Wednesday, July 23, 2014

VBCW Soldiers, Civilians, and Scenic Effects

On Monday I received a small order from Recreational Conflicts, a US manufacturer and distributor, of some civilians and scenic effects.  I thought that the unpainted pictures might be interesting.  As usual, please click on the images to get a larger picture.

The six civilians I received are made by Ainsty and Lead Bones, the manufacturing arm of Recreational Conflicts.  First the two Ainsty castings, from the AGGRO line, are pack #AGG104, St. Johns Ambulance or Traffic Wardens.  I'm going to use them as a crew for my Rolls Royce ambulance that I've had for a while.  Although the female figure is in pants, that doesn't bother me as I suspect she would be a "rough and tumble" sort of woman to join the Royalist ambulance corps.

The four Lead Bones castings are next.  They are a set of four clerks although I will only use two (right pair) as shop keepers.  The other two will become a town leader (left center) in his smoking jacket (maybe the mayor) and a nurse (far left) at the local clinic.

The scenic effects are two of Ainsty's trade goods packets.  The first consists of five boxes of rifles, three with separate tops and two closed.  They'll be used as objective markers in future games.  Our friends Maude and Charlotta give some sense of scale to these boxes.

The other packet consists of four piles of mixed trade goods with Maude and Charlotta giving a sense of scale.  Again, these will become objective markers in future games.  Ainsty has many other sets of trade goods, almost all of which would fit into a VBCW game, as well as Colonial and Pulp games.

I'm excited about these and look forward to getting them painted and available for use.

Last month at our regional Bayou Wars convention, I was able to buy two packs of WW2 British soldiers from my friend Rudy of Time Portal Hobbies.  The first is a three man 3-inch mortar squad from Warlord Games.  They come with separate heads.  The mortar has a tube, support legs, and baseplate while the crew consists of a gunner (right), loader (left), and shell preparer (center).  This mortar team will tend to offset the naval gun that the Harwich Maritime Defence Force has on the Anglican League side.

And the second is a two man sniper team from Great Escape Games.  Although my set has a kneeling spotter rather than the standing one illustrated, I think the kneeling spotter/escort figure looks better.  Now they can both hide amongst the bushes to pot the Anglican leaders.

Both of these packs will join my Royalist 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment.

More later as I get these painted.

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