The juggernaut that is the 'Vth Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge' continues apace and although yours truly has yet to submit an entry in the competition proper, I have managed maintain some level of credible presence in the bonus themed rounds, the second of which, 'Riders & Mounts' was due on December 28th; with voting still open for a couple more hours you still have time to show your appreciation of your favourites - click here to cast your vote!
Having made the decision not to purchase any additional miniatures for the challenge, this round afforded me the opportunity to get to grips with a group of 'Redoubt Enterprises' English Civil War Cavalrymen that I had earmarked for my 'Witchfinder General' project. Although a myriad of possibilities presented themselves, with regards to uniform colours, I found it difficult to dislodge the striking red attire or Ian Ogilvy's character, Richard Marshall and his troop of Roundheads in the Witchfinder General film of 1968. Of course the wonderful thing about this project is that although based in a historical period it is, of course, totally fictitious allowing me to mix and match units, troops and in this case sides with both Roundhead and Cavalier heads on show.
This was also a wonderful opportunity to fire up my new shiny airbrush, with the bases and horseflesh taking no time at all. This is a great boon to me as it is exactly these areas that I least enjoy. I will often sit and procrastinate, something I excel at, instead of just wading in and getting them done, but no more! Now with the flick of a switch they are all but done and I'm looking forward to trying some blending techniques later on in the challenge.
Having done a such basic job with the mounts and saddlery, it seemed only fair to lavish a bit more attention on the riders themselves with the splendid Redoubt sculpts affording plenty of opportunities to pick out details. Yes the sculpts are perhaps a little basic by today's standards, but as a result they are easier to clean up and ultimately more rewarding to bring to life. There have a definite quality to them and are so reassuringly weighty.
Hopefully these six 28mm English Civil War Cavalrymen and their mounts will earn me some much needed points towards my seemingly unassailable tally, kickstarting the New Year drive towards the finish line.