Thursday 25 April 2013

40th Foot - finished!

This is, of course, a bit of a lie - they're not finished: I still have to base them and there are still a few drummers, serjeants' stripes, sword pommels and missed bits here and there to complete. But for the moment, they're going back in the box and I'm going to move on. My job has really picked up recently so I haven't had much time, and the 40th have kept me busy since Christmas.
The blogger stats show this site popping up on all sorts of wargaming and modelling forums - French, German, Canadian and others - and its amusing/weird for me to read people discussing my project. The two most prominent sources for discussion are a) I'm mad and b) I'll never finish in time for June 2015.
The first point may be true but as far as b) goes - no, of course I will never get close - I'd need several more lifetimes and triple my meagre salary to manage it but I love doing this - for me it's the history of each, ordinary, forgotten individual that I find fascinating, far more so than analysing grand scale tactics, the battle itself and so on.

So here are the 40th Foot forming square one last time before they go back into a box for a good while.

I'm not sure what to do next; I have a choice of the following:
1) One of the 3 Rifles battalions - all that green would make a nice change
2) Scots Greys - I haven't started on the heavy cavalry yet, and I should get a move on
3) a Horse Artillery battery - I don't have many figs yet, I was keeping fingers crossed for plastic one day. I've done an RA battery already (as you can see here) so one from the RHA would be nice.
4) one of Halkett's regiments (30th, 33rd, 69th, 73rd) - bloodied and much reduced (thank heavens!) from Quatre Bras - I'm using all Victrix for these.

I don't know if enough people read this to actually have a poll - but please, if you see this, it would be fun for me to hear your opinion and I'll use that to make my decision. It's as good a system as any even if there's only a couple of votes!


  1. I don't think you are mad. it's fantastic to see a unit done at one to one like this as it offers a very rare opportunity to see what one of these regiments would have actually looked like in the field. Films (even Waterloo) can't do it. Painters can't do it, Renactors can't do it. But you have!

    Oh, and I vote for the Scots Greys!

  2. You continue to amaze and delight, Lord Hill.

    My order of preference would be Rifles, Scots Greys, then RHA.


  3. I would say Rifles then Scots Greys.

  4. I'm sorry to say that my vote is also with the Greys - all that dapple will drive you (even more) crazy!

    A fantstic project - keep up the good work!

  5. Excellent endurance!

    Anyway I vote for Scots Greys too, since I'm curious how you'll deal with so many horses and riders...

    Good luck!

  6. Great job, they look fantastic in square.


  7. The rifles!!!

    great job on the 40th

  8. Amazing work, great looking troops, the quare is really impressive!!

  9. I've been following your project for some time and I must say impressive work!

    Add another vote to the Scots Greys!


  10. Pretty gobsmacking amazing but I'd like to suggest that you ought to get started on the French. Or the Prussians.

  11. Thanks very much for your kind words and votes! Looks like it's neck and neck for the Rifles and the Greys - maybe I should do a few of each.

  12. I say Rifles, sir. And I, too, am totally impressed by your work.