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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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Trouble in Ireland – IRA (1)

I’ve had my eye on this period for some time and the Paul Hicks’ figures finally pushed me into getting started.  I also bought the original VBCW book for some light reading and to get more use out of IWI figures.  I thought the IWI offered some engagements with low model counts and few specific terrain features.  So here we go.

This first lot of figures are from Musketeer Miniatures and are absolutely beautiful to see painted up. But while I was painting them, my enthusiasm dimmed somewhat.  I love Copplestone sculpts as they are minimalistic BUT still brimming with character.  Painting these, while still minimalistic, each figure seemed more of a cipher than a character?  Once they were painted, I warmed to them more.  I think they will look great in larger numbers, say 10 or so.  You can tell they were sculpted with skill, but there is just a little something missing.  I’m not giving up on them, but I’m hoping they do grow on me as there is VERY LITTLE out there for this period.

On the plus side, hey they are figures specifically made to represent the IRA!  You can’t beat that.  And they paint up very quickly, I mean very quickly.  I could easily paint all four of these chaps int he time it takes for one Mohawk or Ranger.

I’m not entirely happy with the dark palette that I used for these four, but until I have more experience with the period, I’ll keep copying the paint schemes of the Musketeer Miniatures site.

Here is the next lot ready to go.