So out came the blade and the 'Green Stuff'. The medieval saddle horn was removed and the GS used to create saddle rolls - blankets, greatcoats - to give the saddle area some substance. Would not the practical Russians put all the valuable saddlecloths and plumes away on campaign and just carry the necessities of a greatcoat slung over the haunches? Well, mine are anyway. While the troopers legs fit surprisingly quite well, these rolls also served to cover up any gaps.
Here is a close up of the saddle rolls (oh dear, with the big lens you certainly can see my horse scrapings from removing a bit of the "medieval-ness" of the saddle... I have subsequently primed them already so I hope my thick paint work will deal with that!)
|Perry French hussar rider with Russian head and FireForge medieval (!) horse|
I have also show a shot of the Perry horse and the FireForge example (it is a medieval horse represented)
|Perry horse to the left, FireForge (medieval) horse to the right|
|Russian hussar holding a lance - a really thick lance !|
Useable now I looked for something else to do with it as not to waste. In this case, a had a previously primed mule and thought to add the rather large remainder as tied down items. I used string as the securing cords with watered down glue to make the string paintable. Further GS 'overstocks' will doubtless be made into other mule's baggage items.