Just over two weeks ago I collected a couple of parcels from the Post Office (see Next Project – Aircraft or Land Ironclads?). I decided to work on the 2mm figures so trawled through the lead pile here and extracted the American Land Forces. The setting for Peshawar is late 19th Century and the back story is based around the discovery of R-Matter which permitted the development of Aeronefs and Aerostats … ships of the air in essence. I will start painting some of them soon too, but first I thought I would work on the land forces.
One of the “Imagi-nations” engaged in the Great Game around Peshawar are the Americans. Think of Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, Charlton Heston and 55 Days at Peking and you get an idea of appearance.
The ground forces are designed for use with a simple rule set called Land Ironclads. Land Ironclads also makes allowances for, well, land ironclads and contraptions. These are like steam tanks from the imagination of a Victorian Science Fiction writer who has had one mushroom too many. I need to get some Ironclads and Contraptions so currently the land warfare component will be based around forces similar to the infantry, cavalry and artillery of the late 19th Century.
Why 2mm figures you might ask? Simply because there are nominally the same scale as the aeronefs. They are also fun and quick to paint. I expect to have most of the army photographed above painted this weekend. In fact, the bases will take longer than the figures.
This week I started to do some test pieces to:
- See how they look
- Brush up on my painting technique
- Test some bases of buildings for colour
So, the test pieces worked out quite well, although I will be bolder with the colours on the infantry, cavalry and artillery when I start painting the figures in earnest.
Speaking of colours, the American infantry, cavalry and artillery will have blue jackets and khaki trousers. The American marines will have khaki jackets and blue trousers. All will be based on a dry terrain (the Khyber Pass of imagination although the actual area around Peshawar is quite green).
Anyway, here for my future reference and your viewing pleasure is the army, along with the test paint pieces … and yes, these little buggers are quite small … but they do look good when painted en masse.