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Personal logo edmuel2000 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2016 4:36 p.m. PST

Hello, all,

Here is my latest. I realize that there were only two squadrons of Danish Lifeguard Hussars (Schleswig Holstein Wars), and that they didn't see much action in reality, but for my purposes they will work and also add some color to the table:

Danish Guard Hussars, circa 1848/49:

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To represent the above, I went with Irregular Miniatures Italian Wars of Unification (28mm) Austrian Hussars (IWUA 23). I used the horses from the Prussian Hussars (IWUP 23) given that they have a shabraque that better matches the Danish horse furniture.

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I found these challenging figures. They are on the smaller side compared to many newer lines, so the detail isn't the same on that score. I had to free hand the van dyking on the saddle cloth, which wound up being more pronounced than the smaller "wolves teeth" of the original (but any smaller just looked like an unsteady line). I also had to paint in the details of the hussar rig in places--the detail on the Irregular sculpts isn't always prominent enough to guide the hand. So I bumped up against my limits here. Still,as far as "table effect" I think these work well for their size. As far as the uniform, the major compromise would be the boots vs the trousers, and I left the black tuft on the shako--it was integral to the cockade, so there was no shaving it off without also losing the cockade (which looks close to enough to a white pompom, which I left as is). There are depictions of these with black horsehair tufts, like the officer pictured above, so I'm not so sure that it's that far off. Here is the result:


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Best,
Ed M

dBerczerk14 Jun 2016 5:25 p.m. PST

You have a very interesting collection growing there.

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2016 2:37 a.m. PST

WOW!! Those are great!!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2016 5:51 a.m. PST

Maybe challenging figs – but you did a fantastic job!

hornblaeser15 Jun 2016 8:37 a.m. PST

As far as i know they had 4 squadrons, and the fourth squadron had privately paid repeating carbines !!
By an interesting series of conversions. Very inspiring.

Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2016 11:47 a.m. PST

Wonderful unit. It is interesting how little change there has been from the uniforms of the Danish Hussars of the Napoleonic Wars!

Personal logo edmuel2000 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2016 4:42 a.m. PST

Hornblaeser: good information (better than I had access to, obviously--thanks, & thanks to all for the feedback.

Next up, Danish Dragoons.


Best,
Ed M

hornblaeser16 Jun 2016 9:03 a.m. PST

My information is incomplete. There was twp squadrons, but in 1848 they raised a third from the veterans, which had the repater carbines. In 1864 there was 6 squadrons.
The uniforms in use now are basically the same as then, so search for gardehusarregimentet, and there pictures of the uniforms.

Personal logo edmuel2000 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2016 9:09 a.m. PST

Yes, indeed. I checked out some of the contemporary images, too. Very sharp:


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dBerczerk16 Jun 2016 2:27 p.m. PST

Can't wait to see a group photo of your entire collection on parade!

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