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.













4 comments:

Michael Awdry said...

How wonderful, especially the band!

rross said...

A beautiful job on all these figures as always - I particularly like the staff car - fantastic work!

Alastair Morrison said...

Splendid stuff Mark...

I didn’t know Tsuba made a Russian band.... now I need one!

All the best. Aly

Mark Hargreaves said...

Aly, the band is from the Tsuba Russo-Japanese War range. Headgear may not be correct for RCW but I doubt the instruments changed much in fifteen years!