Sunday, 20 March 2016

A Sudanese sidetrack

So there I was, happily painting Artizan British NWF models and thinking about getting some Pathans, when things appear to have taken a swerve...

A few years ago now Boyes (a regional department store - like a sort of downmarket Woolworths - or Wilkinsons for my younger reader) decided to get into selling Toy Soldiers. It started with quite a bang with shelves groaning with Airfix, PSC, Flames of War, Perry, Warlord and, of course, GW. And slowly it has retreated from that place as it's discovered what sells or, more pertinently, what doesn't. And what doesn't sell, at least in the volumes to keep Boyes interested, is anything other than GW and paint/hobby supplies.
The soft plastics were the first to go, followed by Warlord, FoW and all the Airfix that isn't planes. Now it seems that the Perry range and PSC is being dispensed with - or all the stuff that isn't Napoleonics at any rate. So the other week when I was in there I noticed this.


Specifically I noticed this:



A box of the Perry Ansar at half-price!
I said to myself that I've got no intention of playing Sudan, I'm doing NWF and that's that.
So I left them on the shelf and went away.
Actually that's not true I bought the only box of Afrika Korps they had for a tenner and then I went away. But that's a post for another time.

However when I got home I had the odd and crazy thought that maybe by combining bits of the Sudanese with some of the Gripping Beast plastic Arabs I could fashion some Slavers for games of Darkest Africa, and maybe some of them would pass as DA tribesemen too.

So a day or two later I popped back and bought a box.
And when I got them home they were all lovely and nice looking and sticking them anywhere near the GB Arabs seemed like a terrible thing to do. So I figured that maybe I could make a couple of units for TMWWBK (pronounced Tim Wubbuk, the Canadian lumberjack) and that wouldn't be too bad. And I had six Perry highlanders I'd bought to use for DA and not finished so maybe they'd paint up for a unit to use against them. And perhaps if you didn't look to close I could use the NWF models and....and before I knew it this had happened.


Oh.

Anyway I've done quick and dirty paint-jobs on sixteen of them that is, pretty much the same as I did the African Tribesmen, but the whole thing washed with Coat D'Arms Brown Wash rather than woodstain dip.




The photography hasn't been kind - they don't look half as messy as this.




So now apparently I'm going to do Sudan Colonial gaming and I own a copy of The Sword and the Flame and I'm still painting NWF models and I don't know what's going on really...

9 comments:

  1. Great story! You did the right thing buying hese and you made an excellent job of them....now you need Black Powder rules and supplement, it's just how these things work. Excellent read.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks.
      I do already own Black Powder but I'm not going to buy any more Fuzzies and I'm certainly not up to painting enough British to ever be able to play a proper BP Sudan game!
      TSaTF I've got, and I'll maybe try out Triumph and Tragedy, but really I expect it'll be TMWWBK for this, and I think I've got all the tribesmen I'll ever need.
      Tom

      Delete
  2. Lovely job and a bargain too good to pass up!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, an unexpected bargain that resulted in me spending £30 (or £40 if you include the DAK) that I wasn't otherwise going to spend.
      :)

      Delete
  3. I always thought a box of these would make a decent contingent from Far Harad, maybe I should get down to my local branch.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hmmm, hadn't thought of that. These are 28mm, not small like the WW2 sets, so may (perversely) look a bit big against the eraly (Perry) LotR sets like the Harradrim. Probably about in scale with the much bulkier later sets like the Wood Elves.
      Tom

      Delete
  4. I would definitely have bought the lot ! Good choice sadly no idea where there is a shop near ?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They're mostly in the North East (started in Scarborough) but spreading over the last few years into the Midlands
      http://www.boyes.co.uk/storelocator/

      I left the ACW cavalry on the shelf. One must sometimes show restraint.

      Delete
  5. Thanks for sharing the information. It is very useful for me . keep sharing. . .
    Gclub casino online
    สูตรบาคาร่า

    ReplyDelete