For a change, a relatively short post this time! Continuing with my 20mm Franco-Prussian War troops, the next unit to get finished is a Prussian field gun, along with crew and limber. This lot comfortably meet the criterion for Ann’s “Paint The Crap You Already Own” monthly challenge, although I think I only bought them last year!
The models represent a gun battery and took as much painting as one of my 10-man infantry battalions, since the gun needs not only a crew but also a horse-drawn limber to move it about on the battlefield (although I opt for a nominal two-horse team to represent it – let’s not get carried away with painting horses)! All of the figures are from the B&B Miniatures 20mm FPW range and I like them for their more solid, chunky, styling. For some reason, and I didn’t notice it until I came to paint it, the limber crewman riding the horse has a spike on his helmet instead of the more usual ball, so I’m not sure if he’s meant to be a gunner from one of the smaller German states who ended up in the wrong pack of figures at some point!
Since I now use unit movement bases for 19th Century units, I’ve also had to paint up another one of these, although this should hopefully be the last one I need. When the gun’s being moved during a game I just remove the crew and place it on the lengthened base behind its limber. Whereas in 2015 I painted my Prussians in block colours and put a black wash on them for quick shading, this time I resorted to my more usual dark-base-coat-plus-single-layer-highlight method since I had plenty of time to do them. Significantly for me, I finally identified and bought (fortunately, just before lock-down in the UK) a colour that looked right for brown horses (Vallejo Flat Brown surprisingly enough) without any mixing being required!
I didn’t think I’d be adding any more units to my FPW Prussian army, but having re-read accounts of the war since then made me think I needed more artillery. Whereas French infantry used their excellent Chassepot rifle to good effect against Prussian infantry assaults, it was frequently Prussian artillery support that enabled them to carry the day. This artillery unit now gives me three batteries with which the Prussians can hopefully batter the French into submission from a distance, but we’ll see!