I recently received the two new Prince August semi-round cavalry molds, representing Russian horse grenadiers for the Great Northern War. They are S936 and S937 of the 40mm Karoliner series. Horse grenadiers seems an odd design choice given their rarity relative to other cavalry types, but they are something unique and I thought I might be able to convert them to regular cavalry with a head swap.
I like this somewhat different mold design with the generous air channel. On my first cast the short sword problem marred an otherwise clean cast. Nothing unusual of course with the mold not yet up to temperature, but I hedged my bets by cutting a small channel between the large one and the tip of the sword to allow for metal flow. After that, a 100% success rate with this mold.
And, here as I have modified to a conventional cavalry figure. Chapeau courtesy of GNW infantry Mould # DK-102. I also cut off the cartridge box and filed down the associated belt, added to the sword belt and filled in the gap in the reins with Green Stuff.
|S936 - Modified|
Is it worth the extra work ? If you're already satisified with S931 or getting good casts out of S935, probably not. However, if you like the idea of your cavalry attired in full coats instead of Swedish turnbacks, the tricorne conversion is an easy one even if you do nothing else with the figure, giving collectors an additional use for this mold after casting the few units of horse grenadiers you might need.
What's next ? Cast and paint a French regiment, Royal Roussillon. I haven't had good success with S935 due to the sword casting more like a gladius, but I just modified the mold by cutting another hole to pour directly into the sword tip, so am eager to try this out. If it works, I will combine S935 and this new mold S936 in different ranks.