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Anglo-American Provincials

Ahhh, a chance to paint The Galloping Major’s miniatures again.  These are the guys that I’ve missed the most on my break from historical minis.  I’ve been watching people paint them and biding my time, well, I finally ordered them.  First impression of the figures is that they are cracking!  Great character and lots of great details, but nicely raised so they are a joy to paint.

I struggled with the uniform to paint for a while.  I’m a die hard New Englander these days, so I wanted to paint them as Massachusetts men, but the uniforms were more drab.  So in the end I went with the New Jersey Provincials, they are very similar to the Mass troops, but they have white gaiters and a yellow hat band.  Very minor differences I know, but there you go, a little splash of color to liven up the table.

Painting these guys was like talking to a college friend that you haven’t talked to for years, you can easily slip into a comfortable and fun activity after being away for a long time.  After a few brush strokes, it was like I was still in my 7 month spree of painting the other GM figures.

Here’s a few more shots.  I still have 9 more to go and they are all primed and sitting on the painting table.

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BUF (3) – Command

I’ve been wanting to add this command group for a while, so I’m really glad to have finished them.  The models are great and lots of fun to paint.  I added a spare British Regular command figure and just painted him in BUF colors.  I think it’s fair to assume that he might have had an old army uniform that he altered to wear with his new organization.

This is the first flag I’ve ever worked with in 28mm.  I like the way it came out.  The flag is from VBCW enthusiast 6mil Phil and was offered over on his blog.

Over all these figures should help to keep the rabble on track and lend some much needed support.

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British Regular Painting Guide

This is mostly for my own reference, but hopefully it will serve to help others who start out clueless.  The following paint scheme should work for the Irish War of Independence, the British Expeditionary Force in WW2,  and a Very British Civil War.

All colors are Vallejo Model Color.

I’m also using the following for the officers.

Coats – 1:1 Olive Grey:Green Grey

Sam Brown Belts – Beige Brown

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British Regulars (2)

I’m becoming quite addicted to these Musketeer Miniatures.  It seems they are incredibly fun to paint, I just wish there was less cleanup involved in the process.  It seems that the mold lines take quite a bit of work to get rid of, and there are some blemishes on many faces that I dare not remove or the facial detail will come off.  At a reasoanable table distance (2-3 feet away from the eye) it will never be noticed though.

When I started these I couldn’t remember what colors I had used for the webbing, so I will be putting up my painting guide in very soon.  Not so much because I’m an expert, but because I will be ordering more and don’t want to have the same problem.

Here are the lads in groups, I’ll have some more specific comments on a few figures as well.

Overall, I really like the way they came out.  It’s really strange for me, I’ve never really been a fan of painting British troops for anything other than opponents for troops that I do like to paint.  Though I have really enjoyed painting up the officers for this lot, I mean had fun. I suppose it’s the cool mustaches.

This is also the first time I’ve ever tried to paint on some Sergeants stripes.  Now I usually work in the basement and my reference material was upstairs and I didn’t feel like going to get it and just painted them as I thought they would be.  Extra points to anyone who notices the problem with them.

And last buy not least, I picked up some of the great VBCW models from PMC games on ebay.  It’s a pretty bush league way to go about ordering as you never know what will be for sale on his “ebay store”, but at the end of the day, they are affordable and really look the part. Here’s a small unit that’s tracked their quarry down and found them in the pub, very British.

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Crossley Tenders

I’ve been watching these little beauties on other peoples photos for a while now.  These trucks are called Crossley Tenders and they carted the Black and Tans and Auxies around Ireland during the Irish War of Independence.  There’s lots of great footage of the troops packed into the back of these trucks and tooling around in black and white.

There aren’t any 28mm wargames models of them that I’m aware of.  Most folks seem to buy the MATCHBOX MOY Y13 1918 CROSSLEY where ever they can find them.  I found a couple on eBay for a reasonable price and painted them up.  Thing is, I hate painting vehicles.  I mean, I really hate painting them.  I see every minute spent painting them as a minute that I’m not painting miniatures.  I think I made the most of these those.  I spray painted them with can of Krylon flat green camo paint, with a lighter green dry bush.  Then I painted the seats and wheels.  My next move was going to be a wash, but I started it and thought it wasn’t really making much of a difference, so I stopped.  A couple of coats of sealer and bob’s your uncle.

These lads are on the painting table at the moment, I can’t wait to see how they paint up.

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Settlers Defending (2)

 

This is my second group of Settlers Defending from the Galloping Major.  His figures continue to get better and better.  I enjoyed painting these guys even more than I enjoyed painting the last lot.  The addition of the vests added a lot of detail and interest into the figures.  I really like the way they look as a group.

Along with this lot I have painted one of the “Soldiers Free” miniatures. This lad is supposed to be suitable ambiguous so you can use him for many different roles.  I’ve got him painted as an older civic leader who’s dusted off his old uniform to lead the settlers on a mission to rescue their women, or something like that.    I really like the figure and the look of determination on is tiny little 28mm face.

Just another great group of figures to paint an look at.  Here they are in close ups.

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Settlers Defending (1)

These guys are the first of my Anglo American Settlers from Galloping Major Wargames.  There is another pack on my painting table as I write this.  This group is all in shirt sleeves with a mottly looking assortment of equipment.

The vast majority of the encounters in the FIW were border skirmishes between Indians and settlers.  The natives tended to head south, get close to a settlement and lay in wait.  Before the sun came up, they pounced on the isolated cabins, stole who and what they could, fired the rest and headed for home.

I live about 30 miles from the dreaded Missisquoi Abenaki settlement that was a major staging point for Indian raids.  So these lads might have been my neighbors in a different life.

I think these figures fill a great place in games scenarios.  There’s another pack available that I’ve already mentioned and some concept sketches for a third pack on the Galloping Major’s Blog.  I look forward to seeing all of them on the table lending support to the Rangers and Regulars or defending some log cabins.

Here are the close-ups.

 

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English Regulars, BUF, IRA, and Eddie

I have been wanting to paint this lot for some time.  All of the models are from the Musketeer Miniatures Interwar and WW1 ranges, with one exception.   The figure of Edward is a freebie given away at a British wargames show called Partizan.  A very nice gentleman sent it to me, thank you again sir.

A Very British Civil War

This is something I have wanted to paint a force or two for for a long time.  It’s a what if based on a cross between the Spanish Civil War and the politics of per-war Britain in the 30’s.  Very well laid out setting, if on the low production side, by a small core of adherents mostly in the British Isles.

So, let’s start with Eddie.  This great model was supposed to be a bit ambiguous I think.  You can sort of paint him in any style to fit with you particular vision of what the king was doing during the Civil War.  I’ve got him painted as a Black Shirt supporter.

The British Union of Fascists (BUF)

I have been fascinated by this group ever since I first learned about them through VBCW, I thought they were made up at first.   Quite a bit of reading later and I’ve found out much more about them.  I’m married to a Brit and I like to learn as much about British History as I can when it’s interesting.

The uniforms on these lads are based on actual black shirt styles, but in the end are open to interpretation.  I chose a figure I had seen on a message board and based my uniform on them.  I tried to give the uniforms some light details to offset the super dark uniform.

I like the results, except for the helmets.  I couldn’t find a nice green that wasn’t too dark, so I painted them light grey. Here you go.

 

 British Regulars for the Irish War of Independence

I have been wanting to get these guys for some time.  I just really like the look of them and since they are major players in the IWI and can be used in VBCW, it’s a go.

I’ve had a hell of a time finding info on the uniform details and finding a closeup of painted models online is impossible.  I’ve gone with the best info that I had, comments and criticisms welcome, I’ve got lots more to paint and want to get it right.

IRA

These are some new IRA recruits. I’ve only painted three as the forth came damaged.  I’m still liking these figures as they are good fun to paint.

So that’s my continuation of my IWI range and a huge leap into VBCW.  I’ve no real interest in Communist or Socialist forces in the VBCW, despite being a Socialist in actuality.  So I will most likely paint up some Scots to oppose my BUF and Royalist forces.  Should be a nice exercise.

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Black and Tans (1)

I painted these Black and Tans from Musketeer Miniatures a while ago, but finally snapped the photos this morning.  They were a bit flashier than I’m used to but cleaned up well.

They were fun to paint, but I’m a sucker for puttees.  I couldn’t really figure out what color exactly to paint the RIC green clothing or the brown/beige English uniform clothing so I just made my best guess and went for it.   The green is Luftwaffe Green and the brown is English Uniform.  I think the puttees should have been a closer shade to the uniform color, but I like the contrast and the models are so dark anyway, I’m sticking with the nice light color for them.  I think it’s Middlestone, but I’ll have to check if anyone is interested.

I’m thinking they will do double duty as Scots militia for my VBCW setting as well.

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LAM London Bobbies

I didn’t plan to paint these lads so early in the VSF world, but due to an order mix-up I became the proud owner of them.  They really grew on me from the start.  My original plan for my VSF forces involves defending Britain from Zombies and fighting Prussian spies, so the muscle is going to be Artizan Bobbies with guns.  That left me with a dilemma, what to do with these pseudo coppers?  I came up with some sort of liaison from the military to work with the VSF special forces lads.

I’ve read about the Zulus wars extensively, so I had to go with green cuffs and collars for the 24th of course.  I struggled with the helmet color though, white (foriegn service), black (home service), or tea stained (practical field alteration of white hat)?  In the end I went with white  to keep the model bright and cheery.  The cords to the LAM VSF weapons and tools is typcially painted red and blue, so I altered the colors a  bit, and even considered a green cord for a while.

Hope you like ’em.