Tuesday, 30 October 2007

Hussar Progress 2


Another update - as you can see much of the uniform is done, with quite a lot of tweaking still to do, and the shabraque, sabretache and suspension straps still to be done.

14 comments:

Ed Youngstrom said...

That's looking quite good. And very complicated. What do you use as a drawing tool? Do you have a computer stylus?

Ed

Bluebear Jeff said...

But the eye-patch is missing . . . *grin*


-- Jeff

abdul666 said...

I never understood for sure the system of hussars 'double breeches': was it 'short breeches' above thight trousers (because they are more quickly worn down where the weight of the rider meets the saddle), or high 'stocks' as in late 18th C. Swedish foot uniforms?
Jean-Louis

David said...

Sorry to be rather rushed and late replying - my broadband connection and XP installation both died today so I've had to reinstall Windows and cobble together a dial up "pay as you go" set up with an old 33.6 modem. It is so painfully slow!

Hi Jeff - I think the eyepatch is in the sabretache... :-)

Hi Ed - I use a rather small and basic but very useful Wacom drawing tablet, which also helps with my wrists' carpel tunnel syndrome - I just can't get on with ordinary mice any more. What a pity the hussar is only *quite* good! ;-)

Hi Jean Louis - they were high stocking-like additions, worn by the hussars of a number of nations. In the field they were discarded by the Prussian hussars, just as they never wore the pelisse and dolman together, unlike Napoleonic hussars.

Anyway, must dash - the meter is running! ;-)

David.

abdul666 said...

A *false* eyepatch! Now that's VILE!

David, thanks for the answer despite your cybernetic problems !

a Mac *never* breaks down, while for decade I saw colleagues re-configuring their PC...
Cheers,
Jean-Louis

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi David,

Your hussar already looks wonderfully complex and has me itching to paint some of my own. Maybe later in the winter? Impressive work to say the least.

Best Regards,

Stokes

David said...

Hi Jean-Louis,

The hussar only leaves off the eye patch to horrify people with the empty eye socket!

I've spent what computer time I've had in the past two days re-installing software and reconfiguring the system so my apologies for being so slow replying. I've never really used a Mac - rather put off by the relative expense and the crazy 1 button mouse! I used to use Acorn Risc OS which I loved - but then it rather fell off the map in the late 1990s, which was a great pity.

All the best,

David.

David said...

Hi Stokes,

Thanks! I have plans for a variety of variants - at least several Prussian regiments, Austrians, Russians, French, Hanoverians - possibly more. :-) Hussars are undoubtedly addictive! I think my liking for them goes back to early childhood; I can remember admiring them in books when I was 5 or so.

What variant(s) would you plan to add to your army?

All the best,

David.

Stokes Schwartz said...

Hi David,

Hmmm, lets' see. Well, definitely some of the conical felt mirletons because I have a couple of boxes of Revell SYW Prussian hussars already. However, I'm partial to the fur colpack/busby, so some of these as well, and I've got another two boxes of Napoleonic Horse Chasseurs of the Guard, who will stand in as mid-18th century troops.

For these latter troops, I like the idea of borrowing the pink and light blue color scheme of the uniforms worn by the trumpeters of Napoleon's Horse Artillery of the Guard. Maybe I'll get to work on these during the winter in the new year? We'll see.

Best Regards,

Stokes

David said...

Hi Stokes,

That sounds good. Are you going to post coloured-in templates of all your uniforms for us to enjoy on your blog, before you are able to get round to painting up the figures themselves? :-)

All the best,

David.

abdul666 said...

"The hussar only leaves off the eye patch to horrify people with the empty eye socket!"
How *VILE*! He could be burnt at the stake for such VILE practice -for 'evil eye' casting, bewitchement, that kind of charge... Indeed, Stagonians don't shrink from any extreme VILENESS!

Now I wonder why 'agents' -and not only VILE but probably silly Stagonian ones- who would wish to pass unnoticed, roam Europe in conspiciously glamorous hussar uniforms? Not only a single 'white' Stagonian, but a full troop of private retainers 'black' hussars escorting a famous black coach...
(white, black... it's bewildering: *who* are the 'good guys*? Or is another VILE practice to masquerade as servants of 'the Light'?).
Now, they can follow the principle of 'The stollen letter', as described by E.A. Poe: that writer belonging to the genre sometimes called 'Anticipation', his novellas being set more than a century in 'our' future...

Cheers,
Jean-Louis

David said...

Hi Jean-Louis,

No, Stagonians are the most utterly vile things that have ever walked the earth (probably ;-)).

I suspect that they are so arrogant they actually want to be noticed - and using both white and black shows how comprehensively gross their ambitions are. They believe nothing is beyond their reach! Hopefully events round a little town called Tippelbruder will give them cause to think again...

All the best,

David.

abdul666 said...

Well, I have to suppose that, all wishes of secrecy notwithstanding, the same explication applies to those mysterious privately-owned black hussars... Or is it merely Hesse-Seewaldian comtempt for all other German states, their rulers, police, army and public opinion?

abdul666 said...

Ho Stokes,
"I like the idea of borrowing the pink and light blue color scheme of the uniforms worn by the trumpeters of Napoleon's Horse Artillery of the Guard"
Very promising! Wish you'll post the design using this template, so we don't have to wait for the two boxes of minis to be painted!
Cheers,
Jean-Louis