In Part 8 of this series of postings in which I am reviewing the armies of my ‘imagi-nation’, the Barryat of Lyndonia, it’s time to take a look at the artillery contingents.
As described in Part 1, rather than having its own army, this imaginary eighteenth century state contracts its troops from real-life European countries of the time.
The artillery contingents come from Britain and France – which has no doubt led to many a fisticuffs argument in local hostelries when carousing gunners from these two habitual enemies run into each other!
The French gun and limber are made by Fife and Drum Miniatures (also available from UK company Crann Tara Miniatures).
Apart from the horses, they are all painted with GW’s wonderful Contrast paints (which have truly revolutionised my style and speed of painting).
I’ve chosen to paint the guns red, which means they are from the mid-part of the eighteenth century, as the French later converted to blue. I reckon the red looks more dramatic!
Whilst the gun crew are all glued onto the base, I’ve kept the gun itself removable so it can be attached to the limber if I wish to portray the piece on the move.
The number of horses is really just representative, as I think this would be far too much a load for just two horses to haul!
And here’s the British Royal Artillery contingent. This model also comes from Crann Tara Miniatures.
Gunners normally wore quite subdued uniforms (maybe due to how they could get so worn and dirty working the guns). But the British bucked this trend, and festooned their Royal Artillery’s uniforms with lashings of lace and piping.
I thought all this decoration would be quite hard to paint, but the Contrast paints almost did the job by themselves, with just the barest modicum of precision on my part!
I particularly like the British officer with his crimson sash, whom you can see on the left of the above photo.
Note the civilian driver on the right. During his period armies hired civilians to lug their guns about. Once in battle, I bet many drivers would’ve scarpered off, leaving the guns pretty well fixed in place.
Again, the gun can be attached to its limber.
British guns were painted a grey-blue. I must admit I didn’t get the shade quite right on the gun, compared to the limber. Maybe the gun is older and has faded in the sun!
Whilst painting the big guns, I also took the opportunity to re-base the smaller battalion guns that I had painted several years ago.
Battalion guns were the small-calibre cannon that formed integral parts of some individual infantry units.
Here we see the battalion gun of Gale’s Regiment of Foot, supporting the advance of the company of grenadiers.
These figures are by Minden Miniatures.
And here’s the battalion gun of le Régiment des Royal-Cravates.
Battalion guns were often manned by infantrymen from the regiment, rather than actual artillerists, which is why these gunners are in white rather than French Artillerie blue.
Go back to Part 7 of this series: the Truchseß Dragoons.