Wednesday, 7 February 2018

From LeeH Royal Artillery Batteries and Gatling Guns (18 Points)

Just a small entry this Wednesday, but considering how busy and tired I have been I consider this a success. I was planning on getting more infantry companies painted but was making such slow progress I switched to something a little easier just to make sure I could submit something this week.

4 Gun Batteries and Two Gattling Guns

Lots of firepower

Royal artillery uniforms were dark blue with red collars and red stripes down the outside of the trouser legs. I opted for a slightly lighter blue as the original dark blue would have looked almost black after the usual ink wash, especially at this scale. I rather like the result, although I'm sure uniform purists will be pulling their hair out.

Close up of Gun Teams

Staring down the Barrel of a 7pdr

At the start of the Anglo Zulu war the N/5 Battery Royal Artillery, consisted of Six 7pdr 200 lb Rifled Muzzle Loading (RML) guns. These were mounted on Colonial or Kaffraria carriages - low slung with large wheels and narrow tracks - which were considered more stable and therefore suitable for African conditions. This battery arrived in the Cape Colony in 1878, taking part in the closing stages of the war against Sandili before being assigned to the invasion of Zululand. Field batteries were usually equipped with 9pdrs at this time, but this battery had 7 prs which were thought to be more mobile and therefore better suited to the rough terrain.

Facing both ways...just to show them from different directions.

One Gatling Gun was also brought into the early stages of the war via a Naval Brigade from HMS Active. After Isandlwana more Gatlings were brought into the Order of Battle and played an important part in the closing battles of the war. I expect I'll be painting more of these at some point in the future but with naval troops manning them rather than RA gunners.

24 Gunners and six artillery pieces should net me a modest 18 points, but its another step towards a target I worried would be impossible when I started the challenge.

From Ray

Beautiful work Lee, I forsee these getting a lot of action in your games, but I fear for their safty with all those Zulu's you've been painting!!!
I quite like the blue you've used, it may well be a little brighter than it was supposed to be but you can see the detail on the figures, which is what its all about really. Anyway when these chaps arrived in Africa their uniforms were darker..........the hot African sun has bleached them don't you know!!!

Looking good Mr H......18 points are on their way!


  1. The micro scale advance continues - lovely work on these chaps, Lee!

  2. Smashing stuff Lee. Let's Hope the Gatling doesn't jam!

  3. Great stuff Lee. Excellent stands. cheers

  4. Nice to see some artillery blue coming out. More of your clean brushwork as well. Lovely brushwork Lee!

  5. Lovely bunch of gunners, I think the blue is very successful at this stage I often lighten blue myself so you can see it properly!
    Best Iain