Thursday, 23 May 2019

Achtung! Flugzeug!

I don't show enough photographs of the 1/48 scale model aeroplanes that I have built and painted over the past three or so years. I am not a skilled model maker. I am still a kid inside when it comes to building these kits. I want them built and finished speedily. If I could get away with hanging them from the bedroom ceiling I would! I content myself with seeing them fly above the wargames table. I don't have an air brush or any of that fancy sort of technology so painting is done with brushes and acrylic paints. So, here is a Phonix DII (Special Hobby kit), a Roland CII (Eduard Weekender kit) and a monster Gotha GV (a vintage Aurora kit from the 1960s and 70s).

Monday, 13 May 2019

Painting Guide Review

Those nice chaps at "Wargames Illustrated" have been so kind as to produce a video flipthrough review of my painting guide published by Partizan Press and available in the UK through the Caliver Books website and in the USA through On Military Matters

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Footsore WW1 Britsh Cavalry and Trench Raiders

A welcome return to the early war on the Western Front. These figures will be based when they reach their "forever home".  Footsore have recently withdrawn this range to do some work on the moulds and they tell me that they will be back later this year. To be honest, yes, the bare metal figures needed a bit of work before painting, particularly the horses, so I look forward to cleaner and crisper castings in the future. These are lovely sculpts to paint. Six more Lancers to come and this job is complete.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Adrian Shepherd

It is with great sadness that I learned today of the death of my friend Adrian Shepherd. Many of the projects on this blog have Adrian's stamp upon them. Were it not for Adrian's inspiration, imagination and badgering, half of the fun things I have undertaken over the past ten years would never have happened. I shall miss him greatly.

Adrian (centre, in the white shirt) at our Second Battle of Gaza game at Newbury in 2017.

I spoke to Adrian on the telephone a few days before he left us. In that conversation he described to me what turned out to be his last painting instruction. I told him I would begin work on it over the weekend. I finished it at midnight last night and photographed it just minutes before receiving news of his passing. 

Thanks, Adrian, for all the fun, the mystery parcels on the doorstep and the reinroduction to the world of tabletop mayhem. 

Sunday, 7 April 2019

WW1 Obsolete Ottoman Artillery.

The 88mm Krupp K73 (produced by Victorious Miniatures in their 28mm Boxer Rebellion range) being crewed by figures from Woodbine Designs and Perry Mniatures. The Perry figures are Egyptian gunners from their 28mm Sudan range with headswaps. Guns like this, captured from the Turks, can be seen in the film "The Occupation of Es Salt" in the Imperial War Musuem online collection. I attach a screenshot from that film.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Riverine Project 4.

The Turkish stern-wheeler and crew and now complete. The final model is quite large and so is somewhat difficult to photograph as it does not fit into my photography set-up, so please forgive the dodgy photos. The crew are sailors from the Oshiro Models Boxer Rebellion range, sculpted by Andy "Soapy" Dormer and a couple of American Sailors from Pulp Figures. I found three different references for Ottoman sailors' uniforms from WW1, one of which was the white rig, so I decided to paint the crew up in all three varients. The only conversion work was removing the visor from the officer's peaked cap.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Jakob Wolff

Jakob Wolff of the Imperial German Army Air Service was forty-six years of age at the start of the Great War. He was, I believe, the oldest fighter pilot to see combat. This splendid miniature of Wolff came to me from Aly Morrison (the sculptor) and I believe it was a special miniature from Hamburger Tactica 2019.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Artillery Spotters for "Setting the East Ablaze".

A group of Artillery Spotters for various nationalities. Copplestones, Great War Miniatures and Woodbine Designs figures. Also a couple of Woodbine Designs WW1 German Officers in tropical uniform.