Captain Darling very kindly sent me a link to information on Russian troops from the Russo-Turkish war to assist with some of the research I will need to do.
But, first of all, I am planning my Colonial forces.
What I would ultimately like to have is a small collection of figures to represent different troop types.
A couple of foot units, a mounted infantry type unit, a cavalry unit, some artillery (goes without saying) and even a Naval Brigade.
So, where to start.
Every army needs a good hero, so I am thinking this figure would make a very nice hero figure:
|Figure from the Empress Miniatures "British Officer Types" pack|
The next chap would make a good commander for a unit of infantry. He is calmly reloading his revolver in the face of adversity; at least that is my spin on the figure:
|Empress Miniatures British officer|
The Empress Miniatures Natal Carbineers have a lovely mix of British and Colonial about them,so I feel they would be perfect for the unit holding the main focus of the game.
|Depending on how many I need, I think I will have too many Sergeants looking at this pack|
|Natal Carbineers with Sergeant|
|Listed as "Auxiliary Command" on the web site, but can be used as a Carbineer Officer.|
And these lads are intended to be 'standard' British infantry, but I think I might paint in a bottle green uniform with black facings to represent a rifle unit, which were often called "rangers" in the state of Victoria.
|Empress Minaitures' British firing line to be painted up as rangers|
The 'Imperial Mounted Infantry' packs are perfect for... err, well... mounted infantry:
Of course my forces have to have artillery, and here is a prime example of what is on offer:
and these two Artillerymen (a mounted officer and a bombardier) would make nice leaders/characters for the game:
As the game will start near the coast line of Victoria, as any good naval landing should, I will also investigate what figures I can use to include as some Naval Brigade troops.
I am fighting the urge to add Lancers and Dragoons... but who knows, maybe at a later date.
When naming my units, I am steering away from naming them after townships, but rather using geographical features/areas instead.
Some names for proposed units are, but not limited:
Gippsland Carbineers (using the Natal Carbineer figures)
Strzelecki Rangers (using 'standard' British infantry with green uniforms)
Wyndham Volunteer Rifle Corps
Latrobe Mounted Rifles (using the Imperial Mounted Infantry figures with nice red jackets)
Should I add lancers and dragoons to my Orbat, I have the following in mind:
King River Lancers