Alban started to make them but then never had any in stock, and seemed to have given up on the project.
Thus, last week I started trying to make some myself by just making the numbers in Paintbrush and then printing out the shrunken image on my ordinary printer.
I made backpack numbers
The backpack numbers looked ok but, when printed out, the details of the canteen was just too weak to be picked out - white being too faint on light blue, at least on my printer.
I started sticking them on with a dab of glue, and as long as you don't look too closely, the join is not visible.
But then....! (and these things often seem to happen!) I read that Flags of War would be producing exactly what I was trying to do.
Better still, you can just choose whichever regimental number you want so I will be getting a rather large amount of these! My only worry is if they fit on a Victrix pack - they are considerably less broad than Perry packs, but I'll be happy to get them regardless if only for the canteen decals. I suppose in a perfect world I'd have liked to have had company numbers on the canteens too but I mustn't be greedy.
Of course many of the backspacks - Victrix and Perry alike - are not suitable for the decals as they are further festooned with cooking pots, spare shoes etc but I look forward to adding a decent showering of numbers among the massed ranks of all of my units.
I hope Iain at FOW turns to British hussars next - all those saddle rolls need numbers too!
On the left is Serjeant Patrick O'Brien from Temple Michael, County Longford. He was 27 years old at Waterloo and served in Number 5 (Wallett's) company
The figure is a real hybrid - Perry legs, Victrix body, Victrix arms, Perry shako, Victix backpack, Perry head - I've just realised I should have given him a sword, will add one later!