Sunday, 19 February 2017

20mm WW1 French infantry

These are old Airfix figures that have survived me playing with them as a kid and 40 years in a shoe box.  I think they've turned out alright given their veteran status.

I've painted them field blue with blue grey puttees and water bottle, saddle brown for webbing and boots and camo beige for various bags and sacks.  The colours are blended and shaded with Agrax Earthshade.

Cyclist figure.

Grenadier and riflemen.  The running figure seems to sum up the nightmare of trying to run in full kit and greatcoat through a sea of mud.  One of my favourite childhood figures.

Walking wounded and riflemen.

Rifleman and figure digging in with entrenching tool.

Spotter team with telescope.

Sniper team.

Now to add some LMG teams and a HMG for some support.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

20mm Adventurers

Here are some more characters for late 19th/early 20th century games.  These are old figures from my childhood stash, from the Airfix High Chaparral set, supplemented by an Elhiem archaeologist.

The Elhiem archaeologist/adventurer figure, "Ozark Smith" perhaps.

Uncle Buck.

John Canon and Victoria.


Hired hands.

These guys are from Elhiems Pulp range, three armed sailors straight off the pages of Tin Tin, Sexton Blake or similar.  I thought these might make a great additional piece of flavour to my naval landing party figures.  Unfortunately, Bob the cabin boy seems to be armed with a Tommy gun, which is just a bit too early (1920/1) for our Andreivia game set in 1918.  Maybe it's an experimental weapon issued on field trials.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

20mm Colonial Indian Infantry

These are HAT Colonial era Indian troops, ideal for TMWWBK or similar colonial rulesets.  However, with a bit of poetic licence, I intend to use them as WW1 Indian troops, so I have augmented them with some Lewis Gun teams from Tumbling Dice Miniatures.  My back story is that these are Indian Army infantry, based in India, that haven't been upgraded with more modern kit, but have been pressed into overseas service after the debacle at Kut al Amara.  The TDM figures are true 20mm (1/76) scale so are slightly more youthful in appearance than the HAT figures, so they go together reasonably well.

A full platoon of four ten man sections, two with Lewis gun teams, and a platoon HQ of officer, batman and two runners.

The Platoon HQ.  Batman, officer and two runners.

One of the Lewis gun sections.  You can see the slightly smaller statureof the Lewis gun team compared with the riflemen.

These guys were painted khaki grey and heavily dry brushed Iraqi sand.  Saddle brown for shoes, webbing, belts and pouches.

Lewis gun section with prone Lewis gun team.

General riflemen poses.

These guys are going to be used, minus the Lewis guns, for colonial era battles, but they will also add some additional Empire flavour to my WW1 Middle Eastern armies.  They will also be available to join Woosterforce in Andreivia.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

20mm WW1 German Field Service Wagon

Here is a German WW1 Field Service Wagon from the HAT set.  Three models are included in the set, but I've only assembled one for now.  This was a nice little kit to assemble.  A little bit fiddly, due to the soft plastic used in manufacture, but quite robust once assembled and based.

I painted the wagon green grey, oily steel for wheel rims and khaki grey for the canvas cover.  The horses are mahogany, with saddle brown traces and blue grey blankets.  All washed in Agrax Earthshade and coated in Vallejo polyurethane varnish.  The final coat of varnish really does stiffen the model nicely - it's still flexible but reverts back into shape.

The two crew in more detail.

A nice model, suitable for use as an objective or resupply marker.  This will also be available for Andreivia.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

20mm Late WW1 German artillery

A couple of Late War German artillery pieces the 7.7cm Feldkanone 1916 (FK16) by HAT.  This pair was a gift from Will at the club - thanks Will!

I've painted these in neutral grey, washed with Agrax Earthshade.  Crew are grey green with neutral grey trousers and German grey helmets.

These will be used to support Late war Germans and post-war Freikorps troops and can also be used in support of Ottoman forces.  They can also be used in support of various factions in the RCW and of course are available for Andreivia.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

20mm HAT 37mm FT-17s

These are a pair of HAT WW1 37mm armed Renault FT-17 tanks.  There were two models in the pack, produced in a hard black plastic, which went together really smoothly.  The hull was supplied in two parts needing to be glued along a longitudinal seam.  Individual track assemblies were glued to the sides and the turret was in three parts, the turret, a barrel and the little raised cupola (or whatever it is) on top.  The turret fits snugly on a peg into a hole in the top of the hull, so can be fully rotated.

I painted these guys with a base coat of Middlestone.  For one vehicle, I stopped at a single colour finish.  For the other, I added spots of German Camo bright green and Mahogany with a little red, outlined in black grey.  Both vehicles were washed in Agrax Earthshade.  Tracks are oily steel, washed with Nuln Oil and dry brushed orange brown (used on the exhaust as well).  Both vehicles had a very light dry brush of Iraqi Sand to add a dustiness and pick out some of the raised edges and rivet details.

The plain coloured vehicle I named Mars and added a unit ID mark of a white circle with red playing card heart symbol.

The multi-coloured vehicle has a club symbol and the vehicle is named Marne.

Both vehicles from the front.

Rear views.

Nice little vehicles that look the part, ready to support my late WW1 French infantry and they will no doubt be available for intervention forces in the RCW and Andreivia.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

20mm Colonial Highlanders

The first of my Christmas presents, a set of HAT colonial highlanders.  I've painted these up in khaki to represent the later colonial period and I'll also press them into service in my allied intervention forces for the Russian Civil War and Andreivia.  They will make up three units of infantry for TMWWBK (The men who would be kings) or a platoon of infantry for Arc of Fire in Andreivia, provided I add some highlander Lewis gun teams.

Platoon command, officer with pistol, piper and runner marching.

Riflemen in various poses from various angles.

More riflemen.

A mounted officer watching the highlander's manoeuvers.

The piper and marching figure in more detail.

Some riflemen figures in more detail.

I painted these guys as The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) with a tartan pattern painted as a chequer board of green and blue, with a khaki jacket suitable for the end of Victoria's reign through to WW1.  I hope to get these on the table in a game of TMWWBK next week.

Thanks for looking.