Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Mutton Chop WW1 British Cavalry Trooper

Meanwhile, in the background, this chap has been lurking waiting to be worked on towards the end of a few painting sessions where the right paint on the palette needs to be used up.

I really do like Mr Hicks' sculpting of this range and I hope that he will add to the number of mounted figures. Purists may moan that the harness around the saddle is not quite correct but some greenstuff around the strap over the horse's chest would change this into a bandolier and a sharp knife can easily remove the strap that goes around the horse's tail. It is good to see some clutter on the saddle. A Woodbine Wolseley headswap will allow these figures to serve in the Middle East. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

What is it all in aid of?

190 figures painted up in the Mesopotamia project. Various scratchbuilds and conversions. But why? Why all this effort since December last year? The answer will be revealed at COLOURS 2016, Newbury Racecourse, Saturday 10th September.

The 190 figures painted up for this demonstration game will also be augmented by many many more and gunboats! All this is the brainchild of Adrian Shepherd. A Great War anniversary game to follow on from the excellent "Raid on Suez" put on at Vapnartak in 2015. I would like to thank Adrian for the inspiration that working on this project has given me. Although not a gamer myself, Adrian has dragooned me in to taking part at Colours. I had no choice, really, as Newbury is just a short hop down the A34! My inner-child is looking forward to seeing all the toys on the excellent table that Adrian has created. I have even bought an India Pattern sun helmet specifically to wear in the harsh conditions of tabletop Mespot. 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Mules and other things.

The Brigade Games WW1 British 2.75 inch Mountain Gun in transit.

These chaps are the WW1 Turkish cavalry produced by Forgotton Front Miniatures (found on the Miniature Figurines website). They are meant to be Lancers wearing arabic head dress, but here the right arms have been bent in and/or down and they will represent Ottoman "Dragoons". These are a bit of a "speed paint"as time is short and I need to wrap up the Mesopotamian painting so I can complete some early war German Infantry before the summer ends.

The horses for these chaps are being painted elsewhere.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Perry Miniatures British WW2 Pack WW37 Yeomanry Cavalry Command Patrolling

The other three mounted packs will follow in due course.

Eagle-eyed regular visitors may notice a couple of subtle differences in these three figures. I have changed my palette for white european flesh. Having used the Foundry Expert Flesh set for a number of years I found it was time to replenish the three darkest shades. At £3.50 a pot  plus shipping, the Foundry Paints are a bit steep price wise. So I thought it was time for a change. These chaps are done with the Scale 75 Scale Color (sic) flesh set.  The Scale 75s taste different. Having had a major reorganisation of the painting station (or "studio" as a friend was kind enough to refer to it) most of my Foundry Paints have been retired to a storage drawer with the exception of a few trusty triads. I don't expect to be replacing these when they run out.

The re-organised painting station. I recently found an offcut of a piece of marble kitchen worktop in a skip. I asked nicely if I could have it and it now sits under the foam block. I now have a wipe clean surface to work on... that is a first.

I have also started NOT to paint eyes on certain figures. These WW2 Perry figures are some of the ranges onto which I will no longer paint eyes. I have had difficulty with some of the these recently, much to my own frustration, and I will be looking carefully at the quality of facial sculpting of other miniatures in future. My eyesight may be part of the issue here as well as some stiffness in the joints of my right hand. This has made me look around for pointers on how others paint faces and I must recommend the YouTube tutorials on the "Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy" YouTube Channel. 

I have also started to use a wet palette. I think it gives a much smoother end result.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Brigade Games WW1 Indian Army Sikhs.

As the Mesopotamian Indian Army project begins to draw to a close, here are  some images of  the WW1 Sikhs produced by Brigade Games.

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Mutton Chop WW1 German pack GER9.... and other things...

Mutton Chop pack GER 9

Copplestone Castings WW1 Sikh Vickers team. 

A couple of Copplestone pilots for the Ottoman Air Force (one with a Woodbine head).

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The White Heat of Technology, 1916.

A two hundred year old mortar employed by the Ottoman forces at Kut el Amara, April 1916.

Which of course means that we need to have one of these.

The mortar comes from Eureka Miniatures, the gunners carrying the shell are coverted ACW figures from T A Miniatures and the other two gunners are converted Perry Miniatures Sudan Egyptian gunners. All the heads come from Woodbine Designs.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Divers and Toffee Apples

More Mesoptamian madness. A Royal Navy diving team ready to search stretches of the Tigris for nasty mines left by Johnny. Figures from Foundry and Brigade Games.

They have to deal with things like this:

A 2 inch Stokes "Toffee Apple" mortar. The mortar is from Great War Miniatures and the crew are Perry WW2 British gunners with Woodbine headswaps and some minor alterations.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

1914 Marconi 1500W Mobile Wireless Transmitter. Scratchbuild.

An interesting scratchbuild project from card and some styrene bits and bobs to create a little more table dressing. The radio equipment is actually some 1/35 resin pieces. Such mobile units saw little use on the Western Front, but in the Eastern theatres, where armies were more mobile, they were more common. The front wagon contained the accumulators (batteries) that had to be changed every day or recharged with a steam-generator. The rear wagon carried the wireless transmitter and receiver set. The aerial mast could be broken down and stored and transported on the on the wagons. "Sparky" is a Perry WW2 British seated gunner (from the 25pdr set) with a Woodbine headswap and a little greenstuff to make his headset. Again, like all my scratchbuilds, this is not an accurate model, but something to give the impression of that object.

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And here is a real one photographed in Mesopotamia.