No those aren’t aeronefs flying high over the countryside. Baccus 6mm French Napoleonic limbers.
Pity the poor limber model. In larger scales you don’t always see them on the gaming table because they’re expensive to buy, take time to paint, and take up space on the tabletop. I’ve seen many games where players, myself included, move their artillery with the gun barrel pointed at their starting line, and then show the guns are deployed by turning the gun to face the enemy.
In the really small scales, like 6mm, my reasoning was that there should be room on the table for limbers to properly move the guns around, and for caissons to keep them in supply and for everything to look proper and military. So I’m happy to say that with these four limbers, I’ve finished the original Baccus order from two years ago, which is a mildly depressing thought that it’s taking so long, but anyway.
Here’s the uniform I was aiming for, a soldier of the Train of Artillery, one of Gnotel’s wonderful colour paintings. G.R. Elting’s commentary on the plate notes that the Train uniform coat was gris de fer, (iron gray). It looks darker in the plate than the very pale blue that I ended up painting on these figures, and lighter than the blue I used for the caisson drivers from a year ago. Variations in dye lots and issues, I suppose.
Here’s the artillery all together. Rather impressive, I think.
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on some of the new Baccus French sculpts, but for now I still have a lot of French figures from the collection I bought this winter.
Onwards and upwards. Hopefully I’ll be able to put enough French and Austrian troops on the table that I can start playing with the Polemos rules.
These figures bring my 2014 totals to:
28mm Mounted: 13, 28mm Foot: 25, 28mm Artillery: 1
20mm Foot: 33, 20mm Artillery: 2, 20mm Vehicles: 2, 20mm Terrain Pieces: 2
15mm Vehicles: 5, 15mm Foot: 26, 15mm Terrain Pieces: 3
6mm Foot: 120, 6mm vehicles: 4, 6mm Terrain Pieces: 2
Kilometres Run: 808