Monday, 3 May 2021

Pushing the putty. Having a go.

 Over the past few days, the great Paul Hicks has posted a few WIP images to explain how he does things. Inspired by this, I took a dolly from Ebob (I had some in a drawer), a head from Woodbine designs (I know my limitations) and some greenstuff and had a crack at making a driver for one of my Model B FWD trucks made by John Hart. I am rather pleased the end result. Not a lot of detail needed on a figure sat behind the wheel of a truck! I am so pleased that I intend to make four more. The really good part is that these drivers will be made to fit the vehicles rather than hunting for something that might fit. Thanks Mr Hicks!

Saturday, 1 May 2021

Friday, 16 April 2021

Footsore Miniatures WW1 Tommies (perhaps the last batch).

 It is really sad that Footsore Miniatures seem to have permanently retired these lovely sculpts from Paul Hicks. Sometime ago they were withdrawn as the chaps from Footsore said that the moulds needed work....two years later, they still appear  on the website but are still labelled "unavailable". No doubt they are more excited and interested in pursuing  their new ranges.

These three packs (the Battalion Command pack, Command pack and the Lewis gunners) are destined for their "forever home" far away and will be based by their owner. There are three more packs to paint (Tommies advancing, Tommies firing and a Vickers team) and these will follow shortly. It is a pleasure to revisit these figures again without swapping heads! This may be the last time.......

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Old Glory 28mm Japanese Cavalry in 1886 pattern uniform.

These are not the best sculpted figures on the market and indeed some of the poses are a little odd and their swords look like pieces of timber, but they are some of the only figures I know of that represent Japanese cavalry at the turn of the twentieth century suitable for the Boxer Rebellion. It is quite a colourful uniform. The same could be used for the early part of the Russo-Japanese War. Ordinarily I would not have painted up these figures (because I am a bit of a snob when it comes to figure quality) but they will form part of a tabletop force that I have painted up other units for so it was a matter of completing the job to help add to the collection.

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

FWD Model B 3 Ton Truck. The brilliant work of John Hart.

I have always liked the look of this vehicle as used by the British Army from 1915 to 1919. I have even attempted to scratchbuild a few models in the past but I can not come anywhere near to the skill of ace model maker John Hart who, when at a loose end, took up my suggestion that he try to make a model of said vehicle. On Saturday, a box containing FIVE of these beauties arrived with the Postie. Scale is 1/56. There are some extras to come with this truck but until they are done, I remain silent.

First up, some photos of a model before painting, and then some images of the same model with a lick of paint. 

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Empress Miniatures French Indo China.

 Some more of these rather good sculpts from the talent that is Paul Hicks. French paratroops for Indo China. I am starting to enjoy painting camouflage.

Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Brigadier General C.A.C. Godwin, General Officer Commanding 6th Mounted Brigade, Palestine 1917.

 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.

Saturday, 13 February 2021

1/1 Berkshire Yeomanry, Palestine, 1917.

 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.