Recently I had a bit of a luck on "marktplaats" a Dutch version of Ebay. I obtained two lots of 1:72 plastic toy soldiers. The first lot was a set of Airfix British Guards which I held to be the one trooping the colour. The set had been on sale for some time with no bids to name, since I'd like to have a set of both the Colour Guard and the Band, I put in a bid of €2,- and this was duly accepted...
The same vendor offered several o9ther lots including a set of Napoleonics. In this lot where a set of Italeri French dragoons, Revell Life Guards and Guard Chasseurs, an Airfix Napoleonic Highlanders and a set of Airfix French Napoleonic infantry including one gun. My bid of €10,- for the lot was also accepted...
When we came back from our Holiday in Switzerland, the envelope was awaiting me and I went at it sorting all the sets out. Unfortunately, all the sets are missing parts and the Airfix Guards set is actually a combination of both the sets and pretty incomplete at that. That said I will try to do my best to turn them into something nice.
But I first started with something else. For some time I have reached the conclusion that the Revell Life Guards are pretty much the best set of British heavy cavalry for the Napoleonic Wars. Therefore I have decided to represent several regiments using these figures and with the set out of this lot I had a try in converting them to Scots Greys. The heads used are mostly from the inadequate Italeri set (really bad poses and totally the wrong horse furniture) with the 3 command figures sporting HäT heads. The bandaged head is a Bruno Arnal piece and very nice!
Now before you start commenting about it: I know that I made a mistake by using the Life Guards horses for the Greys but seeing as I have no others here at present, nor know where to get some more, I went with these. And since I was blaspheming anyway I also made the chequered border along the shabraques blue... Yeah I know, but at least it looks spiffing!
Without further ado: