Lt Oratorio Porngrower RN (left) leads ashore a party of sailors and marines. Keeping up with my return to painting ‘Big Men’ to lead my troops in skirmish games using the Too Fat Lardies’ Sharp Practice rules, I’ve just completed this 28mm naval officer by Brigade Games. Though I’ve just realised I haven’t finished his basing!
Beside Porngrower is Lt Ffothering-Ffanshaw from the ship’s marine detachment. He is a Foundry figure that I painted several years ago, but who has yet to see a fight on the tabletop. This figure has to be one of my favourite ever Napoleonic figures – there is something about his demeanour and posing that I love, and the marine uniform worn with blue trousers just looks so cool.
Here’s the whole party of sailors and marines wading ashore, all Foundry figures. Click on the picture to see more detail. As with all my figures, the basing is not designed with any specific set of rules in mind. But it should work fine for Sharp Practice, especially now I have some Big Men on their own separate bases.
A naval detachment obviously will need some waterborne transport, which is supplied by this Britannia Miniatures longboat and crew, also painted some years ago (again, click on the picture to get a lovely big view). This model has also never seen the tabletop in anger, so will have to be somehow incorporated into my next Sharp Practice scenario game.
By the way, the background in the above photos is my actual back yard, and the water is clingfilm over a sheet of glass.
Next Big Man … er, Big Woman … to be painted will be the Warlord Games French cantiniere.