I’ve recently completed a phase of what I like to think of as ‘admin work’.
To be more precise I’d took advantage of Northstar’s WW1 goodie bag offer and also bought a bunch of second-hand miniatures from the LAF, and used the resultant lead pile to convert and/or paint individual figures for my varying factions.
Why? To give me more flexibility when fielding a force. For example, larger games using the Brigadier 38 rules calls for infantry units of 9 riflemen and an officer, while smaller scale rules such as Went The Day Well? suggest 10 infantrymen, lead by a separate NCO and officer.
So by knocking up and extra ‘eleventh man’, I can chop and change my force compositions. I’ve also done some figures to represent certain specialists, such as NCOs, tank killers, signallers etc.
First off some figures for my Hereford Municipal LDV and Landowners’ Protection Association factions.
The two guys at the back are RAFM gangsters, one of which is now sporting a BAR over his shoulder. The big game hunter NCO at the front is Copplestone, while the chap with the cigar is the CO of the LPA, now given a slightly less lurid paintjob.
Next are some reinforcements for the Herefordshire Territorials.
The NCO chap on the right with the Tommy gun is a giveaway figure from Too Fat Lardies, while the tank killer wearing the Hereford United scarf is a converted WW1 German stormtrooper. His fellow tank killer (carrying the red petrol can) and the other two ‘eleventh men’ are rough conversions of some second-hand 25mm Indian minis.
The Blackshorts are back!
Mainly converted Chindits (Foundry I think), this bunch include two tank killers, one of whom carries a ‘Mk I Spode Sticky Bomb Remote Applicator’, while the other one throws a grenade. There is also an NCO with Tommy gun and a couple of ‘eleventh men’.
The BUF also have some extras, including a helmeted NCO with SMG and an eleventh man (Brigade Games Askari with Foundry Home Guard head). Also Included in this bunch is a Lewis Gun ammo carrier for the Interim Governor of the Marches’ personal retinue.
Anglican League and allies
These chaps are all eleventh men for my various Anglican League units: namely the Archenfield LDV, Archenfield Amateur Athletics Association and my converted Dixon militia (henceforth named the Ex-Servicemen’s Temperance Militia.
The two guys on the left are Chindits, while the two on the right are converted Askaris, (the one in the beret will replace a missing Archenfield LDV figure, who went AWOL sometime between the battle of Colwall and the 2nd Battle of Ledbury). The chap at the back in the green jacket is an extra figure for the Welsh Nationalist ‘Mountain Goats’.
And finally the socialists.
The mortar team was bought second hand, while another Chindit, and a Brigade Games RCW Russian storm trooper have been roped in to reinforce my socialist militia/mercenaries/bandit unit. A Black Tree commando serves as an NCO, while a RAFM gangster has been pressed into service as a signaller.
It's been great fun revisiting some of my older units, and hopefully they'll do battle soon!