Dated: Sept 08, 2011
Just finished the Mounted Officers: they're great! And so versatile.
The set includes a Prussian officer, Prussian Landwehr officer, Russian officer (early War) and a Spanish officer. The latter two I have painted a little different just to show what can be done with them. I needed a Bavarian officer so turned the Russian chap into a Bavarian and then the Spaniard I painted as a Württemberg Officer. All except the Landwehr Officer have separate arms, being a testhot the sabres weren't up to their full length, but this will be remedied in the production runs. These loose arms can be exchanged between the 3 officers giving you loads of diversity of pose. Some head-swaps will been a very good idea as well, I can see the Landwehr chap, with his frock-coat, as a British, Nassau, Dutch or Austrian officer. The plastic of these test-shots was very dark chocolate brown which reminded me of the early HäT cavalry sets like the Prussian Lancers.
To identify the chaps more easily and to make the bases more dynamic I included foot figures on each base and all excepting the Landwehr officer's attendant are HäT figures, the latter is Revell painted as reserve infantry. I like the Prussian Regular officer the most and the Spanish figure the least if truth be told, but hey I'm not complaining in any way! This is a brilliant way to get yourself a great amount of mounted officers. Just by painting them differently you'll be able to get a myriad of mounted officers for sets were none exist or where you want some diversity. The Prussians can be painted as Russians and vice versa so opportunities galore.
Many thanks to Mr. van Straeten
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