Monday, 20 August 2018

The Big Push 5.

The 1er Regiment Mixte de Marche de Cavalerie du Levant. A very impressive title for the composite French cavalry regiment that served in Palestine. Formed from two squadrons of Spahis and two squadrons of the 4er Chasseurs d'Afrique, the pre-war colourful French Colonial uniforms have given way to mustard khaki and Adrian helmets. Again, painted, based and varnished speedily over four days for the Syria 1918 demo game at Colours 2018.

These are Crusader Miniatures early WW2 French cavalry with a GWM French Dragoon Officer to lead them. Only three Crusader figures have their original horses. The other horses are of unknown origin as this unit was scratched together from some figures that Adrian and I had in our respective lead piles. Some of the Crusader horses had been used elsewhere. These chaps appear briefly in this piece of footage from the Imperial War Museum entitled "Armageddon" (4 mins 44 seconds in). Here they are in a screenshot from the film.

Next.... a command base featuring Captain R H M MacIntyre MC, Officer Commanding 7th Light Car Patrol, his driver and a bloke frantically trying to signal the leading elements of the Desert Mounted Corps.... and a car, of course.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

The Big Push 4.

A British Mounted Machine Gun Squadron for the Syria 1918 demo game at Colours 2018. As time is short a few time saving painting shortcuts have been made on these figures. They still pass muster to my eyes. The deployed piece is the Britsh Cavalry Vickers Team from Great War Miniatures with a Woodbine headswap. The transport is a very satisfying composite made from odds and sods in the bits box. The horses and drivers come from the Wargames Foundry WW1 British Limber set (the drivers have a Woodbine headswap to give them tin helmets with neck flaps), the limber with stowage is from Tiger Miniatures and the Limbered GS wagon is what remains from the Great War Miniatures Machine Gun Wagon set (horses, drivers and wheels were long since canibalised for other projects). The wheels were in the bits box and were the same size as those on the Tiger Miniatures limber. The tarp over the contents of the wagon is a simple a piece of masking tape. I opted to paint the personel wearing khaki serge as while watching film of the 1918 campaign through Syria it was clear that a lot of serge was being worn rather than khaki drill.

Monday, 13 August 2018

The Big Push 3.

More for the Syria 1918 game at Colours, Newbury, this September.

Firstly, the last two vehicles for 12th Light Armoured Motor Battery. The Rolls Royce Armoured Car is from HLBS and the Rolls Royce Tender is from Company B.

The excellent Crossley Tender from Trenchworx. This will supply 7th Light Car Patrol.

Some Crusader Miniatures early WW2 French infantry painted up as French Legion d'Orient.

Dismounted French Spahis. Woodbine Designs figures with added greenstuff on the headgear and a number of Empress Miniatures SCW figures in adrian helmets to make up the numbers.

Next? 20th Mounted Machine Gun Squadron and a unit of French Mounted troops.

A Little Musical Interlude.

Tsuba Miniatures Russian Bandsmen. Painted up as the regimental band of the White Russian Kornilov Shock Battalion. All part of a cunning development for the League of Extraordinary Kriegspielers' recent gaming weekend. I also painted up another band in a different White Russian uniform but I neglected to photograph them before delivery. Fool.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Turning Japanese.

These are Tsuba Miniatures Russo-Japanese War figures, destined for a 1920s Back of Beyond setting. Painting the two officers in armour was great fun.

Friday, 20 July 2018

The Big Push 2.

The new camera arrived yesterday so I had a good excuse to play with it and photograph the latest progress towards the display game at Colours, Newbury, this September. The Anti-aircraft theme continues with an Austrian Schwartzlose Machine Gun team from Scarab Miniatures and a Scratchbuilt (by Adrian Shepherd) pedestal mounted 75mm AA gun and crew (figures from Woodbine Designs and Perry Miniatures). We found a photograph of German "technical specialists" seemingly instructing a turkish crew with what appeared to be a French 75mm gun on a pedestal so Adrian replicated it. A few weeks ago I bought a battered Matchbox Models of Yesteryear 1911 Damiler for very little money. It was originally yellow and it just cried out to to be made into a Staff Car so here it is with a Driver from Warbases and a Staff Johnny, an Empress Miniatures SCW driver figure. The last session at the painting table saw the first of the French troops get some greenstuff added to their headgear to try to create something that looks a little like dismounted Spahis. I played around with some colour choices to get the distinctive French Khaki. By rights they should be wearing Adrian helmets by 1918 but a few figures with this distinctive headgear will add some visual interest. The mounted unit will follow eventually. While all this was going on, in the background, lurking, was a Russian band from Tsuba Miniatures. Instructions were to paint them up to add to an existing collection.... nothing to do with the Big Push but they were fun to paint.