OK, bottom line up front. I did not enjoy paining these miniatures. There are a number of reasons for this, but chief among them are the poor hat/head system and the clutter on the mounted figures. Now that I have finished them, I can sit back and say to myself “that wasn’t too bad….” But I’d be lying. I thought I’d never finish this set of miniatures. The horses were easy as were the foot, but the mounted figures were a real drudge and I think the cause was too much detail on the saddle equipment. I could not distinguish easily between the captured chickens, pots, and blankets.
The scheme I used is designed to be that of the Mounted Rifles of Hos-Hostigos – forest green trousers, brown coats, maroon trim where possible. The standard uses the a maroon keystone on a forest green field. In the books Kalvan of Otherwhen and Great King’s War, the Rifles were commanded by Colonel Verkan Vall, a Paratime policeman. The unit is armed with rifled muskets, another piece of technology Kalvan implements from his home timeline. Used with Hostigos Unconsecrated (gunpowder produced within Hostigos and not sanctioned by Styphon’s house) the rifles out range and out punch any other infantry weapon on the timeline.
I did not like the separate hat system. The pieces were too small and fiddly and they did not fit on the heads of the miniatures without making them look like dorks or giving them a lobotomy. I screwed up a few of the hats to the point I could not use them so instead I used green stuff on the models lacking fedoras and gave them long hair instead, an unintended benefit of the baldness of the models.
The other issue I have is why they even bothered to make dismounts for the box set. As a purist, I will probably use both mounted and dismounted figures depending on the terrain they are in, but the Black Powder rules are written in such a manner that dismounted figures are not necessary.