Monday, September 24, 2012

Hungarian Lights

After a year layoff, it's good to be painting Essex figures again.  While Essex gets grief from some quarters over the limited poses, there's no company with a larger line of 15mm Medieval figures that I know of.  And their horses are simply the best in this scale.  I have some Xyston horses on my painting table and they look small and thin by comparison. The same goes for Old Glory.  Here's the first batch of reinforcements I painted up for my Later Hungarian commission.   

Hungarian Light Horse Archers:  Hungarian Light Horse are nothing special in the Medieval era but you can run up to 12 bases of them.  Good detail on the figures.  I really love the braiding on the coat and the fur trimmed jackets.


Foot Archers:  Cheap and nimble filler, really cheap if you take them as poor quality.  But then you'll have to hide them on the battlefield!  Forest green uniforms will help them hide in the woods if that's necessary.

Crossbowmen:  Like the Foot Archers, crossbowmen are cheap Light Foot filler for the Hungarian army.  Cheap doesn't mean they can't look fabulous and their yellow & black combo work looks quite stylish.  Essex cast the crossbow separately from the figures and that extra step worked quite well for these figures.

Up next in the batter's box are Szekler Light Horse (x3) and armored Szekler Cavalry. 

22 comments:

  1. Nice work, Monty. The Essex I've see all have nice clean lines to them, not as sharp edged as, say, some of the OG stuff I've painted. These look good - the colours pop, and slight position shifts do wonders to keep the bases from looking too static.

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    1. Thanks! With skirmish, you can play around a little with the basing. I've gone so far as to base some of my skirmish Light Horse with one figure running backward and one forward. I live kind of a wild life.

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  2. I don't know those armies, but archers and crossbowmen are looking specially nice for me! Very good work!

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    1. Thanks Phil. I didn't know much about the Medieval Hungarians until I painted this army. The beauty of our hobby is there are more armies and periods to paint than we can do justice to. But we try!

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  3. Great looking troops, very well painted!!

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    1. Thanks Ray, it does help when you're having fun with the figures, army or period!

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  4. Excellent work all around; vibrant colors and great basing. Best, Dean

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    1. Thanks Dean! And I love your profile photo.

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  5. Hi Monty,

    well done! the Hungarians are back on the painting table!
    I need to have some too!
    have good painting sessions!

    Cheers

    Gilles

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    1. They are an interesting army in FoG. Shooty but also with plenty of Knights. Thanks Gilles!

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  6. Very good looking units Monty !!!

    Best regards Michael

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  7. i like !!
    i would like so much that in fog battle wagon get interesting...
    an hussite would be fun as well...
    light foot poor in bg of 8, with bow, are in my mind the best
    not expensive
    with a great rate of fire
    i take tem with my ghaznavids
    often ignored by your opponent

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    1. You are correct. There is a place for poor troops on a list and FoG battlefield. I seem to fumble mine when I have them so I resort to hiding them. Don't try that at home or on the tournament!

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  8. great job there. I have some Hungarian LH from Mirliton. They look nice too

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    1. I'd love to give Mirliton or Donnington a spin one day. Right now, the postal rate out of the UK is very, very steep. I need to double check and see if there is a US distributor.

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  9. some really nice skills with brushes there great colours awesome work

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  10. Yes Essex are a pleasure to work on, nice clean figures without difficult undercuts. Mate of mine has thousands of the 30YW/ECW range, he seems to knock over a few units on a regular basis without too much trouble. The metal is also reasonably malleable, so he slightly bends the arms in or out for a bit of variation in posses, makes things like pike blocks look fantastic. Nice job on those Monty.

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    1. I'm sold on them for any horse heavy army. I've got someone who offered to let me chip in on a group buy of Essex, the next time they order it up. So now all I have to do is settle on my next Essex based army. That shouldn't be hard, right?

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