Even though Victoria Miniatures operate out of South Australia, the state to the left of me if you’re looking at a map, it took three weeks to receive my order. Ahh well, first world problems aye 😉
I finished the model, apart from the head, three weeks ago and today I added the cherry on top of the cake. I think head choices for miniatures can make or break a model and it’s the one bit I take some time to consider and decide on.
For The Mad Colonel Mitchell, I wanted something a bit pulp/olde English/classic/pompous/eccentric. I think I got all that and more with the pith helmet/head with pipe.
I’m a HUGE fan of the movie Zulu and one day hope to have a small but classy Praetorian/24th Foot army’s of my own. For now a couple of pith helmet wearing dudes in my expo force will have to do. I’m really proud of Colonel Mitchell. I sculpted the medal he’s wearing, proudly on his chest, from greenstuff. So bloody small but pretty cool. If you look closely you’ll see that I removed the Colonels left leg from the knee down and built him a crutch. It was pretty fiddly work and I had to use tweezers but it turned out quite well. The rest of the conversion was fairly simple. The bulk of him is from a scout Sniper I had. To me, he looks like a mad old war dog who is quite refined in an insane geriatric kind of way hehe. I’ll be that and more one day I’m sure.
The colonel needed an assistant so who better than Private Pike to be at his side.