|Line of of three of the 10 Harquebusiers|
This is a departure from our core period but an exciting one nonetheless. We have an initial release of nine sculpts of cavalry for the English Civil War / Thirty Years War period.
|Montero and buff clothing|
The dress of these 'Harquebusiers' is a mixture of armoured and unarmoured with lobster helmets, soft hats and montero caps. We have charging and resting poses both with swords and pistols.
|Front view of the same figure|
The saddles are integral to the riders. The definition on the models is very crisp with characterful faces and painting them was extremely easy and pleasurable.
|This is one of the small horses in the standing pose|
This first article shows three of the models which I have managed to squeeze into my painting schedule between lots of GNW and WSS pieces. I have tried to show different colours -tawny, crimson and blue sashes and different shades on the buff coats.
|A more TYW colour scheme - hatted man on small galloping horse|
I am an enthusiast about the period 1618-1648 and in fact my Pike & Shot passion began with the campaigns of Montrose, moving to the late 17th century about six or seven years after spending a lot of time collecting ECW and TYW models.
|The 'Swedish' chap again|
Where might Warfare Miniatures go with this diversion? Well, we are financially robust and a significant expansion is possible but that will somewhat depend on the response to these first 10 models.
|I avoided as much as possible black and white when painting these models|
The horse variants available to us now are significant. These models sit equally well on small, medium or large mounts and as can be seen, on standing or moving mounts.
|A large trotting horse with a Royalist or Imperialist Harquebusier|
I particularly enjoyed painting the armoured model which has a back and breast plus helmet configuration. Four (perhaps five, I just can't remember right now) of the models in the range have lobster helmets.
|Same chap - three other helmeted models will make up an exciting unit|
Tw models have montero caps and the remainder have soft hats. All have buff coats. The models are all master moulded and we can go to production pretty quickly.
|A final view of one of the first three sculpts|
I am in no great hurry to release these models and I will be interested in the market response and potential demand for them. Pricing will be in line with normal Warfare Miniatures cavalry packs with 3 models and horses in a pack with a price of £8.50.
|The trio having swapped mounts|
I don't normally actively solicit comment on models and leave that to the discretion of Blog followers but I would be particularly interested in the appetite for a dalliance in this period from Warfare.