Colonial armies

David Crook recently asked me to give him some sort of idea what multi-figure based colonial armies I had available to use with my 6 hex x 8 hex wargames board … so here they are!

British

These figures have done service as British and Britannic army troops, and comprise:

  • 8 battalions of infantry (8 x 2 x 3 figure bases = 48 figures)
  • 1 battery of machine guns (1 x 1 x 2 figure bases = 2 figures + 1 Gatling Gun)
  • 2 batteries of artillery (2 x 1 x 2 figure bases = 4 figures + 2 Field Guns)
  • 3 transport columns (3 x 1 x 1 figure + 1 mule per base = 3 figures + 3 mules)

Egyptian

These figures have done service as Egyptian, Fezian, and Zubian regular army troops, and comprise:

  • 8 battalions of infantry (4 each of Egyptian and Sudanese) (8 x 2 x 3 figure bases = 48 figures)
  • 2.5 regiments of cavalry (2.5 x 2 x 2 figure bases = 10 figures)
  • 1 battery of machine guns (1 x 1 x 2 figure bases = 2 figures + 1 Gatling Gun)
  • 1 battery of artillery (1 x 1 x 2 figure bases = 2 figures + 1 Field Gun)
  • 3 transport columns (3 x 1 x 1 figure + 1 mule per base = 3 figures + 3 mules)

Mahdist

These figures have done service as Mahdists as well as Fezian and Zubian irregular troops, and comprise:

  • 20 units of spear-armed infantry (20 x 2 x 3 figure bases = 120 figures)
  • 7 units of musket-armed infantry (7 x 2 x 3 figure bases = 42 figures)
  • 4 units of cavalry (4 x 2 x 2 figure bases = 16 figures)
  • 3 units of camelry (3 x 2 x 2 figure bases = 12 figures)
  • 2 batteries of artillery (2 x 1 x 2 figure bases = 4 figures + 2 Field Guns)
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6 Comments on “Colonial armies”

  1. Conrad Kinch says:

    Bob,

    My apologies for not commenting sooner – I've been snowed. That was an excellent little campaign and a real pleasure to read about. I was very taken with how handy and swift it was and I hope there will be many more.

    Good to see the chaps on parade, where are they bound for next?

  2. David Crook says:

    Hi Bob,

    Absolutely magnificent! Seriously though, it is proof (if proof were needed) that you do not have to spend a small fortune on hundreds of figures to have a cracking game – as was your last effort.

    Am I right in thinking that they are Essex?

    All the best,

    DC

  3. Conrad Kinch,

    I am really pleased to read that you enjoyed this mini-campaign … and I suspect that you might try something similar yourself as it can be easily set up and used even when you are very busy.

    As to what happens next … well that depends upon how things progress with my current Napoleonic varnishing and basing project.

    All the best,

    Bob

  4. David Crook,

    These Essex Miniatures armies were bought ready-painted from a company that used to provide this service. I think they cost me about £200 over ten years ago … and I have had lots and lots of use out of them.

    All the best,

    Bob

  5. Kev says:

    Very nice Collection of Essex Colonials Bob- very handy size is 15mm – nice and compact with excellent detail- look forward to Your campaign games with these figures. Very influenced by Your previous three game scenarios- like to do simular with my 40mm Mars Project. Regards. KEV.

  6. Kev,

    Thanks very much for your kind comment.

    15mm is a very convenient size of figure, especially for battles fought on a relatively small tabletop or battlefield. I will certainly be using them in future mini-campaigns … along with some of my other 15mm-scale figures.

    Good luck with your 40mm Mars Project.

    All the best,

    Bob


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