Artillery piece for June is the Perry Miniatures Wars of the Roses cannon I bought for Guy's mini Bosworth project but never got time to paint. This is the first artillery I have painted for my Wars of the Roses army except, as mine is the Earl of Oxford's and I have painted it as Richard's Royal artillery then technically it is for another force. These guns had barrels constructed from welded iron staves held together with hoops. They were breech loaders with separate chambers that could be pre-charged. Two of the figures in this set are depicted with these chambers. The breech chambers were held in place by a wooden wedge but the power of the gun was lessened by the gases escaping through gaps between the breech and the barrel. The stave constructed barrels were also not strong enough for the new more powerful corned gunpowder (where the constituents were mixed with water, dried and formed into granules) either.
Looking at what I thought I would be painting and what I actually did had its usual disconnect!
This section includes armies I thought I might paint and did:
Darkest Africa Force publique 21
Elizabethan sea dogs 4
Lord of the Rings 3
Great Northern War 2
Schleswig War 1
These are armies I thought I might paint some figures for but didn't: =
Darkest Africa Masai
Figures I had no plans to paint but did, included:
Wars of the Roses 11
Indian Mutiny 8
Zulu War British 5
Darkest Africa Baluchis 4
Trojan War 1
OK, no plans going forward other than to try and finish some more units...