Is that Jones over there?
I've been mucking about with Colonials recently, mainly because I've a real yen to play more The Sword and the Flame and because they don't require a huge investment of time and painting energy. This is a HAT models heliograph team from one of their artillery sets. I've read a little bit about heliograph's recently. They consists of a focused mirror that could send a beam of light towards another station. This was shuttered so that the operator should make the beam flash either short or long. The chap with the telescope them noted down the flashes which were in morse. The result was that messages could be send relatively quickly anywhere in line of sight, so long as it was clear and there was light.
Who is that fearful Herbert with the telescope?
The result was that helios saw extensive service in Afghanistan, the Sudan and South Africa. I painted up these boys because three figures don't take very long it's nice to finish something in an evening. The machine is a simplified version, lacking the arms with the additional mirrors, but it serves. I've painted these fellows as members of the 117th Royal Mallows, so faced in green. I'm in two minds looking at them now, I am wondering if I should have added some white lace to the cuffs. I've certainly made a hash of the equipment, as I believe the holsters should be brown. I just liked the "Zulu" style bright white on red.
Here it comes - flash signal.
The figures were given an undercoat of white and then painted with washes of colour, not something that has worked particularly well on the red, but one can't have everything. But, who is that odd looking fellow in the blue facings with all that extra stuff on his uniform?
Well from the blue facings and the insouciant air, it appears he's a recent transfer from the GAAAAAAARDS! I have yet to discover his name, but he is an elegant extract, who sports more lace on his tunic than the Mallows consider really decent. His cuffs definitely look the worse for the lack of additional lace, so he is due an assignation with his tailor once I have a moment.