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.

Friday, 13 January 2017

20mm WW1 German command

I had some spare HAT WW1 German artillery figures, which are suitable to represent command figures.  On the left, an artillery commander in pickelhaube.  In the centre, a figure standing casually in greatcoat with hands in pockets - he could be a ranker trying to cadge a cigarette, but he has the air of a more aristocratic nonchalance.  On the right is a figure with hand raised wearing a Stahlheim, which I've painted in a camouflage pattern.

I also dug out a couple of surviving 70's era Airfix WW1 Germans from my childhood stash and painted them up. I particularly like these two figure poses, especially the guy with binoculars.

The whole group.

Colonial highlanders should be next up for photography.

As ever, thanks for looking.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

20mm Airfix French Foreign Legion

For a bit of fun, I dug out what is left of my old FFL figures from my old toys from the 70's.  I picked out a few of the figures and gave them a make over.  Looking at the photos, I realise I've not detailed the brims of their kepis in black and I need to add some collar and cuff markings in red, plus the NCO's stripes.  I've also just block painted them, but think I prefer to wash with Agrax Earthshade or similar, so will probably revisit these later.

I used Prussian blue for the coats, flat white for trousers and kepi covers, black for webbing/pouches/shoes and gaiters (the latter dry brushed basalt grey) and flat red for officer's and NCO's trousers.  Packs are black with Iraqi sand bedrolls.

I have a box of the early WW1 French by HAT and these also serve as a test of colours suitable for them as well.

Fixed the black brims on the kepis in the pics below.  Feeling happier now!

Despite the shortcomings of the original figures discussed on the Plastic Soldier Review website, I like these figures, if for nothing more than the happy memories of playing with them as a child.  I also have the Fort Sahara building, in a fairly sorry state, but think I will try and do it up as it looked fantastic.  It might even make it as an Ottoman fortress for use in Andreivia.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

20mm Caesar Late WW1 Germans

Here are some more of the Caesar late WW1 German figures.  The riflemen at the back and the officer I've posted before, but thought they were a bit dark, so I've added some more painted in a lighter grey green and field grey mix, which I think looks a lot better.  I might try a couple of figures with the multi-colour patterned helmets, but that does restrict them to the last couple of months of the war and post-war Freikorps, etc.

One of the figure poses in more detail showing front and back views.

Darker finish on the figure on the left, lighter on the right.

Same figure pair, rear view.

They all work, but I'm much happier with the lighter finish, albeit it's a subtle difference.  I have another box and a half of these to finish off now.

Here's to a very Happy New Year and all the very best for 2017.  As ever, thanks for looking.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

20mm WW1 British desert mounted officer

This figure was a very kind gift from Will McNally (  I'm not sure what set he comes from, something Colonial/Sudan/NW Frontier (unfortunately I can't check at the moment as Plastic Soldier Review seems to be off-line).  He's perfect for my WW1 desert force, representing British and Empire forces in Palestine, Mesopotamia and, potentially, Southern Russia.  I suspect he's going to be the C-in-C for British Empire forces in Andreivia.

I've painted him in a similar way to my Indian Army British and Sikh troops.  Base khaki grey, heavily dry brushed Iraqi Sand and washed in Agrax Earthshade.  The horse is painted what is fast becoming my preferred version of Chestnut, a base of Mahogany with Agrax Earthshade wash and Ivory hooves/socks.

I managed to finish off a couple more test figures in the run up to Christmas, so will try and post these before the year runs out.  Hope you've all had a great Christmas.  Thanks for looking.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

20mm Mk IV Female tank and some WW1 painting experiments

Well, I should be at the Defenders Xmas do tonight, but as I'm not feeling well, I thought I might as well share some more photos of the WW1 kit I'm working on at the moment.

First up is an Emhar Mark IV Female tank.  The kit was relatively straightforward to complete and looks good, although the "roll bar" on the roof should have two supporting struts but they are only modelled with one (ironically the box cover art shows the correct arrangement).

I've painted this one in khaki grey and dry brushed it Iraqi sand for a dusty look.  Tracks are oily steel dry brushed orange brown and washed with Nuln Oil.  Exhaust is orange brown and weapons are NATO black dry brushed basalt grey.

Decals from the kit included J12, Jericho, which I thought looked suitable.  There are some interesting beute tank markings for captured tanks in German service, which include skull and cross bones that are going on another vehicle.

Not bad for a kit picked up at a bring n buy table at the Derby/Castle Donnington show for £2.  Bargain!

Next up I a try out of some late war German figures from Ceasar, picked up at the same show for £1 per box.  These are painted in a 50:50 mix of field grey and german grey with khaki grey puttees, saddle brown boots and pouches, German grey bandoleers and black belts, with German camo beige grenade/ammo bags, washed in Agrax earthshade.  They still seem to be a bit dark to me, I'll try and lighten the next batch.

Then I experimented with an early war figure in Picklehaube - an old Airfix figure from the early 70's.  Field grey and mid-grey tunic and German uniform and mid-grey trousers, both lightened with Ivory.  Saddle brown boots, webbing and pouches.  German camo beige helmet cover and flat red regimental sign on helmet and piping on tunic.  I quite like the way he looks.

Finally, as a try out, this is another early 70's vintage Airfix WW1 soldier, painted in field blue with mid-grey tousers, grey-blue puttees and water bottle and saddle brown webbing and pouches, with a German camo beige bread bag.  All washed in Agrax earthshade, but then I highlighted the field blue as it turned a more khaki colour than I liked.

Again, I quite like the look of the French soldier, so will try the same technique on a few more figures.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

20mm WW1 Don Cossacks in summer dress

Another unit of Cossacks for WW1, the Russian Civil War and Andreivia.  These are the Strelets set of WW1 Don Cossacks in summer dress.  Nice figures, minimal flash, just a pain to free up the two levelled lances from the sprue for the two figures in the front row.

These guys wear a grey-green uniform jacket and hat, with dark blue trousers with red stripe.  All are washed in GW Agrax earthshade to pick out details and blend the colours.

More close ups of individual figures.

A final view of the unit.

Looking forward to seeing these on the tabletop in Andreivia.

Thanks for looking.