I’ve been a long-time admirer of Paul Hicks’ terrific sculpting, but have always put off buying his figures because of my aversion to painting anything larger than 20mm. Until now.
When I read that Pontoonier Miniatures offers a Third Burma War range through Newline Designs I immediately looked into it, and to my wallet’s horror discovered pictures of them on the latter’s website. It’s been two weeks since and I’ve just finished painting my first 28mm figure in years.
I’m quite happy with the results, even though the helmet does need a highlight. I might also try some lighter tones that match the illustration below.
As far as I can tell the figures are generally accurate, although some of them are wearing belts, which according to a contemporary observer the Burmese most certainly did not have. This is somewhat contradicted by a plate reproduced in Ian Heath’s Foundry book, which features a turbaned infantryman with a white crossbelt. More confusingly the figures also have ammunition pouches, which appear no where in the illustrations I’ve so far seen (I must admit to finding this slightly irritating as I have no idea what colour to paint it).
And if that isn’t enough, one report notes that Burmese regulars wore uniforms of different colours depending on their individual preferences, while another states that the tunics were all red. I have opted to copy the Rick Scollins plate from Ian Knight’s Queen Victoria’s Enemies (4).
I’ve always had a soft spot for that particularly book, one of the very first Ospreys my father bought me as a kid. Believe it or not, this is probably the best explanation I can come up with for suddenly deciding to delve into the period.