Because it's taking me a while to paint the Engineers and Marines of the Guard, I thought I'd fill in the gap with an off-topic post. The French 2nd Hussars weren't at Waterloo but I enjoy painting Hussar uniforms and have collected a few over the years.
The trouble with a collection built up over time is that having spent ages converting figures, along comes a better set. My 2nd Hussars is a good example of this.
In the beginning, there were Rose figures: simple but somehow elegant.
Then along came Airfix, now viewed as primitive, but still a source of affection.
The 80s dawned with Esci: this British Hussar has lost his busby and had it replaced with a French shako.
I must have painted this chap in about 1990, a conversion from the Esci Italian mountain troops. OK, he's riding a mule, but needs must. In the best tradition of mules, it's certainly a stubborn one!
Kennington figures arrived in my collection in about 1995. I never liked their horses!
Revell's Prussian hussars of the Seven Years War were fun to do. I'm guessing I painted these in the late '90s.
The 2000s saw a dramatic increase in the range of metal figures and their quality. Art Miniaturen remain some of the finest figures on the market. Here is General Lasalle painted as a 2nd Hussar.
And then there was Franznap: too expensive but irresistible in small numbers