All right Gentlemen;
Here is some rough proposed artwork (the 'announcement" got me excited) for Generic Heavy Cavalry. The Dragoons/Light Cavalry will follow shortly. Please bear in mind that I am not a professional illustrator, only a plunker, but I wanted to see what could be done with a sprue.
My sources for this artwork are Charles Grant's "From Pike to Shot", René Chartrand's Osprey on "The Army of Louis XIV", and various plates in the Vinkhuijzen Collection of the New York Public Library. Some compromises have been made in the design, but these figures will work for the entire period from 1685 to 1720. I have used Tony's "stock" photo of heads originally made for the Infantry, but similar will work for the Heavy Cavalry as well. I also probably got the boots a little short, the tops should really be over the knee. I also realized that I left off a separate saber for the open hand, but I did remember pistols. First the basic artwork:
And the necessary accessories and weapons:
And now the proposed "test" Heavy Cavalry Sprue, any and all questions and feedback will be appreciated.
One of the biggest compromises is to the trumpeter's livery. If you are doing a French regiment that used Royal Livery, you will need to scrape away the slightly-raised simple livery lace and have fun with your paintbrush. But then, if you're a French player, you knew that anyways. As I said above, all questions and feedback appreciated.