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Cuirassiers du Roi
 
Cuirassier from Mollo's book The Cuirassiers du Roi, raised in 1653, were one of the few French cavalry regiments allowed to wear bearskin caps. They wore armoured breast and back plates, lined inside with red cloth.

My source for painting these figures was the wonderful illustration in John Mollo's Uniforms of the Seven Years War 1756-63, which you can see here.

These Front Rank models are my first attempt at painting metal cavalry figures. It was quite finicky to paint all that red cloth lining, piped in white, that sticks out around the cuirass.

I used oil-paints for the horses, which went well (apart from one heart-stopping moment when I was applying the varnish and the oil-painted surface bubbled badly - fortunately I was able to smooth it down, and it looks OK!).

Standard of the Cuirassiers du RoiThe flag is a scanned black-and-white illustration from a Pengel & Hurt publication, which I then coloured in using my Corel Paint graphics programme.

 

 
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