Friday, August 12, 2016

A Pair of Russian Limbers

Let me begin by stating that I have a long love/hate relationship with painting artillery limbers and teams.  That philosophy has not changed. Painting limbers and teams is just not enjoyable when "true" combatants are waiting in the painting queue.  Still, many projects seem incomplete without a few limber teams to haul around the guns. 
For me, I guess they represent an evil necessity.  Since only a few Russian guns are envisioned for the Great Game project and most scenarios will likely field only a few guns at any one time, these two pieces are well worth the effort.  For Painting Points, I credit myself with 40 points for each stand.
The limbers and teams are from Wargames Foundry's 25mm Crimean War range and are wonderful sculpts.  After all of these years, this range stands up well to the test of time.  Newer Crimean War ranges have surfaced but Foundry's offerings still look brilliant to me.  Mark, over at "1866 and all that," has been churning through large quantities of Great War Miniatures' Russians from their Crimean War line.  Mark produces great results and I am curious how the infantry would match up.  I ought to give this range a sampling while the exchange rate is favorable.  In fact, why not place a small order now?

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful additions, always nice on the tables, and they 'worth the effort' indeed, great job!

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    1. Thank you, Phil! Glad you do not think time spent on painting limbers is a waste.

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  2. Great work Jonathan! I agree with Phil!

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  3. Lovely work as always I'm especially taken with your basing for your great game figures, sparse and arid very nice.
    Best Iain

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    1. Your encouraging comments are most welcome, Iain!

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  4. Like you I find limbers difficult. I get really excited at the thought of painting them, but half way through I am wondering why on earth I am doing them. But when all is done and they are on the table it all seems worthwhile. You have done a great job here. I can't comment on the Russians size comparison Foundry/Great War because I don't have any figures to compare, but the Foundry French are definately smaller: from bottom of base to top of shako (excluding plumes) the comparrison is- Foundry 30mm, Great War 33mm, so a 3mm or one-eighth inch difference

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    1. Mark, I never get excited about painting limbers but I do enjoy them when finished!

      I placed a small order from Northstar to see the GWM's Russians. You will see the results of that comparison once the figures arrive. I hope there is not a 3mm difference but if there is, that should pose little problem.

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  5. Very nice! It is difficult painting these kind of things, I gotta agree.

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    1. Thanks, Ray! Appreciate your visit and comment!

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  6. These look great, Jon! I feel just the same about limbers. I am always glad that I painted them, though.

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    1. Thanks, Scott. When finished, I am glad to have them on the table!

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  7. I share you thoughts on limbers, as you know. They look good on the table, but I abhor painting them! I concur with 40 painting points per base. Regardless, they look very nice indeed.

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    1. Yes, our contempt for limber painting is well documented! Glad you approve of the final result!

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  8. These look great Jonathan! I really do like limbers even if they take some extra time to do.

    Christopher

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    1. Thank you, Christopher!
      I do like fielding them; not so crazy about painting them!

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