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    Contemptible Little Armies

    A place for my non-40k painting, covering mainly Napoleonics and the Great War. I have a tendency to let myself get distracted by tanks to the detriment of these loyal fellows, so I feel I owe them their own home!

    First, the Old Contemptibles of the BEF. I was inspired by the Warhammer Historical rules to pick a load of these chaps, surmising that said rules would prompt an upsurge in interest in the period. I inevitably never seem to get round to going to any of the clubs in my area, but I mean to eventually!





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    The whole company together is 54 models. I doubtless will field it smaller in the event, but here it is maxed out.

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    The above are a mixture of Renegade and Great War Miniatures figures. The former are noticeably larger and chunkier when one compares them individually, but thanks to the drab khaki scheme it isn't too apparent at a distance. They'll be serving as the 1st Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment, who could have had a better start to the war. Three of the four companies were cut off at Audregnies, when several orders to retreat failed to get through. Official History here: http://batmarn1.club.fr/edmochp4.htm

    Given their opponents were the 72nd Regiment, who else could I possibly paint up my Germans as? For the Fatherland!

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    Re: Contemptible Little Armies

    Now to an earlier war. I took this pic yonks ago, and have neglected these chaps for months!



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    These fellows are all by Baccus - and look jolly impressive en masse. I suspect they'd look more impressive up close, were I not such a dashed lazy painter! Anyway, these are the five battalions I'd got done before I let myself be distracted by other things. Some still need their Colours. I rather goofed by sticking them to their bases without thinking through the practicalities of basing such small chaps.





    Five battalions done, you see. So I started doing bits and bobs on another five. I have completed two, aside from basing (which I need to get my head around for 6mm!) and Colours.



    The other three I shall finish tomorrow, provided the gods are smiling. They are largely done, as you can see.



    So there we are. Don't fear that I'll abandon their opponents to a dusty life in a box. After painting all this red, I am itching for a wave of blue-coated Frenchmen to save me from scarlet monotony! So a battalion or several of them are next on the list.
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    You brave boy you. You did much better on the British than the Germans, for absolutely no obvious reason at all that any one could ever see, I'm sure... and that is the hell of a lot of redcoats. Good luck to you sir.
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    Cheers, old boy. The Brits got a dose of Quicktone and a matt varnish after I'd done my usual painting, and it helped quite a bit. Germans are still unfinished. I hope that they'll be ok once the varnish has dried. Still waiting on that with fingers crossed atm!
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    Right, the Germans look considerably better now, I feel!



    I particularly like how the Staff Officer in the greatcoat came out.



    He's neither Renegade nor Great War Miniatures, like t'others, but Copplestone.

    All officers and NCOs, the chaps above. I must do some normal chaps. Speaking of which, I shall now eat my words, and offer up some of the world's finest fighters, the Sikhs!



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    And to conclude, some RA gunners who've mislaid their 18pdr.

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    Got a lot of stuff done. Sadly couldn't bring 4th Coy up to minimum strength for today, as the figures haven't arrived. But in the unlikely event of getting a game, I can reinforce with the maxed out 1st Coy. Anyway, here's the whole lot so far painted.

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    And some closer shots of some units.







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    Loving your WW1 stuff, the recent pics with the washes look superb. Keep em coming and give us pics of them being gamed with!

    The brits look good, Im rubish with the tiny scales but my suggestion, STRAIGHTEN THEM BAYONETS!!

    And for basing id paint REALLY fine sand, and put patches of the really fine Flock.

    Are they 10s or 6s?

    Its good to see more historicals on Warseer, as I fell away from GW in the last year or so. Im working on 28mm Napoleonics so I hope to get them online soon!

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    Will do, old man! I'll try to control myself so I just knock up an HMG team for the Brits, then I can do a minimal 500 pts force of 2 Coys and HMG, then get started on bulking up the Germans to the same size.

    Napoleonics are 6s, and thus induce squinting. Have to knock up quite a few more battalions before I'm at the right size for a game, though. I look forward to seeing their taller cousins when you get your 28s going. Which range have you gone for?
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    Self-control failed, so no HMG team yet. Some Scots though!

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    Great job on those scots, you really nailed the hats and it looks like it was no easy task!

    Im working on Perry 28s, based around his new hard plastics. Their detail and quality actually surpasses alot of GWs stuff, I consider them the first truly solid installment in plastic historicals. So far I have three stands done of 6 French Line Fusiliers on each, but I cut historical corners for both quality and time Ill try to post a log later this weekend.

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    Cheers, old boy! I confess for the hats I cut corners a bit - I painted vertical lines of red, then drew a line of white through the middle of each one, and dotted bits of red in-between. As I say, it's ok at a distance!

    My order from Musketeer arrived today, so I've got the chaps necessary to finish off 4th Company . . . kind of. The height discrepancy may be too much even for me to bear. Behold.



    Bloody shame as they're beautiful chaps - and the most expensive, too! But they're true 25mm from toe to eye chaps, not the 28s of GWM or 30s of Renegade. I suppose I'll just advantage of Renegade's Christmas offer to pick up some chaps. Ah, well.

    I shall keep an eye open for your fusiliers to cheer me up!
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    With the new figs you should paint a couple up, base em the same way, take pics with them mixed with your current squad at table level, and if you\we can easily see which figures belong to which range, then the sizes are too different! Scale, one of the most common woes of this hobby...

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    Cheers; I'll give it a go, old man. I might try using GW bases instead of coins this time, if I can dig some up. It might give the requisite height.
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    I've followed thy advice and they look ok. Which is good, as they're beautiful models!

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    I have the Renegade Minitures Late British Assault Box set!

    Nice models you have here, I like how you painted yours

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