I found these pics on my harddrive and thought I`d post them up here.
General sketch of a mounted Spahis trooper
Painting showing Spahis Marocain
Sketches of Spahis officers
Now the options for these troops are very limited among commercial ranges, in order for me to build a unit I needed to think "outside the box".
I built two troops enough for a complete squadron within the rules we use.
The bulk of the unit from Warrior Miniatures SCW Moroccan cavalry (left) plus their mounted infantry with Raventhorpe Spahis heads and Irregular Miniatures SCW Moroccan cavalry (right)
A few simple conversions L-R
Warrior mounted infantry bugler (with Raventhrope head); Raventhorpe mounted French officer; Combat Miniatures mounted Japanese trooper (Russo-Japanese War) with Raventhorpe Kepi head
After basing and undercoating, my next job was to add cloaks to each figure, I did this "old school" using that old modelling favourite - Plasterscene. I tried my best to create a unique cloak to each figure.
After the modelling was completed I once again undercoated everything before painting, in my usual fashion of colour blocks and detailing. Until I`d finished -
Now I`m very happy with the look and they are different and unique to my collection, but I got thinking they look to "cloned", so a few months after I finshed this batch I began to look around for other suitable figures to convert into a second troop.
Tom`s Tins (now Early War Miniatures) Spahis. These are kitted out for Europe with greatcoat and Adrian Helmet. There are two rider and two horse poses, the horses are particularly good as they are tacked "colonial" fashion. you also get loose scabarded rifles and swords to add as you wish.
Combat Miniatures Chinese (or could be winter Japanese?) for Manchuria
Raventhorpe Spahis trooper with their two variants of horse
First conversion, one of the Combat Chinese with new head (Raventhorpe again!) and added slung rifle
The EWM Spahis now with turban heads (much better IMHO)
The other two Combat Chinese with turban (actually Rexa) heads, came out quite nicely.
Various shots of the WIP adding cloaks, undercoating, etc
Second troop complete, far more individual and interesting in my opinion.