Here's an 1870 Prussian 6-pounder gun, modelled for casting as part of Michael Perry's 28mm Franco-Prussian War range. It's the fifth and last of the field artillery for the two main forces in that war. Earlier I made a mountain howitzer for Alan Perry's Paraguayan War range, and a couple of years back three masters for Nick Eyre's North Star 1866 range. If and when Michael gets as far as the 1870 Bavarians I might do a gun for them, otherwise this completes my work on artillery masters for the foreseeable future.
The best aspect of doing these has been finding my skills develop in a previously unfamiliar area of modelmaking. I am feeling my advanced age just at the moment, so it is reassuring to find I can still learn the odd new trick!
This is the Prussian rifled, breech-loading "6-pounder" gun, specifically the C/67 type, ie "Model 1867", the most common of three slightly different guns of this calibre used by the field artillery in 1870-71. The other two were the original 1861 model, but now on this new carriage, and a smaller number of the 1864 version with a square breach but converted to the plug-closure system. I had the pleasure of researching this aspect in conjunction with Markus Stein, the expert who wrote the German volume of last year's monumental work on uniforms of the Franco-Prussian War, which is Michael's main reference for sculpting the figure range.
Incidentally, those interested in the range will have been wondering what's happening with it, as nothing has actually been released in the last six months. I pressed Michael on this and learned that he has been working on the range. The plastic French infantry are progressing towards release in a few months time. In metal he mentioned he's sculpted French line cavalry, prone Prussian infantry and a Prussian "high command" pack, apparently of Bismarck, Moltke and the king. Any or all of these metals could be released any day soon.