Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Perry Miniatures conversions - Part 2 Dismounted Cavalry

As in part 1 of this series I am using the basic infantryman taking a cartridge from his pouch as well as the loading and firing poses to make dismounted cavalry.  I know you can buy these and I have but these were 'left over' figures.


The first step in converting the 'firing and loading' figures is to convert their muskets into carbines. Take the arms which have muskets which are used for the standing firing figures lay a carbine alongside to get the right size for a carbine and simply cut it down to size.  A paint job does the rest.
  

To make the impression of boots, simply cut a line around the trouser at the height you want the boots to be and then just shave away a little of the trouser plastic to give the impression that they are tucked into the boots. 







You will need to cut of the belts and cartridge boxes from the infantry man.  However given the type of plastic used and a little practice you will find it easy to cut these away.  Slice away the cartridge box in thin slices.  If you try to cut it in one go you will just break the scalpel blades.


This figures was used for the following conversions








Although these figures are shown as Union, the same conversion wotks for the Confederates.  You can leave out the swords which makes for an even easier conversion.

You can see that in some of the figures I haven't bothered to 'cut the boot line'.  I noticed that in the actual Perry cavalry figure, some have trousers and shoes.  Pistols are simply the cavarly pistol arm stuck on in place ot the original arm.



Converted figures mixed with Perry's metal dismounted cavalry 

Union Cavalry Division
In the next part I will look at how to give a Perry figure some hair!

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