So there are people out there that wonders about the newer Ebor Cavarly. As many people either feel or have heared that some of the Ebor cav ain't that good.
This is partly my fault, becasue I've been vocal on this(I do hope I'm the sole person responsible for this "fact")
Anyway here is a review of French/Spanish Cavalry, these are newer.
I do not like saying bad things about ebor figures, as Ebor is a great company, with unbeatable prices and very good customer service. (he is bad at answering mails tho)
So lets start with the old figures(I have painted 3 of them, but apperantly I have no pictures of them.
My problem with them are; they simply don't look good, they are stiff, the coats look like this.
And in the Center of the rider, it's simply a flat empty space. Sure this part is mostly coverd by the horse head. But it's disapointing.
Now on to the good stuff, I can from the get go say these cavarly figures are superiour in every possible way. Infact not only are they better, They are very good figures period.
They are much more animated, much more natural possion, Better detail, easier to paint. (still not sure I'm a fan of ebor faces) They are just lovely miniatures.
There are many things I like,
One of my favorite parts are the gloves. A big problem with Cavarlyof this period is that some lack color,(danes are 90% buff leather, much of the french cav are grey/white ect) Often the only color is the horse blanket and the cuffs. BUT the cuffs becaue the leather gloves cover much of the cuffs.
On these(and I have no idea if this is correct for French cavarly or simply artistic license) The gloves are"open"after the hand, the lower part of the glove is open, leaving much of the lower parts of the cuffs exposed. While the upper part is coved by the glove. This helps alot to bring color to otherwise boring uniform.
Also big cudos to the horses, this isn't really fair, as last time I painted standing horses, and those are automaticaly more boring. This time I have "charging/galloping" horses, Great animations, they are BIG and POWERFUL, infact there might be some Bizon blood in these. They might be a little over the top in animation and mucles. But they do look good!
You get 3 diffrent horses, and 3 diffrent troopers(two of them are very simular but only slight diffrences) While the other is more uniqe. You also get 3 of your standard command, (officer, standard barer and trumpeter) I had not gotton my Robert hall plates yet, but googles showed me a trumpter from the Lorrine regiment from 1695, so I tried to copy it.
I choose the pack with pistols, you can get them with swords too.
at £29 for 12, The price is unbeatble.
I still do prefer the warfare cavarly, (even tho I do love those gloves on those ebor figures)
Warfare is simply more slim and more my style anatomicaly. But I will most likely do all my french(and mabye bravarian) cavarly with these figures! Because I do like the figues alot, it will also be a nice break(as they are very diffrent to paint from warfare) AND the style is diffrent enough to simply make it easier on the table to see(ah those are french and those are the allies)
But they styles aren't that diffrent that it will look totaly off to have them on the same table.
I do recomend them wholehearteldy! They are easy to paint, I think they look good(oh and those wonderful gloves!!) So if you are building a french cavarly force for the WSS, don't hesitate to buy the French/Spanish cavarly for Ebor miniatures,
Flags are again Maverick Models on cloth!