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From MartinN: Spanish Civil War Nationalist Colour Sergeant (6 Points)
In the run up to this years challenge (the 4th I'm allowed to take part in btw.) my good friend and gaming buddy ChrisS and I came up with the idea to challenge each other to paint as much Spanish Civil War related stuff as possible. Chris and I are both quite interested in the SCW and were talking about getting into the period for as long as we know each other. Thus to finally get that pet project of ours off the ground we decided in order to score in our side duel the painted total of each participant had to be a legally playable in games of Bolt Action. This means each participant needs at least two sections of a minimum of 5 miniatures, a support weapon with crew of choice as well as at least two command models.
When our beloved torrero and designated SCW aficionado Mr. Campbell heard as to what we're up to, he decided to throw his and PhilH's hat in the ring as well. So in order to get our little side duel going here's my first figure for this years challenge, a Colour Sergeant of the Spanish Foreign Legion also known as the 'Tercio de Extranjeros' or just Tercio.
The Spanish Foreign Legion together with the Moroccan Regulares formed the backbone of Generallissimo Francos forces during the Spanish Civil War. La Legion was formed in 1920 as part of the Army of Africa and took part in the Rif War from 19020 to 1926. It was intended to be the Spanish equivalent of the French Foreign Legion but apart from a few foreigners mostly from Spanish speaking nations, mostly Spaniards were recruited. Thus the Legion was soon to be renamed in 'Tercio de Marruecos' (Tercio of Morocco).
The miniature is from Empress Miniature's rather excellent Spanish Civil War range and was sculpted by Paul Hicks. The flag is by Flags of War and I've to praise Iains excellent customer service. Due to some issues with Royal Fail it took a while for the order to arrive and during all that time Iain was quick to answer any questions and also sent replacement on its way as soon as it was obvious the first order didn't get through.
The Colour Sergeant should net me a staggering total of 5 points and the satisfaction to be on the roster.
Tremendous work Nick! You've really brought this colour-bearer to life with your fine brushwork. Your blending is at its usual high standard, and I really like what you did with the striped motif on the flagstaff. Lovely stuff. I'm going to add a pip for the flag as I think it always adds a nice finishing touch to a unit.
Now I need to respond to this provocation so as you don't steal a march on me!