Continuing to paint a VBCW force for my mate Matt today I present "The Friars". "The Friars" LINK are a group of clergy from Aylesford Priory on the banks of the River Medway. And being local to Matt and myself he has decided to include them as part of his "Anglican League" force. As such these figures are all in the brown Monks Habits typical of Regular clergy. I am not saying the monks are a violent breed just that they have taken clothing references from Monastic orders. The figures are all "Artizan Designs" in their WW2 French section Link 2 . And rather than painting the clothing as African a simple colour swap to brown has them all in monks habits! I think that was a good spot by Matt and quite clever to see.
The 6 above are all rank and file rifle armed figures while the 3 figures to the right are more of command bearing or light support support.
Starting on the left you will note the "Adrian" Helmet of French origin as well as the Thompson sub machinegun. A typical squad would not have an smg as they were not standard issue in the 1939 British army. Then we have a Lewis-Gunner. The Lewis gun was a weapon swap carried out by Mat. While an obsolete gun at the time it had only just been replaced by the Bren gun in all units of the British army so is still very suitable for a Very British Civil War force. The last figure (on the right) is armed with an automatic pistol and a walking stick so one can clearly think of him as an officer. But he could be the Lewis gunners number two or a Medic or other supporting role. That is something I can and will leave to Matt to sort out.
The final figure shows a close up of their faces/ being Artizan the faces are very well sculpted so despite my dodgy camera skills you can see that they have come out. I do have more to do so expect another squad of these in a weeks time.
Thanks for looking,enjoy the weather whatever it is doing where you are and with luck another post on Sunday.
Cheers Clint, have a good one!