Wednesday, March 5, 2014

(Samoa) British Sailors and Stand-in Officers

With the flurry of Samoans I've needed to paint, I pushed off the last 12 figures till the very end. 

The last full unit to finish are the small group of  British sailors that took part in the operation.

There are supposed to be eight sailors in this unit of Great War Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve Infantry from Foundry, but my kids were playing with them and the Gnome Sikhs and are slated to be painted next and I believe the Sikhs captured one of them.   They do make a solid unit of sailors adventuring in the tropical underbrush of Samoa, and it was a pleasure to paint eight identical figures versus the multiple sculpts from Pulp Figures.

For the final four figures, I whipped up some officers who are NOT historically accurate.

In CLA, the Commander-in-Chief figure is largely used for changing orders or rallying troops that have taken a hit to their morale.  Staff officers may also appear to rally troops, or affect the "I go - you go" unit movement turning a regular turn.  Unless you're using an elaborate command stand, these could very well be represented by markers/counters of sort sort, so it doesn't hurt that the "Western" commanders in 1899 look like dough boys.

Brigade Games Schutztruppe (x2), Foundry, Brigade Games
Historically, the Western officers are an integral part of the battle, so they should stand out.   No German officers, advisors, or observers were mentioned in or around the battle, but their influence and support of the rebels should not be overlooked.  The tan Schutztruppe will be the staff officer, and the figure dress in Tropical Whites will be the Commander in Chief of the rebels.  The Foundry NCO will be C-in-C of the Western forces, and the Brigade Games dough boy, which I painted up at Fall-in! 2011 will be the staff officer. 


If the game evolves like it should, no one should be complaining about the Western officers by turn 4.  Just sayin'....

*/End Spoilers*

112/112 complete!   On to finishing up trenches, building banana trees, and most importantly, painting gnome Sikhs!

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