Tuesday, 5 January 2021

Eureka Miniatures 28mm WW1 Imperial Camel Corps. The completed mounted unit.

 All ten of the completed mounted unit of 1 Bn. Imperial Camel Corps. Work now begins on the dismounted unit. I will be converting some Footsore dismounted BUF/Yeomanry figures for this by carving off the brassard and swapping their heads for Woodbine Designs Slouch Hat heads. 

I enjoyed painting up these figures. I am very pleased that they have been sculpted with the correct camel saddle holding the two cylindrical fantassi water containers. I have painted them in khaki bags. The camels may be a little small but I can live with that. In the fullness of time I will be adding another unit of these figures to my collection although next time, I don't think I'll be using the figures on running camels. One figure on a running camel waves a bayonet (no doubt inspired by the ALH charge at Bersheeba) which is pointless sitting atop a camel! I like the figure hanging on for grim death on a running beast but you only need one of these in a collection, really, and in my original order I got two so he has been replaced by an extra walking figure brandishing a pistol. This figure has been sculpted with a bandolier but no rifle so I added a rifle from the bits box and painted sergeant's stripes on his arms.

I pleasing addition to my Palestine 1917 troops.

Here is 1 Bn. ICC on the march, somewhere between Suez and Jerusalem.

This is interesting.... Australian members of the ICC recall their experiences.


Monday, 28 December 2020

Eureka Miniatures 28mm WW1 Imperial Camel Corps.

These chaps were released earlier this year, just as things around Covid and Lockdown 1 were a little sticky and a time that I had no "headspace" for keeping track of new releases. I discovered them in October, purely by chance, on a visit to the Eureka UK website. Santa brought me some!

I was delighted to see some Imperial Camel Corps troops in 28mm (they are marketed as "Australian Camel Corps") and I just had to have some. They are sculpted as Australian troops drawn from the ranks of the Light Horse regiments, but the emu plumes in their hats can be easily removed with a blade to represent New Zealanders and a head-swap to give them Wolseley helmets would create Tommies. That way, all four battalions can be covered. 

The camels, to my eyes, seem to be a little small compared to the riders but this is just a minor observation on a set of figures that are a welcome addition to the canon of WW1 troops for the Egypt and Palestine campaigns.

Here are the first three I have painted up. All wearing the red patch of 1 Bn . Imperial Camel Corps, a battalion drawn exclusively from Australian personnel.

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Sudan. 1 Bn. Berkshire Regiment and Ammunition Mules.

 'A'. 'B' and 'C' Companies, 1 Bn. Berkshire Regiment, Sudan, and a couple of mules carrying ammunition lead by a Privates from the Army Commissariat and Transport Corps. 'A' Company has already been featured earlier this year so here are the two new companies.

Friday, 18 December 2020

Sudan. No. 1 Section, "G" battery, Royal Horse Artillery and Mounted Senior Officers

 The artillery comes from the Perry Victoria's Little Wars range (2nd Afghan War) and have been given a suitable paint scheme to transfer their service to the Sudan. The three Senior officers are unaltered and straight out of the box!

Friday, 20 November 2020

Radio Communications

 Over the last couple of weeks I've been painting up another Empress Miniatures 3.7inch Howitzer and Mule transport (the first was done earlier this year) but on the back of that comes this rather nice group from the Empress Jazz Age range. Destined for Imperial Service in the 1920s these carry the helmet patches of the Royal Corps of Signals.