Wednesday, August 1, 2018

ROMANIAN 1877 CAVALRY COMPLETE

I'm happy to post that my Romanian 1877 cavalry are now complete!

I must admit that this addition to my Chocolate Box Wars project makes little sense at this time. However, sometimes where the hobby butterfly flits we must follow. In this case, it all began when I stumbled across the Romanians among the Outpost Russo Turkish line of figures. I put them in the list of CBW armies I'd like to have one day...
...the catch being, of course, that a complete force would need cavalry, and those are missing from the Outpost line (and nobody else makes them).  So I researched options to convert or repurpose other figures.  Upon closer examination of the Romanian uniform....
  From the New York Public Library Vinkhuizen collection

...I recognized that  Northstar Austrian 1866 hussars would work.  Thus, I got a package of them--"for later"--when I was putting in an order for some Northstar Prussian 1866 Uhlans to round out my Prussians. Fast forward about six months to a moment in time after a hiatus in painting activity when I was casting about for a project to get me going again. Well, not quite "casting about": the next project in my unwritten to-do list was the aforementioned Prussian Uhlans.  That's not where my wargame butterfly alighted--ohhh no! Instead, it (and I) flitted over to my Romanian cavalry contingent.  Not always being practical is what makes this a hobby and not a job, I suppose (that's my story and I'm sticking with it).  So, I present a study in my latest diversion from the straight and narrow: Northstar Austrian 1866 hussars done as 1877 Romanian cavalry.  As usual, you may clix pix for BIG PIX in this post.
There were two regiments of regular Romanian cavalry (Roshiori) and eight regiments of territorial cavalry (Calarashi), all garbed in dandy hussar rig. The Roshiori were in red with black details, with the First Regiment having yellow busby bags and the Second white. The Calarashi were in blue with red details and busby bags.


FIRST REGIMENT
I took some license and painted-in the swallow's nests on the trumpeter. They're not on the Austrian figures, but some illustrations of the Romanians indicate that trumpeters had this snappy uniform detail. The flag was pulled from an illustration of the Romanian Army in the  New York Public Library Vinkhuizen collection.

SECOND REGIMENT
The chestnut horses were done with an undercoat of burnt umber and an overcoat of burnt sienna (a combination for painting horses that I saw somewhere in the interwebs).  


 TERRITORIAL CAVALRY
Painting red over blue doesn't stand out very well, so I wound up underpainting these details in white before doing them over again in red. It doubled the effort but enhanced the effect. 

THE ORPHAN BRIGADE
Ah well, some day I'll pick up the infantry and artillery, too.  In the meantime, I suppose I could use these as Austrians--they do bear a resemblance...

 Excelsior!

14 comments:

  1. Your Romanians turned out splendidly, Ed! I would not hesitate in using them as ersatz Austrians.

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    1. "Hussar Brigade Graf Ersatz": I like it!

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  2. You are Right! Too easy for a hobby to turn to a chore.

    (and fine looking Hussars btw!)

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    1. Indeed--sort of like the clean desk and cluttered mind thing...

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  3. Lovely work Ed on the finished hussars. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, GH. Looking forward to when we'll have some Hungarian command figures available to keep from this sort of thing happening again :)

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  4. So Hussars are mounted troops yes? Told you I knew nothing about Naps! But these do look cool. I don’t flitter about much as I like to stick to the plan bc it makes me feel successful in at least one area of life! 😀

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    1. Painting as life--I think you're on to something!

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  5. Lovely looking Ruritanian/Romanian hussars! A bonus that they can be erzats Austrians,got to paint what we want,I should be painting mounted crossbow men but I keep painting landsknechts and Swiss!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Iain: one of life's great pleasures (when we can swing it)--doing what we want rather than what we should :)

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  6. Lovely looking hussars Ed...

    I once had some 15mm Russo-Turkish War... Rank and File...
    Very pretty looking armies... I decided that 15’s were the way to madness...I was taking the same time to paint them as I did 25’s😁

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thanks, Aly. Work expands to fill time available, so the saying goes. I would hate to relate how much time and effort I put into some 6mm figures!

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  7. Excellent Ed, they look the treat. Love the red coats - very dashing.

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    1. Thanks, AJ: your painting stands helped a great deal! Now, to get some of these figs from the painting table to the gaming table!

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