While I wait on some figures for Glenn's Prussian army, I attempted a few figures for myself. I got a great deal on some Foundry Civil War figures, and a part of that deal was this set of 48 Confederate cavalry.
I was a little disappointed that Foundry only has two horse poses, but I think that by varying the horse colors I was able to keep the unit from looking too regular.
You'll notice that none of my Confederate cavalry wears a forage cap or kepi, and none has the yellow cavalry piping on their uniforms. Look at original (not reproduction) items of Confederate cavalry dress, and you will not find much yellow. I have only seen a couple of pieces, and only on officers' cuffs. Since all my officers are wearing riding gloves, I omitted all yellow piping.
I went with a variety of greys and butternuts for these units. I wanted to portray a veteran cavalry unit with the remains of various uniform issues mixed with some civilian dress.
As always, the flags are from the incomparable GMB Designs.
These 48 horsemen took me eight days to paint and base. Now if Glenn's figures would just arrive, I would finish those Prussians! Painting for myself seems unnatural somehow.
Ah, heavy cavalry! I always like to mount my heavy cavalry on darker horses to make them look more menacing. Glenn has decided to add some more bases to these, so the Prussian army is not quite done, but it's very close.
1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Cuirassiers
Mr. Barton has sculpted these figures in their dark blue Litewka, which they would have worn in the field. Only the officer is depicted in white coat.
1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th Dragoons
The Dragoons wore a light blue Litewka, and sources depict that shade everything from a sky blue to a deep cornflower. I settled for the middle ground, painting Delta's "Liberty Blue" over their "Blueberry."
I'm just waiting on a Eureka order, and I will paint up the rest of the cavalry.