Limbering Up

It is surprising that horses and other pack animals were a significant part of transport and logistics for many armies across multiple theaters. This is particularly true of the German army. Or perhaps it isn’t surprising when you consider the challenges around building and supplying vehicles. The struggle to source, make, transport and store material like fuel and rubber was ongoing and were key considerations at the strategic level. All of which is a long way to say that I made a horse limber to tow my artillery. I don’t have a particular army list in mind, it is more for tournaments, where the cheapest tow available is sometimes exactly the right choice to free up a few points for another toy.

I haven’t painted many horses but I’m reasonably pleased with the pair. They are from a Perry ACW cavalry box bought for projects like this but otherwise not touched. The limber itself is also from the Perry ACW range.

The attending soldiers are from Artizan, a couple of those random fellows who seem to lurk at the bottom of boxes with no guidance of how they got there.

The traces are not quite right, but overall the effect is OK. And for a model that will be used for a single turn as the gun is delivered I think it will work fine.

Onwards!

15 thoughts on “Limbering Up

  1. Looks really good, Dave! 🙂 The horses look spot on! I realised a few years ago I had a shortage of horse-drawn limbers for 19th and early 20th century armies so I had a blitz on doing some. I mostly used 20mm ACW limbers and kept everything fairly generic so that they could be used by multiple armies!

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    • thanks, I’m chuffed I may have inspired you. I had pictures of horses as reference while I worked, which I found helpful for things like the leg markings and contrasts for the mane and body.

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