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Cuirassiers with Blackened Armour

I am quite pleased with the way these 17th Century Alsatian cuirassiers have turned out — their blackened armour set off with a limited colour palate of red and white (the colours of Alsace), and buff.

They will form part of Ernst, Graf von Isenburg’s Alsatian right wing of the Spanish army at Rocroi.


The figures are Old Glory (the rank and file) and TAG (the command figures). They are mounted on a variety of horses from Front Rank, Warlord Games and TAG.


Blackened armour was probably much more common than bright shinny polished iron and I think it can look very impressive. It is, however, quite difficult to get the look right since pure black provides no definition.

After much experimentation with earlier Wars of the Roses knights, I find the most effective result comes from first giving the armour a metallic blue undercoat with a black ink wash on top. This gives the highlights a bluish sheen peaking through the black which settles into the grooves.


I have added an illustrated armour painting guide to the painting tips section of my website which explains how I go about doing this in more detail. This includes chain mail as well as blackened armour.

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Richard Speedman
Richard Speedman
Jun 06, 2022

Your Alsatian cavalry are far from being dogs, but instead are another beautifully-painted unit!


PS. Sorry for the awful pun :-(

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Ernie Fosker
Ernie Fosker
Jun 06, 2022

The black cuirassiers look superb, Simon, absolutely superb. Brilliant job. I have always thought the black armour looked good and was, probably, far more common than the shiny, unpainted version. For some reason I've always associated cuirassiers in black armour with Pappenheim, haven't got a clue why, just one of those things. Looking forward to seeing those chaps on the table - but first there is a little incident in the forests and lakes of northern New York state to be dealt with. 😉

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Ernie Fosker
Ernie Fosker
Jun 07, 2022
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Yes, Simon, I did spot that. Yes, please! 🤣

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