What's this? The result of a recent campaign with friends set in 192? where a Hungarian Communist invasion of Austria was brutally crushed by a substantial force of German Freikorps coming to the aid of hard pressed Austrian regulars and Heimwehr. The end result of this chapter of the ongoing alternate reality was a closer alliance between Austria and Germany known as "die bindung" and Austrian Interior Minister Count Nikolaus von Esterhazy, being elected "Interior Minister for Life". So, to strengthen his grip on power, Esterhazy has begun to raise paramilitary troops that take their orders directly from the Interior Ministry, the "Esterhazy Heimatschutz". Eventually, there will be a small number of units to complete this force but here is the first courtesy of a permanent loan from his friends within Germany. This is the Panzer-Kraftwagen-Maschinengewehr Abteilung Esterhazy composed of a massive Büssing 5AP (Barrage Miniatures), an Ehrhardt e-v/4 (Barrage Miniatures) and a Daimler Sonderwagen 21 (Empress Miniatures). All now carry the simple markings of the Esterhazy Heimatschutz. The figure in the picture is just allow a sense of scale.
Thursday 29 July 2021
Tuesday 27 July 2021
The secret project is now complete so the Heavy Brigade returned to the table. Here we have the last of the twelve figures to represent 1st Dragoons (The Royals). Figures by Great War Miniatures to be based elsewhere.
Monday 12 July 2021
More on the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. Figures, again, from Great War Miniatures and basing to be done elsewhere.. There will now be a pause for a short while before I finish off this job as I undertake a highly secret project that arrived out of the blue. Shhhhhhh.....tell no one.
Sunday 4 July 2021
Continuing work on the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. 2nd Dragoons (Royal North British, "The Royal Scots Greys"). Figures from Great War Miniatures. These chaps will be based elsewhere. I tried to paint a dapple grey, I really did, but I just can't do them. Every time I try the result looks as if it has been done by a three year old. Next up, 5th Dragoon Guards.