Friday, 15 June 2018

Converted Light Car Patrol Model Ts from Matchbox

Preparations have begun for the next demonstration game at "Colours" in September. The quest was on for some Model T vehicles for the Light Car Patrol that will play a prominent part in the game. I had gently tried scratchbuilding some (posted earlier this year) and converting a 1/48 Model T Ambulance kit (also posted earlier) but I was not entirely convinced by the results of either. They look fine, will do the job, but ......

So, having failed to find some 1917 Model T vehicles out there save the Ambulance kit, I bit the bullet and hunted around for some Matchbox Models of Yesteryear 1911 Model T Saloons. I found a couple on a well known auction site. I got them for next to nothing. They were battered, well loved and clearly had been played with by someone a long time ago. They were 1960s vintage with hard plastic tyres, not the soft rubbery plastic that later models were produced with. The seats were missing. I didn't care. They were painted in gloss metallic red paint. Not any more.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

La Gorgue Airfield Demonstration Game. Partizan 2018.

Adrian was kind enough to send me images of the game last Sunday showing the recent set of vignettes on the table in context. Thanks, Adrian.

The game won "Best Demonstration Game". A splendid write up and more excellent images of the whole game can be found on Aly's blog.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Skoda 75 mm M15 Gebirgskanone

A scratchbuilt Austrian mountain gun with a crew destined for service in Palestine with Austria's Ottoman allies. The barrel and wheels come from Adrian's lead pile.

Mutton Chop WW1 German Jaeger. Pack GER12.

The second pack of Jaeger from Mutton Chop. To be based by the client.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Time for Tea!

Positively the very last vignette for the WW1 La Gorgue Airfield demonstration game at Partizan next weekend. The whole idea for this set up came from Adrian Shepherd who was responsible for converting the Model T van into a mobile canteen. The figures have come from all over the shop.
The lettering on the van stands for "Navy and Army Canteen Board. Expeditionary Force Canteen." This canteen van is run by Mavis Teacake of the WAAC. You can see her wearing her pinny. The doughnuts on the table are courtesy of Doughnut Dolly who can be seen in the previous post.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Ladies behind the lines.

A little more table dressing for the WW1 La Gorgue Airfield demonstration game at Partizan later this month.
From left to right:
Driver, Womens' League
Doughnut Dolly (more on this to come)
Controller, WAAC/WAAF
Nurse, First Aid Nursing Yeomanry.
Figures from a variety of manufacturers.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

No Smoking and Watch the Birdie.

The final two pieces of table dressing for the La Gorgue Airfield game at Partizan. An airman carries cans of fuel from a small collection point while two others prepare a Type F camera for a reconnaissance flight.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Fussing over the Cooper Bombs.

The third of the small vignettes to populate the La Gorgue Airfield demonstration game at Partizan, Newark, in late May. Three members of ground crew fuss over a number of 25lb Cooper Fragmentation Bombs before attaching them to the racks beneath the Sopwith Camels. By the Spring of 1918, the Camel was increasingly taking on a ground attack role. Mind you, this means nothing as during the game the airfield is smothered in fog and nothing can get off the ground.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Filling in the Maintenance Log

A couple of ground crew fettle the Vickers guns and fill in the maintenance log book while PO "Beaky" Johnson (now Sergeant "Beaky" Johnson seeing as this squadron has just ceased to be a RNAS unit and is now RAF) walks past and casts a professional eye over the whole process. Again this group is destined for table dressing for the demo game at Partizan in May. Figures are converted Great War Miniatures with headswaps from Footsore Miniatures BUF types (these were in the bucket of heads having been decapitated a couple of years ago).