Saturday, January 7, 2012

From KentG: 28mm Napoleonic French Artillery & English Civil War (190 points)

Those participating in the Challenge may find it somewhat encouraging that Kent is returning to work next week. ;) Perhaps the blistering pace he's set will abate somewhat. Nonetheless, before you all wipe your brow in relief, Kent has sent in another impressive entry. This time we have a full battery of Napoleonic French horse artillery and a regiment of foote for the English Civil War.

The French horse artillery are 28mm Perry Miniature sculpts. Lovely work here. Kent, are you using GW Regal blue as a base colour? The uniforms on these lads really 'pop' nicely.

Next is the beginnings of a new army for Kent - English Civil War. This unit depicts Sir Ralph Weldon's Regiment of Foote.  Note: Seventeen of this group of nineteen count as two were completed before the Challenge.

This last one I expect is for Sarah: a lusty barmaid 'proffering refreshments' to the troops. 

Another enviable batch of points earned here: 100 for the French Artillery, 85 for the ECW unit and 5 for the barmaid. Total: 190 points! Once again great work, Kent!

From ChrisP: 15mm Kiwi Shermans (72 points)

Mr. Pooch has sent in this great set of eight Shermans for use with 'Flames of War'.

These are 15mm Battlefront castings which Chris has modeled as A Squadron, 19th Armoured Regiment of the 4th New Zealand Armoured Brigade. Chris has some great background information that I'll on this unit:

'The story goes that the Kiwi's had a pretty bad run with tank support in the desert; on more than one occasion they were to be relieved by British tanks, only to have them shell them instead. So when the opportunity came for the Kiwi's to get their own Armoured Regiment, it was done without any haste! The Regiment was equipped with Sherman M4A2 tanks, but had a tendency to "acquire" tanks from other sources, it was noted by one historian that there were no less than 3 Shermans with the same serial number listed with the official establishments! The 2iC has one such "acquisition", having a .50cal Brownings HMG which has been borrowed from some unlucky American unit. The unit I have painted up is representing A Squadron in their battle at Orsogna- where they were acting as infantry support for the NZ infantry but also as trying to make armoured thrusts themselves, they were repeatedly beaten back by Panzer IV's and were unable to capture Orsogna before being reassigned into the Cassino campaign. 

The most novel thing that happened around Orsogna was the German use of Flammpanzers- Kiwis had taken their objective and withdrawn, deeming that it would be too hard to hold over night. They were proved to be right when a platoon of Flammpanzers appeared and began to flame thrower the buildings, setting fire to any likely sites that the Kiwi's would have been hiding in- had they not withdrawn. The Shermans supporting the Kiwi's simply used the flames as a targeting aid, destroying all of the Panzers, for not a single casualty!

The models themselves are painted in the blue-black two tone disruptive pattern. The large yellow numbers on the sides were hand painted by the crew; and the pictures of the tanks makes them look pretty rough! Thankfully they were better tankers than they were painters! This is why I have gone for hand painted numbers; hence their deliberate (or semi at least) roughness. The Yellow triangle means they are from A squadron, they still followed most standard british conventions.'

Excellent work, Chris. These vehicles will give you 72 points to add to  your total (including a few added for the cammo and numbering).

From TimB: 28mm Great War Canadians & Spartans (90 points)

Tim has submitted these great models to help bolster his enviable score. First up is a beautiful 15-man unit depicting members of the 42nd Canadian Infantry Battalion (Royal HIghland Regiment of Canada) which was originally raised in Montreal. They were part of the 7th Infantry Brigade of the Third Canadian Division. The grey patch denotes the 3rd Division. Triangle above it indicates the units seniority within the brigade and the Green (of the triangle) is for the 7th Brigade, the senior brigade in the Division.

These are 28mm 'Great War' castings which are a bit of a change for Tim as a lot of his previous stuff has been from Renegade. Lovely work on those kilts, Tim! 

Below is a Scottish field officer from the same manufacturer.

Last but not least is a pair of Spartans. The one on the left is a Foundry casting whereas the other is from Crusader.  

This group will net Tim a respectable 90 points. Thanks for sharing these, Tim, they look great.