The Flashman Project(part2) by Russell Briant

I have recently started listening to the Flashman Papers in audiobook format during which Sir Harry mentions riding with JEB Stuart’s Confederate Cavalry (and then serving in the Union Army as a military advisor to Ulysses S Grant and being at Gettysburg). So that got me thinking that he could take a more foreground role on the table top, so in March I purchased from Warlord Games the British 17th Lancers Officer set from their Crimean War range, which I arrived at the end of March.

On a recent weekend (1st, 2nd April) I painted him up as a mounted version of Sir Harry Flashman KCB, VC as he might have appeared when observing the American Civil War.

He is wearing a mixed uniform, donning the crimson “Cherrybum” pants of Lord Cardigan’s 11th Light Dragoon (later 11th Hussar), his first regiment, to look less like a blue-belly Yankee to any trigger-happy Confederate cessationist. They also look fine for the ladies.

He is still in the Baltic Blue Lancer’s jacket of his current regiment, the 17th Lancers, with whom he led the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava. A loud passing of wind, occasioned by an upset stomach, startled his horse causing it to bolt towards the Roosian guns, triggering the immortal charge into the Valley of Death and further honours for Flashy. That may also give pause for thought for a Union Sharpeshooter.

His Czapka hat is covered by an Indian Pattern White Canvas cover, having recently served in the sub-continent, rather than the black oil skin of the Crimea.

His saddle cloth and blanket roll with their yellow, cavalry, trim have been borrowed from the war stocks of the Army of North Virginia.

His fine mount may well have been foaled on the Blue-Grass country of Kentucky and is likely to have changed sides several times. He’s a fearsome brute but horse riding and a talent for languages are two of three self-described skills Flashy is really good at.

I also found a use for a couple of my stock of rabbits from war-bases.co.uk too. Their relative timidity and search for a bolt-hole likely match Flashman’s own.

While it’s not clear in these photos, a spluttering fused artillery shell has just bored itself to a stop, roughly below Flashy’s scabbard, and who knows when it might go off.

The next episode in the Flashman Project is to have a foot version that can join his dismounted Confederate colleagues (no doubt after his horse has been shot and his means of fleeing the field have contracted).

Studio Miniatures are about to put out this figure in their Sikh Wars British range in the next month or so.

Watch this space…

Russell (guest contributor to Terry’s Garage Gamers blog)

 

 

The Flashman Project(part 3) by Russell Briant

Episode 3

I’ve had the paint brushes out in between reading more from the Flashman Papers.

As I said I was planning in the first post, I have changed Harry to having jet black hair, raised eye brow and cavalry whiskers as per the book. I think I has him looking more like the cover illustrations by Gino d’Achille.

Over the first day of the Easter break I have also had a productive day and finished a Confederate Officer on a fine dapple grey horse. This Southern Beau has been sitting around half finished for months, but with a game of Glory Hallelujah due tomorrow, it was time to get him finished. The miniature is from Perry Miniatures.

I have also taken the chance to place another one of my rabbits. Just one more to use.

In the same photo is Eloise Covington from Bombshell Miniatures showing the fine bow on the back of her costume. Eloise just looked like another miniature that would be part of a Flashman story.

The damsel on the right of the Flashman party and her small bulldog are from Eureka Miniatures. She from the Female victims in the Corpse and Musket 28mm range. I have bought her to be Marshal Massena’s companion, Henriette Leberton, for our refight of Wagram later in the year. Her pooch is from Eureka’s animal range.

Lastly I have added some flock to charging Harry.

 

Correction. I episode 1 I mistakenly said Dr Thomas Arnold was the author of Tom brown’s School Days. He was of course the Head Master of Rugby School from the story. Thomas Hughes was the author.

I’m on the lookout for another Flashman acquaintance – Tommy Bryant.

Bryant turns up as a fellow officer during Harry’s short service with the the 11th Light Dragoons (Cardigan’s soon to be 11th Hussars) in the first of the Flashman Papers (Flashman). He uses Bryant’s slight-of-hand skills to unload Flashy’s opponent’s pistol in a duel (best shot in the regiment, whose French mistress Harry had been caught in bed with). He promised Tom £10,000 to do the deed then reneges on paying him on the basis that he neither has the shekels and knows Bryant can hardly call him out on this without incriminating himself.

Tommy Bryant gets his own back in a later book (Flash for Freedom) making it look like Harry he’s a card cheat by slipping cards into his pocket while our hero is playing vingt et un (21) for pennies with Benjamin Disraeli and others. This nips Harry’s looming political carrier in the bud and sees him nearly kill Bryant when he punches him in the nose causing him to fall down a flight of stairs. Bryant survives, sparing Flashman the noose but forces him to be whisked out of the country on a slave ship.

So I think I am looking for a sneak in a Hussar’s uniform for my near name sake.