As I work through each unit I'm taking the opportunity to add a bit of extra highlighting here and there, and adding a small touch of white to the top of each of the apostles to represent the cords from which they were suspended. Below is the last unit I completed, The Earl of Essex' Regiment in tawny orange coats, (I did a short stint with Essex's in the Sealed Knot, and a nicer bunch of people you could not meet!). I brought the coat colour up a shade for impact and am really pleased how they turned out.
Once Gerard's are done I will only have the final whitecoat unit to do. Going forward I have placed another order with Hinds Figures for more Hinchliffes as I'm keen to do a London Trained Band regiment next. I'll be using the same pike codes and head conversions as I did for my Kings Guard unit to create the look of a suitable wealthy looking bunch of individuals with quality rivet decorated pike armour, and the musketeers will be in sleeveless buff coats! There won't be a uniform coat colour, but instead a mix of deep blues, reds, dark greys etc. I have also ordered some figures from the 'Prince Ruperts Charge' range, these I think are 'Foremost' figures and very well animated, these will be used to pad out my 'Royal' Horse regiments.
|Images from the Hinchliffe web site at Hinds Figures Ltd.|
On the subject of conversions I plan to do a bit more in future, even a simple head swap such as that below can create a nice individual figure. This guy will be the additional standard bearer for Gerards, the arms have been bent and his head swapped for that from an officer. At just 90p per figure its no big deal bending and chopping them a round a bit, turning heads etc.