I've made a lot of progress on my hussars. They are to the point now where at least they look like hussars. The dolman was tricky with it's looped braiding. It's possible to make those loops pretty thick, but I wanted to allow the vermillion to show through. I did highlight the Dolman, but not light enough. It's one of those tight-fitting pieces without a lot of folds, so there's not many natural spots to lighten. The buttons are Natural Silver by Vallejo. I like Vallejo's metals very much, though they can get pretty thick and goopy with age.
The hussar's belt is Vallejo Vermillion and Vallejo Dark Blue, highlighted with lightened versions of each. I used Ceramcoat white on all the belting and lace. It concerns me a bit, because it doesn't cover real well, but I think it looks okay. The trousers are Vallejo Blue Gray. I haven't highlighted them yet, but I hope to do so tonight.
According to the Murillo picture and the other photos I posted, the Texas Hussars did not have a sabretache. I should have cut it off but I didn't, and it's a little late now. I opted instead to decorate it with the arms of Spain. It's small and looks alright.
I don't have a ton o of things to do. Tonight I should be able to finish highlighting the trousers, paint and detail the hands and sword, and probably paint the faces. That leaves me two challenges: the carbines and shields. I should have left the carbines on the sprue to paint them, but no-dopey me. I'll probably paint the base brown before gluing them to the belt and swivel. Then have at it. The shields are difficult. I don't want to cut ten round shields from sheet plastic. I know I'll get them wrong. I've got some ancient shields that I'll dremel the bosses from, but the hard part is sticking them to the figures. I've thought about just gluing them to the valises on the left rear, but I doubt they'll stay. I've also considered trying to drill in a pin, but that will make a major mess. I've even considered leaving off the shield altogether; they aren't right, they would need some sanding to get the "apple" shape. But the shield is part of the charm of the Texas Hussar. You'll see what I come with in my next entry.
I'm a high school history and journalism teacher, a career I've loved and continued to enjoy. Aside from my family I have several passions-miniature wargaming, movies, books and music. I'm also a died in the wool Mariners fan and baseball lover.