Catching up with bits’n’pieces at the moment. Mostly 19th Century figures, but with some WW2 vehicles thrown in as well!
Shown above is a 1:72 Kurogane Type 95 field car, used by the Japanese army in WW2. This is a Shapeways 3-D print and quite a nice little model (‘fraid my photo’s not great). Way back at the beginning of 2017 (!) I painted a different model of this vehicle and commented that it looked like Noddy’s car! At least with the top up it looks a bit more military! It was simple to paint, a light brown with a brown/black wash over it and then drybrushed in a sand highlight. And having taken the picture, I spotted the tiny hair stuck to the bottom of the radiator and got rid of that!
Most recent 20mm figures painted, in amongst Boxer Rebellion Chinese, were some French troops for that conflict (shown below). Originally referred to as Naval Infantry, in July 1900 these troops became Colonial Infantry when the French ministry responsible for them changed (so, in this case, it’s probably more correct to refer to them as Colonial Infantry).
The figures shown have a mixed history. The left-hand figure is a newly-painted, metal, Newline Designs generic 19th Century colonial infantryman – I’ve allocated him to the supply train so he’s decided he can get away with not wearing his tunic! The bugler and officer are a command group (also recently painted), the bugler being a plastic ESCI British Zulu War infantryman while the officer is a HäT French WW1 infantry officer. The bugler wears the regulation light blue uniform, but with no helmet cover, whilst the officer wears a tropical white uniform (French officers seem to have had quite flexible dress codes).
The three infantryman on the right were originally painted about 20 years ago. They’re also ESCI British Zulu War infantrymen, who make fairly decent French Colonial troops (and when I painted them originally, they were the closest figures I could find to represent the French). I’d originally painted half a dozen of these in the earlier, darker blue uniform to represent French troops fighting in the 1883-85 Sino-French War, but decided to repaint the tunics and trousers to represent the later troops for the Boxer Rebellion (for some excellent French Naval/Colonial Infantry, take a look at Marvin’s troops here). I left the helmets uncovered (and therefore not repainted), since there is some evidence that French troops wore white armbands and left their helmets uncovered to avoid being mistaken for Imperial Chinese troops.
Painting these six figures finishes off my French forces for the Boxer Rebellion so I’ll hopefully cover them in their own post sometime soon. Or something else!