For the upcoming Cotswolds Wargaming Day, I needed a unit of Astrovian light cavalry to even up the sides, and so set about doing a speedy paint job on these chaps... The Astrovian Czardas Hussars.
The motto on the flag actually comes from a 16th century Landsknecht motto, "semper in excretum, sed sole profundum variat." Translates as, "Always in the sh*t, it's just the depth that varies." This seems particularly appropriate for this unit of vagabonds, rascals, and ne'er-do-wells.
A spokesman for the regiment has refuted claims that the motto in some way refers to their brown uniforms.
Talking of which, whereas with the VaubarianPodolski Hussars featured a while ago, I left the pelisses off, for this unit, I decided to include the standard flamboyant hussar dress. Students of Astrovian military history will, of course, be familiar with the fact that this unit was the first to wear the fur lined attire, which led to the creation of the regimental march, "Fur Pelisse" composed by one Peter Von Hoven (aka Pete Hoven)... Are you groaning yet?!
Coming soon, the build up to next weekend's game...