Saturday, 22 April 2017

Isle of Wight Rifles 1

It is about time that when invited to "table" I turn up with some figures of my my own rather than to rely upon the kindness of others. So here is the start of 163 Brigade from 54 Division, 1917. The first of ten figures painted up as 1/8 Hampshire Regiment T.F (The Isle of Wight Rifles) in a mix of khaki drill and khaki serge uniform ready for service in Palestine. They have been training with PH Smoke Hoods and General Murray has taken delivery of gas shells to use against Johnny Turk at Gaza. The figures are from Woodbine Designs and the Lance Corporal is a Footsore Tommy with a headswap. The recent Mutton Chop Tommies wearing smoke hoods will also find there way into 163 Brigade. Another five IOW Rifles to follow soon.

What I like about this group is that the chaps wearing shorts have been sculpted wearing P1914 leather equipment while others have P1908 webbing. That and a mix of tropical and serge uniform give a variety of colour. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

"The Special Project" Teaser Taster

Today was a good day. I drove over to meet Rodger and to deliver "The Special Project". We took some photos of "The Special Project" set out on Rodger's table. The article for the Wargaming Press has been written, submitted and accepted and the Editor tells me that it will be published in the July edition of "Wargames Illustrated". I have kept virtually all this work under wraps as I promised the Editor that it would be "new" material, not featured on this blog. This is why the frquency of posting has fallen off over the last few months. However, I could not let today go by without giving you all a teaser taster of what will be in the article.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Ladies on Camels

A couple of ladies from from Hinterland Miniatures that will be used in a "Pulp" setting as Imperial Germany attempts to stir up trouble in Persia. The figures and the camels are both sculpted by Alan Marsh. These two camels are the best I have come accross, particularly the beast running with the outstretched neck.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Bigger Guns for the Central Powers.

March has been busy away from the painting table and progress on things has been much slower than anticipated. However, here are two scratchbuilt guns. Both are meant to be generic types for the Central Powers. The first is a 150mm Howtizer with gun shield. It should pass as a Krupp or a Skoda. The stipple camouflage scheme helps hide a multitude of sins. The crew is a converted set of Austrian gunners poised to serve in Palestine in support their Ottoman allies. The conversion is a simple headswap onto some late WW1 GWM German gunners and a tropical paint sheme. The heads are Woodbine Wolseley heads with some judicious work with the file to create a more rounded brim. The puggaree on each has been filed away and replaced with a greenstuff band and badge.

This second piece is based on a Krupp 10cm gun.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Grub up! WW1 Ottoman Field Kitchen.

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.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

WW1 Ottoman Turk Reservists

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.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

WW1 German Asia Korps conversions.

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 box.

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.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Perry Miniatures WW2 "Luke Warm in Cairo" character set.

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!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

GWM German Uhlans 3.

Finally..... Uhlanen Regiment Konig Karl (1. Wurttembergisches) Nr. 19. all completed.