Surprisingly, at least to me, my last post was on 1st June! Although I’ve not finished much since then, I seem to have been kept busy, mostly with preparing figures for painting. Since Dave Stone’s Season of Scenery challenge starts on 1st July, I wanted to try and get quite a few figures prepared before then – my aim will be to concentrate on scenery over the next two months but with figures thrown in here and there!
Anyway, I have managed to get another infantry unit painted for my 19th Century Paraguayan War forces, this time a Brazilian CVP battalion (shown above as individuals and below on their movement base).
CVP stands for Corpo da Voluntarios da Patria, which can be translated as Homeland Volunteer Corps. As the name suggests, CVP units were formed from volunteers and supplemented the Brazilian regular army and national guard during the war. Initially CVP units wore a mixed collection of civilian clothes and uniforms, although their appearance tended to become more organised later in the war.
I’ve used Newline Designs 20mm ACW infantry for these troops, wearing slouch hats, white summer uniforms and blanket rolls around their bodies. I originally decided to paint them in the white uniforms after seeing an illustration of a sergeant belonging to the 13th CVP battalion, but in fact the various uniform items and colours were widely worn by Brazilian army, national guard and CVP units. I have two generic Allied infantry battalions in white summer uniforms and kepis, plus a Brazilian Cacador (light infantry) battalion in slouch hats and light brown fatigue uniforms, so these CVP troops will fit in well with them.
Completing this unit means I’ve now got a nice round 200 figures for my Paraguayan armies, so I’m quite pleased with that. Unfortunately, some information from Victor Barone, the author of the Borders of Blood rules for this war, means that my Brazilian zouave unit is painted incorrectly, so I need to temporarily remove it from my Brazilian army, bringing me back down to 190 figures (I painted my zouaves to be used as either a Brazilian unit or a French unit for the Franco-Prussian War, but all Brazilian zouave units were comprised of black soldiers, making my white figures unsuitable for them. At the moment my FPW French army needs the unit more then my Brazilians do, so I’ve bought some extra figures to paint up as Brazilians in the future – I’m pleased that Victor’s kept me right on this).
As I’ve mentioned, my plan for the next two months is to concentrate on scenery, which I’ve really neglected of late. For those times when I’m lucky enough to get away to our caravan I’ll take figures to paint, since they take up much less room. Since I’ve just changed my car for a more compact model, I’ve also changed my hobby toolbox for a smaller plastic storage box that fits in my travel bag (shown below).
This means I have to plan a bit better now and only put in the paints I need – the box will take 19 Vallejo paint bottles, brushes, reading glasses, a paint palette (really a margarine tub lid), a bottle for water and some bottle tops and blu-tak to hold figures. Moving the “paint palette” reveals the small Jack Daniels tin that is also in there (see below)!
Sadly, the tin holds the figures that I can paint, their magnetic rubber bases holding them in place well enough in the tin (as shown below)!
At the moment I’m not too sure how much time I’ll get to spend at the caravan, both because of COVID still hanging about but, more importantly, because one of our dogs has a heart condition and caravans can get pretty warm at this time of year (even in the UK – at home we can stay pretty cool, since we live in a Victorian terraced house and that never gets warm)!
So, at least my plan allows me to hopefully get something painted wherever I am over the summer, but we’ll see how that goes! Now where did I put that whiskey (hic)!