|Troops for the Franco-Prussian war continue to mass in my kitchen...|
|Lots of character and animation in these sculpts|
|As always the ubiquitous coats are wrapped around the bodies of the Prussian troops|
|Dreyse "needle" rifles at the ready for the assault on France|
|Officer ready to lead a valiant (and probably fatal) charge in defence of the Second Empire|
|Tremendous animation in the cavalry sculpts - the officer looks like he is going to charge right off the base!|
|For the Emperor! And later...the Republic!|
|Incredible animation in these sculpts|
|In 1870 these units looked glorious, but in the thick of battle, the time of cavalry was coming to an end...|
|Hussars - flashy boys of the light cavalry arm|
One additional note to share with you all - a big "thank you" to Challenger JohnM. Back in early January I submitted a group of French infantry from the period which included a command base and a regimental standard - but the standard was lacking an eagle.
|A new eagle for my 1870 French forces!|
JohnM was kind enough to mail me a few spare eagles! I fixed one to the previously finished command stand. Last week these troops saw their first-ever action on the Fawcett Avenue Conscripts gaming tables, and the Second Empire French troops had a regimental eagle to defend proudly! Thank you so much John!!
|Action from the gaming table last week - French infantry defend their country against a Prussian assault, the presence of their eagle stiffening their resolve!|
A big "thank you" also goes to our Thursday minion, JamieM! Thank you for shepherding us along and for your encouragement and entertaining commentary. Much appreciated, look forward to seeing you back in the Painting Challenge trenches again next year!
What challenge is complete without pickelhaubes and handlebar moustaches? Certainly no challenge I'd like to be involved in and that's for sure! These chaps are the mutts nuts, that second picture with with the two shouting blokes is the best as you can just see them striding across the battlefield, yelling away.
I do like the horsemen, as with Ken's submission earlier it sounds like these were some dark days for cavalry with the weapons and technology having overtaken them.... But they'll look smashing on the battlefield until their somewhat inevitable demise I'm sure!
Thanks for your consistent submissions and eclectic range of troops, conflicts and scales Greg - never knowing what you're going to see is one of the joys of minioning! I make it 112 points, with one of the extra points added for the sheer volume of quality moustaches and the other for the existence of the Pickelhaubes...... That's right, it's my last day minioning, so I can award extra points for such things if I want to ;)