Friday, 28 December 2012

A sight I never tire of seeing

I was just answering some emails when I heard the familiar 'clip, clop' of hooves on the road. I had just enough time to grab my digital camera and open the Velux window in my office before members of the Royal Horse Artillery rode past.




The RHA regularly exercise their horses in and around the area where I live, and the sight of them always makes me feel good. The horses are always immaculately turned out – even in the pouring rain – and the way in which the pairs are matched for colour is amazing.

I suspect that it is a sight I will never tire of seeing.

6 comments:

  1. A repeat of a post you made back in May.

    Have you tried matching up the horses yet?

    Jim

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  2. Jim Duncan,

    I had not realised how similar the two blog entries were!

    In my defence all I can say is that it is a sight that always raises my spirits, and on a miserable wet day in December I needed the lift.

    I have yet to match up the horses, but seeing them made me realise how much lighter many of the horses look in real life when compared with their wargaming equivalents.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. I can understand how uplifting such a sight can be - yet I'm a town and city dweller from way back. But just as cheering is the sight of such an interesting range of dun and some sort of greyish dun or bay colouring. I'd be interested to know what you'd call them, but the important thing is that they give a clue to how to paint cavalry!
    Cheers,
    Ion

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  4. Archduke Piccolo,

    I was born in the centre of London (I really am a proper Cockney and was born within the sound of Bow Bells) but like most Brits of my age group most of my grandparents were born in the country. Whilst I was at college I worked part-time with a blacksmith (following in the footsteps of my maternal grandfather) and learned how to shoe a horse ... although I doubt that I could do in now!

    What struck me this morning was that so many of the horses - even the black ones - looked as if the colour of their coats was translucent, almost as if the colour had been applied as a wash over a white undercoat. Perhaps that is how I should try to paint my horses in future ... with a colour wash over a white undercoat.

    Looking at things for real rather than as you imagine them to be can really make you think!

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. I can see how that sight can make one feel good.
    Interesting observations about the colors...

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  6. Fitz-Badger,

    It is always a stirring sight and never fails to make me feel good.

    As to the colours of horses ... well I hope to try to reproduce the correct 'look' in the near future.

    All the best,

    Bob

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