Having clearly set out my stall for what I wanted to bang away at this year, I have quite naturally done none of those things and attacked another problem entirely. Mike Dippel, who did sterling work on the Command & Colours website and other projects, wrote some Colonial scenarios, including one on Kassassin. I had intended to bang out some Second Afghan War stuff, but Egyptian blandishments lured me away.
Now, I have most of what is required to play this scenario, but I was lacking a unit of Egyptian cavalry and a railway gun. I shall probably extemporise something for the railway gun, using a flat bed and a spare gun model, but the Egyptian cavalry were more of a puzzlement.
Britains Egyptian Cavalry.
I don't mean Britains Egyptian cavalry, of course.
I mean Egyptian Cavalry made in Britain, but for Egypt.
But by Britains.
And possibly by Britons.
I hope this clarifies things.
(picture stolen from Ross)
Du Gourmand and I played a colonial game recently and I just wanted to playtest a scenario. As a result, rather than using the full panoply of figures (which I didn't have anyway), I just popped three cavalry figures down to mark a unit. Having played through the game several times, we realised that it didn't look bad and perhaps it might be something we should experiment with. At least until full 12 strong cavalry units and 19 strong infantry units become available.
But where to get three Egyptian cavalry figures.
The base figure, an Italeri Union bugler.
The Good Lord has bestowed upon me many blessings, a beautiful wife, an excellent cat, great friends and a job I loves. I am duly grateful.
Ability as a sculptor is not among my talents. However, I had this chap lying fallow and it seemed silly not to try.
Cut away the bugle and the front of the cap.
Now, there is every possibility that this may be the last post on this blog. I have attempted conversions in the past with mixed success, but three figures is certainly a record.
No doubt this will end in tears and Joy & Forgetfulness will be upside down and on fire by the time I finish. We shall see.
If that is the case, gentlemen, it has been an honour writing for you.