Sunday, July 10, 2016

22e Battalion (Canadien Français)

Going a little overboard with the posts today. I had a relatively kid-free day and thought I'd get caught up on some pots... I have one more to do (a  report of Friday evening’s Fear and Faith/Kooky Teenage Monster Hunters game) but I think that one might have to wait until tomorrow.

And finally… the first of the 5th Brigade battalions – all of which will be made up of figures from Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design Company. I like these figures. They lack a respirator case, but I can probably let that go. The figures are very dynamic and available with 14 different head options! I ordered a few of the 4-figure packs (Officers, Sergeants, Lewis-gunners, Bombers) with stuff other than the plain old Brodie helmet - thinking I'd mix and match some of the head options into the battalions. I kind of regret doing so now – as each battalion now has a dude with a bandaged head and a guy in a gas hood. I wouldn’t have minded the gas hood so much if they actually had respirator cases and were wearing the helmet over top – the plain gas hood just sort of sticks out a bit. Ah, well…

The 22nd Battalion, CEF was largely recruited from French Canadians in Quebec.

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


22e  Battalion (Canadien Français)



Detail of the formation patch. The blue patch of the Second Division surmounted by a red circle (red for the middle brigade of the division and the circle for the senior battalion within the brigade).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Hopefully a report of Friday evening’s Fear and Faith/Kooky Teenage Monster Hunters game. 

13 comments:

  1. Very splendid brushwork on the Canadians. The drab tunic makes the blue shoulder patch pop. Puttees look great too!

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    1. The blue patch should be darker, actually. I'd originally painted it darker, but it all just looked so dark - it was indistinguishable from the black, so I used a brighter blue... (to make it stand out a bit more! or "pop", as you say...).

      The patches would have also been much smaller than I've painted them... but again, I wanted them to stand out enough that hopefully people will be able to tell the units apart.

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  2. What a beautiful group! Excellent job with great details!

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  3. They look fantastic - nicely based too! Keep it up Tim!

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  4. Yeah, the guy in the gas hood does stick out. Reminds me of the "burn victims" from Force 10 from Navarone.

    I like the patches. They may be a bit much in the close-up shot, but in the group shot (i.e.normal view) they work well.

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    1. Well, perhaps they can be the first to be removed as casualties! I think it's odd that they'd have then in the gas hoods without helmets... If I were really motivated I could carve half his head off and add a helmet. Or I suppose at some point I could order some extra heads and just replace them... I'm not feeling THAT motivated at the moment, though. Who's going to notice 4 guys in gas hoods when I have over 600 figures on a giant 16' long table!?

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    2. Who's going to notice 4 guys in gas hoods when I have over 600 figures on a giant 16' long table!?

      Basically every wargamer I know. ;D

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  5. Lovely to see these Vandoos, Tim. I am really enjoying your Great War project.

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    1. Thanks Padre! I'm having fun with it too!

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  6. Great looking troops, I guess the gas mask chaps stick out a bit but in amongst so many others I'd say it's fine, I think the oversize patches work well in this scale, do them smaller and you'd barely notice them. Nice painting as always.
    Best Iain

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