AVBCW: BUF Cavalry and Horse Colours

In preperation for Evesham BG5 this weekend, I’ve been painting (or trying to paint given the dismal light levels) some more BUF Cavalry since they were really so great at last year’s event. 😉

So here’s the first five I finished yesterday, photo’d today:

I painted them a chestnut colour, to make them different from the many Bay Brown horses I’d done. This got me thinking, was this right ? My cleaner, Val, is also a horse owner, so I asked her about what colours of horses would be most prevelant in military cavalry:

Dark Colours, usually black, dark bay or chestnut, maybe some greys. Its only us horse owners who go for the lighter colours

Which is what I had suspected – my Palomino coloured cavalry are now the oddity.

I used Kevin Dallimore’s book which has a page on horse colours to start painting them as I don’t have much experience of equine colours other than what has appeared in the field out back, or the field at my parents’ previous house.

So no British Grey Horseman for me, no Crimean charge….

AVBCW: Equine Madness

As most painters and gamers know, painting horses is one of the most difficult things to do. So, having painted all my Colourful White Russian Cavalry, what do I do ? Yup, embark on some AVBCW BUF Cavalry….

As you can see, they are multi part figures. Both the Great War Miniatures, and Musketeer cavalry are multi part figures.

Each have about five (5) parts to put together all told. The GWM have integral horse and rider pieces, but then have separate arms for sword, lance, rifle or pistol. The Musketeer riders are separate and have a solid fist that needs drilling out to accept a steel pin for a lance (thanks Rich). Both have separate attachments for rifles and sabres to the horses’ furniture.

I’ve already got a dozen or so BUF Cavalry, but over the last year for Xmas and b’day pressies have accumulated more, so that I have some proper squads for both BUF and MHC forces.

Not all this pile of lead will get painted by Evesham, as half of them are for the MHC which are not appearing there – I am typecast as a BUF commander it seems. 🙂
That’ll teach me to wear so much Black.

I’ll b e using Kevin Dallimore’s painting guide books to paint the horses.

Given that the BG-5 Evesham event is coming up, this is my next goal to finish off another unit or two so I can field them there, especially as JP is convinced I’m going to screw up his forces. I don’t know why – I am so innocent (he says polishing his halo).

And then, there is another set of Equine madness that should come week after next…