|A French lancer in Maximillian's service. About to die gloriously in a muddy river in Mexico.|
I was stumped for what I was going to paint as my contribution to the homeless pets of Canada. I’m not a big fan of cowboy movies so was unmoved by most cowboy miniatures. I delved into Peckinpah’s works and was surprised to find that Major Dundee was one of his. I have fond memories of watching this movie with my father as a child. The scene that always stuck with me, and totally blew me away at the time, was the fight between the French lancers and the U.S. Cav/Galvanised Yankees. The dichotomy of poncy European military fighting rough and tumble ACW troops just never left me.
|The lance is a little awkward but I have to ship this thing to Canada.|
I knew exactly what I was going to paint, assuming I could find the model. Some searching; a lot of searching, let me to Foundry and their Franco-Prussian war line. Startlingly perhaps to some, these are the first Foundry miniatures I’ve ever bought. They live up to their reputation in both cost and quality, high in both cases, but I have no regrets. This is a very nice model. Clean casting with lots of character and poise.
|The horse and rider are both nicely detailed.|
When it came to the base I went back and forth but decided that the river and the desert were almost as much characters in this battle scene as the troops. The river doesn’t look as good in the photos as it does in real life, though you’ll be able to judge that for yourself soon enough. It is multiple layers of Mod Podge, laid on one layer after another with time to dry in between. I’m happy with the way it came out, even if it took an inordinate amount of time.
I hope Curt enjoys owning this fine French fellow as much as I enjoyed painting him.
|The face is very nicely detailed. This is a fine model.|
The water is much shinier in real life. I'm very happy with how the base came out, though it was a lot of work.
|Mod Podge and Liquitex modeling Paste.|
I’ve included a still from the movie showing the scene in question, though I painted a rank and file trooper rather than the natty looking officer.
|Not the fellow in the front bu this minions in the background.|