French Napoleonic Hussars pillow fight (Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge entry #2)

22 Dec

As mentioned in a previous post, these are the minis I painted first for Curts Analogue Painting Challenge. But this is the entry for the first fortnight theme (non-combatants) and Curt wanted to post all those at once, so these hit the internet as the second entry. As indicated before, the non-combatants theme was giving me headaches. At first I had thought that I should do one of the battery area markers for my Napoleonic batteries. Those are supposed to cover a huge area and convey lots of little scenes, which can include non-combatants. But then again a large area would have meant lots of figures and I simply did not have the time for that. While The Challenge started on the 15th, I had my last day at work on the 17th and could not start before that date. At the same time we left for my better halfs relatives on the 20th and I did not want to take paints, minis, basing materials and my camera equipment along, so things had to be finished before that date.

So something else had to come up. After Curt squashed my idea of British WWII soldiers having a cup of tea (Thanks Curt! ;-)) I came up with these. Essentially it is a command stand for some French Napoleonic Cavalry. Now I would never assume that two officers would count as non-combatants, but I really hope the two mistresses will count. Well I hope them having a pillow fight is not too combative. 😛

The officers are from Perry. One of them is a General de Brigade, the other his ADC. I looked at the colors of the different French Hussars regiments for some time and ended up with the 5th since I really wanted to work with some light blue and was intrigued by their blue shakos. Not sure if there ever was a Brigadier that wore a uniform from the 5th, but I simply wanted to do them this way. So far so good. In the end I think I should have gone with a different unit, at least for the ADC, since well… with all this light blue they look like a bunch of Smurfs! The two ladies are from Eureka Miniatures and are painted to match, except that they are wearing enlisted soldiers jackets (yellow piping) instead of officers jackets (gold lace). Depending on what source you look at, one could use different shades of blue. For example the Histroire & Collections book on French Hussars shows them in a darker medium blue. Rousselot depicts them in a light sky blue. I felt the later was possibly the more accurate source and I wanted to try out some of the light blues I had bought last year and still had not used.

5th Hussars officers

5th Hussars officers
(Yes, while other men march into the meat grinder, the Hussars have all the fun!)

5th Hussars officers

5th Hussars officers

5th Hussars officers

5th Hussars officers

5th Hussars officers

5th Hussars officers

Hope you all like this little vignette! For those of you wondering about the other FOURTY entries, here is the link to the special page Curt set up for the first fortnight theme and for people to cast their votes for favourites.

Now on to thinking about what to paint for the villain, which is the next theme and while the deadline for that is only the 5th of January, I have a similar problem with my private timetable, so I will have to tackle that first!


15 responses to “French Napoleonic Hussars pillow fight (Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge entry #2)

  1. Loki (andrew)

    December 23, 2013 at 09:53

    This really raised a smile for me very well thought out and executed thanks

    • Burkhard

      December 23, 2013 at 14:20

      Thank you, Andrew! Glad it made you smile!

  2. Michael

    December 23, 2013 at 15:03

    Possibly the most unusual miniatures idea I’ve seen this year, and very well done. Quite creative.
    Like Andrew, it gave me a smile this morning. Good luck with the challenge.

    • Burkhard

      December 23, 2013 at 15:05

      Glad you like it Micheal… The more smiles the better! 😀

  3. Phil

    December 23, 2013 at 20:19

    Great and inspired work…Congrats for that!!

  4. Dean

    December 23, 2013 at 21:25

    That is crazy cool, Burkhard!

  5. Burkhard

    December 23, 2013 at 22:59

    Phil, Dean… thank you both.

    It is amazing. In the past I have concentrated on the purely fighting units. I think for the future I will do more of these fun units and vignettes!

    • Dean

      December 25, 2013 at 23:04

      Now that you mention it, that may be the ticket to my painting slump. I don’t feel like painting up units anymore – but small, interesting vignettes does sound appealing and cathartic. Merry Christmas, Dean

      • Burkhard

        December 26, 2013 at 12:01

        The thing that I found which really helps is to switch subjects frequently. And if you are stuck with one topic (like Napoleonic Wars) to at least paint units from opposing sides in alternating order (one Prussian, one French, one Prussian and so on). But looking at your blog… you have been doing that on a regular basis as well. So Vignettes might be a way out!

  6. vonpeterhimself

    December 24, 2013 at 02:13

    That’s almost Christmasy in spirit and looks Burkhard. Bravo all around. I expect that Napoleon chappie will be around shortly to admire the fun! 8O)

    von Peter himself

    • Burkhard

      December 24, 2013 at 09:30

      Thanks vP! I think if I had gone for the 6th Hussars it would have been more Christmassy in colour! 🙂

      • vonpeterhimself

        December 24, 2013 at 23:19

        Ah yes – more Santa’s Helpers! 8O)

        Merry Christmas Burkhard.

        von Peter himself

        • Burkhard

          December 24, 2013 at 23:52

          Well, but I bet the son and Heir would have loved that 😉

          Merry Christmas to you, too!

  7. Engel

    December 25, 2013 at 22:36

    Ohh I love it. Great idea.


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