Thursday 30 December 2021

White Russian Rifle Unit.

 These WW1 Russian figures are from Oz Club STP currently stocked by Empress Miniatures. Beautiful Paul Hicks sculpts painted up as a White Russian Rifle unit for service in the east. A pleasure to paint!

Friday 17 December 2021

2/21 London (H) Battery, Royal Field Artillery (TF) Palestine 1917.

 The 4.5 inch Howitzer, ammunition cart, crew and team from Empress Miniatures with Woodbine Designs headswaps. Now that Empress have released the 18pdr, two batteries of these will follow. I also intend to use the 18pdr and team to respresent the Berkshire Battery RHA as the RHA batteries exchanged their 13pdrs for 18pdrs before crossing the Sinai desert.

Thursday 25 November 2021

Reinforcements for the Sudan

 A few figures for my gaming chum, Steve, to bring some exisiting units up to strength: a company of Royal Irish Fusiliers, a company of the Black Watch, and a mounted company of the Heavy Regiment, Camel Corps. Also, Lt. Colonel E. Everatt, Officer Commanding the1st Battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders...a clue as to what will follow! All figures from Perry Miniatures with the mounted officer being from Empress Miniatures with a Perry head.

Sunday 31 October 2021

26cwt 6 inch Howitzer, tractor and towing limber painted.

 Just like small boy who gets his hands on a new toy, all attention was focussed on painting up one of these three 1/56  howitzers just to see what it would look like before the remaining two get the treatment in the fullness of time. The six crew figures come from Empress Miniatures. HLBS, Woodbine Designs and Perry Miniatures. All have been given Woodbine Designs Wolseley helmeted heads.  

Saturday 30 October 2021

1/56 26cwt 6 inch Howitzer. More brilliant work from John Hart.

 Some time ago, followers of these pages may recall, that master model maker John Hart made me a number of 1/56 Model B FWD 3 ton trucks and I turned my hand to some sculpting of drivers. These were to form part of my planned Heavy Artillery Group...some table dressing for Palestine 1917-18. Yesterday, the Postie delivered the next part of the project, a number of 1/56 26cwt 6 inch Howitzers and towing limbers. The FWD trucks will act as tractors for three 6 inch howitzers that join a couple of 60pdrs from HLBS and a 6 inch gun (converted from a HLBS 8 inch Howitzer) to be pulled by Holt tractors from 1st Corps. Here are some images from the camera on the mobile to show these excellent resin guns. John has assembled the guns for me (I don't think he trusts me to do it properly) and all I have to do is put the wheels on. I have put a 28mm gunner alongside the gun so that you can get an idea of scale (which is spot on) and I have photographed a gun attached to a FWD Model B truck. The detail on these models is superb. Some great detail can be seem on this model in some of the tools attached to the carriage...a shovel, big mallet and thumping big axe! The gun also has the dial site attached. I would be very interested to hear from any one who might be interested in purchasing the masters for the Model B FWD truck, the 6 inch howitzer and towing limber with the aim of adding these existing ranges. Until that happens then I own something unique! MINE! ALL MINE!

Saturday 11 September 2021

Time to reveal a secret project.

 Back in July I had to put my normal painting on hold to undertake a "secret project". Today I can reveal that secret project. I was approached by the editor of "Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy" magazine to paint up some figures for the front cover of issue 116 (Sept-Oct) that is now available. They have done a seamless job of matching a desert background to the photo of the figures. Two cars from the Light Car Patrol share intelligence on the Turkish retreat through northern Syria with two officers of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, 1918. Vehicles and crews from Empress Miniatures. Other figures from Copplestone Castings and Woodbine Designs.

Sunday 5 September 2021

Regiment de la Reine, French and Indian War 2.

 All complete and ready to embark for service in Canada.