Tuesday, 11 June 2019

45th Foot completed, a parade of British infantry and basing decision..

The 45th Notts. Regiment completes British battalion number 5, with just the 5 Highland command to complete battalion number six, each of 24 figures. It's taken over a year to get to this stage and I have finally used up every Sash & Sabre figure that came from Andy when I first arrived in Spain.

I was actually 3 figures short, so had to use 3 Perry line infantry to make up the numbers. They are slightly thinner and in my opinion less well animated than the S&S castings but slotted in pretty well apart from one thing ....... they are out of step! Never mind, I only used one in the front rank and two in the rear so it's not too apparent, but I'm sure the sergeant will be having a word with them. Apart from another light infantry base planned for later for me now the future is Sash & Sabre.

Please see below re bases, now they can form line with command in the centre.

Note the 3 Perry infantry used to make up the numbers on this battalion. Out of step!

Next I'm back to S&S for the Highland command pack, more Heavy Dragoons and the French Cuirassiers.

Currently the collection, British & French, are evenly balanced, consisting of :

12 x 24 figure infantry battalions (42nd Highlanders require 5 command figures to complete) = 288 figures.
6 x skirmisher bases (21 French + 19 British as the 60th rifle bases are 6 figures each) = 40 figures.
6 x 8 figure cavalry units = 48 cavalry.
10 x Mounted command figures with 6 foot figures.
20 x gun crews with 4 guns.

In addition there are:
1 base of 12 Spanish infantry.
1 bloody huge 'captured' French 12pdr drawn by 4 oxen with 8 Spanish character figures/gunners.

For a grand total so far of 374 foot  + 58 mounted = 432 figures and 5 guns. Not bad at all in 40mm scale and there is plenty more planned. To be honest I really have little interest in much else, the pleasure I get from painting these large castings exceeds anything I have done before.

The British Infantry .... so far.

42nd foot minus S&S command pack.

3rd east Kent Regiment 'The Buffs' my Grandfathers regiment in WW1.

Reworking the infantry bases.
Finally, I have been giving some thought to basing/formation. I like the big DBN bases but there is one thing now bothering me ...... my battalions can't form line with the command group in the centre! For DBN this is less important of course, but it would also give me the option of playing more conventional games with 24 figure battalions able to form in column or line. So I did a test on the 45th Regt by simply soaking the rear large base in hot water, removing the figures intact from the sabot bases I use and replacing them on half size bases. It took no time at all, a bit of trimming here and there and a touch of my filler mix around the edges and the result is as you see below, just what I wanted. The two half bases can of course be used together as a single DBN base....result. Now I just need to give the other 11 battalions British and French, the same treatment! Not strictly rebasing - something I have sworn not to do with these - but a simple 'cut and shut' job! I know they are slightly scruffy looking but they are practical for picking up and I may well dress those edges once they are all done.


  1. Amazing work Lee, this is your best collection ever!

  2. Many thank Ian. There have been a few over the years I know, but these won't be going anywhere, thats for sure! Just those scruffy base edges bothers me now.

  3. Beautiful collection in all of its 40mm glory!

  4. What a splendid collection, well done!

  5. It's really fantastic to see both your growing collection and your obvious passion for your project Lee. I can only say you seem to have found that same spark I feel for my WW2 stuff!

    1. Thanks very much James, and I think you are right about the spark. Something about these figures has really taken hold of me and I have little interest in much else. I do however have a little WW2 project going on the side, exploring 1/72nd scale for Bolt Action, more anon :)

  6. Great looking Brits! I know what you mean about the command,my French line are in units of 24 in blocks of 4 which means my command is split down the middle. Your basing works really well on the overall photo too!
    Best Iain

    1. Cheers Iain, it's just the basing that is slightly annoying me now, the edges mainly need something doing, what I won't do is a full rebasing job now!

  7. A very impressive collection.

  8. Lee,
    Lovely looking stuff and I know the dilemma when it comes to basing for a particular rules set but a practical solution. Keep the ball rolling.

    1. Don't worry Graham I will, and these will not be going anywhere! Still so much that can be added, S&S have recently added lancers that would be perfect for Vistula lancers in the Peninsular and Ian and I have just started talking about the need for some Portuguese line and Cacadores, so who knows where this could go.

  9. They do look really well done Lee.


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