Sunday, March 17, 2013

GUNS! GUNS! GUNS! French Arty in Early War

French Arty for tourney next weekend?


These fine 155mm howitzers were a key part of the defense of France (snicker).

All pieces and parts here are BF and are for the most part quality. The single trail on the cannons makes them a much easier build than the dual trail versions.

Although I retain my hatred of most faces sculpted for this line. I mean... Is it something with the mold that makes most of the faces look like formless blobs of hate? I know you can do this! The command figure wearing the shako has a great grumpy look on his face! Why can't you replicate similar human looking features on other models?

Two modeling painting notes. First, I've continued the tree theme on the staff team and the observer but I just couldn't conscience putting trees on the arty stands, it didn't really make sense. Second, the shako worn by artillery officers was dark blue with gold braiding (thank you Osprey books) so I did my best to replicate that here.

Off to the pics!

The Battery.
More after the break!

Artillery units were designated by the  use of a blazon on the front left of the gun shield that consisted of a white square with a red triangle 

See that dude there? The one with the Shako? His face is great! I mean, why can't all the faces have at least a level of quality reaching this one. Blerg


  1. Those look like the 155 Howitzer... am I wrong?

  2. You are totally correct :) Sometimes I'm super smrt. I don't know why I keep calling them 105's. I've updated the blog.

  3. Great looking figures! I'm working on an early war French Foreign Legion list and consider this suitable inspiration.

    The officer's hat is a kepi, not a shako, by the way. That officer does look suitably pissed off at the excuses his subordinates are giving him for being unable to hit the broad side of a barn. Merde! Try again!

    One note about camouflage patterns though. Your figures look good and I wouldn't change a thing but I read recently that camo patterns were applied at the factory, not by the units. Usually there were several different patterns present within one unit as no attention was paid to the source of equipment when it was doled out. The article I was reading was referring to tanks so I do not know if it applies to guns, but it may.

    Keep up the good work!