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.
Friday, 13 January 2017
Wednesday, 11 January 2017
Here is another Asia Corps conversion. A WW1 Turkish body (sorry, this was in the lead pile and I don't know who made it) and another Perry plastic 1880s head. This time in puttees and light order.
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
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.
Wednesday, 4 January 2017
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).
Sunday, 1 January 2017
The two figures from the command pack. The remaining ten figures are repeats of those pictured in a previous post so the next post for this project will show the completed unit of all fourteen figures.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
Mule drawn transport in Mesopotamia. The Perry ACW Mule Team form the basis for this part of the Big Guns project. A Perry WW2 British Yeomanry trooper provides the driver in the saddle while the chap alonside the leading pair is a previously pictured converted Perry Mafeking figure. The towing limber is a scartchbuild as is the gun.
Saturday, 24 December 2016
Here are twelve figures that have been converted or added to to create some Royal Garrison Artillery gunners for the bigger guns that have been on the workbench recently. These figures come from the Perry WW2 range, the Perry Mafeking range and a couple come from Woodbine Designs. In fact, one of these figures is the legendary "Woody", a special figure produced by Woodbine when their WW1 range was first released. It seemed a shame to cut his head off and replace it with one wearing a Wolseley helmet, but needs must.... All are destined for the Middle Eastern theatres.
I also indulged by desire to make guns by scratching this 60pdr.
Wednesday, 21 December 2016
The first of fourteen to depict Uhlanen Regiment Konig Karl (1. Wurttembergisches) Nr. 19. Dressed in the very early war field grey as they clatter over the Belgian border in August 1914. The bases are temporary.
Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Good heavens, a month since I posted anything! Well, much of that time has been spent on a super secret project that I can not post here. This will form the basis of an article for the Wargaming press and the editor has asked that it be "new" when published.... it involves trains.... and men from central Europe trying to get to Vladivostok... that's all I can say.
Other things have happened. Mainly this...
Other things have happened. Mainly this...
and some of these (the gun is being done by the client)....
It all seems to be about guns! There are some coverted figures on the table to provide the crews for the 8 inch howitzer and the 60pdr. A couple of GWM German Uhlans will also get varnished tonight and they form the start of fourteen of these. These two will be the next post in a couple of days.