Friday, 16 March 2018

Maybe a bit to blue? - WW1 Poles

Unfortunately I choose a deep sky blue rather than a blue-grey for the base colour so the result is especially bright in the sunlight. Appropriately they are the Polish Blue Army from Strelets

The Blue Army was equipped by the French and fought on the western front in WW1, before being shipped east to join in the conflicts there. I will certainly use them for the Russian Civil War.

At the back is a French artillery gun and crew in the colours I thought I was using!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Back to winter - Soviet KV-1S

While the "Beast from the east" was blowing I got a pair of Pegasus KV-1S asssembled. Appropriately I have painted them up in my faded winter style camouflage.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

WW2 Indian Infantry

At long last I have added an Indian unit to my British desert army. It has always been a niggling omission and I had considered using the Atlantic figures. It was to my great pleasure that Strelets released not one but two sets enabling me to easily construct a Rapid Fire battalion.

The only item still missing is a Boys Anti-tank rifle and that will be purchased when I go to WMMS next week.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

On the workbench - March 2018

To get my painting back on track I'm working on a number of kits that have been lying around and getting in the way, plus working on some recent purchases, in detail:-

  • Remainder of the Ottoman Tufecis and Azabs from last month
  • 6 PSC Stuarts in Caunter camouflage that I finished assembling last month
  • 3 Airfix Cromwells
  • 2 Pegasus KV 1S for my winter Russians
  • 3 PSC M9 half tracks for the Ardennes, I've got one old Airfix tilt, but I'll have to create a couple more
  • A WW2 Indian Infantry Battalion for Rapid Fire (or platoon for Battlegroup)
  • WW1/RCW Poles
  • WW1 Serbs
  • WW1 Arab Revolt
  • WW1 Ottomans in tropical dress

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Ottoman extras

A mixed bag here of skirmishers, artillery and commanders. It's always easier to painted large number of irregulars (non-uniformed) troops in larg numbers, so these all got completed at the same time.

Some Mars Turkish Heavy Artillery, certainly not the best figures, but quite intimidating.

Mars Turkish Infantry Tufeki - again not great, and I had to mix different headgear to make consistent units of these skirmishers

Red seemed to be the favoured colour for Tufeci so I painted the second unit a different shade of red.

At the rear are various vignettes mainly from the Mars Turkish Headquarters figures, that I will use for either commanders or dcoration for an ottoman camp

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Muscovite Artillery

I had forgotten that I had prepped these until I emptied the bag of washed figures from the dishwasher. being more regularly uniformed they got finished first. On the right is the campaign uniform, on the left parade uniform (less the decorative breastplate).

Figures are the Redbox Russian Artillery (17th Century), unfortunately they only provide two guns (those on the right)

Monday, 12 February 2018

M3 Stuarts - WIP

Something a bit different, hopefully this picture will make clear how I'm reusing the left over bits from the PSC M3 stuarts to crete some extra ones for my British 8th Army

The back and front lower hull plus the driver's hatch/vision slits were made by creating Oyumaru press moulds from the relevant PSC parts. The air filters are plastic rod with a green stuff pipe. The gun is plastic rod with a blob of green stuff for the mantlet.

I'm sure if I costed my time it would definitely be cheaper to buy more PSC kits instead, but I do enjoy the challenge