The Second US Cavalry as portrayed in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON. (XI)

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Well… today I did the white crossbelt and the silver swords and spurs.

Also working on the side on Winston’s horse… not yet finished but I like so far the dappled effect (Toy Soldier like NOT Military Modeling) so… do not be too harsh on it!

It seems to take ages now to finish all the petty details … but I enjoy it I guess (much encouragement on Facebook from my friends there)


Lateral view (as usual)
The other side (also as usual)
Working on it!

The Second US Cavalry as portrayed in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON. (VIII)

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Quite effective (and boring) session today… doing dark blue saddle accoutrements on the horses… tedious yes… but nearly there… LOL

Seriously what I can notstand is SUPERGLUE in my fingers… now I use the same gloves as in pandemic times.


PS: Keeping yellow colour for the last touchs!

Lateral view of the lot!
The other side…

The Second US Cavalry as portrayed in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON. (VII)

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Well, yes I could do the faces (not yet finished of course… it lacks eyebrows, eyes and mouth + sole moustaches and full beards…). So for those who expected Buffalo Soldiers it is not the case that was the primer colour all over.

Coming up slow but sure.

Would be fun to paint the non regulation scarves in differet colours.

And yellow stripes on breeches blue only for NCO’s and Officers.

As I have said horses would be the last.


Lateral view
Another perspective

Breeches done. The Second US Cavalry as portrayed in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON. (III)

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As usual I keep been doing other things at the same time… mainly polishing details on 6MM minis, and priming 54MM mounted Officers.

HM Queen Elizabeth II is there so to help in the future insignia to be painted in King Charles III, the others are a British Guards Officer with binoculars and Churchill as an Officer of the 4th Hussars 1890’s…

And YES this small one is a 42MM… the only one in my collection!


The sky blue colour was a bit fluid…
Another view,

That’s what I am doing nowadays. The Second US Cavalry as portrayed in SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON. (I)

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Finally I am doing them, it has been a busy task to drill the holes to fit the heads, and also put the arms in place. A normal procedure when buying casts and a bit of DIY. Of course that is after gluing together the two parts of the horse (YES the casts come in two parts and you have to glue them). Had to add pistol holster (from DORSET SOLDIERS) and add the guidon from my spares box (Old DUCAL lance). Not complaining at all but it is not my favourite time with them… I enjoy painting but the assembly part is like work in a way…

Now, the pots of Vallejo painting have been buyed long ago… I will prim the figures and let them dry. And then it would be the usual Henry Ford approach of painting in a “line of production”. That way when you have finished the last figure (54mm REPLICA) the first is already dry and so on.

Really it is more fun to show what I am doing instead of simply posting what others have done (syndrome of “look Ma what I have done!”).

You can simply skip those Posts if not interested.

2023 was a very chaotic tasks jumble with the production of the Baccus proxies for the Brigade of British Guards in the Crimean War interrupting all the time work in other scales. With them finished and out of the way finally able to do Nathan Brittles Second US Cavalry patrol.

The need to add them to my collection has always been there… but until Andrew Stevenson produced the sample (see bottom) I was not able to locate the casts at all (with my own specifications and variations).

Hope you enjoy.

General view
Priming up
On the waiting line.
Just finished assembling.
Original sample provided by REPLICA!