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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

56540 Cotechino Guarda - Barking Irons exclusive!

This time we have an exclusive update for the Barking Irons blog concerning some of the finest miniatures Alternative Armies have put out in a while for Flintloque and Slaughterloo. I am talking, of course, about the Cotechino Guarda; the elite Todoroni soldiers of Nepolise. Click on the image above to see them in action in hi-rez.

Below are four unique pictures that we have permission to post up here, click on each to see the eight different miniatures in code 56540 in hi-rez. After this a short review of each of the poses and then some information on the uniform and the background of these miniatures for the World of Valon.

The miniature poses, image by image left to right, are as follows:

Captain armed with sword, in fencing pose. This is a great miniature and is perfect to lead any Todoroni unit in battle. Plus his posing means that he is the most animate Toad officer in the Flintloque range

Standard Bearer with standard pole. This fellow looks glum while he stands with flag pole at the ready. The pole itself is long enough to attach a variety of paper or metal flags of your choice.

Sergeant with musket and cigar. I had mixed feelings on this chap to begin with, tobacci being harmful and all, but he grows on you. Debonair and seemingly not bothered by the impending carnage this is perhaps a Sergeant who is not to be trusted?
Operatic Singer, in full voice. Among the Todoroni of Nepolise there are no drummers or bugle players..they sing instead! This guy grips his collar as he holla's in full voice. Using the rules for singers in 5027 Grapeshotte he is a useful figure.

Private with Musket, marching. Great for building up twenty figure units for Slaughterloo mass batle this miniature gives you the ranker in all his glory...marching to war.
Private with Musket, standing. This infantry Toad is the normal pose for a private, ready for anything that comes at him. He is also the most powerfully built of the eight miniatures and strikes you as a strong fellow.

Private with Musket and Bayonet, advancing. The face of this miniature is simply fantastic, full of emotion. What is he feeling as he advances...nostrils flared...wish I knew but he means business!
Private wth Musket, firing. Blast em! With a smug leer on his face this trooper is firing his musket at the enemy.
To get some of these miniatures go along to Alternative Armies. Also you can get 15% off your order using the Salute 2010 offer. Details on the page in the link.

Full rules for Todoroni can be found in 5025 Flintloque - War in Catalucia (and Flintloque Lite) and full rules for the elite troop type 'Guard' along with this regiment itself can be found in 5027 Grapeshotte. For additional troopers to build on this force look at code: 56127 A full unit of 20 can be found under code 56540-U.


Quite a few Armoricans were surprised when the annual troop review took place in Nappoly when after thousands of gaudily dressed Todoroni marched past in a variety of styles all different to each other naturally they saw something new. Last in the review were five new regiments that had been privately raised and then gifted to King Tadio Polo who sat on his golden throne and clapped excitedly at the new troops marched past in perfect formation and saluted him as they went.

Murmuring the Elves asked each other, who were these excellently drilled, uniformed and equipped soldiers and why were they wearing the trademark bearskins, the headgear of elite guard soldiers. The King waited for the review to end and then at a signal he ordered the regiments to wheel back in to the square in front of the royal stand. As one they raised their muskets and fired a salute to the king making several high ranking Elves duck. They had never seen such precision from Todoroni. At this point a short and portly Toad stepped from the ranks and bowed to the assembled nobility and Elves before ascending to the stand.

He was the Baron Petrochemicoli a very, very rich noble who had become sick of being the butt of all the jokes going on military ineptitude. Hiring several dozen renegade Joccians and Albion Orcs who had fled a flogging at the hands of Wheeling-Turn he quickly discovered that many of them had been part of the elite Coldscream and 1st Foote guards. Elite regiments in the best organised army in the world.

The training had taken two years but now they were ready. To a rising chorus of applause the Baron bowed once more and after formally asking the highest ranking Armorican officer to officially enter the regiments into the Armee he went a step further. He did something no Toad had ever been brave enough to do for fear of failure in battle.

The 3rd Regiment he dedicated to his monarch. They would not fail.

The structure of a Cotechino Guard battalion is as follows. Two Battalions make up a Regiment. Each battalion contains two thousand Little Todoroni at full muster and has ten companies ALL designated as Guard. Each company has two hundred Todoroni which are separated into two Platoons and a headquarters element totaling about one hundred soldiers and officers. A Section normally has ten to twenty Toads including an Officer, a lesser Officer, a couple of Sergeants, a musician and standard bearer, the rest being privates. They are armed with a Ferach Musket and a Bayonet, Officers have a Sword and or a High Elf pistol, Sergeants have a musket.

The uniform consists of a dark green coatee, white breeches and tunic, black gaiters, a black bearskin with a green cording, white cords and gold metal fittings and black shoes. Facing colours (cuffs, collars, etc.) are pink. Equipment is black with equipment straps being of white leather.
Hope you enjoyed this exclusive post. More to come!


  1. Since I first saw the posts on The Notables, I have thought this particular set would be great to have and paint. HOWEVER, I already have a box set of Toads, bought many years ago and still to be opened. I'll get around to opening them and hopefully painting them soon!

    I wish you the very best of luck with this - the first LE regiment set, but don't think I'll be buying it. As stated, it's not because of the set or the price, It's just that I already have one un-painted regiment of toads.


  2. Tony, this isn't a LE set! It's a general release set, the LE's sold out!

    Now paint your toads, I bet they're gasping for some air!!!


  3. Hello Tony,

    Rob is correct LEU01 was the limited set and its now all sold out. The pricing on this set is the same as for all other miniatures a very reasonable thirty pounds for twenty white metal miniatures with bases.

    When you paint up your Toads would love to see them.

    Plus the miniature you emailed me about looking out for you, found it, will speak to you soon and send it down.



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