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setsuko16 Apr 2017 2:57 p.m. PST

I finished my second addition to my cavalry wing for Sharp Practice. This time it's French Lancers from Warlord Games. I also wrote up a review of them here:

But overall I'm happy with how they turned out.

Personal logo Unlucky General Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2017 8:48 p.m. PST

Masterful. You should be happy.

von Winterfeldt16 Apr 2017 10:54 p.m. PST

you should be very happy indeed, excellent unit.
Just in case to spice up lancers, second rank only with sabres, Perrys do very nice ones for that.

de Ligne Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 2:30 a.m. PST

I agree with your blog comments. I bought some at their sale last year as well as some metal-Polish Czapka heads to create a unit of Vistula Lancers. They look okay but the slant of the lances irritates me (far better if all the lancers were vertical) and I don't much like the horses. I have an idea to re-horse them all on Perry plastic horses from their French Hussar range.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 4:11 a.m. PST

I think you have made a great job of these figures (and the basing)

Producing these (and the Chasseurs and Hussars, not to mention British Heavies) has shown great imagination by the makers.

But if only they had done slightly more research to get things right. There is a 50/50 chance of fitting the rolled cloak over the correct shoulder, if random….but surely one would check. The horses are missing the crossed straps across the face so typical of light cavalry (and shown in all their artwork).

Which reminds me, the face markings on your horses are very realistic indeed….and they have black eyes too! Your aurore looks perfect to me, but no one really knows 200 years on.

rick3217 Apr 2017 4:13 a.m. PST

I like the work very much. If I may ask, what green (brand/mix) did you use?



Larry R Inactive Member17 Apr 2017 6:24 a.m. PST

Great work!

setsuko17 Apr 2017 6:53 a.m. PST

Thanks for the kind replys!


The green was a result of some experimentation. I started on a black primer, then one (or two, I've forgotten) layers of Citadel's Warpstone Glow. Basically you just want a decent even coat of the paint to begin.

Then I shaded it with a red wash. This was the main experiment, as I'm normally only washing with brown or black. Red is actually a pretty good shading colour for green, and in some ways I think it might help the green and orange tie together better.

After that a second layer of Warpstone Glow, but as a very broad highlight, not covering the recesses in the coat. Finally, I did a proper highlight by mixing the Warpstone Glow with P3's Sulfuric Yellow.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2017 8:52 a.m. PST

You used a red wash on green………..fascinating! Would never have thought of it. Will now!

setsuko17 Apr 2017 10:11 a.m. PST

Yeah, it works surprisingly well actually. Only problem is that if you get it on other colours, you'll tint them red, which is especially visible on white or metals. So you need to be more careful and spend some time on cleaning up any mistakes, compared to a simple brown or black wash.

von Winterfeldt17 Apr 2017 10:42 a.m. PST

yes, it is good to try out complemtary colours, I used a green wash on red colours as well.

wrgmr117 Apr 2017 10:46 a.m. PST

Lovely work riders and horses!
Are the lance pennons plastic and already attached to the lance itself?

You mentioned that there were flat details on the helmet fur and faces, I found the same with the Perry Dragoons.
My painting style does not lend itself to that kind of sculpting, I like the detail such as Calpe.

As deadhead says, I will have to try the red wash on green. I've got a few Prussian Jagers left to paint.

setsuko17 Apr 2017 2:57 p.m. PST

Thsnks! And yes, the entire arm, lance and pennon is s single plastic piece. That's why I expected it to break more easily. And yes, I also had exactly the same issue with my plastic perry dragoons! My next batch is another 19 dragoons, so I hope I'll find a solution asap… :p

bracken Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2017 1:59 a.m. PST

Nicely done! I have a box collecting dust. If only I had the time!

von Winterfeldt18 Apr 2017 2:54 a.m. PST

I had no flat details on my Perrys lancer's helmets

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2017 8:30 a.m. PST

Now von W, look at the bottom right lancer, see his horse in profile and try to see between his reins. A solid black block….imagine if he had not had the reins moulded on and one could add them…..?

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EricThe Shed25 Apr 2017 8:46 a.m. PST

Great job Sir – plenty of inspiration for my own when I start them…

As for the lances I have already snapped two by accident !

Markconz26 Apr 2017 4:51 p.m. PST

Very nice job, though I agree what the heck were they thinking with that lance position?! I would cut off the hand and re-orientate it to the extent that is possible.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2017 8:06 a.m. PST

I am sure I know here the idea came from. It is a monochrome print we have all seen so many times. A group of lancers in a skirmish formation leading an advance by heavy cavalry…but can I find it?

the point is that they are in very open order..I have searched all day

Got it! Napoleon's Army reprinted from 1974 original in hardback (my copy long lost). Brilliant illustrations (better printed in the original)


Now I have found it, it strikes me how good the pose is, when skirmishing, not when in ranks. Swap for sword hands?


AuvergneWargamer03 May 2017 11:09 p.m. PST

Very splendid indeed!

Thanks for sharing.

Marc at work08 May 2017 4:37 a.m. PST

I think you will find these are the lancers you are looking for…


But back to 28's – love that picture Liam – very evocative. Sadly, nothing that most wargames rules would represent due to scale

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