This product is sold unpainted.
1-2. Kevin Longley has rather cleverly painted up this RN mounted officer figure to lead his Russo-Japanese War Russian army. Great idea!
A MOST IMPRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENT
One of the most impressive achievements
was that of the naval brigade of HMS Shannon, which dragged her heavy
guns some 600 miles across Northern India, from Calcutta to Lucknow, during the
suppression of the Indian Mutiny in 1857-58. Given the heat, the appalling road
conditions and the fact that only bullocks and human muscle-power was available
to pull the weapons, the achievement was an epic one.
‘The frigate, HMS Shannon, was
commanded by Captain William Peel, who was the son of the statesman Sir Robert
Peel, and had won the VC in the Crimea when serving ashore with the naval
brigade. Shannon was one of three ships sent from China when the Mutiny began. Peel,
forming a naval brigade at Calcutta composed of some 450 seamen and marines,
later reinforced by men from merchant ships at the port; the navy also landed
six 68pdr and eight 24pdr guns, two 8in howitzers and eight rocket tubes, which
proved of great value in the subsequent campaigning. Peel’s brigade served their
eight heavy guns with the greatest effect in the operations to Lucknow (four Victoria
Crosses were won on 16 November at the assault of the Shah Najaf (or ‘Najeef
mosque’), and equally at Cawnpore. Peel was severely wounded in the thigh at
Lucknow; he was created a KCB in January 1858, but while recuperating from his injury
was fatally stricken by smallpox; he was aged only 33.’
Colonial Nineteenth Century 20mm metal wargame figures.