Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Very British Civil War Civilians

Finally, after over six years, I completed painting a group of civilians for my Very British Civil War period.  I first received these figures in July 2014 [ link ] from Recreational Conflict where they are still being produced.  More details about the figures are in the July 2014 post at the above link.

Please click on the individual pictures for larger images.

From back in 2014, they looked like this:

Male and female ambulance staff

Nurse and three store clerks

Now after finally getting them painted, they look like this:

Three store clerks, nurse, two ambulance staff

I still will need to do some terrain work on the bases, but that will come later once I get a sufficient number of figures ready to tackle that task.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

French 9th Mitrailleuse Battery, 15th Loire Corps Artillery

During the Republican period (post Sedan and Metz) of the Franco-German War (1870-1871), the French forces were obtaining weapons from whatever source they could to replace all the ones lost when almost all of the Imperial Army surrendered.  One of the weapons they obtained was the American Gatling gun.

Having several extra Ral Partha Victorian Gatlings laying around, I decided to make my corps artillery Mitrailleuse battery with the Gatlings.

The 9th Mitrailleuse Battery, 15th Loire Corps Artillery

The guns are Ral Partha while the figures are, I believe, either Frontier or Falcon.  I obtained them from various sources over the years.  While the uniform may not be quite right, for the Republican period they are sufficient.

This has been my "break" from painting WW2 Germans, which I'll start again with the heavy weapons support for my kampfgruppe -- an MG-42 on a sustained firing mount and a medium mortar.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Another German Gruppe Completed

I've finally completed the last of my German gruppen (squads) for my ad hoc kampfgruppe.  These are a batch of 28mm Black Tree Design (edited- thanks "Big Red") German Army figures.

 The 10-man gruppe has a sergeant with an MP-40 and nine riflemen, two of whom are carrying panzerfausts.  There is no light machinegun team with this gruppe, although if I can acquire one I'll add it and transfer two of the riflemen to the kampfgruppe headquarters.

I still have the tripod mounted MG-42 and crew, the mortar team, and a motorcycle with sidecar team to add before my Germans are completed.