Friday, March 18, 2016

Egyptian Lancers Finished

I’ve finished the Egyptian lancers and on the whole I’m reasonably pleased with them.  They aren’t going to win any awards, but they look well enough to pass muster at three feet. 

The lances are made from steel spears which were recommended (and a sample provided) by Mike Lewis of Black Hat. They were intended for 1/32 Prince August Highlanders, but not being able to find my drill has tied that up for a little bit. I added pennants made from printer labels, though I now realise that I sound have painted them green rather than red and white. Too much time thinking of the 17thLancers on my part I think. Better fix that before I varnish them.

The saddle and tack are probably too complex, but I just painted around the detail where I could and it seems to have done the trick. I don’t think Mike Snooke & Co will be banging my door down for uniform tips any time soon, but for my purposes they’ll do. I probably could have done more research on these, but it would have taken time and to be honest, I just wanted to get on with it. Uncertainty has a terrible tendency to paralyse, decisions are deferred and nothing gets done – which is frustrating. But in the case of toy soldiers, where very little (if anything) is at stake, it seems silly to get overly precious about things.
Definitely a case where it is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
And a shot from the rear.
Does my fez look big in this?

I’m quite happy with how this little project panned out. All the remains to be done for Kassassin is an armoured train carriage and a gun to mount on it. What could be simpler?


  1. How absolutely splendid, bravo Sir.

  2. Conrad Kinch,

    I like to look of these figures. They remind me somewhat of the figures that form the Jacklex range of figures.

    All the best,


  3. SUCCESS! A fine looking body of troops added to the army...and as an added plus no fingers were injured or (real) blood shed!

    1. Thank you very much. No fingers lost yet anyway. Maybe when I try to varnish them.

  4. They look grand. I agree thinking too much is a habit to be avoided in relation to toy soldiers otherwise in my case procrastination kicks in and nothing gets done, for all the best reasons!
    Best Iain

  5. And fine looking fellas they turned out to be.