|Dervish mounted riflemen|
|Same as the first picture, but different angle.|
Yesterday, I finished painting the five Dervish cavalry that come in each box of Armies In Plastic 54mm toy soldiers. The infantry boxes have 20 figures.
I was a bit leary of painting the cavalry at first, thinking that the horses were a tad too large relative to the size of the infantry and Camel Corps mounted figures. However, once I started painting the figures I really enjoyed working with them. The poses are very dynamic and the horses are some of the most elegant horse models that I have ever seen.
I finished the figures off with two coats of Testors spray gloss coat. The gloss coating seems to be thicker and more protective than the Dull Coat matte spray. Stronger and tougher is very important when you are using soft plastic figures.
I like these models well enough to buy more boxes of the figures and eventually create a 30-figure regiment of Dervish cavalry (I know, the Dervish didn't have "regiments" per se, but I don't know what else to call them.). So four more boxes are on order from Armies In Plastic which will give me 25 cavalry figures. I will order one more box after I have worked my way through the new lot.
|Here is what the contents of one AIP box looks like when painted|
The picture above gives you an idea of what one box of the AIP Dervish cavalry will look like after it has been painted. They are easy to paint and simply a joy to work with.
My next unit is a 20-figure group of Dervish riflemen. I already have 20 riflemen painted and this will eventually be a 60 figure unit.
After the riflemen, I think that it is time to get back to painting the British Camel Corps.