Sunday 22 February 2015

Artizan Designs WW1 Arab Irregulars 2.

I've done another one! This is one of the two camel mounted variants in pack ARB021. I'll do the other chap, post him and then give a final posting when all ten figures are complete.

Friday 20 February 2015

Perry Miniatures Brunswick Mounted Infantry Officers.

From left to right: Leib Battalion, 2nd Light Battalion and 3rd Line Battalion.

Sunday 15 February 2015

Artizan Designs WW1 Arab Irregulars 1.

Real "Sons of the Desert"! The obsession with camels reaches new heights.
Another nine will follow in due course. 

Okay, okay... my arabic calligraphy is not that good. This banner contains the Shahada, the Islamic proclamation of faith. The calligraphy was found on the interweb, copied, recoloured, shrunk to size, printed out and then overpainted by hand.
God is Greatest!

Saturday 14 February 2015

Perry Miniatures Duke of Brunswick and Staff.

An opportunity to paint something with a little more colour.... even if it is mostly black.

Friday 6 February 2015

Perry Miniatures WW2 Italian "Elefantino" anti-tank gun.

Maintaining the dusty and desert theme, but this time in the 1940s.

Monday 2 February 2015

The League of Extraordinary Kriegspielers' "Assault Across Suez, 1915" Demonstration Game, Vapnartak 2015.

I wish I could have been there to see the League of Extraordinary Kreigspielers' "Suez 1915" demonstration game at Vapnartak, York, yesterday.

A couple of photos have been hastily developed and sent via carrier pigeon to Over Open Sights HQ.
The first shows a vast number of British Imperial mounted troops and artillery support en-route to reinforce the troops resisting the Ottoman raid. In the image you can see the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, the South Nottinghamshire Hussars, Imperial Camel Corps, New Zealand Mounted Rifles, Australian Light Horse and the Deccan Horse. It came a quite a surprise to see units I have painted concentrated together. These figures reside in the collections of Steve "Ignatieff" Langan and Adrian "The Beast of Bukhara" Shepherd.

The second is a great photo of a Royal Naval Monitor (based on M33 at Portsmouth) built for the game by Cameron Thomson and turning her 6 inch guns on the encroaching Turks. She is beautiful. In the distance I think I can see Indian troops that were once on my painting table.

Darrell Hindley has posted a large number of photos of the game on his blog Just Add Water. Here are a few.
Ottoman Arabs on camels force the crossing.

By Jove!  A blast from the past... Copplestone Gurkha's done a while back.

Fantastic. Deccan Horse, Bikaner Camel Corps and Imperial Camel Corps. 
Three of my all time favourite projects. The RHA teams are a collaboration with "The Beast".

Latest pigeon brings in a couple more official photographs:

Sunday 1 February 2015

9.2 inch Howitzer.

The Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Co.'s resin and metal British 9.2 inch static seige howitzer.

Seeing the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner for the first time at the age of eight, was perhaps the moment when I first became interested in the Great War. This is an iconic piece of equipment. I am glad that it now sits in my display cabinet.