Earlier this year I painted some figures for a ‘Group Build’ on the very wonderful Benno’s Figures Forum. These were then sent over to Germany for a talented chap called Jan to build into a display alongside many other figures also received from fellow forum members across Europe and the US.
The idea behind the project was to assemble a long column of marching figures taking in different historical periods while representing the painter’s own country or region. I painted the 17th Regiment (representing my county of Leicestershire) using RedBox’s British infantry circa 1750.
This week, the project has finally been declared “finished” and photos of the final, grand diorama were posted on the forum. The display featured proudly at last weekend’s FIGZ wargaming & miniatures event in Holland. I feel very proud to have contributed a little something to this project alongside my talented fellow figure painters from across the globe.
So, here’s where my 17th Regiment boys ended up after Jan’s magic treatment – marching through the woodland of the US / Canadian border around the time of the French-Indian War (1754-63).
And here are some photos of the wonderful figures which comprised the rest of the march:
The contributors, their nations and figures:
- Paul, Great Britain – Grenadier Guards with marching band. Astronauts. Prussian Infantry, circa 1806.
- Sascha, Germany – Prussian grenadiers, circa 1760. Napoleonic Westfalian Infantry.
- Arekmaximus, Poland – Late Roman Infantry
- Dykio, Netherlands – Soldiers painted in the colours of the ADO Den Haag football team!
- Michael Roberts, France – French Revolutionary Infantry
- Gunnar, Sweden – British Grenadiers, circa 1770s. Swedish Infantry circa 1700.
- Giorgio, Italy – Napoleonic Austrian Infantry
- Konrad, Germany – Napoleonic Highlanders
- Edwardian, Great Britain – 14th Middlesex (Inns of Court) Rifle Volunteer Corps, circa 1897.
- Remco, Netherlands – Napoleonic Dutch Infantry and a flagbearer with a FIGZ flag!
- Peter, Belgium – Napoleonic Belgian Infantry
- Dirk, Germany – Prussian infantry representing a variety of periods.
- Dalibor, Croatia – Napoleonic Austrian Grenzer
- Erik-Jan, Netherlands – Napoleonic French Light Infantry
- Andrea, Italy / Togo – Italian Bersaglieri, circa 1859.
- Bluefalchion, USA – Indian Wars US Infantry
- Marvin, Great Britain (…yours truly) – 17th Regiment of Foot, circa 1750.
And finally , aside from making the whole diorama, Jan also found time to contribute the following figures:
- Jan, Germany – Napoleonic Danish Infantry, Confederate Infantry circa 1860s. Napoleonic French Infantry, Medieval hunters and WWII US Infantry.