Friday, 1 June 2012

New Units

Just finished two new units for my volunteer forces. The first is a unit of Lincolnshire Yeomanry in their dress uniforms. First formed (in this incarnation, there had been previous yeomanry regiments but disbanded) in 1901and disbanded in 1922, the regiment saw service in Palestine and France during WW1, Most of the members did not own (because of cost) the full dress uniform, and I'm informed that it was unlikely the regiment ever used lances! The figures are based on Langley models items.

The second unit is a bit of a mish-mash. It is an imaginery unit, made up again of various Langley pieces. I had four privates, a standing officer and a mounted officer already, from some years ago, so I ordered enough items to complete the unit to my normal regimental size. Unfortunately it wasn't till I had glued them all together and started painting that I realised I had the wrong head on the new batch.

This unit is rather special, as it is the only one (currently) in the new khaki service dress,the only one without a 'County' designation, and it's the only one where each member is named.. Because of this I have called it 'The Gentleman Pensioners' . It is commanded by Colonel Grant with the officer on foot being Lieutenant Wells. The other members of the group are, in no particular order, Tunstil, Young, Lawford, Wise, Quarrie, Stevenson, Asquith, Featherstone and Perry. All familiar names. Their is one private so far unnamed, and I'm torn between Suren or Stadden, though perhaps I should go with Britain?

I've spent today undercoating figures for another three units, but they will have to wait now, as we are away for the weekend, helping my sister-in-law celebrate the Jubilee at her village in Northamptonshire.

Have a patriotic weekend.


  1. Beautiful workmanship! First Rate Mate*

  2. Osborne, better yet: Bath. You can not omit Bath!
    The 'toy soldier' look has an elegance - dare I say it, an hauteur - all of their own, don't they. Will these fellows see action some time?

    Other names to recruit to your battalions: Barker, Morshausen, Hunt, Pratt (or Fletcher)... Perhaps that last might be a Naval liaison officer...

  3. Forgive me if I've asked this before, but it keeps bothering me. That cavalryman in the header photo whose plume touches the 'a' of 'and': is that one Harry Paget Flashman, Hero of Kabool, and other places too numerous to mention? He bears an uncommon resemblance to the way I imagine him... :-)

  4. You are right! It will have to be Bath.

    Flashman would have been 78 at the time the photo was taken (1900), but as it is the staff of the North London Yeomanry it is vaguely possible. If you want it to be, it is!

  5. Bath sounds good to me. Or even a "barrack Room Lawyer" called Barker?
    Figures look splendid and I await the next batch with keen anticipation. I trust you are having a super Jubilee weekend.