Sunday, January 26, 2020

So, where are we?

Right here.

I have the bit between my teeth, I've had a week off and have been painting steadily.
So, today I threw down a water-carrier. In my mind he's Gunga Din, but who knows? Certainly he was easy to paint; he only took about 20 minutes this afternoon.
I added a new member to the Medical Staff. Dr Watson, Barbara and fanny have been joined by Private Shifty. Wounded men are not the only thing he snags off the battlefield. Need a second hand watch? A pocket book? A cigarette case? He's your man.
Och, the Highlanders. Rather pleased with the tartan. I have a method that seems to work and gives a fair result for the effort going in.
 Finally, The Buffs. Were with Brindon Blood's Third Brigade. Fine fellows all.

And that's nearly it. Apart from a few more Highlanders, a few speciality figures and a couple of Sowars that's about all the unpainted lead I have for now. I have a gun crew and a unit of British cavalry that need repainting, then I will need to toddle off and put in an order with Tradition. More Highlanders and some more Regulars to fill out my first couple of units then some Indian Infantry will be next, I should say.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Medical Staff Redux

Introducing Dr Watson and nurses Fanny and Barbara.


The Medical Arm 2 - Stretcher Bearers!

Made the stretcher out of a straw from a broom with a slice of making tape.

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Medical Arm

Nurse Fanny Golightly, white-aproned angel, ministers to the wounded...
Another fine Suren figure who just cries out for an accompanying Medical Officer, some stretcher-bearers and perhaps a couple of tents.

 Before I get too carried away, I had better get on with the Highlanders whose kilts are now DONE.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Highland Light Infantry

Not much more to be said. I'm engaged in painting what Willie colonials I have in the uniforms of units that were with the Malakand Field Force. A pleasing miscellany. Figures are Willies from Tradition as usual.

Monday, January 13, 2020

The heat, the dust.

I am giving myself a bit of a holiday from cranking out Napoleonic troops and taking a trip to the North Western Frontier. The year is about 1895.

Just finished this chap this morning; he was still on his painting stand as the varnish dried when I took the photo. A splendidly useless figure in war gaming terms, but what the heck.
Another pair of Willies, the first of the English infantry.

The rules will probably be TSaTF*, maybe 5-6 units of infantry, a battery and three units of cavalry. Then there are the Pathans...

*Or perhaps I'll cook up a Funny Little Derivative thereof.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Painting Challenge... result!

Today ticks over the deadline for a small painting challenge I have been participating in and, despite it being a near-run thing, I managed to scrape in.

 Here we go, another French unit for d'Erlon's third Division during the 100 Days.
And it's part in the greater scheme of things.

Friday, December 06, 2019

General de Brigade

A couple of Zvezda johnnies. M. le General peers with his spyglass whilst his eager young ADC prepares to fly off with instructions for some lucky Chef de Bataillon.