Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Cra Diavolo and L'Artillerie Hippomobile

 Received a lovely troopship from Scotland this week.

Amongst the new comers are much needed support for the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and the Kingdom of Naples, or Neoplise Rebels and Regulars depending on your point of view and rules of choice.

First up
Cra Diavolo
  

"On yonder rock reclining,
Behold that bold and fearsome Toad
Fast his hands his carbine hold,
It is his best friend of old"

- The Song of Fra Diavolo


Been wanting a Fra Diavolo figure for years. It was one of those projects that never took flight. 

Finally called on Gavin Syme of Alternative Armies to do the hard part :)
Gavin  graciously offered up this as yet unreleased figure of an opera singer, modified with sword belt.

Brilliant!


Painted by the great Alternative Armies staff it came out a treat.

And here is the inspiration:


"Fra Diavolo" 
Artist Tancredi Scarpelli

And what good is a rebel leader without rebels?




Gianmatteo Tonci of Chimerae Hobby Group has written a series of cracking Flintloque scenarios featuring the exploits of these fine Toads. You may download them by left clicking here.


And another long term project to bolster the Impiralist forces:

L'Artillerie Hoppomobile!


Admittedly inspired by first, the need to use more adorable hippos, and a pun, this gun and crew will provide much needed support to counter insurgency forces and Imperial field armies the length and breadth of Urop.


As usual, painted by the AA staff, I used the Todoroni cavalry officer ad singer painted in artillery crew colours to represent the mounted gunners.

Think the effect is quite nice.

Finally, this fellow:


...is a conversion of the officer figure that can be seen standing next to Fra Diavolo.

Using greenstuff I built up his collar and gave him a plastic staff, then painted and based.

Readers will no doubt have sussed that he is an homage to the excellent film "Brotherhood of the Wolf".

Finished Faccia di Rospo some years ago and he has proudly served as part of the Coalition forces League of Extraordinary Mentalmen ever since although he has always meant to have had ties to the Nepalese partisans.

Hope you have enjoyed your visit.

Thanks for stopping by!