Here is a splendidly large and well fed chap (a conversion from a Renegade figure from the lead pile) in charge of a scratchbuilt German supplied "gulaschkanone" and a huge and ancient iron pot. Various bits of resin are from Grand Manner, the table is knocked together from bits of thin wood and MDF and I baked the bread myself. Do enjoy your meal. A 10% service charge is included.
An image of a German Field kitchen having been supplied to Turkish forces.
Another image showing Turkish troops cooking with big pots.
A group of Woodbine Designs Turkish infantry. The brief was to paint them up in a darker green uniform and a "poo brown" fez. So here they are. Another batch of ten of these are currently on the table.
There is a perfectly serviceable range of WW1 German Asia
Corps figures produced by Brigade Games. However, all have been sculpted
wearing the peaked cap and when the brief arrived to paint up some troops
wearing a mixture of peaked caps and tropical helmets it was time to do some
Frankenstein headswaps and some greenstuff additions.
This group of ten figures come from a range of
manufacturers. The officer is a Great War Miniatures figure with no additions,
just a suitable paint scheme. There are figures from Mutton Chop, Forgotten
Front, Brigade Games and Pulp Figures with headswaps that come from the
Woodbine Designs French Foreign Legion and British Soft Caps head packs. There
are also a couple of plastic Perry heads in there from their Second Afghan War
It might seem like excessive work, but doing this adds
some variety to those figures already commercially available. There are a
handful of command figures to come in due course.
Back in the summer of 2016 I painted up this set for Michael Perry. I didn't post any images of them at the time as the set was not yet on the market. I forgot all about them. I discovered today that the set is now available and that Michael has posted the above image on their website. I searched about in my photo archive for my original images of these figures, but I couldn't locate them, so here is Michael's photo of the painted set. Cheers!
A little bit of "table dressing" to end the Big Guns for Mespot project. A scratchbuilt General Service wagon surrounded by boxes containing the necessities of war to represent the Ammunition Column of 17th (Indian) Division watched over by a sepoy from the Indian Service and Transport Corps.
Over the past couple of weeks the "Back of Beyond" Facebook page has been airing some rather interesting photographs of the WW1 German Asia Corps that fought alongside their Turkish allies in Palestine and then went on to serve in Georgia.
There were many images of troops wearing the M1900 Bortfeldt tropical helmet.
These images prompted a lot of interest and discussion among a few of us with the result that I had to attack the lead and plastic pile and get out the greenstuff to try to cobble together something that looked like the photographs. This chap hasn't yet got round to changing his boots for puttees but he has removed the metal badge from the front of his helmet. Perhaps in the future I'll do one that has moved the national cockade to replace it. The main body is a Mutton Chop infantryman with a Perry plastic British 1880s head. There has been some carving away of unnecessary detail and the addition of a neck guard and an arm of service band on the helmet. In this case, yellow for the infantry.
From Empress Miniatures' Jazz Age Imperialism range. This gun came into service in 1917 so one of these will be making its way to Mesopotamia to join the Indian Army in the advance on Baghdad. Paul Hicks' sculpts are just an absolute pleasure to paint. The gun comes in many many parts and is a bit of a pain to put together. It makes for a beautifully detailed model but there was much swearing and headscratching during construction as, true to all the best kits, there were no instructions. After I had put the thing together I found this pictorial walkthrough on Paul's blog (he who is part of Empress Miniatures).