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I'm Dave and live in Morpeth, Northumberland in the UK.
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I am a painter/collector of figures first and a wargamer second. My thrill in this great hobby of ours is to place that final well researched & painted unit into the cabinet. The actual gaming with the figures is an important but secondary experience, we all like to win, but it isn't the be all and end all of it, being with good friends and having fun is.
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Sunday, 5 August 2012

Eureka 28mm Chevaulegers

I finally got started with the 28mm Eureka Austrian Chevaulegers for the Revolutionary wars collection, They arrived about a month ago but other things took priority. When finished the Austrians will have two regiments (one Hussar, one Chevauleger) to oppose the French four regiments (two Dragoons, one Hussar and one Chasseurs).
Firstly these figures are expensive, there's no getting away from that no matter that the manufacturers say that its the exchange rate, postage etc, boy do they cost (it doesn't help that I had to pay import tax but that's down to bad luck).
I got them as no one else does Austrian Chevaulegers for this period and the fact that they look pretty good on line and frankly from that perspective I wasn't disappointed, 24 figures, four different poses for horse and rider (a few arm bends give even more) plus one trumpeter, one officer and one wounded figure. One thing though there was no figure carrying the standard bearer, I couldn't see one in the Eureka catalogue so I presume they either don't do one or this type of Chevaulegers at this time didn't have one. I looked in books, on line etc and there's no mention that I can find pointing out a lack of standard bearer but I stand to be corrected. As no regiment that I put on the table goes into a fight without a flag I soon decided to lop the sword off one of the riders and and stick a flag staff in his mit!
There was very little flash so they cleaned up fine. The castings themselves look good, everything sculpted well and correctly proportioned. I like Elite/Old Glory type figures with plenty of movement and these are about halfway between those and (at the other extreme) Front Rank. The faces are a bit bland, but not the worst I've seen, so all in all a pretty decent set of figures which should paint up well.
So on with the pics:

All 24 figures trimmed up, undercoated and on their stands:

A couple of close ups:

Some pictures with the horses done:

For the horses a simple base coat then a wash of Devlin Mud or black.
24 figures take a while to paint so I'll put the next post on when their done.


  1. Nice - but at about 6 sovs a figure they can stay where the kangaroos come from

  2. Truthfully I agree, not worth that sort of dosh and I won't be having any more but I knew what I was doing and simply needed to finish the Austrian cavalry off.
    Would love to see some Brits for this period though!

  3. Afternoon Dave,
    I suppose you must be one of those lucky few who one the lottery.
    I lashed out on a unit of Arquebussiers de Grassin,then realized it would have been cheaper to buy the same regiment from Willie figures.
    Mind they are lovely figures,lucky you.

  4. Not really a case of luck Rob, I prostituted my painting skills in order to get the Austrian cavalry brigade on the table (what a slapper). Mind you for the price paid I could have hired the real life regiment as mercenaries!