OK, following up from my last post, this is a dead quick round-up of where I’ve got to with the Paraguayan War project to date.
Firstly, the Paraguayan Army (shown above). There are now four 10-man infantry battalions, one six-man cavalry battalion, a light field gun with four crew and a mounted commander (and all 52 models are in the picture, although it doesn’t look much).
As for the Allies (shown above), I’ve finished a Uruguayan infantry battalion, two generic Allied infantry battalions, a Brazilian line infantry battalion, a Brazilian light infantry battalion, a Brazilian field gun with four crew, a generic Allied field gun with four crew and a mounted commander. All the infantry battalions have 10 figures, with the exception of the Brazilian line battalion, which has 15. There are also two Brazilian zouaves dating from when I first attempted to get this project under way in the 90s and they’ll get incorporated into their own battalion at some point! Some of the Allied troops are shown below in more detail.
As far as storage is concerned, I’m going to have to get a second box started, since the current one is pretty full and it doesn’t even contain the next units that need to be done!
By my original plan, I reckoned on having 170 figures finished by the end of the year, which is another 46 to paint. But at this point I think I can be more flexible and work on units that I need. So the plan is to paint the Argentine Legion Militar battalion, an Argentine National Guard battalion, an Argentine cavalry regiment, the last Paraguayan infantry battalion and Argentine and Brazilian command stands, totalling 37 figures (three additional test figures have already been painted). Most of these have already been primed and the Paraguayans have had their kepis converted to shakos with plasticard discs and greenstuff (see picture below).
It would also be nice to get a couple of rocket launchers scratchbuilt, one for each side. This leaves a couple of Brazilian infantry battalions to add, some extra Paraguayan gunners and probably some more cavalry, but they’ll have to wait until next year – I’ve still got plenty of old projects to work on!