Friday, September 2, 2011

Secret preview...

Psst! Today I have a veeery special sneak preview. Something really precious. I dunno if anyone of you has already had a look at this set and I had the opportunity and the privilege to hold it in my hands and put my brushes on it long before this set reaches the stores.

Aren't they really, really beautiful? Lovely, absolutely lovely. The figures are greatly detailed, as are the horses. Okay - you need to cut away some extra plastic between the horses' legs and some little mould lines here and there, but the total outcome of these figures is simply great. So what have we got here?

First, there's a Landwehr officer, painted in the colours of the Elbe Landwehr:

A figure which was really missing yet. I don't know about any mounted other Landwehr officer in 1/72 plastic.
The next one is a Spanish officer, painted in the colours of the Spanish walloon guard:

Wow. Great. I had to mobilize four people at Bennos' board and research for a week to find the right unit for that uniform design, but it was really worth the hassle, wasn't it?
So what's next? Well - a Russian infantry officer!

A really great one, too. Especially the horse is a real beauty. I personally don't like the Prussian horses too much, because their stance looks a bit awful as does the modelling of the neck and head region, but generally, they are okay. I know that I shouldn't have done it, but I decided to paint the horse for the Prussian line infantry officer white. The shading is a bit too light, I know, but I intended not to ruin the whole outcome by painting too radical shades. This is one thing I need to train in the future. The officer, however, is painted in the colours of a Pomeranian infantry regiment.

So what do you say? Isn't that a great set of figures? I hope you have enjoyed watching as much as I have enjoyed painting them. Really great thanks go to Mr.M. from Austria who distributed me with these figures. Thank you very much, I hope that you like the result!

Of course, as many of you might have already realized, these figures are from a forthcoming new set of Allied commanding officers from HaT. Definitely filling a gap, especially when you think about the fact, that HaT already shows the prototypes of forthcoming sets of Prussian Landwehr, Spanish infantry and Russian infantry on their website.

Oh - and pssssst - the next surprise is coming soon... ;-)


  1. Looks good, well painted.
    And I won't tell anyone about it....

  2. Great work Zed!

    I need some more Spanish command, so I await this set impatiently!

  3. You are right Zed, these are very nice looking figures! But I believe you may be wrong about the lack of mounted Landwehr officers, isn't that one in the Revell Prussian infantry? He is a bit flat though.

    You are also correct about the Hussars, they do look a bit too Strelets-ish. Your painting has hidden that very well though.

  4. Yes, you're right. You could paint a Landwehr cross on his field cap and use him for Landwehr, as long as vice versa - carve the cross of the hat of this HAT guy and use him for line infantry. You could even paint a cross on the shako of the line officer and use him for Landwehr, as many line officers were taken from their batallions in order to command reserve or Landwehr batallions.