Monday, 23 January 2017

From DaveD - Sudan - Redcoats - Scots Guards (317 points)

Following on from last weeks red coated skirmish company the full battalion has now been mustered. These are made from the Perry Miniatures plastic infantry box set. It does give some real variation and life to the unit. Although I think the bayonets won't all survive the first contact with the enemy as they are very delicate. if they were metal and broke I could just solder a new one on, the plastic will be harder to replace - but thats a challenge for another time. However it gives such variety in poses its something worth living with. It took almost two boxes of figures to build the unit - and I still have one box worth left to build.



Wait for it!



Occasionally units were ordered to change into their traditional red frock coats from the khaki or blue/grey that was mainly used.  The battle of Ginnis in 1885 was the last time they were worn in battle. So I thought it would be nice to have a few battallion in the army wearing them.

Deployed in line these take up 45cm - 18 inches.

Another feature or lack of  it in the Sudan campaigns was the fact that British units no longer carried any standards in battle. I have followed this for the army overall - but I thought well perhaps just this one might be  nice to have. So I have done a standard bearer as seperate figure complete with dog. The army had also moved over to a smaller size flag at this time with changes in the early 1880's -  but hell if I am having one let's make it a big one. ... courtesy of a slightly earlier pattern Queens colour from my stash of GMB flags.


The Sands of the Sudan rules I am using allow for very big formations - having seen the amount of mahdists i have I guess you might have worked that out. The Guards battalion I have done as 60 figures strong unit, representing 1200 men . There are 5x12 figure companies, based in close order , plus a mounted officer.




so 1 mounted officer, 61 foot  and a dog all 28mm ..317 points.   Hmmm , I need to do some more ammo boxes I think.


As captured by our intrepid War Correspondant!
MilesR: BOOM!  That's the sound of a colonial points bomb to match the rather superb Nappy one we had earlier today.  These are really superb figures and you are tempting me to start a sudan themed force - you are a very bad man!




58 comments:

  1. They look glorious, Dave. Amazing work. I'm totally with you on the dubious nature of plastic bayonets. I know it's no consolation, but early Victrix boxes are even worse.

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    1. Cheers... small mercies then by the sound of it!

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  2. By far your best entry Dave, imho. And that standard looks absolutely awesome!!! :-)

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    1. Cheers... they have had a few more extra detailing sessions for sure

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  3. I've been looking forward to seeing this lot Dave and they don't disappoint! :)

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  4. WOW! That's all I have to say. Cheers

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  5. WOW! Excellent work Dave! As I have said before, all of you that can stick with huge units like this and do them so well deserve a lot of credit. The squirrels in my attic make it extremely hard (impossible) to do units like that, so you get a lot of respect from me for being able to!

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    1. Just got in the zone for these... cheers Byron

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  6. Oh my word - they are stunning! Well done that man!

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  7. Fantastic Dave! Living up to the legend of The Thin Red Line beautifully!

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    1. Oh yes .. it was in my original plan to do that... thanks Paul

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  8. Wow, awesome work, in quality and quantity. This looks superb

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  9. Amazing work Dave. You almost convince me to purchase perry plastics with this incredible post...

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  10. Beautiful work Dave. This is a great looking project.

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  11. Stirring stuff once again! They look great and I agree with your attitude to having a standard.

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  12. Cracking work Dave! Plastics can be a pain with thin pointy bits, but hey at least it's not Victrix! Their bayonets seem to snap just from looking at them...

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  13. Sensational Dave, what a tremendous sight!

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  14. Great looking figures, lovely painting and in such numbers, very nice.
    Best Iain

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  15. Large numbers of figs painted to a high standard aren't always seen in paint bomb entries, but you did it. Lovely crisp work. The shots w your Madhist horde in the distance are amazing. Even w all those Brits, you wonder if the line will hold.

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    1. thanks Michael... They will need to fire early and accurately...it will be close...

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  16. A day later and I still have the ringing in my ears!

    Great work Dave, very great indeed

    Ian

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  17. Just got back from Tasmania, did I miss anything...?

    ...OH MY GIDDY AUNT!

    Wow, Dave, you don't do anything by halves, do you? Incredible stuff!

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  18. When we met at Salute 2 years ago you came across quite sane and for a wargamer quite normal. I have since reason to believe other wise.

    Excellent work I really am impressed.

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    1. .... it was my normal alter ego....

      cheers Clint

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  19. "They don't like it up 'em Mr D." bayonet controversy or not this is a grand entry! More stirring deeds wot won the Empire!

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  20. Wow,Dave! They look glorious in "the Thin Red Line"! I'm glad you got a battalion of them. They are really going to pop next to your khaki and blue units!

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    1. cheers - yep they stand out for sure - one more to accompany them as well I think

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  21. I really admire your stamina for delivering high quality work in no time! These Brits are superb!

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    1. thanks - although It might seem quick - they have been having things done for several weeks!

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  22. Glorious indeed! Those massed redcoats make a fantastic spectacle, I'm glad you couldn't resist the Colour party too. It's why I was fond of the sudan, lots of variety in the Imperial units.

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