Friday, 6 July 2018

Using One's Imagi-nation....Part 3

 
Spencer Smith ACW Infantry in kepi advancing - this will the basic infantry figure I will use for the Russians circa 1875 to 1885. There are a number of incorrect details but they will be painted to look the part.

 
ACW Union Cavalryman. This chap will be used as a Russian Dragoon, again with the appropriate paint job.

 
The ACW gun crew pack - I will need to swap a some heads for the other non-kepi wearing nationalities but luckily not that many!
 
 
The ACW Zouave. Turkish or Albanian methinks although I may do something with the backpack - possibly just removing the bedroll.
 

 
From the 18th century range you have a Pandour which would be useful alongside....

 
….his Slavonian counterpart.
 
 
The above are a small selection of the figures I shall be making use of from the Spencer Smith SSM range for the Western Balkans/Ionian Islands set up. The British will be sourced from the SSM Zulu Wars range. I shall try and keep the conversions to a minimum (although the Greek Evzones will be interesting!) and so am relying on the paint job to set the scene so to speak. The figures are going to be block painted with no shading or highlighting, gloss varnished and will also be based individually. Furthermore the bases will be unflocked. I have opted for individual bases for a number of reasons but mainly to give me sufficient flexibility in terms of the rules I shall use as not only the Portable Wargame feature but also A Gentleman's War and The Men Who Would Be Kings.
 
I am trying to get a proper 'old school toy soldier' look with this collection and this will also be carried over into the terrain I shall be using.
 
The forces raised will not be large by any means - the Russians are currently at around 60 foot (which includes gun crews and command), a dozen or so mounted and a couple of guns.
 
The naval dimension is something I shall be looking at over the weekend whilst I am painting the Royal Navy and Kriegsmarine....MUST STAY FOCUSSED....MUST STAY FOCUSSED....
 



10 comments:

Archduke Piccolo said...

This looks like a lot of fun! I'm touching on 19th century warfare myself (the traditional RED vs BLUE gig), but merely dabbling. Nothing as broad and deep as you are going!

David Crook said...

Hi Archduke,

I will be playing fast and loose with the history and the armies but it will be close enough to stand up to scrutiny! rather, it would not be stretching the boundaries too far....

It will not be large which is an important consideration for me - in fact the 'army' size quoted is about as large as I would need so could be smaller if required.

I am going for a very specific look with the figures and it one that I can achieve easily.

That's the plan anyway....:-)

All the best,

DC

Jim Duncan said...

I have a few of these figures David.

http://jim-duncan.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-christmas-brigades.html

http://jim-duncan.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-christmas-brigades-undercoat.html

http://jim-duncan.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-christmas-brigades-base-coats.html

http://jim-duncan.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-christmas-brigades-next-steps.html

http://jim-duncan.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-christmas-brigades-nearly-done.html

http://jim-duncan.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-christmas-brigades-on-parade.html

http://jim-duncan.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-christmas-brigades-basing.html

http://jim-duncan.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-christmas-brigades-off-to-war_6.html

Maudlin Jack Tar said...

Wonderful looking figures those Spencer Smiths - so shiny and tempting!

Peter said...

Clever use of figures to represent your planned imagi-nations forces.

tradgardmastare said...

Lovely old school vibe .

David Crook said...

Hi Jim,

I remember seeing those - was it really 6 years ago? Fabulous work Jim - I only hope mine come out as good!

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Maudlin Jack Tar,

They are not to everyone’s taste but I love them!

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi Peter,

I have a soft spot for these figures and the great thing about them is you be as detailed or as basic as you wish.

All the best,

DC

David Crook said...

Hi tradgardmastare,

They certainly do!

All the best,

DC