Tuesday, 24 December 2019

British Infantry in Advance 1701-1714 (Strelets)

I had to get them and they were to be drafted into  Colonel Jerimiah Coleman´s Fusiliers but they are a wee bit smaller than the bods already used , ie; From Zvezda or Italeri.
Still, they are lovely sculpts and as  Bodstonia could do with some sort of foe to keep them on thier toes,  they have been re-assigned as troops from Zvezdonia, a principality on the mainland of Plastasia.

The 1st Regiment of the Zvezdonian Imperial Army
44 bods, 4 sprues of 10 inf per sprue and one command sprue with 4 bods.
Pictured are Just the marching poses. The rest will get used up on another Regiment as and when the other sets appear. 

The molded Flags I removed. Easy enough in this case with minimal Damage to the bods but, I´ve said it before, why do manufacturers even bother to add them? At least this lot don´t have a molded pattern on them but still, painting them, even flat ones without a molded pattern,  is a complete pain. Even simple patterns are difficult, as shown on the painted versions over at PSR (HERE)
Easy rules;
1. Just label the bod as a Standard bearer and give him the flag pole without any flag or just a ring Hand so a flagpole can be added.
2. Don´t drape the flag over the bod making it difficult to remove or paint.
3. Have the flag, wether flat, draped, with or without a molded design,  seperate from the bod so the flag can be easily removed by cutting the flag pole.

The designs. I went for something  with a bit of an  "Imperial" and mildly menacing look and  Fitting  to the mid 18th Cent. IMHO, two headed eagles fit the bill.
The yellow version will be the Zvezdonian Imperial flag. The green one is the regimental one  to match the Cuffs.
I know. The flags are actual ones but now they are Zvezdonian
The Cords were made with the  thread that is used to hang up the  X-Mas tree chocolate decoration Things.

The officer sprue,which includes the two Standard bearers,  had a lot of Flash and removing it was not that easy, leaving the bods with a "bitty" appearance
The Colour scheme I picked is a bit X-masy which fits to the time of year. The basing won´t stay like it is. 

Oh!..and happy X-mas :-)


  1. Nice little surprise seeing these Paul. i like them all. i also like those over large cuffs,they can keep their sandwiches in them.all the Best Regards. BB

  2. Very nice figures ol chap! Have a great Christmas and New Year!

  3. WOnderful job and great colors...Merry Christmas!

  4. beautiful painting, beautiful figurines

  5. Wonderful work Paul. Merry X-mas. Wonder if these fine gentlemen got presents or coal this year?

  6. Splendid job Paul and I hope you had a great day.

  7. Figures and flags are wonderfully painted Paul, and a great use of names.
    Merry Christmas,

  8. I envy your painting skills Paul, these guys are gorgeous!


    1. Thanks Vol.
      I painted them in one day ;-) and had no time to base them properly, so painted the bases (temporarily) green so I could take the pics and post on X-mas day.

    2. Ha, now I'm depressed! That size a troop would take me a week!

    3. It´s easy. One Needs a Routine. IAlways paint in Batches of 4, so this lot, 5 Batches of 4. The command I split into two and painted two Grenadiers with each pair of command to make up the 4.
      Base paint 4 Basic infantry bods black,best for the first Batch if they aren´t all the same pose. Go off for a while to let the base paint dry, come back and slowly paint the first Batch so you get an idea of Detail and how the Colours will work/look. Then base paint the next 4, take a break. This Batch should go a bit quicker than the first 4 due to "knowing" what you are painting and how. The command figs I alway leave to last as a sort of reward .The lot above, 5-6 Hours and they are done.

  9. Great job! And there is no photo of these soldiers next to the products of the Star?

    1. Thanks.
      "Products of the star"? Is that Zvezda?
      Sorry no photos but I can say they (Strelets) are smaller than Zvezda.