Friday, August 14, 2015

4th (King's Own) Regimental Colour Party--28mm

Hello everyone!

As promised from yesterday, here are a few shots of my completed and based command for the 1st Battalion, 4th (King's Own) Regiment of Foot. (Remember to click on the pictures for bigger versions.)

Note the tufts of grass at the feet of the colonel and just behind and to the left of the Ensign carrying the Regimental Colour. These are Citadel "Mordheim Turf" tufts; the color, I think, fits in with the color scheme of my bases quite well. These were quite easy to apply by placing a tiny drop of super glue where I wanted the tuft to go and gingerly maneuvering it into position with a pair of small tweezers.

The 4th Regiment of Foot saw service in both the Peninsular War and the War of 1812, seeing heavy fighting in both. The 1st Battalion also saw service at the Battle of Waterloo. These lads have the old Peninsula stovepipe shakos, so could theoretically serve in either Spain or the Americas. The 1/4th are wearing their grey greatcoats over white trousers, with white crossbelts. The colonel and the two ensigns are wearing their sashes and swords on the outside of their overcoats, as well as white gloves, while the poor drummer must deal with bare hands in the cold weather. I always feel kind of cheaty when I do greatcoated troops as they're so easy and quick to complete. The Colours are homemade: see my previous post.

For the bigger figures, I've decided to go with four figures to a base for regular troops on the same 4cm x 4cm bases that I usually use with my infantry. (My 15mm/1:72 regular infantry figures are six figures on the same size base.) I think this gives the base a nice look, being full but not too crammed, and should look quite nice with a full 24 figure battalion all together.

All in all I'm rather pleased with how they came out. I look forward to finishing up this battalion, as I think they will look fantastic! Speaking of which...

Coming soon: I placed a few orders last night for various things, the largest of which was an order for Knuckleduster Miniatures and their War of 1812 line. I bought enough British figures in greatcoats to flesh out the 1/4th Regiment of Foot, as well as enough miniatures to flesh out a unit of 28mm American militia. I also picked up a pair of draft horses from Knuckleduster to pull a MDF French artillery caisson that I ordered from a British company called Blotz. This will be painted in light blue for service with my American Regular Artillery.

Speaking of artillery, my French 12 pounder has yet to arrive from brigade; I got an email from them today saying they were quite backordered after having just got back from vacation following Historicon. It's no big deal; Brigade has done very well by me over the years, and I'm willing to patiently wait. But I didn't have to wait for these chaps:

These are 15/18mm Napoleon At War French Old Guard Chasseur figures, a battalion pack, with some Essex minis to flesh out a full battalion. I'll do a proper review of these lads sometime this weekend. So lots of exciting stuff coming soon!

Questions, comments and criticisms are always welcomed and appreciated. Thanks for looking!