Recently I seen, loved and placed an order for ten Imperial guard dress uniform torsos from Col. Gravis. I have long admired his imperial guard force made up of the wonderful (and sadly missed) praetorians. In the last few years, he has become rather adept at sculpting and has started to produce a few bits and pieces of his own, aswell as some sculpts from secret weapon miniatures. Here are a few links to some of his work.
His Blog: colgravis.blogspot.com/
Rough rider kits and dress uniform torsos: colgravis.blogspot.com/p/praetorian-roughriders-for-sale
And some of his work for secret weapon miniatures: secretweaponminiatures.com
Well I couldn't walk past those excellent dress uniform torsos. So I immediately ordered a set and they arrived very promptly (I think it was two days, I ordered them on Wednesday night, they were dispatched on the Thursday morning and I had them by Friday afternoon).
Here's what I found upon opening them...
I tried them on a set of Cadian legs. Here is a simple comparison shot with a Cadian torso. So far the torso is only blu tacked in place.
The fit works fine and the sculpt works well next to the standard legs. the height is good too. However, I wanted to do something a little special with these dress torsos, as I think the Cadian legs are a little unrefined next to the lovely dress top. So I decided to have a go at converting Cadian combat pants into dress trousers. Here is a picture of my attempt so far...
The first thing I wanted to do was remove the bottom of the jacket and replace it with a more fitting tunic. I think I may have made this a little too thin, however I wanted to add another layer of detail, so I will pad it out then.
I wanted the bottom of the trouser leg to sit over the top of the boot and I wanted a dress stripe down the seam. I have made this quite wide to match the Irish Guards style of dress uniform.
In conclusion, I am very pleased with my purchase. A very reasonable £7 for a set of ten torsos. A wonderful sculpt and even a great casting job. All ten torsos are very high quality with only the tiniest hint of a mould line.
A great buy. Cant wait to get this squad up and running!!!