Well first off, the astute among you will notice that these are not in fact Elite Miniatures Spanish Hussars because they don’t make any. They are in fact Elite Miniatures 1806 Prussian Hussars.
When I decided to include a light cavalry unit the only company I saw who made Spanish Hussars was Eagle Miniatures. Because I was already ordering a bunch of British and Spanish heavy cavalry from Elite Miniatures Australia I decided that their Prussian Hussars were a close enough fit for me despite the incorrect trousers, boots, mirliton caps and saddle cloths – but seriously – who notices that sort of thing? I will one day get some of the Eagle Spanish La Mancha Lancers after seeing them in the flesh, so to speak, on This Life in Lead blog so perhaps I may get a unit of their Hussars and do the Espagne Hussars at that time.
Nathan at Elite Miniatures Australia included another officer in my order so I have based him separately as a general or commander. Despite my hate of painting cavalry these were not so bad to be honest. Maybe I am just getting used to them. I did all the horses, then saddles, then the base uniform colours, and then finished two figures at time until I had done them all. It was the only way I could get through them. Reasonably happy with how they turned out.
UPDATE: Well spotted Alejandro Quiles from TMP.
Sorry but you painted them wrong… they should be: blue pelisses, red dolman…
Yep – had painted six before I realised my mistake. I just couldn’t be stuffed fixing the error. Given I have the Loamshire Volunteers and the Real Compania Irlandesa in my Anglo-Spanish Army, a unit of incorrectly uniformed Spanish Hussars should fit right in.
Next up – Spanish Dragoons.
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Great figures, very good painting! Regards from the antipodes!
Thanks Carlos. Always appreciate your comments.
They look every inch the Spanish Hussar to me Brian, and if you hadn’t mentioned they were Prussian I for one would not have known.
A great job – they are full of character and will sit nicely alongside the rest of your collection.
I think so too. I have completed a solitary Dragoon – now starting on the other eleven for the unit.
Very nice Brian – I like your uniforms colour scheme. Perhaps they can have a new Colonel funding their upgrade!
Or they could be one of the many militia Hussar units that were formed.
That Spanish army is building up pretty fast there Brian.
I have two artillery batteries, three units of guerrillas, two completed cavalry units and a third half done and eight infantry battalions. I intend to get the Spanish finished this year before Napcon as I understand the theme this year is Peninsular War.