repairs were indeed very necessary. Visually stunning, somewhat delicate on the table top.

    1. Agree there, ankles snapped on one of the horses, I had to bolster by glueing a log to the base and then glueing the horse to the log as well as the base. Still as long as nobody touches them.....


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