Well the Hussars finally arrived and I could not help myself starting on them! This is a fantastic box of figures, the sprues are packed with parts to enable you to produce almost any French Hussar regiment from different stages of the Napoleonic wars. I like the red and blue contrast of the 6th regiment (present at Waterloo) and the later style post 1812 headgear. Not got too far yet, just the basic colours blocked in and a bit of work on the faces. Like all the perry plastics the figures go together like a dream leaving no gaps. My Hussars are in campaign dress of overalls but I was very tempted by the 'booted' legs. This 8 figure unit should be completed and based by next Friday. I will be left with 6 more Hussars so by adding another command sprue (available directly from Perry, as are all the plastic command sprues now), I will be able to field a second unit at a later date. But next up after the 6th will be the 95th Rifles.
I'm also pleased to report that our local Gurkha Rifles have this week returned home from Afghanistan. The Gurkhas are based at Shorncliffe Barracks near Folkestone, which is where the Light Infantry were based and trained during the Napoleonic wars, including the 95th Rifles. A more respectful and peaceful community you could not wish for and the Gurkhas are very highly thought of in the local community. Sadly this tour has cost them 4 lives, and Sunday's remembrance parade down here will be particularly poignant.