On the 28th Feb I set myself a target of painting an entire battalion of 28mm figures in a month. This may not seem a great feat, but I like to have my British Bn’s larger than my standard 1:20 figure ratio of 36 figures, so the 30th are 42 figures strong, based on 7 stands of 6 figures. I like to get the look of the ‘thin Red line’ with my British battalions. Although this phrase was actually coined in the later Crimean War, I think it epitomises the spirit and ethos I am trying to capture with these inanimate lumps of plastic on the tabletop. A feature of the Black Powder ruleset I use is that unit size is allocated in the pre game admin, rather than dependent on the actual number of figures present, so I can get away with this little foible.
I finished painting the last figure, the short Drummer, on the 31st of March, so I am quietly pleased with myself, and have celebrated with a stubby or three! It takes me half an hour to paint a figure, excluding assembly and spray painted undercoat. I have averaged about 2 figures an evening.
My Decision to do the 30th Foot, the ‘old three tens’, was simply because I had the flags, or ‘Colours’ available, saved from an old magazine insert. However they have coincided with the publication of Carole Divall’s eminently readable ‘Redcoats against Napoleon’, a history of the 30th which I am avidly devouring.
I was surprised to learn that the proud lineage of the 30th has now fallen on the broad shoulders of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment. Poor geographer that I am, I believe I am correct in thinking that
Cambridge and Lancashire are less than adjacent. No matter, the QLR’s are a fine Regiment, as I know very well from the time I was serving with the Falklands Garrison aboard HMS Portland, and the QLR Support Coy was the Resident Infantry Company. And from the excellent battlefield tours their OC conducted, pretty historically minded to boot!
The figures are all Perry Plastics, with the exception of the afore mentioned ‘short drummer’, who is a leftover from a Victrix Peninsular Flank pack. Although the 30th were not present at Albuera, their first Peninsula battle honour being
, nevertheless they shall appear at my next planned wargame, in mid May, to commemorate the bicenntennial of that bloody affair. Salamanca