Assyrian army

Assyrian army

Friday, 16 February 2018

1897 The first of the invaders

First unit of French infantry finished. Figures used are Irregular 42mm from the Franco-Prussian War Range

Very much toy soldier for lots of reasons. For a start, what colour blue? Every picture looks different. Finally settled on Vallejo Model Colour dark blue - 70.930.

Next, unit size. On Regimental organisation, 151st Line Infantry Regiment in 1914 site suggests each Brigade included 2 Regiments. The Renegade Miniatures site and French Regiments of Infantry amplified this by saying each Regiment had 3 Battalions. So, even though 1914, quite happy to go with this.  How many companies is another issue. Renegade Miniatures suggest 5 companies - 'and whilst a battalion officially consisted of 1,000 men (approx. 200 men making a company),' - but 151st suggests 4 companies of 250 men.

So, on balance it seems reasonable to stick with 4 men per Battalion, therefore 12 men per Regiment - except the figures I got from Irregular are in 8s... so I'm going to have them leave one Battalion per Regiment at home!

One thing I'm not sure about is the flag - do I leave them plain or try for some fancy gold letters? Thinking about that one! 

Saturday, 10 February 2018

1897 New Line regiment

Back to basics... this unit was already half finished but I stopped when I started painting the Scots Grays.

So, I now have four Regiments of infantry completed - one Grenadiers, two Line and one Highland. Enough for a whole Brigade!

Friday, 9 February 2018

1897 Highlanders

Sudden splurge of painting and glossing!

This lot were a bit more complicated. They are nominally simplified Black Watch (ish).

This picture is the one one that said 'whoops, missed a bit.'

Atlantean reinforcements

Bought off ebay and happily able to fit right in with the army with very little alteration!

Slightly different pose to the ones they're joining - Minifigs did tend to like changing things around in those days.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

1897 the Guns

For obvious reasons I'm not doing as much painting and posting at the moment - other things occupying my time. So, looked for something quick and easy and settled on painting a couple of the guns.

The British at the time used the Maxim. I took an Irregular tripod mounted machine gun, chopped off  the tripod and fixed it on a Gatling carriage. At this point I remind myself 'toy' - wheels too small, no gun shield and no seat for the gunner on the trail. Long term though - I'll be looking at options.

The 40 pounder mentioned in the book is the 4.7" RML gun that remained in use until 1902. It's a Spencer Smith model, not particularily accurate but toy...

 Colour scheme for both guns is just a plain green. I think that the Maxim should have more of a natural wood finish, perhaps the 4.7" should be grey - could rethink colour schemes in the future.

Monday, 5 February 2018

1897 Scots Greys

OK, to a certain extent back to normal, Scots Greys finished. Really, if I had to have one unit of cavalry then it would have to be Scots Greys with very toy soldier like horses. Slightly greyish with white dots on the flanks. Perhaps mane and tail should have been grey rather than white, just preferred white.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Iris Audrey Young, 15/04/1929 - 28/01/2018

I'm sad to say that my mother died this morning. She had been bed bound for some time and suffered from Alzheimer's disease. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

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