First of all, to finish off the Heavy Brigade that featured in these pages a few week back, is the figure to represent General Sir James Yorke Scarlett.
Born in London in 1799 he was the second son of the 1st Baron Abinger and was educated at Eton and Cambridge before joining the army in 1818 as a cornet in the 18th Hussars AMS sent to India. Promotion as slow and not until 1830 did he receive his majority in the 5th Dragoon Guards. A full ten years later he was appointment as Commanding Officer of the regiment in 1840, a post he held until 1854.
When the war in the Crimea broke out he was given the command of the Heavy Brigade and led it in the successful Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. After some time back in England he was made Lieutenant General in 1855 and returned to the Crimea where he succeeded Lucan as commander of the cavalry. He retired from the army in 1870 and died a year later.
As a recognition of his time with the 5th Dragoon Guards Scarlett wore the helmet of an officer in the regiment in the field and since no one makes a single figure like that a bit of conversion was in order. In preparation for this I had carefully decapitated a dragoon officer figure a few weeks ago when I was finishing the heavy brigade. Next I took the staff officer figure from one of the Great War Miniatures command packs and removed his head. The dragoon head was then pinned and glued in place then finished with a small amount of Greenstuff to finish of the collar of the coat. I added a sword arm in place of the hat wielding arm that comes with the staff figure, and cut away the sword hilt from the scabbard. Done.
Next was the divisional command. Lord Lucan was already completed, so I added a mounted officer and rebased accordingly.
Also leaving the painting table after lingering in the basing tray for too long ate another two Russian Napoleonic limbers. Two more to go.