I’ve decided. After having so much fun painting my Scots Greys and Hanoverian Hussars, I’m going to shelve the Swedes for a while and concentrate on cavalry. It may even become this year’s ‘thing’ for my hobby.
So, if I’m doing cavalry, I really need to get a bit more serious about painting the horses. Uniforms – I’m comfortable with, but horses have never been my prime motivation for painting. Don’t get me wrong, I like horses a lot. The family even has a horse; a, 8-year-old dun-coloured friendly fella called Woody. I have a good rapport with the ‘Woodster’, and it seems he likes me a lot. We blow into each others noses and share an extra strong mint. I’ve even ridden him a few times when I can get my wife and daughter out of the saddle. My wife says I’m a natural!
But I just don’t pay enough attention to them in my painting. But that’s all going to change thanks to my daughter Eleanor’s latest school library book; “The Sainsbury Book of Horses and Ponies”.
It has pages showing different colours of horses, like this below:
It also has useful pages on horse markings called socks, stocking and blazes.
It even has a cavalryman in it.
So look out for my progress in adding more blazes and socks to my bay’s and chestnuts next time I showcase some of my painted cavalry!