Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Buffs (again)

With the Gatling battery and it's merry crew all painted, it was time for the infantry to get some love so I returned to the Buffs who just needed seven more figures to finish them off.

So, with no further ado, here they are sitting on the potting table in the last of the winter sun for the day.

I am not sure if I had gotten up a picture of one of the command staff - he may be Major Pettigrew, he may not, but here he is with his eager ADC.
I am not completely sure, but i think that the next part of the project may be to get through the Highland Light Infantry.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

More Sailors

Forgive the picture quality. Was done in the shed under artificial light very early in the morning!

Still, that's all the Gatlings done and 8 of the 12 Gunners.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Jolly Jack Tars

As you are doubtless aware, the Willie Ranges include a few artillery pieces.

Among them are a Gatling gun with an army crew.

I wanted a navy crew and there are a couple of sailors in the "Farewell Dolly Gray" range - an Officer and a marching rating. I hoped the rating might be a fairly versatile figure I could animate into a few different attitudes with the odd arm bend and turn of the head. Well, the figures arrived in the post this week. I was pretty happy with the rating - he marches, open handed. His rifle could equally be at the trail or in the slope arms pose. So, plenty of potential there. His sennett hat is not really attached to anything other than the crown of his head, so it's quite easy to snip away the brim and drop a blob of greenstuff on top to make a sailor hat. That same lack of attachment makes it easy to gently twist his head gently left or right.

Among the gunners that come with the Gatlings is a nice officer with field glasses who is getting a head transplant so that he may wear a peaked cap instead of a sun helmet.
The army crew will not be wasted. The "gunners" are infantry castings that are intended to be judiciously posed about a gun - yes there is one specialised figure in terms of a seated gunner, but I have plans for him and a 4Ground Wagon. His mates will either join the infantry or be used to crew some Connoisseur Field Guns.

I am organising this force for TSatF and will need three guns and a dozen gunners per battery. Gun 1 gets an Officer and three ratings, Gun 2 a Petty Officer and three ratings and Gun 3 gets four ratings.

One down, two to go.

PS - of course I am now buzzing with possibility. How about a crew for a Boer War 4.7"? I have the guns already... Or a couple of gunners for a light piece mounted hastily in a steamer? Officers to fit the wheelhouse of the HMS Implausible?  A handful of deck-hands. A small Naval Brigade?

Sunday, June 21, 2020


Death or Glory for the 21st Lancers.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Basing up the NWF

Take that you wily Pathan... wait a minute...
Oh, it's complicated and the result of much indecision on my part, but seeing as how I have co-opted my Willie 21st Lancers (at Omdurman) for my NWF project it was only necessary that there be a few butchered Sudanese people strewn about the place because of course they are still the 21st Lancers (at Omdurman).

The idea here is that each cavalry base will be a vignette and the whole twelve figure unit will be a species of moving diorama of this unit's most melodramatic moment.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

On the workbench - Medievals

Over the past few weeks I have been engaged on a campaign  to clean up my painting table. Just as a break from painting Britains.

Resting, not forgotten

It had gotten pretty bad, bad to the point where all the action was taking place in the only clear part of the desk, a strip abut 5 cm deep and 30 cm wide. Now, this was getting a little unsustainable, so off I went. There have been all sorts going out. A small herd of horses, a couple of knights, one a Crusader:
One, a Crusader
The other a later type in Maximilian armour.
The other

 A Polish winged lancer,
Hammer of the Turks

 French Fusiliers for Napoleon's romp through the Ottoman Empire and a few more figures for the North Western Frontier.

I glow with virtue.

This week though it's been a handful of medieval archers.
I liked how these turned out so much that I started making some hoardings for them:

The palings are sliced up strips of coffee stirrer glued to strips of skewer, although I think I may have had a less fiddly time with more trips of coffee stirrer. The eagle eyed among you may note that they are in the same livery colours as the archers. The idea here is to ultimately get together a medieval siege setup.

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

... and another

24th Foot, of course, or the South Wales Borderers for this later fellow,

Yes, I still need to put his arm on, but the varnish is sticky and I couldn't resist.

One of my favorite of the Wm. Britains poses and really a breeze to paint them as well. More in the coming days.