Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Anglo-Burma War British Infantry...

...skirmishing

More from the Pontoonier range, distributed through 'Newline Designs'; plenty of detail to pick out, but similar issues with flash and cast lines.  Having worked out a suitable colour palette with the Command group the rest of this unit fell into line quite quickly.  



Thank you to all that ventured an opinion, regarding the 'strange' headgear in the previous post, Anglo-Burma War British Infantry Command, particularly Shayne (A.K.A. Carbine) who was the first to lead me to the Osprey Men at Arms 72 'North West Frontier', where it suggests that this hat was invented by a Henry Hart of Oxford Street, London and was made of straw with a cloth cover and had an internal headband which allowed all-round ventilation.  This was confirmed by Peter and the Mad Guru and again later when the 'Provost Marshal' kindly dropped round a copy so I could see the illustration for myself - all very strange, the hat not the 'Provost Marshal'!


This does of course present a small dilemma in so much as having convinced myself that this was a flaw in the casting process the gentlemen in question was dispatched to the dark side of the lead pile!  Even when located I shall be somewhat torn between painting him as the colour plate suggests or going with one of alternative suggestions such a partially-transformed victim of the jungle mushroom men or painting the helmet as a melon - decision, decisions! 

43 comments:

  1. These look superb sir!are they going to be doing some dino hunting

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  2. Well they are obviously looking good, my vote goes for the melon :)

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    1. Thank you, I have to say I'm rather tempted by the melon myself!

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  3. Superb and the dino hunting idea is great you don't need to fight burmese all day!

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    1. Thank you and a good point Sir, a gentlemen should find time to engage in his hobbies.

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  4. Beautiful painting there Sir! I'm stunned to find out them hats in the last post are real!!!!

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    1. You and me both Ray, just unbelievable.

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  5. Great to see you painting again Sir Michael. I can't tell by looking at these that they had any imperfections. You've done a great job painting them. Interesting history on that hat though.

    I'm voting for making him the victim of the jungle mushroom men! Don't throw him on the lead pile!!

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    1. Thank you Anne, you can take some credit for kickstarting me back to the painting table.

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    2. Glad to have been of service Sir Michael!

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  6. They look absolutely superb! I know next to nothing about painting historical miniatures - how do you go about choosing uniform paint colours? Us Sci-Fi/Fantasy types just choose what looks cool. :-)

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    1. Thank you Andy, with regards to colours I spend an inordinate amount of time reading up and surfing the web. The trick is trying to stay on the right side of the Wargames Fashion Police, but a the end of the day a little creative licence should be encouraged!

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  7. Great painting, Painter, ESQ.

    ...or 1/2 of a dinosaur egg!

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    1. Oh no, now that is another great idea; I may have to order some more of them!

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  8. Another batch of lovely anglo-burma brits.
    So the minis hat / helmet was real!!! Amazing.
    Cheers
    paul

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    1. Certainly the most impractical piece of headgear I've seen in a while.

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  9. Fantastic paint job as per - another vote for the jungle mushroom men but guest starring one of the dinosaur egg helemt men.

    Regards,
    Matt

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    1. Thank you Matt and I'm not sure I should be encouraged to stray too far from the original as you know how easily distracted I get!

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  10. Great looking group of mini's still sniggering about the 10mm thing, your a funny man LOL

    Ian

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    1. Thank you Ian; I do hope I didn't cause any offence! :-o

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  11. They really look nice! I like the extra movement/storage base quite a bit in addition to the painting.

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you Christopher, the movement trays are from Warbases and are just really useful for storing the individually based miniatures on.

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  12. Lovely figures as ever sir, personally I think more novelty hat wear might be in order. I'm not sure if painted up in the "correct" scheme (even by your skilled hand) it would ever look quite right being a barmy hat and all.

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    1. Thank you Mr. Smillie, I have to admit that I might give in to the novelty hat idea. :)

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  13. I don't see any cast lines Michael. That means you did (once again) an excellent work!
    Nice and sandy...just the way they should have been. :)

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    1. Thank you Thanos, they certainly weren't the worst I've seen, I just think I've been spoilt with the likes of Empress Miniatures.

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  14. You've done a great job on these; both the painting and basing. Sorry to hear about the mold lines, etc. It's good to try out different ranges. Best, Dean

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    1. Thank you Dean, they are still a wonderful range and the only one dedicated to this particular theatre.

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  15. Some excellent posts over the last weeks Michael. Really like them all and the terra cotta zombies are my favorites...Cheers, Michael

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    1. Welcome back Michael nad thank you very much for the kind words.

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  16. Excellent job Michael, they make a great group on the sabot base.

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    1. Thank you Scott, I really should do a bit more to the bases though.

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  17. Great work again Michael, to your normally high standards. The look like rather nice figures and I might be thinking of getting some myself.

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    1. Thank you Pete, I can certainly see how they might be of interest in a VBCW scenario.

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  18. Lovely looking unit and I like the colour you have achieved on the uniform. Would you mind sharing what colours you used on the khaki please Michael?

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    1. Thank you Pat and as for the colours they are all Vallejo starting with a base of Khaki Grey, followed by Khaki and a final highlight of German Cammo Beige.

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  19. Excellent painted and based figures!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://peterscave.blogspot.be/

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  20. Huzzzaaahhh! Great work - much as I'm envious of 28mm, I've decided to go down the 15mm Peter Pig route ;)

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