Wednesday, 15 October 2014

And now for something completely different

Last year I bought some 15mm Crimean War figures off Trade Me, the New Zealand equivalent of ebay. They were advertised as Lancashire Games figures, but when I got them they did not match the pictures on the website, although they did have Lancashire Games written on the packaging. I asked Allan at Lancashire Games about them and he confirmed that they are older sculpts. So they are quite slim, and a true 15mm figure unlike the newer figures which are closer to 18mm.
About three battalions worth were already painted, so I thought I'd base them up and finish off the armies. I'm looking at using modified Neil Thomas rules, based on the ones that I used for playing French Revolution games.
My brigade commander talking to one of his Highlander colonels.
A Line battalion. these figures were already painted when I received them.
British Guards. Again, these were mostly already painted, I had to finish another four figures to complete a battalion.
The Gordon Highlanders. These are all my own work. I tried to use the same black line technique as the figures that were already painted so that the whole project is consistent. I think it worked.
A close up of the command element.
The only Russian battalion that I've painted so far.
And a close up of the command to give an idea of my black lining technique.
In the past I've used warflag for my banners, but they didn't have anything for the Crimean War. Never mind, I just used Napoleonic flags instead. I'm not sure how close they are to the flags of 40 years later, but they will do for now.

I have 8 battalions, 2 cavalry units and 2 guns for each side to put together, and that will be the whole project. The Allies have 5 British infantry units (including the Rifle Brigade) and 3 French ones to give me a bit of variety. They are supported by Hussars, Lancers, foot artillery and horse artillery. The Russians have 6 line , 1 jager, and a Siberian rifles unit, supported by hussars, Cossacks and 2 guns.

Today my 15mm Napoleonics turned up from Old Glory 15s. The figures are great and I can't wait to get into them. One can never have too many projects!



  1. Nice figures and great painting! I have never seen a Lancashire Games' figure. Any idea how the current edition of Lancashire would match up against, say, Old Glory's FPW figures?

    GMB flags carry Russian flags from the Crimean War. They certainly look very similar to the 1813 Napoleonic flags.

    1. Allan is going to send me a few samples of his current range with the WWI pre-order I made. I'll take a photo of one against an OG Napoleonic figure and a FPW Rank and File figure. Remind me in a couple of weeks!

  2. Great job! Scotts are my favourite unit, but I must admitt that these Russians are really impressive!