A few years ago at Enfilade I spent some of my earnings from the bring and buy on a few of boxes of the newly released British, the flank and center company boxes. I purchased these to form the British troops that fought in the Chesapeake region during the War of 1812. You know, burning of Washington, rockets red glare, those British. Unfortunately, they've lived quite happily in my garage, never saying a word, until I moved most of them into my painting room this spring. They cheered a little.
This past Tuesday I opened a box of the little fellows and looked carefully at all the little men and all the little sprues of heads, backpacks, and arms and quickly put them back in the box and put them away. I was scared.
|The Victrix British come with eight sprues. Four are mostly bodies with backpacks and heads. The other four are full of fiddly bits-standards, half-pikes, muskets and arms. Don't be daunted.|
|A sprue of fiddly parts. There are three more just like these.|
|The assembly instructions. Keep these around; they'll make your life easier.|
|I sorted my miniatures into four groups-basic infantrymen, drummers, nco's and officers.|
|Completed drummers. These weren't difficult to finish, but I encourage you to put the arms on first.|
|You can see the standard with its tassels in the middle of the photo. Take care cutting it away from the sprue, though it was not as fragile as I feared.|
|Completed standard bearers. The officers have their sashes to the right, the nco's are sashed to the left.|
This left the remaining nco's and officers. You can choose to create your sergeants with a musket or a half pike. My choice was the latter in order to make them stand out. Again, I was very cautious cutting the half pike out to avoid breakage. You also have a choice of right arms (facing the figure,) either across the body or at his side. I chose the latter. For the officers the choice is mostly regarding the sword arm. The sword arm can be urging the troops on or at attention. I decided to make one of each.
|Nco with halfpike, more assembly to come.|
|Sergeants with half-pike, the finished product.|
|Completed officer figures.|
Next up the kneeling and striding figures which require some additional work.