It's been another productive weeks painting, I'm finding that I can paint these figures surprisingly quickly to a reasonable standard. The 16 musketeers of Essex's Regiment were completed first, followed by the 7 Dragoons and finally the 8 Cuirassiers that I had set aside to form the conjectural Kings Lifeguard of Horse.
First up The Earl of Essex's Regiment, comprising 12 'HI' pikes and two sub units each of 8 'LI' muskets. I used the classic poses for this unit and rather than having a separate command base integrated the command figures into the unit. I may replace the flags with better quality ones in due course.
The Dragoons were given a blue theme with buff coats, probably of a poorer quality than those supplied to the horse regiments. Hinchliffe only made the one dragoon pose, but it's an old favourite of mine and the officer adds a bit of variation. They are based on 30mm 'Open Order' bases.
Finally the Kings Lifeguard of Horse, being wealthy chaps I see no reason why they would not have taken advantage of their access to 3/4 armour, and being a rather 'showy' group of individuals some of the armour has been polished up by adding a few highlights of Liquid Silver. Some of the armour is bronzed for contrast. The command figure holding his helmet is actually a personalty figure, possibly Thomas Fairfax! Cuirassier officer ECWC 10 has been converted to a standard bearer by cutting away his pistol, bending the arm and filing the hand, while the rest are ECWC 9. I should mention the Lifeguard flag, kindly made for me by Tony (Foy) and a wonderful job it is too, it looks perfect fluttering above this A class unit. I could not squeeze them onto the 20mm frontage bases specified by the WRG rules, so went with standard 25mm frontages, no big deal really. I still need to add fuse wire reins at some point.
This coming week I hope to complete another Foot Regiment, John Hampdens Greencoats, these will consist of 12 HI Pikes and 2 sub units each of 10 LI Muskets for a total of 32 figures, slightly bigger than Essex's. I also have another splendid Personality figure to paint, this one's OPC (one piece casting) 36 I think, note the date on the base 1978.
I am also preparing a post on what it was that influenced my decision to use Hinchliffe figures first time round, at a time when Minifigs were very much the rage, and where I used to obtain my figures.