Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Colonial armies

David Crook recently asked me to give him some sort of idea what multi-figure based colonial armies I had available to use with my 6 hex x 8 hex wargames board ... so here they are!

British


These figures have done service as British and Britannic army troops, and comprise:
  • 8 battalions of infantry (8 x 2 x 3 figure bases = 48 figures)
  • 1 battery of machine guns (1 x 1 x 2 figure bases = 2 figures + 1 Gatling Gun)
  • 2 batteries of artillery (2 x 1 x 2 figure bases = 4 figures + 2 Field Guns)
  • 3 transport columns (3 x 1 x 1 figure + 1 mule per base = 3 figures + 3 mules)
Egyptian


These figures have done service as Egyptian, Fezian, and Zubian regular army troops, and comprise:
  • 8 battalions of infantry (4 each of Egyptian and Sudanese) (8 x 2 x 3 figure bases = 48 figures)
  • 2.5 regiments of cavalry (2.5 x 2 x 2 figure bases = 10 figures)
  • 1 battery of machine guns (1 x 1 x 2 figure bases = 2 figures + 1 Gatling Gun)
  • 1 battery of artillery (1 x 1 x 2 figure bases = 2 figures + 1 Field Gun)
  • 3 transport columns (3 x 1 x 1 figure + 1 mule per base = 3 figures + 3 mules)
Mahdist



These figures have done service as Mahdists as well as Fezian and Zubian irregular troops, and comprise:
  • 20 units of spear-armed infantry (20 x 2 x 3 figure bases = 120 figures)
  • 7 units of musket-armed infantry (7 x 2 x 3 figure bases = 42 figures)
  • 4 units of cavalry (4 x 2 x 2 figure bases = 16 figures)
  • 3 units of camelry (3 x 2 x 2 figure bases = 12 figures)
  • 2 batteries of artillery (2 x 1 x 2 figure bases = 4 figures + 2 Field Guns)

6 comments:

  1. Bob,

    My apologies for not commenting sooner - I've been snowed. That was an excellent little campaign and a real pleasure to read about. I was very taken with how handy and swift it was and I hope there will be many more.

    Good to see the chaps on parade, where are they bound for next?

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  2. Hi Bob,

    Absolutely magnificent! Seriously though, it is proof (if proof were needed) that you do not have to spend a small fortune on hundreds of figures to have a cracking game - as was your last effort.

    Am I right in thinking that they are Essex?

    All the best,

    DC

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  3. Conrad Kinch,

    I am really pleased to read that you enjoyed this mini-campaign ... and I suspect that you might try something similar yourself as it can be easily set up and used even when you are very busy.

    As to what happens next ... well that depends upon how things progress with my current Napoleonic varnishing and basing project.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  4. David Crook,

    These Essex Miniatures armies were bought ready-painted from a company that used to provide this service. I think they cost me about £200 over ten years ago ... and I have had lots and lots of use out of them.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Very nice Collection of Essex Colonials Bob- very handy size is 15mm - nice and compact with excellent detail- look forward to Your campaign games with these figures. Very influenced by Your previous three game scenarios- like to do simular with my 40mm Mars Project. Regards. KEV.

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  6. Kev,

    Thanks very much for your kind comment.

    15mm is a very convenient size of figure, especially for battles fought on a relatively small tabletop or battlefield. I will certainly be using them in future mini-campaigns ... along with some of my other 15mm-scale figures.

    Good luck with your 40mm Mars Project.

    All the best,

    Bob

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