Tuesday, June 4, 2013

1914 Belgian Carabiniers

This is what happens when I don’t play games for a month… I get distracted. Not that being distracted is bad, per se.

Perhaps this was a bid to get John back at the game table…?

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

1914 Belgian Carabiniers from Great War Miniatures. Lovely figures.

I have 18 of them. I’d like to pick up another 12 (at some point!) to fill out two units of 15. I’m thinking I might pick up some of the Carabiniers from Brigade Models - just for a bit of variety.

I’m not sure what to do for an officer for this unit (or THESE units, when there are two!). No one seems to make a specific “Carabinier Officer”. Brigade has a Carabinier NCO, and GWM has a Belgian command pack that has an assortment of uniforms and headgear – none in the Tyrolean hat the carabiniers seem to wear. Did the Officers wear the Tyrolean hat? I have an officer in a sidecap – could I pass him off as a Carabinier officer? He’s not in a great coat, however… and I’m not even sure if their tunic colour would be the same colour as the carabiniers great coat…?!

Ah well… not going to have these guys on the table any time too soon anyway…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Legionnaires? Martians? Mounted ANZACs? The last of the Modern Zombies?! who knows… 


  1. Very nice work as always, Tim. Except for the modern rifles, the uniform looks almost Napoleonic (Tyrolians?). Best, Dean

    1. Thanks Dean!

      The 1914 Belgians are funny that way! As you said their uniforms are very napoleonic looking - their regular infantry were still wearing shakos! The Great War was truly the death knell of the colourful uniform.

      (Unless, of course, you consider camouflage "colourful").

      Speaking of camouflage.... These are SO MUCH QUICKER to paint than all the camouflage wearing modern troops I've been painting lately!

  2. Well done! A nice unit from a nice army...from a nice period, great work!

  3. Good-looking unit.

    Ebor Miniatures do Belgian Carabinier command, with the officers in a kind of cap, like a larger kepi.

    1. Thanks for the tips, Steve I will check them out!

  4. Very nice work. I have some in 15mm I am just painting up. However from the Osprey book it mentions that the Germans calls them "The Black Devils", so it is unclear if they wore all black or dark blue. It is amazing how hard it is to try and pinpoint the colours used.

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