Sunday, December 23, 2012

Imperial Infantry, Second Afghan War 1878-80

Imperial Infantry, Second Afghan War 1878-80

I have been intrigued by an illustration entitled "Route Marching 2nd Battalion Queen's 1879 Peshawa, India". This shows British infantry in the transitional khaki tunic with home service blue trousers with red stripe and covered foreign service helmet. The 70th (Surrey) Regiment of Foot and the 2nd Battalion The Queen’s (Second) Royal, Regiment of Foot, were both in Afghanistan at this time and the illustration could be of either regiment, despite the title, and they were ultimately amalgamated.

With these illustrations in mind, I asked Carl Robson to swap the Perry Sudan War infantry head with covered helmet, with the Pontoonier Miniatures British Infantry body. This was from expert advise I received from Ethan "Mad Guru" Reiff to create the "definitive" British infantry from the Second Afghan War. Ethan encourage me to commission the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot of Maiwand fame. I wasn't sure how this experiment would turn out, so in deference to the memory of the 66th, I asked Carl to paint the Queen's instead. I am very pleased with the result. The swap enables the figure to carry the correct equipment for this war and to have an appropriate helmet. 

The pouches were black leather, not the white shown below, but this gives an idea of how the equipment looked.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful paint job on seamless figure-conversions! The unit looks quite fantastic!

    Where do the illustrations come from? An interesting detail is that the troops are not wearing their brass chin-scales, but just their leather helmet straps. the chin-chains were worn most of the time, but could be left off if so ordered, I believe by the Regimental commander. Your figures are painted with the brass chin-chain, which is obviously how the figures are sculpted, but also what they would actually have been wearing most of the time in the field, so all is well!

    Congratulations on the creation of a one-of-a-kind unit of 28mm accurate Second Afghan War British infantry figures, armed with Martini-Henry rifles, wearing puttees & Valise equipment, and topped off with covered helmets. Really hope to see them maneuvering around on my own wargames table one of these days, Michael. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!