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Review French Hussar from Grenadier Miniatures

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Aug 31, 2013.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Hi to all on PF ,

    If you say the word hussar to most folk both in or out of our hobby the reply would be something along the lines of "Dashing, flamboyant and colourful" well nothing could be nearer the truth IMO .......and that is what we will be looking at in this Review a dashing hussar .

    This is the release from Grenadier Miniatures which is run by Alison Hale (helped by her other half Stuart ...yes thats right the man who runs Stormtroopers...certainly a very talented couple ) .

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    The model is based on a original uniform in the Musee de L' Armee in Paris ...a heavan for the modeller of this period packed full of orginal artifacts of the period .

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    The word hussar has several supposed origins with the first written mention of the word "Hussarones" (in Hungarian: Huszár) has been found in documents dating from 1432 in Southern Hungary A type of irregular light horsemen was already well established by the 15th century

    According to another source the word hussar also stems from the Hungarian huszár, which in turn originates from the Serbian and Croation хусар (Husar, or гусар, Gusar) meaning pirate.

    Another the word is derived from the Hungarian word húsz "twenty", suggesting that hussar regiments were originally composed of twenty men. Or the term huszár probably signified 'one in twenty' as selected for service by ballot

    Through the centuries there are many famous types of hussars including Polish "Winged" Hussars and the Black Hussars of Frederick the Great but for me and many others there is no period that typifies the hussar as the Napoleonic and that is the period that Grenadier Miniatures have chosen to depict in this model .

    The hussars of Napoleon created the tradition of sabrage, the opening of a champagne bottle with a sabre. Moustaches were universally worn by Napoleonic period hussars.

    French hussars also wore cadenettes, braids of hair hanging either side of the face, until the practice was officially stopped when shorter hair became universal although many still retained the distinctive "rats tails".

    The uniform of the Napoleonic hussars included the pelisse pelise.jpg which was a short fur edged jacket which was often worn slung over one shoulder in the style of a cape, and was fastened with a cord. This garment was extensively adorned with braiding (often gold or silver for officers) and several rows of multiple buttons. Under it was worn the dolman dolman 1.jpg or tunic which was also decorated in braid.

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    The hussar's accoutrements included a Hungarian-style saddle covered by a shabraque a decorated saddlecloth

    On active service the hussar normally wore reinforced breeches which had leather on the inside of the leg to prevent them from wearing due to the extensive time spent in the saddle. On the outside of such breeches, running up the outside was a row of buttons, and sometimes a stripe in a different colour. A shako or fur busby was worn as headwear. The colours of dolman, pelisse and breeches varied greatly by regiment, even within the same army.

    A famous saying was that it was expected that no hussar would live past the age of 30 due to their often reckless bravery in battle often carrying out frontal asaults at great loss of many a brave trooper .

    France had many men who went on to become senior officers in the Army amongst them who began his military career as a hussar was Marshal Ney (known as "The Bravest of the Brave") , who after being employed as a clerk in an iron works joined the 5th Hussars in 1787. He rose through the ranks of the hussars 150px-Michel_Ney_(1792).jpg in the wars of Belgium and the Rhineland (1794–1798) fighting against the forces of Austria and Prussia before receiving his marshal's baton in 1804 220px-Marechal_Ney.jpg after the Emperor Napoleon's coronation.

    Obviously due to the dashing uniform the Hussar is very popular with reenactors hussar a.jpg REENACTOR.jpg re.jpg
    References abound , there is of course the Osprey series OSPREY.jpg in addition to this there is the excellent range from Histoire and Collections book 1.jpg book 2.jpg book 3.jpg ....all of which I feel are a must for the bookshelf.

    Continued in next post:

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  2. prhayes68 Active Member


    Shouldn't you be painting Mr Mott? :)

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  3. Nap A Fixture

    After the background information to get you in the mood lets move on now to the release itself :

    Title: French Hussar 1808 (Limited to 120 pieces)

    Reference: GM1/1201

    Sculptor: Maurice Corry (Moz on PF)

    Casting: Stuart Hale (Stu on PF)

    Material : Grey Resin

    No of parts : 2

    Box Art by: Alex Varela Alex.jpg (Iguazzu on PF)

    As with all products received from the Hale emporium packaging is solid (a stout cardboard box) with the parts well protected in bubble wrap . kev 136.jpg The box has a picture of the finished model kev 133.jpg painted by the very talented Alex Varela (see pic above ...sorry Alex!!!) .

    Consisting of 2 parts only the actual bust and a thin and nicely formed post to use if you wish , also included as with all Grenadier and Stormtrooper products is a painting guide but as with everything a bit more referencing does no harm!!! kev 174.jpg

    Prep of the parts consisted only of removing the casting plug from one of the ends of the post ( this is perfectly smooth) . kev 175.jpg

    Looking at the bust itself again all thats needed is removal of casting remnants from the underside of the bust in addition to getting the wet and dry out to quickly sand down a casting line on the undersides
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    .........apart from these small points the casting was FLAWLESS .

    Our Hussar is a well to do Officer , flamboyant to say the least wearing the dolman under which he has the sleeveless waistcoat both of which are heavily laced , he wears the undress cap in the Regts colours (in this case the 8th Regt) . kev 177.jpg kev 178.jpg kev 180.jpg kev 179.jpg

    The great thing is that the subject offers the potential to do a version of all the Regts with the different facings etc ..imagine that ...brilliant option which would be lots of fun .

    Looking first at the cap he has this was popular being worn both by Officers and other ranks , our Officer wears his tucked in at the sides (sometimes it was worn with the crown hanging down with a tassel at the end)...details are really tight and clean , super smooth with the piping being well defined , nice work on the tassel as well .....MC in his element here I think . kev 181.jpg

    Moving down to the face now ..and what a great characterface ..typical hussar with the sculptor relating very losly to the original manekin in the museum , a wonderful brow and eye details together with the ears , with the moustache being worn strikingly "a la hussar" . kev 182.jpg

    He wears his hair pulled back into a pony tail carefully wrapped as was the fashion with sidepieces being twisted together kev 187.jpg kev 186.jpg ...carefully worked by Maurice creating a real nice area to paint ( these often has musket balls entwinned at the bottom so they could hang straight.....oh the image concious hussr eh!!!)
    he has a high collar , undercuts are very well done ( as I expected with Stu actually casting) .
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    On now to the dolman folds are smooth and well done with the most striking thing being the magnificent lacework that has been sculpted by Maurice ...every single button is correct with the lacing sitting correct ...this will be an absolute joy to paint ..take your time and enjoy the piece coming to life .....................
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    Underneath the dolman he has what would be the sleeveless waistcoat and all I can say is the same comments appy to the lacework ............. kev 185.jpg

    Just look at the pictures .... The Quality jumps straigt out at you .

    The amount of detail is top notch all the way ....just how its is done I am in awe at ...but this would be to no avail if the casting wasn't as good ...and it is .... the care that Moz obviously has taken has been matched by Stu in the casting ....WELL DONE to you both

    This is a wonderful subject , all area's are so well done , from Presentation to the finished product, prep is absolute minimal , so much conversion potential in it as well .

    10 OUT OF 10 from me .....GET YOURSELF ONE ...You will not regret it

    Finally as I said the box art was painted by Alex and its amazing ...a true master at painting IMO ...especially that white of the dolman ...here is the link to Alx's orgial post:


    For more info on this piece go to the Grenadier Miniatures website at:


    Or you could pm Alison (Alz on PF) or Stuart (There is also a link to Grenadier from the Stormtroopers site)

    If you would rather have at this and other products from both companys then go and say Hi to Stu on the Stormtroopers stand at Euro ....he will welcome you with open arms

    Thanks for looking in

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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Pete ,

    After 4 cups of coffee I am flying !!!! couldn't resist not sharing this lovely piece with all of you ..I am dreading Euro ...or should I say my bank manager is !!!!!!!

  5. prhayes68 Active Member

    That is a beautiful looking casting! I hear you about Euro. It used to cost me a fortune. Good job I'm 3,000 miles away now (at least my wife thinks so).

  6. megroot A Fixture

    Thanks for the great revieuw Kevin.

  7. Jim Patrick Active Member

    Great review!

    Jim Patrick
  8. Nap A Fixture

    Hi Guys ,

    Thanks for the comments about the Review ..I welcome all comments +ve and -ve!!!!

    Thanks for looking in


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