|Test models for the Pohlesian infantry|
It occurred to me a couple days back that the Perry heads I was so hell-bent and determined to use actually stacked up well (proportionally speaking) with the gaggle of poorly painted Praetorians that I have kicking around. A quick zip with the jeweller's saw and head swap later I was really happy with the look.
The old Praetorians/ Mordians are a nice compromise. Comparing them against the true 28's from the Perry Brother's range they are a bit blockier but haven't really suffered the scale creep that newer models have been steadily ascending. I had experimented with mixing plastic Cadian components with the Perry plastics a couple years back and they looked terrible.
Quite recently I painted a drummer made exclusively from the plastics and lamented the complexity of the uniform. I think the real beauty of the old models that escaped me to this point is that they are such a wonderful compromise. The dress details are present and compliment a Napoleonic scheme but are spare enough that painting them isn't a chore. When I introduce "heroic" characters to the army the scale isn't so much an issue as the nature of their persona's is a bit larger than life.
The best part of this realization is the extension of the "graveyard" project. My interest in reviving the vehicles stemmed from my disappointment with myself and how I had accumulated so many models that were unfinished/unpainted. Reviving the infantry just feels right. The other bit being there doesn't seem to be anything disrespectful about mating two Perry components together.