The Muster of the Loyal: Royalist and Reactionary Progress for VBCW!

Ready to fight for the Throne and Mosley!

WW1 British recruitment poster: PropagandaPosters
The Royalist Cause may very well re-use WW1 Recruitment Posters!

It’s been a long road on my VBCW journey. It has been slow but steady progress since the Lockdowns of last year started this “little” project. I still have some more to paint, but I’ve hit a watershed moment; I have more painted then unpainted models in the collection!

I started on some Territorial Army infantry earlier this week, and decided to try something I don’t usually do; batch painting! I hate doing it, and honestly I got pretty burnt out by the end of it, despite it only being 21 models. But after I got them mostly done today(the base rims need to be done!) I decided a parade was in order, to see what I got.

I was pleasantly surprised! The collection looks great massed on my spare table. I still need to build a sleepy English village to fight over, but I have many more models then I really need to play!

First up, lets look at the models I got done this week!

First up, a section of infantry! Most of these poses are repeats, so I’m focusing on the unique ones.
The Corporal keeps his section moving at a good pace! A great pose, a simple but effective one!
This soldier is lobbing a Mill’s bomb at the enemy, and has many more at his disposal in his sack.
The Lewis gun gives the section some serious firepower.
Next up was the another Section of infantry!
This corporal is looking ahead with his binoculars, planning the attack!
A pretty great pose this!
This soldier is throwing a stick grenade!
A lone Lewis gunner. I forgot to take a picture of the loader!

Next up, I did another Officer. I’m swimming in these, as I got both the Battalion command and regular, company level officers. I forget which pack this Officer belonged to, but he has a yet another great Woodbine Design pose!

“Can’t take down a Rebel trench without this!” Wielding his walking stick as a cudgel, this officer draws his pistol…probably a more lethal implement.
A lovely side profile. I’d follow this chap anywhere!
Requisite arm-band so he doesn’t get shot at by my own side!

Finally, I laid out all my painted models on my spare table! Lets see how the platoon(s) looks like all together!

Oh yeah! It’s all coming together. A solid 50 men, of which ten are Grenadier Guard’s on detached duty, and ten Indian Army regulars.
A Vickers Machine Gun and Vickers 6-ton are ready to support the Poor Bloody Infantry.
Watched over by King Edward himself, I have my officers and warrant officer.
Militia cavalry form on my right flank, ready to charge in!
A Vickers Medium MK2 and a Peerless Armoured Car, even more British Steel to bring the hurt on.
The Territorials make up the bulk of my fighting men.
My Rajputs and Grenadiers are tough, hardened troops. They’ll stiffen the line.

I also decided to bring out the BUF, and line them up as well. Unsavory allies they may be, but for now they are all fighting together.

Thirty BUF and their support. Useful idiots one and all.
These fanatical but unreliable troops give me a reserve force, just in case the Regulars can’t cut it.
Another Vickers Mk2 and a Cruiser tank give the Blackshirts some support.
A Vickers, because no platoon is complete without one it seems!
My Command section! A banner, a Lewis, and two Sergeants help to keep the boys in line.
A lesser officer and JFC Fuller himself!
A BUF Assault Section with Body Armour and Submachineguns, just what is needed to break a trench-line.

And finally, a complete army shot! It’s been a year of work to get this far.

Watch out Anglican League, we are coming for you!

All in all, I’m really chuffed with this whole force. I have some more to paint, namely a section of Territorials and the Grenadier’s second section and support elements. The addition of a Boy’s Anti-Tank rifle or two will not be amiss either…

Now that the UK is allowing travel from Canada again, I’m considering flying out to an event in the UK. I just need to wait and see if the Delta Variant doesn’t lock down either country again, and in any event I’d have to save up, and talk to the community to see if someone can’t show me around.

Either way, I have more then enough to play games, and to make a good showing in a larger game as well!

But that is all(!?) I have for today. I hope you enjoyed this project progress, and I’ll see you in the next one! Happy War-gaming wherever you are, and God Save the King!

7 thoughts on “The Muster of the Loyal: Royalist and Reactionary Progress for VBCW!

    1. Thank you! I’m glad to be the inspiration for someone; I’ve always taken inspiration from other hobbyists, especially for VBCW. The output both in blogs and on the Facebook page is incredible, and keeps me going!

      Be sure to post more of yours when you hit a milestone, I for one would love to see them!

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      1. The VBCW and See Lion are a long term project.
        So far I have completed the following:
        https://wordpress.com/post/phillipislandgamingsociety392176732.wordpress.com/11109
        https://wordpress.com/post/phillipislandgamingsociety392176732.wordpress.com/10994
        https://wordpress.com/post/phillipislandgamingsociety392176732.wordpress.com/16368
        https://wordpress.com/post/phillipislandgamingsociety392176732.wordpress.com/16740
        I plan to have various BUF, Loyalist and Nationalist British Militia V each other and also V German Paratroopers and Brandeburgers.

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      2. I followed your blog! Looks like just my sort of content. The links you posted don’t work unfortunately, but I did look up your blog name and find some stuff.

        Sea Lion would be an absolutely amazing campaign to run, full of derring do and thrilling heroism and schemes. German Paratroopers over the southern English coast? Great ideas there.

        The Warlord books are quite good for that alternative history angle.

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  1. Sorry the links didn’t work, try looking for blog with these names instead:
    “Who do you think your kidding Mr Hitler”
    “Look, Duck, Vanish”
    “Winning isn’t Everything”……or “Its just not Cricket”
    “Pavilion of the Gods”.
    These are the start of my VBCW/Sea Lion Project.
    I agree the Warlord books and the Solway Crafts books provide lots of excellent ideas.
    David

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