Catching up with bits’n’pieces at the moment.  Mostly 19th Century figures, but with some WW2 vehicles thrown in as well!

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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).

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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!


  1. Fabulously painted and indeed very inspiring when thinking about what to do with my own old Esci figures (and what great figures they are). I’m glad you’re covering the Boxer Rebellion – what with other stuff occupying my attention I simply don’t have the time to do the same and yours are turning out to be much better than mine would be anyway! 🙂

    It’s funny that you noticed the hair – these things do annoy us miniature painters after all the hard work we put in.

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    • Thanks Marvin, I’m glad you like them, and thank you for the kind words (not sure mine are better than any of yours though)! I sometimes get these odd small “hairs” after varnishing – they’re easily removed, but it usually takes a big image to show them up in the first place!

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    • Cheers mate! The ESCI British are pretty good for representing French Colonial troops – the only feature really out of place is the small pouch/bag on the front below the belt; it’s too tricky to remove, so I’ve just painted it like a small cloth bag! Luckily, each day sees less of a purist in me! 😉

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  2. Don’t you hate those invisible hairs that close-up photography uncovers? 🙂

    Nice-looking uniforms on those guys. It is good to see that you’ve taken care of everything and assigned your miniatures correctly to make sure no one gets in trouble with the sergeants!

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    • Haha, yes I do, but they usually pick off with tweezers, so no harm done! The worst bit is that I’ve just put all the figures and stuff away and then go and spot them on the photos and can’t be bothered to get everything back out! Still, it’s a real life blog, warts and all!
      I like the guy in just the shirt, so he’s on his own with only the pack mules for company! But I could have tried putting some bloodstains on him so he looks like he’s taken off his tunic to get his wound dressed at some point! Still have a couple more of those figures, so might try that out !

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    • Thanks Amy! White is not the most practical of battlefield colours, although everyone knew where their officer was (including the enemy)! There is a whole psychology to uniform appearance and colour and up until the beginning of the 20th Century the aim was to overawe your enemy in the hope he would break and run!

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    • Thanks Dave! I’ve kept the same basic style of painting for years, mainly because I know it works with minimum time spent, although some figures get done with washes! If you know where to look, there are differences – the old figures have grass on the bases done by using sand painted green and drybrushed yellow; they also have their eyes painted in, which I don’t bother with now; their haversacks are in white, since I didn’t think them worth overpainting sand; and I Ieft the helmets white, ’cause I thought they looked much better than the blue-covered ones! Just call me slapdash! 🙂

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    • Thanks Mark, glad you liked it! It’s not a new project at all and I’m mainly just tidying it up a bit! Surprisingly, I recognised Titus’ name, probably because I’ve recently been re-reading some of my books and I’ve got a handful of US troops to paint. None of my Allied Nations’ forces are large, although combined they amount to quite a force. For the US I’ve already got an infantry battalion, artillery battery and a cavalry squadron, plus a battalion of marines supported by a Colt machine gun team.
      Planning on making the cavalry up to a regiment and adding an optional gatling gun (and that’ll give me 32 figures, so not a lot but enough)!

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    • Thanks Pete, glad you like it! Let’s be honest – the closed version saves having to find and then paint a driver!
      I only had about half a dozen of the early French Colonial Infantry painted in dark blue uniforms, so it made more sense to re-paint three than start three figures from scratch, particularly since I could be lazy and just repaint the tunics and trousers (although I think I still have a handful of ESCI Zulu War Brits around if I need more)!

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  3. Nice work mate ,love Noddy’s car and the Esci figures have proved very versatile, great that you can use them for both English and French troops .I have never thought of painting the eyes of 1/72 figures in all my time and I am amazed you did ,probably back in the days when the eyesight was pretty good eh!

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  4. Great work on the Colonial Infantry. Nice clean finish to them and their bright uniforms – and as others have said, they fit in very nicely with the older ones. As for the differences in basing, those are pretty small, and I even have those same kinds of small variations from figures painted within a year of one another, so not something to be concerned about in any way. And that has to be the cutest car that I’ve seen in some time!

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