Saturday, August 23, 2014
|Who're we fighting this week? Italians? Germans? English? les Americaines?|
This is not a big job, as the scenario pits a couple of battalions of French with a company of light tanks, a battery and a little air support against an American landing force with a few light tanks, a large battalion of infantry, a couple of jeeps and lots of heavy naval bombardment. Say 120-140 figures in all.
RF! is 20 years old this year and what better way to celebrate?
|Painting: It's a wash of the basic colours, a thinner wash of very greatly thinned Army-Painter dark-shade and a bit of dark green lining, applied quite selectively. All on a white undercoat.|
|That's a HaT Renault FT-17. Excellent kits, great value for money. Thinking of their 75s for the artillery and hang the inaccuracy of spoked over pneumatic wheels.|
|Probably a white cover on the kepi would be more accurate, but where's the fun in that?|
|MG is pale grey with a black wash on top of that. I'll rub a bit of graphite on for a bit of a sheen.|
If I am not mistaken, they are sculpted by the incomparable Holger Ericsson. The thickness of the bases suggests SAE to me, as do the paint-jobs.
The subject matter is another thing altogether.
Up until now, I had thought SAE had produced ACW, AWI and WW2 toy soldiers only. These look to me very much like FPW Prussian dragoons. Equally interestingly, the mounted figure in dark blue seems to be riding a limber horse and quite frankly, his helmet speaks to me of the British army of the last quarter of the 19th Century.
Was there an SAE Franco-Prussian War Range at some time? One day will I turn up a forgotten SAE gun and team?