Followers of this blog may recall I bought a lot of ready painted cavalry back in the Summer from Hinds Figures via eBay. It became clear to me that most had been painted by the same very talented hand and were original castings. The painting style was perfect retro style for me and by end of Summer I had amassed 200 horse. From the very first unit that arrived it was also clear that the figures had become extremely dirty and dull, covered in grime. However, a bit of cleaning with warm water and a soft brush quickly revealed some superb detail and vibrant colours, the transition was amazing.
So this morning arrived 3 more units of 'Heavy Cavalry' formed from 2 of my favourite poses, ECW1 Heavy Cavalry at rest, and ECW14 Heavy Cavalry firing pistol. The latter unit featured hooped sleeves red and white Rugby shirt style! The 2 'at rest' units are mounted on roughly cut balsa wood bases, not seen that before, but all will be rebased to house style anyway as usual. While the pistol unit will not need much work beyond cleaning and maybe adding a standard, the rest will get a bit of overpainting here and there, not much just a touch of highlighting on the horses and a repaint of the armour to match. Way I look at at it is that for just £3.00 per painted figure (horse and rider) they represent a bargain and any additional painting can only enhance them.
These are the 'before' pictures, as they arrived and once completed I'll post the 'after' pictures as a contrast. I took one base of three troopers firing and gave them a preliminary clean up with water, they were so dirty that I let the tap run on them upside down while using a large soft brush to work into the detail. I think you can clearly see the difference! The dull red becomes vibrant, and the shading on the saddle blankets is revealed, while the straps emerge from the grimy dark brown to a lighter more buff shade.
|More lovely goodies from Ian, all will be rebased once cleaned up etc. The foot unit in the background are the first painted figures of the planned 'London Trained Band' unit ..... 'For London and Liberty'.|
The before and after images of a single base.
|The trooper with the scarlet sleeves will probably be converted to carry the standard.|
The heavy mortar wagon and powder wagon will also get a touch up, but to be honest the painting is very good, more a matter of adding barrels and bringing the bases into line.
All in all another satisfying purchase from Hinds, there are a few more units of horse I have my eye on that also clearly match my collection and I can see were painted by the same hand as the pistol unit and most of my 'medium' cavalry, but as I don't want to risk being shot by my Wife they will have wait for a bit!