Thursday, 23 December 2021

Another Turnip28 Regiment: The 31st Pumpkin Fusiliers.

 Whilst I am still sorting through my Rogue Trader Traitor Legions, I have been distracted by a Turnip28 again. The end result of this distraction is that I tackled a kit bashing project I meant to do in time for Halloween.

Some time ago I noticed that a company called Anvil Industries produced a variety of different 28mm heads. Looking through them I noticed the Pumpkin Heads and thought that these would be great to use to convert up some miniatures for Turnip28. The link to the pumpkin heads can be found here:

The kit bashing was very simple. I used a mix of Perry Miniatures French Infantry 1812-1815 and Warlord Miniatures Napoleonic French Infantry bodies, and just head swapped the heads for the pumpkin ones. I added some grass tufts to the miniatures to look like roots and growths, and they were finished. They were fun, quick, and easy to make, and I really enjoying kit bashing again. It has given me a few ideas and wish to make a few more regiments in 2022 at some point.

Enjoy :)

The 31st Pumpkin Fusilier Regiment.
(I named them the 31st after the date of Halloween).
It consists of one Toff, two Toadies, three units of Fodder, and one unit of Chaff.
For those of you who have no idea about this, the core rules can be found here:
The three Snobs: the Toff in the centre, flanked by his two Toadies.
For these Snob miniatures, and the Chaff light infantry, I have added some other pumpkins Anvil Industries produce for basing, just to differentiate them from the mass of Fodder. 
The Toff.
I used the French Officer torso for this miniature as he is the regiments commander, and I used one of the pumpkin heads with a hat to give him a dandy look.
I  have used an old Citadel Skeleton arm with sword to give him that slightly different look, and a light infantryman's torso.
This Toadie has a couple of Victix British Officers arms to give him a sword, and given his leaning pose, I thought a reaching out arm made him look that little bit more creepy. I again used a Light Infantryman's torso.
These are a form of Light Infantry. I have used the light Infantry bodies, and a few of the scenic pumpkins for the bases.
The first unit of Fodder.
Unit Standard.
I have swapped the Imperial Eagle for a piece of brass wire with a large pumpkin head on top. The banner itself is just thin plasi-card. One of the pumpkin sets, the hollowed out set, came with a tiny little spoon, which I added to the banner top for fun.
A pair of random Pumpkin Fusiliers.
Another pair of Pumpkin Fusiliers.
A third pair of Pumpkin Fusiliers, this time in uniform jackets rather than greatcoats.
The second unit of Fodder.
In the Perry Miniatures box set there are three drums, but only one drummer model. I was keen to have a drummer in each of the units, and so I assembled the drums, and glued one of a random miniatures back in placed of the knapsack.
Another pair of random Pumpkin Fusiliers, this time in Shakos.
A cold and lost looking Pumpkin Fusilier.
The tired unit of Pumpkin Fusiliers.
A second drummer with stowed drum.
A few rear views of random Pumpkin Fusiliers.

No idea what my next blog update will be on, I didn't expect to do this update on this subject! I am currently painting a Maniple of Khornate Robots, but I do have a mind to paint the 31st Pumpkin Fusiliers.


  1. Great looking conversions Lee, another blogger has been doing some Turnip 28 conversions recently that might be of interest to you

    1. Thank you, that's an interesting link, I like the slightly undead look about some of the miniatures.

  2. I'm fascinated by this whole setting, the minis, the conversions... I really hope you can paint them and show a game! :)

    1. Thank you. I am fascinated by the idea as well. I always liked the idea of a black powder era post apocalypse setting.
      I had planned some years ago to convert some Napoleonics in such away, but never did. Turnip28 seems to fit that niche with an added cold winters horror vibe about it. The kit bashing is fun. I have undercoated the Pumpkin Fusiliers this evening, so will paint them in the next few days.

  3. Insane design, insane army, great looks! The variations between the miniatures you made with kit bashing are very fascinating. Even the bushes that grow on these pumpkin-men give a touch of realism ... if realism can be said with soldiers like these. Since you are certainly more experienced than us, we would like to know if the bushes are not an obstacle to painting the miniatures: do you plan to remove them and then reposition them, or cover them in some way during the painting work?

    1. It is an insane idea, but I am quite enjoying the idea. I am really enjoying the kit bashing aspect, and the painting of them will probably be quite straight forward, as my earlier Turnip28 miniatures were.

      As for the bushes, they will not be an obstacle. As with my previous Turnip28 miniatures I left the bushes in place when painting. The glue and the paint keep them attached, and the undercoating and base coating blend them into the rest of the model. Painting wise I just dry brush them when I am painting the rest of the miniature. I painted some earlier here:

    2. Thanks: we have just seen the previous comrades and the effect of the painted bushes is harmonious with the rest of the miniature painting work. So let's wait to see these units ready to take to the battlefield!