Tuesday, 8 August 2017

First British unit done – almost!

My first unit of British infantry is now varnished and based and only requires some base texturing to complete it. Overall I’m really pleased with the way these look and I think my final decision to go with 24 figure units has paid off. These are all Jacklex with the exception of one of the officers and the sergeant who are from Newline Designs.

I’ve gone through quite a few changes of direction since I started this project but these are now my final thoughts on things:

1. The British and Boers will be based to the same spec with 3 figures per infantry stand measuring 60 x 20mm. Cavalry will be mounted in 2's on a 40 x 40mm stand (some stands will be broken down to enable casualty removal).
2. Painting style – simple block colours. The figures will be matt/satin varnished – I had a go with gloss but it just doesn’t seem right for the look I’m after.
3. Bases will be textured and painted – I tried the plain green ‘old school’ style but again this didn’t seem right for this project.
4. The rules will be ‘traditional’ wargame ones but I may at some point try a Commands & Colors type secondary set.
5. I’m keeping this small, my aim will be – 4 British infantry units plus 1 cavalry unit and a couple of guns, 5 Boer commandos plus 1 mounted commando and a couple of pom-poms.

This all seems quite achievable but we will see.

8 comments:

  1. Nice, rapid progress. They look great, the white straps really stand out well.
    Best Iain

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    1. Thanks, this is very rapid for me which is encouraging for this project!

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  2. They do you credit Sir. By the way, do you follow British Muzzleloaders on YouTube? Bob has some excellent Boer war era stuff.

    Also, this might be of interest. http://bjmh.org.uk/index.php/bjmh/article/view/5

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  3. Thanks Conrad, I'll check those out.

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  4. Seems a highly achievable objective Ian, So do-able you might well increase the numbers. :-))

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    1. Oh no, don't start me down that road!

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  5. They look great! So great in fact that rumours that I brought out all my unpainted Jacklex colonial figures and examined them are completely untrue. Especially the bit about wishing I had some Bengal Lancers.

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    1. Sorry Matt but it was you who planted the idea of Jacklex in my mind in the first place!

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