Work returns briefly to the Great Game project. Kevin will be pleased to see some activity on this project. The project is getting very close to a gameable collection. I would like to add two more battalions of Russian regulars and, perhaps, a native gun before releasing them onto the gaming table. Their odds of survival against Kevin's large, HEIC collection are likely low but if they can put up a decent fight, I would be pleased.
These dozen horsemen are a mix of Sikh irregular horse from Wargames Foundry's Sikh Wars range. Great figures whose sculpting style and quality have withstood the test of time. The variety of horsemen is large such that a more irregular look is possible.
This unit is a somewhat motley crew wearing a variety of body armor and headgear. Some of these fellows look quite fearsome. With these natives mustering out from the painting desk, all of the native cavalry in The Lead Pile are exhausted. Two or three dozen Russian cavalry remain, allowing the cavalry arm of the project to see continued growth. Without checking, there are enough Russian cavalry to field at least one more Cossack formation and one unit of lancers. Perhaps, fielding two Cossack units in total is possible? To verify that, I need to dig back into The Lead Pile. Still, other units from other projects are waiting in the painting queue before attention turns towards fielding more for the Great Game.
How is this project shaping up? After about nine months into the project, two guns and crew, 56 horse, and 194 foot have crossed the painting desk. Not bad progress for a part time project. Totals are summarized in the table below:
Nine months ago, little did I realize that a transient project would result in nearly 260 figures painted and awaiting hardening on the battlefield.
What's the next likely candidate off the painting desk? Well, probably a few squadrons of Russian Cossacks for the 1799 project will slide into the "Completed" side of the ledger next. Two battalions of Austrian infantry seen in the last State of the Painting Desk are still lingering awaiting completion.