Monday, 20 May 2013

VBCW: Servants and Sailors

I haven't painted much for VBCW this year, but I took the opportunity to paint a few figures for the Lead Painters League competition .

First up is a landing party form eh Royal Navy. The Navy, by and large, have chosen to side with the Left Wing forces in the Very British Civil War, and in Liverpool and the Wirral a good number of the armed men who defend the Liverpool Free State are volunteers drawn from the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy. I plan to add to the Navy in my LFS force, to build them up to a full company. These five are a mixture of 1st Corp and Pulp Figures.   



Next up is the men from the Duke of Farnham's Household Militia, part of the Dukes private army drawn up to defend his holdings from the forces of the communists and fascists. The Duke is the head of the Chester City Local Defense Force, and is a Royalist. 
The Household Militia (known as the 'Homeboys') are formed into two companies. The first company, The House Company, is comprised of the male servants and staff of the Dukes house. The second company, The Dukes Own Groundmen, is made up of the Groundsmen, Game Keepers and tenet farmers off the estate. The Duke will only commit the House Company when he is desperate or assured of victory as it damn difficult to replace a good valet in a time of war.
Links to the Dukes Own Groundsmen are here and here



These figures are by Gripping Beast, Iron Clad and Musketeer Miniatures. 

9 comments:

Smillie said...

Nice work on the naval uniform looks great, I do like the Pulp figures.

Simon Q said...

Really like both sets of these mate, I've been wondering what I would use the chaps from Gripping beast for.

I have the urge to do a naval faction for EotD just not sure how or what figures to use :)

Rob Bresnen said...

Thanks for teh comments.

Simon, I would look at the Copplestone Castings Darkest Africa range. I think they are more Victorian.

Simon Q said...

Thanks still at the planning stage at the minute. I've seen some stuff over at Ironclad miniatures.

Michael Awdry said...

What a great couple of units, particularly the Naval chaps.

Pulp Citizen said...

The usual excellent work Rob; very nice additions to the VCBW forces. :)

John Lambshead said...

Very evocative of the period.

Millsy said...

Really like what you've done with both sets mate. If I had to pick a favourite it would be the sailors.

Rob Bresnen said...

Thanks for the comments guys. Everybody loves a sailor ;)