Sunday, 16 February 2020

The 10th North Lincoln Regiment for Sikh Wars & Basing

The next unit is the 10th North Lincoln regiment. Now these were one of the few units still wearing the bell top shako with a white cover. I came across these lovely Perry Carlist War figures on ebay with the shako's already converted and snapped them up. Thank you mystery converter you did a great job and I hope I have done them justice.

I also thought I would take the opportunity to share how we base figures for the hotter climes.

After gluing to the plastic or MDF bases in the position I want I add a layer of pre made polyfilla, being careful to scuff it a bit as this will give a better effect later in the process.
 I then add rocks, some people use budgie grit or ground up cork I use fine fish tank gravel, mainly because I have loads from an old fish tank.
 Scatter a small amount on and then press it into the filla. Not too much its just to suggest a few rocks.
 I then paint the whole lot with Colour Party English Civil War Buff, a most useful colour. Two layers are usually needed just to get in all the cracks.
 Once dry I use a a pale ivory colour to dry brush the result, this is where roughing up the filla earlier pays off as it gives a much nicer effect.

Then just add tufts, in my case a smatter of different colours I think works well and then you have the finished result. Simple really. Hope someone out there finds it useful.
There were 18 figures I picked up from Ebay and my standrad sized units are 20 so I added the mounted Foundry officer to fill in the gaps, I think he fits in really well.

The 10th Foot served in Stacey's Brigade in Major General Dicks 3rd division.
Really please with these guys and it takes me to 6 Battalions painted and based with a further one painted awaiting basing for the British and EIC forces.

Enough for a game I think. Watch this space int he coming weeks.

10 comments:

  1. A lovely looking unit, and always great to see other people’s basing techniques.

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  2. Cheers very much, simple but effective for the basing I think. Nothing fancy.

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  3. Great work, my friend. Love the basing and you make it sound so achievable. I do like an old fashioned bit of kit. Bell top shakos make a unit look special. Can't imagine they were popular with the rank and file? Cheers, Chris

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    1. Cheers Chris, yeah you have to wonder about the shako's I am particularly pleased with this lot.

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  4. Lovely figures and basing. Very well done. I didn't realise that the bell topped shake was still in use during the Anglo Sikh Wars. What was your source to determine that the 10th were still equiped in this way? I'd be keen to understand that level of uniform detail.

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    1. So I got the initial idea from the uniform guide in Miniature Wargames this is the unit in there with a covered bell top shako. The image on "At them with the bayonet" is also the 10th in covered Bell top shako's. There was also the Bengal Europeans where I have a number of images of them in covered bell top shako including the Blanford and the Osprey for the HEIC. Does that help? I think there may have been more in Bell top but certainly not many.

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  5. That's a terrific help. Thank you very much for sharing. World Uniforms and Battles 1815-50? I'd forgotten all about that book! It's sitting around here somewhere and I'll dig it out

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    1. There were units in the Albert Shako in the second Sikh War so I think the First Sikh War was quite transitional. I see three different types of head gear and a number of different coats, mainly plain roundabout jackets but one or two units still had the old coatees with white lace.

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