This post originally formed my entry to the second of the bonus rounds for the 'VIII Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge'. Rather amusingly titled, Big Freakin' Gun, this was one of those wonderful opportunities where the theme fell perfectly for the miniatures that I already had – well mostly! I have always loved artillery on the table top, it just looks impressive and the Challenge has given me plenty of opportunities to indulge in this over the years, whether that be Russian Field Guns in the Crimea, the Naval Brigade seeing off the Mutiny or Māori Warriors with a captured Carronade.
Returning to the theme of BFG and I was instantly reminded of a piece of antiquated artillery from ‘Redoubt Miniatures’ Wellington in India range. I had picked it up a couple of years ago with an idea that it could have been pressed into service during the Mutiny by a particularly brave, but desperate group of mutineers; I mean, just look at it! I loved the chunky, solid wooden wheels of the bullock cart and the sheer improbability of the piece and decided that this was perfect for the round. The difficulties started when it came to crewing the beastie. I had some ‘Mutineer Miniatures’ Irregular Indian artillery crew that looked suitable and based them on card whilst I scratched around for an idea as to how to bring everything together.
I believe it was at this point in the project that I fell afoul of what they call mission creep! You see, I also remembered that I had picked up an ‘Indus Miniatures’ (available through Wargames Emporium) Indian artillery piece, resplendent with its lion’s head muzzle ornamentation and what could be better than a BFG? Well two BFGs of course! The Indus piece was bought for exactly the same purpose as the Redoubt one, it just looked so cool! I now had two guns and one crew, what to do? In the end I decided that the Indus piece looked ready for firing and so would have the crew whilst the Redoubt piece needed some form of assistance in transportation.
A bullock cart needs bullocks and lo and behold the new ‘Iron Duke Miniatures’ range (available through Empress Miniatures) have a set of bullocks along with a couple of nicely sculpted Indian drivers. So with bullocks in hand* and a bit of careful matching on the base widths, I was able to create a series of units that could, in theory, be interchanged.
*not an expression to say out loud in polite company.
Although pleased with my efforts. something wasn’t quite right, I needed a limber! Back on to ‘Empress Miniatures’ and the missing item was ordered up, and what a fabulous piece of casting it was too. The only down side was that I had already positioned the yoke spars on the original bullocks and didn’t have the heart to remove them so, for the time being, it will have to suffice until I am brave enough to do it properly.
Purely as an aside the ruined walls and doors are from ‘4Ground’ and purchased as a set in one of the ‘North Star Military Figures’ clearance sales. They are very cleverly done as for what appears like random damaged brickwork can actually be slotted together in a number of different ways giving variety to your terrain building. (16 pieces in total)
Outstanding work Michael!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Bill.Delete
Top work Sir M! It's a monster of a gun!ReplyDelete
Thank you Ray, they should certainly pack a punch.Delete
Great to see you back in action!ReplyDelete
Slow and steady at the moment, but progress is being made.Delete
Lovely stuff Michael as always, who doesn't love a big gun. Reminds me of the "Pride and the Passion", that movie always seemed to on television as a child!ReplyDelete
Thank you Roger. Funnily enough "Pride and the Passion" made an appearance in the same bonus round, reminded me that I need to watch it again.Delete
Great set of guns and crews Michael,and very versatile with how you've set them up. Great to read how one idea lead to another, and how you arrived at the finished piecesReplyDelete
Thank you so much Dave, I really love it when a project grows beyond my initial thoughts.Delete
Lovely work there MichaelReplyDelete
Thank you so much Pete.Delete
Wonderful artillery pieces, Michael. I really like the lion headed cannon!ReplyDelete
Thank you Dean, it is such a lovely and unusual piece that one.Delete
Awesome work as always sir!ReplyDelete
Thank you Michał.Delete
A wonderful work at this! I like these great painted kinda Indian oxen...excellent job done!ReplyDelete
Thank you, I was really pleased with how well the oxen worked.Delete
So many splendid realisations Michael...awesome guns, crews and walls!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Phil.Delete
Fantastic work on this lot. Very impressed!ReplyDelete
Thank you Lee, this was one of those projects that just came together so well.Delete
Very nice work indeed on these Micheal!ReplyDelete
Thank you Christopher.Delete
Great stuff as always.ReplyDelete
Thank you Mike, greatly appreciated.Delete
Lovely..The "push me pull me" bombard...what make is that and .........Where the heck does one get 28mm Krishna Tira Cattle!!!? Nice animals if I recall..slow but strong and work all day without getting the hump.ReplyDelete
The big old bombard is from Redoubt, with the Lion's Head version from Indus. As for the cattle they were from the wonderful Iron Duke Miniatures and yes I spotted the joke. :)Delete
Thanks. I´m constantly amazed at what is available These days.Delete
A wonderful piece of kit Michael.ReplyDelete
Thank you Stuart.Delete
A jolly nice piece of work, Michael. Whether those guns are more dangerous to their crews or the poor beggars downrange is a moot point, but they will look nice on the tabletop.ReplyDelete
Thank you A.J. I must admit, I loved the idea of the these long forgotten pieces being forced back into action.Delete
Splendid work Sir.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Dan.Delete
when I get to paint one of these I will know which one to copy!!!! you have been warnedReplyDelete
There can be no finer compliment, thank you Clint.Delete
Awesome job on the guns, crew, and limber, Michael, on every piece -- and they come together so well, yokes and all! A beautiful unit!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much. It was such a thrill seeing them all come together, particularly given the variety of different manufactures.Delete
Thank you so much Willie.ReplyDelete
All looking marvellous with the new additions completing the look nicely indeed.ReplyDelete
These are a cracking pair of guns, the word awesome springs to mind and you have done a lovely paint job on them.ReplyDelete
The tigers head is particularly good with some nice ageing as well.
My word. What a cracking pair.ReplyDelete
Those guns are truly a sight to behold :)ReplyDelete
Love the big boomers Michael!ReplyDelete
This is what I'd call "Wow factor" Michael :-)ReplyDelete
You've done a first rate paint job on all the individual mini's for their 'portrait shots' and they look stunning when you group them in the last two photo's!
Those really are completely splendid!ReplyDelete
I like how the way your mind works, kind-of like "Why just do when one thing when I can just as esily do more?"ReplyDelete
Amazing work, great stuff!ReplyDelete
A splendid little set of artillery love the bullocks🙂ReplyDelete
Another fine batch of figs Michael! Also nice to see you doing some of your historical stuff again!ReplyDelete
That limbered older gun looks positively medieval!ReplyDelete
Love these pieces Michael, well done.
Lots of thought certainly has gone into this project and it shows. Nice work Michael!ReplyDelete