They other night my wife and I came back home after visiting my sister and the phone rang - it was my wargaming colleague 'B' - "have you looked on your front step" he said ? ," I've left you a box of lead ". Evidently he had been having a 'de-clutter' of his wargaming stocks and had kindly given me all the unwanted scrap /sample figures he had acquired over the years . I'm sure we all have bits and pieces like that hidden somewhere . This however enabled me to start casting up figures for my next units.
I'd been wanting to cast up more cavalry for a while , the problem is they use a lot of lead and are generally more difficult to cast with a higher miscast rate . I got this mould off EBay last year and have been wanting to try it out for a while , there was also the question of which nation and unit to depict ?.
I wanted the unit to bolster the Allied army which is made up of British and German States Regiments . After an extensive search I decided on the Brunswick Regiment of Carabiniers , which had formerly been Dragoons but were re designated to Carabiniers in 1759. The uniform coat was 'straw' in colour ( I Goggled this colour and it seems to vary in shade) , so I went (as I always do !) for the brightest - I'd rather they stood out and look pretty - than historical !. That's the first Squadron done and I'm half way through casting the second one - so 'B's old lead has been reborn ! . Please 'click on photos to enlarge.