I’ve finally completed painting my first couple of units of infantry from Perry Miniatures’ conjectural British Intervention Force range. My British infantry, however, are anything but conjectural, as I’ve painted them to represent the soldiers who fought in the colonial New Zealand Wars during the 1860s/70s. In this theatre, instead of the tradition red coat, the British soldier wore a blue ‘smock’ or ‘jumper’, which was a loose-fitting jacket with a single breast pocket.
A firing line of British infantry on the edge of the bush. Most of the infantry are armed with three-band Enfields, but there are two sergeants who have the shorter two-banded weapons, which is accurate.
I also like the way many of the men have been sculpted with greatcoats tied by the sleeves around their shoulders – again, accurate. That’s nice attention to detail from Perry Miniatures.
The grenadier company (distinguished by the white touries on their caps) launches a charge. Note how no two figures are sculpted the same – the Perry twins have imbued each soldier with a personality of its own.
The officer is wearing a patrol jacket with ornate black braiding. I picked out the black with grey, otherwise it wouldn’t have stood out at all. Though in this close-up I can now see that maybe I need to tidy up those sleeve ornaments a little more.
The hats should actually have little brass numbers on the front, representing the regiment, eg 12 or 65. However, with the numerals being only about a millimetre high in this scale, I’m not game to try painting these!
I’m very pleased with how these figures came out. I hope Perry Miniatures extend this range, and that they continue to include figures usable for the New Zealand Wars. For example, while they have recently announced several Armstrong breech-loader artillery pieces, so far it looks like I can’t use them because the crews are all modelled in their dress uniforms rather than the smocks/jumpers worn in New Zealand (hint, hint, Alan and Michael!).
And of course it would be great to eventually have colonial troops as well, like the Forest Rangers and the Armed Constabulary. Who knows, one day …