I can say "long time, no post," but when an entire year has passed since I attended to this blog, it seems a bit ridiculous. When I finally did check in a week ago, I discovered that the blog had been offline since April! Oh, well... A little elbow grease and filthy lucre and we were back on the net again.
I did manage to have a thoroughly productive 2018 on the hobby front. Christmas 2017 brought me a pile of lovely little boxes full of 54mm plastic warriors from Armies in Plastic, last seen here. Some, not all, was painted during last year. Here is the proof:
First up, Afghan Tribesman, both on foot and mounted. Apparently I thought I needed many of these fellows as I got three boxes. A little over half are finished. [I will note that my lights gave an unpleasant yellowish cast to all of the photographs, compounded by my oldish phone. However, I have pledged not to let "perfect be the enemy of good" this year, so the pictures come with all of their warts.]
Then we have the Brits. The Officer came in one of my free bags — he's from a different era and war, but I like to have officers distinct from foot soldiers.
I wanted lancers as well, so I supplemented the AIP miniatures with some from Expeditionary Force. They are a bit of work, as they come in pieces that one must glue together. Stunning, though.
Aside from the Pathans, the British will battle Prussians as well. AIP didn't have the artillery I desired (little balls on the pickelhauben) so once again I got Expeditionary Force. They're listed as British, but paint re-patriated them.
Finally, a possible British ally or thorn in its side are the plucky US Marines.