I have been a little remiss in the area of time management lately and have managed for a couple of months to do no preparation or painting, not just of the Peshawar project but pretty much of anything. Some of it I can put down to a combination of beer and rugby, but mostly it has been too much work combined with inertia.
I decided tonight to finish the painting and basing of two test pieces. They are the ones illustrated.
I am trying to decide whether to use a sand/dry brush/a little flock for the base or just flock only on a dark brown base. I am leaning towards the base on the right.
The images are a little out of focus – I guess macro on my phone is not as good as it could be. The squares you see a 10mm by 10mm giving you and idea of the size of the figures.
I am sure I will look at these figures again 30 or 40 times before I settle on one form or another.
The Americans were the next to be prepared for painting.
They are organised along the lines suggested in the Land Ironclad rules. Ready for the sand and paint are a Battalion of Infantry (4 companies); two companies of marines; an artillery regiment (4 batteries); and 4 regiments of cavalry (three of them having a dismounted equivalent – two dismounted bases to every three mounted bases).
As with the Russians, the figure models represent 10 men so the infantry companies are about 400 men strong and the cavalry regiments around 300 troopers.
Next off will be the conventional forces of one of the newcomers to Peshawar but an old power – the Prussians.
The Peshawar project is moving forward slowly. Over the Christmas break in between gorging on roast meats washed down with ice cold beers I started basing the “conventional” ground troops for this. Land ironclads and contraptions will come later. First cab off the rank here were one of the oldest protagonists in the Great Game … Mother Russia!
The Russians are organised along historical lines (and as suggested in the Land Ironclads rules from Wessex Games). Based and ready for sand on the bases and painting is an under strength battalion of infantry (one company detached), two sotni of Cossack, four squadrons of ‘ussars, two squadrons of dragoons and a brigade of artillery.
A Russian infantry battalion normally consists of four companies of regular infantry with a rifle company making up a fifth company. The companies are all about 200 men strong so that is represented by four infantry blocks (I am assuming each infantry block represents about 50 men).
The cavalry squadrons are all approximately 150 men strong.
Next off will be the conventional forces of one of the newcomers to Peshawar – the USA.
I mentioned that Peshawar was a Victorian Science Fiction campaign or game. If you click on Peshawar in the tag cloud or search Thomo’s Hole for it you will see that it was inspired by a VSF book, the Peshawar Lancers. I needed a universe for my Aeronefs and Peshawar provides it. Of course, it was then a small step to add Land Ironclads and as wargamers do, expand, expand, expand. Now I have six belligerents, all playing a variety of the Great Game. We have British, French, Prussians, Russians, Americans and the inscrutable Orientals, a mix of Japanese forces and Imperial Chinese.
I have enough 2mm forces to take care of Cavalry, Artillery and Infantry for the Land side of the game. I also have Land Ironclads for some of the forces. As far as ‘nefs go, I have six fleets awaiting paint. I have been considering organisations for these forces for a while and they will be the subject of a future post. In the meantime, I was considering colours for the various land forces and came up with the following basic plan.
The forces of Perfidious Albion, being located on the sub-continent, will be based around the British in India in the 19th Century. To that end, the following colours will apply (with some variations later):
Infantry – red coat, white trousers, dark forage cap with buff/white next cloth
Artillery – in blue
Cavalry – red jackets, dark grey breeches, brass helmet. Some variation with some native lancers
The Stylish French have been based around the colours of the French during the Franco-PrussianWar:
All arms – dark blue uniforms with red trousers
Britain’s main competitor in the Great Game:
Infantry – buff or light grey greatcoat, white straps, dark blue or black hat, black bots
Artillery – as the infantry
Cavalry – Heavy cavalry in brass breastplate, white coat, white breeches and brass helmet. Lancers in dark blue coat, yellow breast (maybe), light grey breeches and white lance pennants (based around Crimean War Colours). I may add some irregular cavalry later
Japan and Imperial China
The Asia contingents:
Infantry – White coat and trousers or dark blue coat, white trousers with a grey blanket roll. Chinese forces in black (Boxers?).
Artillery – as for infantry
Cavalry – mid-grey coats, red breeches, grey hats
As the Germans try and carve an empire in the sub-continent, they sent their troops in colonial colours:
Infantry – mid grey coat and trousers, black boots, dark helmets or mid green coat, grey hat, grey trousers and black boots
Artillery – in mid grey coat and trousers, black boots
Cavalry – as er the infantry (they are Germans after all and are therefore very uniform – based on late 19th century or Boxer Rebellion Germans)
The Americans are playing the game as well. The forces are based around those of the American Civil War with a touch of Teddy Roosevelt:
Infantry – mid-brown/khaki all over or blue grey shirt, khaki trousers and hat. US marines in dark blue coat, light blue trousers and khaki hat and gaiters.
Artillery – same as the infantry
Cavalry – same as the infantry
And to leave you wit a taste of more 2mm, the remaining two armies – USA and Japan – are pictured below:
Sometime back in 2009 started a project for 1/1200 scale Aeronefs. As is the way of wargamers, I then expanded it to include Land Ironclads. In both cases using rules from Wessex Games; Aeronefs and Land Ironclads and buildings from Brigade Models; and period(ish) infantry, cavalry and artillery (in 2mm scale) as well as buildings and scenery from Irregular Miniatures. As it also the way of wargamers, something else bright and shiny appeared in front of me and so the project was shelved. At the time of shelving, I seem to recall that I had expanded from the original two combatants (the French and English) to add the Russians and the Prussians.
Well, looking through the figure stock here in Manila I saw the 2mm terrain and Russian and British Crimean Armies sitting forlornly still in their plastic bags. Some Aeronefs were located as were most of the British Land Ironclads. 20 minutes online to Irregular Miniatures and I had expanded the whole Peshawar idea to add the Americans and maybe Japanese. These Americans are an easy add to the universe but the Japanese will be a bit more problematical – I will need to craft a good back story to justify Japanese ‘nefs but a mix of European Land Ironclads.
Whilst online I also looked at getting some 2mm Napoleonics. I have a plan for another little project (in 2mm scale, little is the operative word) but more of that later. I think I have found my Christmas project for Manila this year – Expand Peshawar!
Some of the French – what they look like painted
The British – as it is the North West Frontier, more cavalry than normal and a bit light on artillery
These will be the Russians – lots of artillery and a bit light on cavalry
Anthony has often teased me about my love of 6mm figures, with the usual remarks about too small to paint, too small to see and so on.
I thought then I should show him some of my 2mm figures. These are painted for Land Ironclads and Aeronefs. The figures are from Irregular Miniatures and form part of the French contingent for my Peshawar project, when I get around to doing some more on that.
The grid in the pictures is 10mm square. There is also a beer bottle top there for reference to size.
The French force, overall, as it stands now
The cavalry brigade
THe division assembles
The Frencyh Infantry ready to advance
The village – well there are quite a few more of these pieces to go
The two trains – the quick and inexpensive way to have a train set.
Yes, I know it is not Chrimbo yet – but there are only 76 days left until Christmas 😛
Over recent years Brigade Models has had a Christmas Sale. I figured now was the time to start pouring (or is that pawing) through their catalogue to see what goodies Santa could secretly leave for me under the mistletoe … er … sorry … tree!
More Future War Commander stuff perhaps? Or more spaceships, after all, I am powering my way through the Lost Fleet series at the moment? Maybe some more 2mm buildings, Land Ironclads and Aeronefs.
Oh, so many good things to consider, now just to wait for the happy announcement of the sale!
I had about 10 minutes spare the other day waiting so thought I would quickly put some paint to metal. A couple of my village blocks for the Peshawar project seemed the appropriate way to go as I had them prepared a while ago and they were already undercoated.
The buildings on the left come from Brigade Models and are really very neat, although I feel I could have placed them a little more randomly on the block. Still, they give the effect and work well with other blocks the same size.
The village on the right is from Irregular Miniatures which have a large 2mm range of scenery, soldiers and habitation (and also a pretty neat train). The Irregular village does look more village like – the trees add a little to the ambience.
Ground surface was painted just using a variety of desert sand type colours. I am not sure about flocking at 2mm scale – will maybe do a test piece later and see if it looks alright or not.
There is also a Brigade Models Facebook Page which is easier to get to on smartphones than the ‘blog and where they are happily announcing new stuff and such. Brigade also posted details of how various folks (including yours truly) were dealing with their 2mm models. Have a look at Out There in the Real World.
After the stinging criticism from Doug the other day that I was spending more time planning and preparing than actually painting, I added some paint to these. The original buildings were shown in a Diversion – 2mm Middle Eastern Villages.
As I am planning on trying a brown undercoat painting method for the Khmer and Burmese I thought I would practice in the 2mm buildings – and at least I have some paint on figures 😆
I thought the for a change last night I would not add paint to the 1/6000 ships mentioned in On the workbench – painting in progress as I did not have much painting time available and really, I wanted to give my eyes a bit of a rest. What could be better than to prepare some 2mm buildings for the Aeronef Peshawar project? For the curious, 2mm is approximately 1/900 scale which is about right working with the nominal 1/1200th scale of the Aeronefs and looks about right with the Land Ironclads stuff produced by Brigade Models.
I had purchased a load of Brigade’s 2mm scale Middle Eastern buildings as well as some Irregular Miniatures Middle Eastern villages. I had been debating about how to handle these. The Brigade stuff was absolutely going to have to be stuck to something as they were individual buildings (see 2mm terrain for how they looked fresh from the post office).
I finally decided to try them glued to 20-thou Plasticard. I worked on 30mm, 40mm and 80mm sized bases. By basing this way I can set multiple separated bombing targets for the Aeronefs and Aerostats as small villages or larger towns. The ruled grid in the picture is a 1cm square grid.
Cute aren’t they?
Back to the ships tonight – I want to finish painting them tonight and then spend time tomorrow labelling the bases, ready to post on Monday. Then I’ll out some paint on these and see how they look painted up.