Given the lack of options for russian horse artillery in plastics 1/72, I endevoured to find another solution to complete my artillery, and came across these fellows, in resin, so I purchased 6 kits - 2 batteries' worth of guns.
This is definitely not the best material for this scale, due to it's fragility, a few bits snapped during assembly and/or painting, but I managed to glue them back without much trouble. My hope is that, being artillery, mounted on large bases, they'll be durable enough since, as usual for my 1/72, there will be no touching the minis proper once they're finished and based - all handling is done from their bases.
A couple excessively fragile items, such as the ramming rods, which were very thin, I substituted for some plastic ones I had on spares. Also a couple guns, just because I had some left in plastic, and I trust them better than resin.
The models are well sculpted, but a bit on the larger side - on par with Italeri's 1/72, I'd say.
Their helmets come with early war crests, which is the best option, since you can (as I did) trim them into late war style if that suits you better.
And here they are alongside my recently painted horse artillery limber, which featured here on the blog a couple posts ago. I now have 1 limber for every battery of russian artillery (whether foot or horse), which will be my standard for all other armies.
They look excellent Matt! Can you tell us who the manufacturer of these figures is?ReplyDelete
Hi, Peter, he used to have a website (napoleonfigurines.com) which is currently closed, but you can find him on ebay:surfeur_fouDelete
Very nice, Matt. Did you look into using HaT Russian Russian dragoon or cuirassier heads? Maybe the resin route is cheaper, but like you, I worry about durability.ReplyDelete
Problem is, I need dismounted dragoons, a simple head swap wouldn't do, the horse artillery uniform is entirelly different from foot.Delete
Ah, I had forgotten that.Delete
Well done Matt, cool figures, horses and fantastic bases.ReplyDelete
These are quite interesting figures, and, as usual, excellent painting.ReplyDelete
One limber per battery - I am lucky to have one per army, LOL!
What material do you use for the bases? Nice job as always!ReplyDelete
A great paintjob. I am with you, resin is terrible material and often breaks. I prefer metals to them.ReplyDelete