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Review Sgt Bruse 11th Hussars From Mitches Military Models

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi to all on PF ,

    At last I can get back on plan with reviews (delay due to having my legs all bandaged up ...all together now ....shame!!!)

    What better way than to be able to have a look at the latest release from a couple of PF members , one who runs Mitches Military Models (MMM) namely Gordon Mitchell aka Grod and a sculptor who goes by the name of Jim Evans aka Jimbo ...some miight have heard of them ;)

    The subject is a certain Sgt Bruse of the 11th Hussars , a crimean veteran and one who left something behind in the campaign ...his arm !!!!

    Before we go to the review itself lets have alittle bit of info on the 11th Hussars and their involvement in the Crimean wars .


    The regiment was raised in 1715, as the 17th Dragoons by Brigadier-General Phillip Honeywood and in 1783 became 11th Light Dragoons. In 1840 the regiment was called on to act as escort to Prince Albert on his journey from Dover to London to marry Queen Victoria. As a reward the regiment was given the honour of a new title "11th (or Prince Albert's Own) Hussars. They were the first Light Dragoon regiment to be called "Hussars" without also having "Light Dragoons" retained in their title.

    The crimson bag worn with the busby was particular to this regiment, and the white horsehair plume had a crimson base. The busby of that period was much taller and thinner than later variations. The horsehair plume would not have been worn in battle. The trousers or overalls worn by the 11th were not the standard blue as worn by other Hussar regiments, but crimson with a double yellow cloth stripe for other ranks.

    The tunic had horizontal cord frogging with three vertical rows of buttons, the centre row being full ball buttons and the outer rows, half ball buttons.

    A Hussar sash consisting of vertical rows of yellow woven cotton barrels over crimson worsted cord was worn around the waist, above the white leather sword belt.
    It was in the elaborate uniform that Prince Albert's Own Hussars went into battle during the Crimea War. They took part in the famous Charge of the Light Brigade and Lord Cardigan, who led this ill-fated attack, wore the same resplendent attire.

    The attack was ordered by Lord Raglan, who from an elevated position could see Russian artillery teams moving forward, and formed the opinion that their purpose was to remove abandoned British guns in the redoubts. He therefore sent this order to Lord Lucan - "Lord Raglan wishes the Cavalry to advance rapidly to the front, follow the enemy and try to prevent the enemy carrying away the guns. Troop Horse Artillery may accompany. French cavalry is on your left. Immediate"
    On receiving the orders conveyed to him by Captain Nolan, Lord Lucan was unable to see the same scene as witnessed by his superior, and was only able to see those guns attached to the Russian cavalry. Asking Captain Nolan for clarification, he received the impatient response - "There, my Lord, are your guns. There are the enemy" which was accompanied by a vague sweep of Nolan's arm which took in the greater part of the Russian position. Lord Lucan passed on the order to Lord Cardigan who took his place at the head of the Light Brigade and commenced the infamous charge - cavalry against Russian artillery. Captain Nolan, riding with the 17th Lancers, apparently realised that Lord Cardigan, instead of veering to the right and attacking the redoubts, was heading straight down the valley to certain death. He spurred his horse forward to attract Cardigan's attention, but was hit by a Russian bullet, fell from his horse, and was ridden over by the charge.
    The 11th Hussars, sustaining huge losses, eventually reached the end of the valley and came face to face with the Russian cavalry. They successfully held them at bay until the Russians were joined by more lancers, when they were forced to turn and retreat.
    The Light Brigade comprised of
    11th Hussars
    8th Hussars;
    17th Lancers 4th Light Dragoons
    13th Light Dragoons
    RHA

    Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the 11th was the crimson trousers ...very much an elite display and proudly worn by all ....this was as a result of an incident in an orchard in the Peninsular War with the regiment gaining the nickname of "The Cherry Pickers" .

    The Regiment has also had a character featured in the series written by George Macdonald Fraser as Henry Paget Flashman ...a rather flamboyant and boistrious officer ...great reading though .

    Suggested further reading into the Regiment and the Crimean campaigns includes: book.jpg book1.jpg book2.jpg

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi to all ,

    On now to the actual subject itself , but before I go any further I would like to say that the main references used is the period photograph which depicts Sgt Bruse , we all know how difficult it is to sculpt 100% to a actual person .........

    To this end Jim has gone down the road of when he was sculptng by using the photo as a inspiration in the pose and the style of the period , additinal references were provided by others . As depicted Sgt Bruse lost his arm and you can see his strength in the picture , wearing with pride his Crimean medals (Turkish and British , the latter with 3 bars).

    The model was received quickly and safely with MMM's normal speed and efficiency , packaging consists of the distinctive sturdy black cardboard box , all parts were well packed in bubble wrap , in addition to these there is also included a 3/4 length depiction of the man himself ...perhaps we might see the subject with legs ?

    Title: Sgt Bruse 11th Hussars Crimea

    Scale: 200mm

    Material: Grey Resin

    No of Pieces: 2 (head and torso)

    Sculptor: Jim "Jimbo" Evans


    The box has a very small picture of the unpainted version , personally I would have preferred a larger picture (as in previous releases) as the image does not help the presentation .......hopefully we will see larger images in future .

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  3. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Moving on now to the resin itself , firstly the larger of the two ..the torso ...........

    Prep needed is minimal with a fine casting line being sanded away in seconds on the underside , with a casting pug to remove on the lower part

    There isa hole drilled into the neck area with a corresponding piece on the underside of the neck.....me being eager managed to snap it off ..not really a problem as I was going to pin this anyway when it hits the bench as WIP!!!.

    This is depicted in a clasic bust style with the Right arm sleeve hooked up to the button as in the picture , the remnanats of the upper arm are evident the sleeve hangs naturally and looks empty , the Left arm is cut just below the shoulder , the bust finished by tapering down to the waist and the barrel sash ..nice touch that .

    Folds on the right arm are really nice and it looks like there is only a remnant of the arm , personally however I feel the left arm could do witth a bit more defintion , looking at it , the lines look too defined ...a little more is neded ...a minor point but woth noting IMO .

    Sgt B has the very distinctive frogged jacket over which he wears his pouch belt as per the picture Jim used , he also has 2 medals as well ...these are well done and careful painting will bring out the details even more.

    The rank he has is only on the Right arm , this being 3 stripes with the crown above it being a regimental badge and not part of his actual rank.

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  4. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Lets have some more pictures of the torso details :

    As you can see the sculpting of the lacework is Ist class and I have no doubt this was done with much mumblings and without the aid of any wire , all details being sculpted with putty ..

    The fineness of the lacework is IMO excellent and has cast well , it is fully defined in all area's ....well done Jim .

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    The buttons are correctly sculpted as full ball ones for the cente line and 1/2 balls for the ones at either edge.

    Rank details are also good , making painting easy ...providing a great focal point on the model k 013.jpg

    The medals are as I said nicely done with the 3 bars sculpted with good defintion ..but you missed out a letter in the "Balaclava" James:eek: !!!>..joking mate :whistle: k 017.jpg m.jpg m1.jpg

    Looking at the cuff details , this is really well done , finely sculpted , particularly with the trefoil k 011.jpg ...all this detail is crying out to be painted and will it look great when done ....YES indeed .

    You will also see the nice work done on the barrel sash , a small area but one which adds more colour and interest to the piece.

    The rear of the piece again has well defined and fine lacework , together with the pouch belt which is also nicely done , particularly the buckle area . k 020.jpg

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  5. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    On now to the head itself :

    Sgt B is depicted wearing the full whiskers beloved of all Crimean veterans when they were both there ad at home until it was ordered that "Crimean beards" be removed !!!!

    Jim has I feel captured the "look" of Sgt B , his features are well done , the beard is a great area to go to town on with the washes , all which brings out the sculpt , he has high chhekbones with the eyes being well done , the pupils being clearly sculpted and with the "bags" under his eyes .....

    The hairstyle (oh how I remember when I had some!!!) is very close to the picture , with the ends curling at the sides ...good cahnce to get those highlights working !!!!

    All other features are good , he has a slightly furrowed brow , the jowls are good as well as are the ears , hair hanging over them in a flamboyant way . k 027.jpg

    The collar has the correct piping and lacework sculpted on it ...well cast and it will be esy to paint ...don't forget that the shadows will be present under his bushy beard.!!!!

    For me the crowning glory is without doubt his pill box cap at a vey rakish angle "a la hussar" with the regimental pattern lace around the lowere parts (see pictures of the sabretache for details) . 11thhussarssabre1856.jpg k 026.jpg

    There has obviously been a lot of research and time spent in sculpting the lacework on the cap ...and it has paid off .

    Fit of the head to the torso (don't snap the peg off like I did !!!) is tight with only a slight swipe of filler needed .

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  6. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    My final thought on this release:


    The Crimean period is "a la mode" and this bust typifies the men that fought and sometimes paid the final price , others like Sgt Bruse returned home , wounded but proudly wearing the hard earned medals .............what happened to Sgt B ...we are not sure , lets hope he had a peaceful life and idn't end up begging like many soldiers ....he was a proud soldier who served his country and Regiment well .

    The model is a great subject , hopefully we will see more like this fropm Jim and MMM , detailing is 1st class and the finished product is one of quality casting and sculpting .

    Presentation perhaps could be bettered with a larger pictue , the inclusion of a picture is a good idea and a good reference , no uniform details are included but here they are from me :

    Cap: Crimson upper with a regimental button on top (brassed or possibly covered in yellow cloth)

    Lower lace band ; Yellow cloth regimental lace style

    Collar: Dark Blue with Yellow piping/trefoils

    Jacket: Dark Blue with Yellow lacework on front and at cuffs

    Buttons: Brass

    Barrel Sash : Yellow and Red alternating bands

    British Crimean Medal: Lt Blue ribbon edged Yellow (clasps and medal white metal -VR head)

    Turkish Criman medal: Red ribbon edged Green (White metal with design as shown)

    Conclusion:

    This is a lovely piece which will look great in the cabinet , lots of chracter in this one , lots of fine details which will provide loads of enjoyabl painting time .

    Lets hope we have another from the MMM stable soon


    Contact : Gordon via pm on PF (username Grod)

    or visit the website :

    www.MitchesMilitaryModels.co.uk

    Thanks for looking

    Nap

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  7. Johan Kees Active Member

    Country:
    Belgium
    Great review, Kevin. Thanks a lot, also for the extra photos of the real medals and uniform pieces.

    J;)han
  8. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    Superb Review with all the additional images and information teasers here Kev. Many thanks for taking the time and trouble to pull all this together. Also pleased to hear that your legs are back in place again.
    Well done to Jim, a lovely subject and he manages to get better with every sculpt he does. He is Mr Crimea.
    Additionally I must congratulate Gordon on his ever growing stable of top notch sculptors.
    Cheers,
    Keith
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  9. DEL A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Outstanding review Kevin.....can't say anything more (y)(y)(y)
    Cheers
    Derek
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  10. MCPWilk A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Very nicely done. Now how about a 200mm figure with that superb looking sabretache? (Mike French did Lord Cardigan in 200mm year sgo).

    Mike
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  11. Grod A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    That was a cracking figure Mike. Based on the Trevor Howard character from the film.
    Gordon
  12. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Mike the 200mm full figure version is on my sculpting bench now, he'll be on his way to Gordon hopefully in a few weeks.
    Cheers
    Jim
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  13. Jimbo A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Kev, Superb review mate
    Keith, many thanks mate.
    Cheers(y)
    Jim
  14. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    The Legs Brigade's Chief Poobah strikes again(y)

    Nice one Jim.
    ATB Keith
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  15. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Chief Poohbah ...............Arrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!!!!!!!!!! ................all I see is legs everywhere !!!!!!

    Looking forward to seeing this ...its going to be some impressive piece .....can't wait to see the sword and sabretache .........soon!!!

    Guys ,

    Thanks for the +ve comments , plese feel free to comment so I can make my reviews better .

    Nap
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  16. Dennis Active Member

    Country:
    England
    As usual a brilliant, informative review Kev.
    Thank you
    Dennis
  17. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Dennis,

    Glad you found it interesting ...reckon you might like this one mate

    Thanks for looking in

    Nap
  18. PhilinYuma Member

    Country:
    United-States
    No doubt about it, this is the way to do a review; excellent job. I suspect that a number of members will be inspired to get this on the strength of your review. At the risk of gilding the lily, I would suggest, in addition to your well-chosen library, Fosten and the Mollo Boys' Into the Valley of Death (poetic sounding title, I wonder where it came from?). BTW this book suggests yellow cloth for the forage cap button, but who knows with Crazy Cardigan's "cherry bums"? Can you remember a citation for gold? It would sure look nice on the top of the bust!
    Thanks again .
    Cheers, Phil
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  19. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Phil,

    You are too kind , I hope that my reviews achieve a constructive and realistic and honest position .

    You are of course correct that the Mollo book should be included (great details and colour) Into the Valley of Death.jpg ...yes I have it!!!!

    There are also many others fact based books about the war as well as the specific charge : 9.jpg the-crimean-war.jpg 7.jpg



    Regarding the button at the Hussars museum in Winchester there is an exhibit (in the archive at the moment) of a cap with a brass button , this could have had yellow cloth over but when I examined it could see no remnants ......there are variations also of the cap having lace on the top as well as plain (I might well put some on top when I paint it)...a truely interesting subject .

    This is a reconstruction of an 11th Hussars 1111.jpg and this is one ....... SouthNottinghamshirePillBoxCap-410.jpg from a officer of a Yeomanry Regt (South Nottinghamshire Hussars) ......just to show variations worn.

    Thanks for looking in

    Nap
  20. PhilinYuma Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Ah, I envy your ability to check the real thing! I lived on the coast next to Hastings --St Leonard's --during WWII and when it was over and my folks took us on an outing to London, they would drop me off at the Imperial War Museum. Now I see that my siblings' generation are part of an exhibit on children in wartime at that museum. Living history, that's us!;)
    I currently live in the "hyperarid" Sonoran Desert where it is hard to find a good military museum with British C19th holdings, but if you ever want the skinny on real cacti instead of those pix in Arizona Highways, let me know!
    Cheers, Phil

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