Saturday, 20 February 2016

From DaveD - Naval Brigade and Guard Skirmishers (95 points)

I have now moved onto to the new Brigade for the operation around Suakin. This saw the Guards Brigade enter the the campaign. So to start I have the skirmish elements on sabot bases. I am using these to give me some options as there can be a number of skirmish units in the game - so I can use 3 4 - 5 - 6 figures per base (and fill in with bush/rocks as needed) depending on the size of the overall game. I also think they have an appeal on the less regular shaped based.
 
12 Skirmishers for the Guards Brigade. (Perry Miniatures)

Plus a root in the lead pile recently revealed some classic "Old School" Connoisseur Naval Brigade. I intend my Naval Brigade units to be made up from a range of manufactures and dress - just to give some diverse interest. These appeal to the early  teen in me - which is when I first saw these in the flesh! 







So altogether 19 x 28mm foot.

I am occasionally working on a naval gun team, with the guys pulling the Gatling gun and limber - got a good bit of conversion work to do on it to get it how I want. But for inspiration I occasionally watch this:





I worked for number of year with Petty Officer "Smudger" Smith who competed in this a number of times in is Navy Career... he always said it was "The" hardest thing ever! and to prove it he would wave at you with a missing half finger - removed by the gun carriage!


Here we are, jumping from one shell crater to another, admiring the sights of Dave's work. Fabulous stuff. It's great to see the Guards' arrival on the scene. I like the sabot bases with the rock and bush inserts - very clever. The boys from the Naval Brigade are excellent as well. I quite like their cutlass bayonets and round hats. 
 95 points to add to your daily tally, but wait, there's yet another on the horizon...

25 comments:

  1. Come on Dave where are the camels? Seriously mate you are not trying. There is a desert but there seems to be a camel drought going on.

    Splendid work on these, Naval brigade always looks good. Love them mate.

    Now back to the camels, where are they? I was promised camels!

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  2. Always good to see some more unusual uniforms and these do look the business. And thanks for bringing back fond memories of watching the troops pull the bits of gun over obstacles on a Saturday evening in front of the telly!

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    1. Cheers. Yes fond memories of watching the Royal Tournament with my dad

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  3. Another fab entry, well done Sir!

    Ian

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    1. Cheers...time to restock the paint desk

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  4. Yup I too am missing the fleet of the desert! Otherwise these are great as always mr D.

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    1. More along soon....just had a restock...

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  5. Nice painting Dave :)

    With them all in that pose, I couldn't help thinking that perhaps they are the chorus line of a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. Perhaps they could do double duty and be appearing at the theatre in Serenity City?

    As for those stinky, spitty, hairy things we demand and expect them to appear very soon

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    1. A fine idea !

      Yes,yes... I get the hint... Or is it the hump..

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  6. Lovely old Connoisseur Naval Brigade Dave! They might be a bit dated but they still look the part.

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  7. Skirimishers! A superb troop choice! Nice idea with the basing too!

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  8. Just watched the video of the Royal Navy Competition..... I had no idea such a thing existed and it is utterly, barking mad and very cool!
    I love the sense of tradition and honour of it all!

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    1. Oh indeed is is. And intense rivalry too...the results were communicated around the fleet... No doubt the odd wager was had.

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  9. More fantastic Sudan madness! I really admire your stamina with this particular project.

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