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huevans01121 Oct 2017 7:05 a.m. PST
von Winterfeldt21 Oct 2017 7:14 a.m. PST

A pity that there is no coverage from 1791 to 1807

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2017 7:17 a.m. PST

Yeah my thoughts too. No help at all for my 1805-1807 project.

setsuko21 Oct 2017 7:19 a.m. PST

I'm on the opposite end: these will be PERFECT for my 1812 force, but I'm like 1/4th into painting my first 20 chasseurs-a-cheval from Warlord, and these look way better.

Oh well, I guess that's a very fair reason for getting a few more units.

Garde de Paris21 Oct 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

Back in the 30mm Stadden days (1960's), I had to convert Empress Dragoons to the long-tailed habit, using Stadden French Hussar heads to make the transition. Had them cast for me by a jeweler. I have 6 men of the 10th and 6 of the 7th Chasseurs, in Spain, but they were incredibly too thin for the rest of my group.

I had hoped to do 6 men (a "squadron" in my army, at 1 figure = 20 humans) for every French chasseur regiment that served in the Peninsular War, in the long-tailed uniform.

I am 81, and that "dream" has evaporated.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2017 9:19 a.m. PST

G de P, you must be like Ronald Reagan, ignore the age question and refuse to make an issue of the inexperience of most of the wargaming/modelling fraternity.

Old Guard Veteran……pas Pupille

Chokidar Inactive Member21 Oct 2017 10:24 a.m. PST

True respect G de P – back in those days we had to be inventive as to what we could do with the limited figures available. But – perhaps it is nostalgia – was our pleasure any the less? In many ways I think it was even greater … The search for SYW or WAS was even harder – there were the limited Stadden British and Prussians – and Willie's range was only in its infancy – the sexy bits with the Highlanders etc came later (off the back of a diorama he did for Ticonderago … I wonder whatever became of that work of art – I remember admiring it in the window of Suren's shop in Lower Sloane Street. The hours I spent in all weathers just staring at the wonderful stuff displayed there…

Garde de Paris21 Oct 2017 10:46 a.m. PST

Hi, Deadhead,

Certainly NOT Old Guard – no guard units ever in my armies. More a grunt from the 96eme de ligne in Spain!

Chokidar, you are right! Our armies contained few officers and colours in those days – some battalions only private men!

My Spaniard were converted from Willie Bavarians, Austrians, and Russians!

But it was all great fun!

I still prefer to work with Victrix Plastic British, trying to make each figure slightly different from the rest.


von Winterfeldt21 Oct 2017 1:32 p.m. PST

it was fun, but also frustration, I admit – I am glad to see those golden days of excellent miniatures right now.

seneffe21 Oct 2017 2:38 p.m. PST

Re the OP- these look great. I'm a completely dyed in the wool 18mm Napoleonic gamer who has probably accounted for a small- but measurable- portion of AB's output over the years- but these Chasseurs really pull at the heart and wallet strings….

FAO GdP- perhaps the Chasseurs "dream" has just evolved into other aims to pursue with vigour- as it often does for lifer wargamers. Having read dozens/hundreds of your posts- I'll take the liberty of saying that if I can ever capture your current combo of deep experience and fresh minted enthusiasm- I would be very pleased.

Lord Hill21 Oct 2017 3:47 p.m. PST

Great news – seems a long time since there's been any new Perry late period Naps. Fantastic figs as always – can't wait to get my hands on some.

18th Century Guy Supporting Member of TMP21 Oct 2017 7:43 p.m. PST

I agree, I wish there was more coverage of the early period for Chasseur a Cheval. I would look so nice to have in something other than the dolman.

Garde de Paris22 Oct 2017 4:39 a.m. PST

This 81-year-old is most humbled by your kind comments, Deadhead, Chokidar and Seneffe!

I spend a couple hours Sunday mornings at Starbucks (coffee shop)with an avid WW II aviation buff, and ACW enthusiast (not a wargamer), but today we am driving to Gettysburg with 4 other youngsters. We have hired a Park Guide who will take us through the "Gun Fight at the Peach Orchard," 2nd July, 1963.

John and his wife spent their 3-week holidays in earlier times "crewing" a B-17G Flying Fortress, flying to small airports across the US, where they sold tickets for tourist flights; kept the plane clean; simple maintenance. He has been to Great Britain several times, and seems to know every Airbase from WWII! We "enthuse" each other (is that a word?)! My first interest is Napoleonic; 2nd is 7YW; and 3rd is armor of WWII. Now I am learning more about the air!

The youngsters are in their 50's and 60's, so I hope I can endure their "childish prattle!"

Sincere regards,


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP22 Oct 2017 6:03 a.m. PST

What a great story. Gettysburg in October will be easier than it was in July/August. It does get "warm" there.

I have not been back to Waterloo since the anniversary and the opening of the new facilities and the rebuilt Hougomont. It will have to be good to beat Gettysburg presentation though. But I would avoid the "Pickett's Buffet"…..just on principle.

What I love about Waterloo is that most of it is empty….you can walk for hours and see no-one, just your own thoughts. "Enthuse" is not just a word…it is a great word.

Very interested in your comment about converting Victrix. I have just recently discovered how good it is to combine them with Perrys' best, to create figures no-one else possesses.

These Chasseurs a cheval will make great Horse Artillery. Indeed the Kinski has much potential for conversions. Just as long as Perrys do not put on too much kit onto the torso. Their laced Light Dragoons would have been perfect RHA, if only they had carried fewer haversacks/crossbelts etc. The rolled cloak here I honestly regret. Any fool can add that….taking it off….naw.

Col Blancard23 Oct 2017 5:33 a.m. PST

I wonder if those are the very same horses as for the French hussars?

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 Oct 2017 6:17 a.m. PST

The three ups that we are seeing here do suggest that the head poses for the horses may be altered slightly. Would add nicely to variety. The split into two halves idea does allow for quite a variety of leg positions as it is.

wrgmr123 Oct 2017 4:45 p.m. PST

I have 4 regiments of Elite Miniatures, but these are tempting.

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