Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Now this may seem like an all too familiar story but just like so many before me, I had vowed not to get sidetracked by different eras and projects. However when a very good friend, Richard very kindly gave me 30 Foundry cavalrymen capable of representing the various regiments that made up the Light Brigade how could I refuse? Not only was this a hugely generous gift but also I felt somewhat embarrassed as Richard had already primed, and in some cases started painting, the Brigade. The project had originally started nearly 20 years ago, intended for the Queen’s Own Irish Hussars Museum in Eastbourne so the prospect of stripping down the figures and starting all over again left me considerably apprehensive as to the task in hand.

An afternoon spent with a tub of ‘Wicks’ paint and varnish stripper, a toothbrush and several pairs of rubber gloves followed (they kept snagging on the unfiled areas of the models – my, doesn’t neat paint stripper sting!). Having successful stripped the first 15; I selected the 5 for the paint table. Richard had also supplied copious amounts of reference material and was always on hand to ask advice from. Sadly what with the demands of the day job progress has been a lot slower than planned but here at least are the first five.

From this ...
... to this! 
Richard's original version No. 1 
Richard's original version No. 2

The Good Mrs. Awdry insisted on a dappled grey


Just another 595 to go!

The Charge of the Light Brigade

Half a league, half a league,
  Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
  Rode the six hundred.
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
  Rode the six hundred.

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