Seemingly the 18th century has become main focus of my brushwork in 2009. Funny enough, at first my aim was to paint at least another regiment of the line, and that's almost all I'm still lacking... Anyway, here's what I painted lately - or in the meantime, so to speak: a 6pdr field gun of the Royal Artillery.
6 pounders were the largest field guns in most AWI battles. Therefore you don't need a lot (to none) of them in an average game. 'Battalion guns' of 3lbs (or less) were more common. In general, however, the use of guns in the field was rather limited - until a certain French artillerist introduced more effective tactics.
Obviously, the miniatures are Perry sculpts. The accuracy of the crew portrayed in Southern campaign dress has been questioned. For example, I found no evidence for the Royal Artillery adapting their uniforms to the Southern style; and some reenactors doubt the usefulness of wide brimmed hats when manhandling guns. Besides these objections, in the end I'm willing to trust in the Perrys' own research. And, of course, being a fan of this special campaign look made my choice much easier.
For the carriage I don't wanted a screaming blue but a pale, weathered appearance. So I painted it with Foundry's British Blue Grey 75, one of their Napoleonic colour sets. The same colour was used for the 'roundabouts', on a coat of Deep Blue 20A. The gun barrel is simply done with Burning Gold 44 and two layers of ink (Vallejo's Sepia Brown & GW's Gryphonne Sepia).
It was quite tricky to squeeze all crewmen onto a 60x80mm base as they all have set positions. Therefore I cheated a bit in turning the gun itself as well as the gunner behind. However, the shifted angles give a nice effect, too.
At first the large base seemed to offer some possibilities for a diorama. But as the positions of the miniatures are somewhat determined I had to abolish my initial plans. Unfortunately, there are no tiny bits like spare muskets, buckets, casualities or sentries in my collection. Furthermore, by a superficial scan of contemporary pictures I found the emplacements of 18th century guns rather 'tidy'. That's probably because the crew stored as much as possible of their equipment in the boxes fixed to the carriage? For now I let the base plain, but any idea for a nice addition is appreciated.
So, what's next? There are two brigadiers about to be finished. You might ask: Why two of them for just one brigade? - That will be revealed in one of the next entries.