Picking up those brushes again.

Hi and welcome to the occasional mutterings of Dave Doc, a military modeller and some time gamer. Gaming and model making has given me a real education, History & Geography(obvious really), Artistry, Politics, Economics, Logistics, Project Management -you try building miniature armies without the last 3.

I will use the blog to record my creations & the odd occasion I actually do some gaming.

I have always been inspired by the aesthetic side of gaming. Playing on well constructed terrain using excellently painted units is always a joy.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Sudan - 19th Hussars and Col Fredrick Burnaby

Work has been proceeding at pace on the Sudan Imperial units. The 19th Hussars have been completed. I have done conversion work on the lead squadron, removing the arm from its cast position and remaking it with solder and adding a curved sabre into the hand - this is made form a flattened mild steel in - I intended to do more than 1 squadron like that - but my trusty soldering iron has died - a new one is being sourced!

These are Connoisseur Miniatures once more, with a few other random horses from the lead pile. Next cavalry will be the 10th Hussars.




Colonel Frederick Burnaby–  travelling without permission - was among more than 4,000 British troops who took part at El-Teb.  Burnaby was in the thick of it, doing dire work with a characteristically unorthodox weapon: a double-barrelled shotgun.


Burnaby was a larger than life character , and Victorian Hero. Depicted here in his characteristic blue patrol dress as he refused to wear khaki. He met his end at the later battle of Abu Klea – where he had left his Shotgun behind after the bad publicity of using it on the natives at El-Teb.


 It is said Queen Victoria wept on learning of his death. The figure is by Redoubt and is a fair size compared to other 28mm – however as Burnaby was 6 foot 4 and reputed to be the strongest man in the army it seems fitting.


 We also have the newly arrived Daily Telegraph reporter Bennet Burleigh with notepad , and for the Illustrated London News Caton Woodvile looking on , protected accompanied by the skirmish screens.  I picked up the skirmish lads as part of the painted stuff I traded – they needed rebasing only .


More "Devils in Skirts" next!

28 comments:

  1. Great stuff. /Goodly work all 'round.

    I'm waiting to receive my Burnaby model from the Perry's long with the BP Sudan supplement. I like the Warlord version but the Perry version seems much more understated, thus the preference.

    Darrell.

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    1. thanks Darrell. I must pick a copy up of the supplemnt at some time too

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  2. Very atmospheric pictures, great job!

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  3. So the lesson is never leave your shotgun behind. These look great. Excellent execution. Cheers

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    1. er yes - that would seem to be the lesson - or pay no attention to bad publicity!

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  4. Cor, like this collection. Plenty of character and bags of atmosphere.

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  5. Another tremendous outpouring of Imperial troops, absolutely marvellous.

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    1. Thanks Michael.. i cant actually wait to get it all out together !

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  6. Great painting work. All of them are very nice!!!

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  7. Another fine looking batch of colonials. Enjoyed the Burnaby history lesson too.

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    1. thanks - he was certainly a character

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  8. Gorgeous stuff yet again mate. I'm seriously hankering after more figs for this period now and you're to blame.

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    1. Ha ha! All part of the service... Just wait until you see the full armies out!

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  9. Very cool unit! I do like the way their displayed and photographed too.

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  10. Beautiful work as usual Dave - excellent, excellent stuff!

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  11. Your conversion work is making these a very unique and desirable collection.

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    1. Hopefully so..! I am enjoying doing them. More to come too.

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Work in hand

The RULES!

No more than 3 things on the PAINTING table at once. Nothing new added until something is finished.

PREPARATION work is done when I don't fancy detail painting. Cleaning up, converting, undercoating etc.

PLANNING is expressions of interest or things that have inspired me to be created with no definite timescale as yet.


On the PAINTING TABLE
Sudan stuff

On the PREPATION table.
Sudan stuff

In the PLANNING
WW2 & modern micro armour