Half term holidays are here and that means some time away from screens and the accompanying headaches and eyestrain that go with teaching via video link. Having finished off the Berkshire Yeomanry and before returning to some commission work, I hit the lead pile and pulled out a Great War Miniatures early WW1 British Cavalry officer minus right arm, a Great War Miniatures early WW1 British Cavalry bugler that had been discarded due to a miscast rear leg on the horse and from the lowest layer of archaeological deposit, a Renegade WW1 mounted British Cavalry officer without horse. The greenstuff rectified the miscast horse's leg and a spare Footsore horse was located and appropriated. The "bits box" yielded a couple of plastic right arms (Perry, I think) and the Renegade figure had his pistol toting tight arm replaced and the GWM figure was made whole. All three were then given Woodbine Wolseley heads. A neat little job to get me back into the swing of things. Four days later and we have Brigadier Godwin, his Brigade-Major and a HQ bugler.
Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Saturday, 13 February 2021
The demands of remote teaching via TEAMS in Lockdown 3 over the past few weeks have left me, most evenings, with eyestrain, headache and faint nausea. The last thing I have wanted to do is paint. However, I picked up the brush to finish off something that has been sitting about almost complete but not quite for the past two years. This addition to my collection is a real mash-up. The horses are from Perry Miniatures, the mounted troopers are from Footsore Miniatures, the dismounted from Great War Miniatures (with an Officer from Empress Miniatures) and all have Wolseley heads from Woodbine Designs. It has taken five weeks to paint about half a dozen figures.
Tuesday, 5 January 2021
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.
Monday, 28 December 2020
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
'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.