Thursday, June 02, 2011

The Last Cartridge

'Surrounded by greatly superior numbers, their last cartridges gone, they tried to cut their way out, but they were overwhelmed and lost.'

Colonel Plunkett's column comes to grief. Illustrated London News, 23rd May 1903.

The previous scene was inspired by this illustration from The Sphere. Some more pics:

Fearsome Somali Dervishes.

A grisly end.

Plucky British chap meets his fate with grim determination.

The last three sell their lives dearly. Men of the Second Battalion (Central African), King's African Rifles. A long way from their homes on the shores of Lake Nyasa.

"Goodbye, old chum."
Here at the end, there is no longer any need for forbidden love to hide itself away in the shadows.

(Sorry about that, when posing the figures they just ended up like that and I couldn't resist it. He he!)


Lasgunpacker said...

always a delight to see more of your work, particularly when it is painted to this level.

Some of the base edges look a bit messy from this angle though, so if you are not "finished" with these figures, you might want to revisit them. (washers or 2p coins?)

Guido said...

You think? Can't quite see where you're coming from with that. They look okay to me.

But then again "messy" is my signature style, so perhaps I've become blind to it. :)

Sidney Roundwood said...

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! What a fantastic post. I really love the recreation of a scene from The Sphere. Such a simple idea, but beautifully executed. And yes, the final photo really made me laugh. Brilliant (and inspiring) stuff!

War Minister Crittumbo said...

Nice work.