Sunday, 13 November 2016

20mm WW1 Western Front British

Well, it's Remembrance Sunday here in the U.K., so fairly appropriate to post some pictures of the latest additions to my collection, some WW1 British/Commonwealth infantry for the Western Front.  These guys are mainly HAT WW1 Canadians, generally good figures, no flash, but not a lot of detail in the faces and fine for British, Canadian and other Commonwealth/Empire troops.

I went with English Uniform for the err ..... uniform, khaki grey for the puttees, NATO black for boots and weapons, brown beige for rifle stocks, Citadel Ogryn Camo for belts, webbing, gas mask cases, cartridge cases and packs, Russian uniform for helmets.  All are washed with Agrax Earthshade, then flat flesh for faces and hands, washed with Reikland flesh wash.

First up, the whole platoon.  The platoon commander at the front with batman/runner and sniper, then 4 10 man sections, two with Lewis light machine guns and two with grenadiers, so two LMG sections and two bomber sections.  At the back are a couple of spare officers, snipers and a spare Lewis gun team.

The platoon commander, runner and sniper.


More riflemen.

Bombers in the centre.

More riflemen.

Then we have, at the back, half a platoon of mortars and, in front, half a platoon of Vickers machine guns.  The mortars have a command team of officer and telephone operator, surprisingly identical to the spotter team in the front row.  In the middle is an officer standing brandishing a pistol plus two crouching officers, also with pistols.

Mortar team.

Vickers MG team.

Spotter team.

Various officer figures.

These figures are quite appropriate for 1916 onwards and so are also suitable for my intervention force in the Andreivian Civil War for 1918.

They are dressed as all four of my son's great grandfathers would have been, all of whom survived the war more or less intact, as well as a fair few of their brothers, including Private Francis Victor Harding of the Royal West Kent Regiment and Private Robert McNeil of the Cheshire Regiment, neither of whom survived the war and are both buried in Flanders.

As ever, thanks for looking.


  1. Nice unit,must get around to using them perhaps with my Germans or Russians


    1. Thanks Will. Either option sounds good. How are you fixed for a free club night before Xmas? See you at the club Thursday?

      Cheers, Andy

  2. Nice job Andy. I look forward to seeing them in action at Crisis Point.

    We must remember to refer to the mortars as "trench mortars" for true period feel. I note that contemporary accounts of the "phoney war" period in 1939-40 still do the same.

  3. Thanks Richard. They'll be there.

    Trench mortars it is then, I think these are meant to be Stokes mortars, but I'm not too sure how detailed a representation they are.

    Cheers, Andy