Continuing with the plan to integrate the painting of figures for command stands with painting units for the two respective armies I have followed up from completing the first unit of tribal horsemen for the army of Typoo Bhyka by painting the figures for Typoo himself and his entourage which will comprise the command base for the whole Army of Pendawar in future games. Three figures are from Wargames Foundry's Sikh Wars range; Typoo himself, the bearer of the Great Tyger Banner and the hornist. The fourth figure is a French colonel from Perry Miniatures' AWI range. He represents Typoo's military advisor, Alphonse de Bykli, fifth son of the Comte du Merde, and the runt of that litter of military incompetents! His uniform is entirely fictional, as will be that of his European battalion, the Voluntaires de Bykli.
On Tuesday this week I took delivery of two parcels, both delivered the day after I had ordered them. As Hobbycraft are seemingly ever more incompetent with stocks of paint and varnish, I ordered three spray cans of Matt varnish from top slots n' trains. Excellent service, recommended! The second packet was from Arcane in Nottingham, Trent Miniatures British Light Dragoons in tropical service helmet. Again, highly recommend for prompt service. If only Perry Miniatures and Wargames Foundry's service was as efficient!
Next across the painting desk here in GHQ should be a second cavalry regiment for Typoo's army, but this time a regular unit. Much as I detest painting horses, especially those sculpted by the Perrys, I've dropped into a sort of rhythm, or perhaps a stupor rather, and am resigned to working through them before turning again to the E.I.C. in the shape of the 1st Brigade of infantry.