Even more surprising on the B&B I found the Strelets French Army Camp that I had been looking for for ages and only£2.00.
Overall a great day out, but I suspect my plan to complete everything new that I buy within 12 months of purchase has just vanished!
So my plans are:
- Get started on Waller's regiment of horse as the uniforms are fairly generic across most of the cavalry
- create a French "flying" or horse artillery battery for the Revolutionary Wars
- Build a couple of new buildings for my modular C18 city, this time a "Chateau" and a "Granary" inspired by some models in the Total Battle Miniatures site (link) exactly the approach to creating built up areas that I like, just a shame they dominantly work in 15mm.
- Another WSS unit, as I've gained enough figures for another regiment - I've found a Hesse Darmstadt unit in green that would make quite a contrast.
- Try and make a start on all the civilian figures in the Strelets Court and Army of Peter the Great. I've not quite decided yet whether to base them as individual figures or as vignettes.
I also acquired some more Ottomans at York, so they may end up in the list once I've sorted them out
Finally If you are interested in any of the other figures from the Strelets Court and Army of Peter the Great then they are up for trade on the Trading Department
Summer uniform with budenovka folded up
Winter uniform, all in greatcoats and the budenovka folded down
Overall a nice pair of sets, but I would have preferred there to be no lying figures. I had to use the ones with greatcoats as they included the Vickers LMGs.
Now the Crusader AA is finished I have all the options covered for a 1944/5 British Armoured Regiment equipped with Shermans, so here is the full regiment.
Not bad for a collection spanning over 30 years that has seen a lot of action.
And yes I do know that Peugeot DMA prototype appeared in mid-1940, too late for being used in the Battle for France (May-June 1940).
In the period March 1941- September 1944 almost 16,000 samples of this truck were built (including the Q5A version), of which 87% were requisitioned by the Germans and employed in great numbers in Africa, Europe and on the Eastern front.
Construction was relatively simple. I used foamcore rather than balsa as I have a plentiful supply, the bow and stern posts are just scraps of balsa and the sides are thin card, the sort from the back of pads. I picked some that was as thick as possible while still being flexible. Hopefully the pictures give a sufficient idea of the construction.
Why build them now? Well my Frundsberg solo game is just at a stage where a river crossing using barges is about to be fought.
These are the old Revell SYW Prussian hussars and these particular figures have been sitting half started for over ten years.
I didn't buy much, but there were some nice demo games, the Ilkley Lads had once of their usual crusade games (link) and I spotted a nice mosque in the corner, just the inspiration I need for building one for the SOTCW Rif game this summer.
Then there was a large League of Ausburg period game that had a lot of nice modelling but the figures didn't seem to move all day.
On the Lance & Longbow stand due to a technical hitch we ended up with a medieval sea battle again.
I slipped away to the bar at lunchtime to meet up with the guys from this summers big game and have a chat.
- Ready to Roll - British Crusader AA and an Italian Camionetta Desertica, both bits I've been too late to buy from Colin Rumsford in the past. Heard a few bits about the next Rapid Fire book covering Monty in North Africa, so something to look forward to.
- Some left over Zvezda Turkish Janissaries and cavalry from Twmas on the Trading Department, just enough to complete some more units.
- I picked up the Pegasus small Russian houses on the B&B, I really like these, they are very useful across a lot of periods
As I mentioned previously these were made to order as Minimi vehicles normally have a thick base, however Lewis at Minimi will cast the models with as little base as possible. Once I received them I was impressed by how little base was left on so it didin't take too long to remove it with a minidrill. I wouldn't recommend doing it by hand as the resin is quite brittle and you could break part of the model by accident.
First stop was Stokesay, a fortified manor house, the unfortunate part was that the impressive gatehouse was undergoing restoration. Built in 1281 it nicely reflects the period of transition from castle to manor house
The second Goodrich was quite a contrast as it was very much a classic idea of a castle built on a rock spur overlooking the river Wye. The effect was enhanced by strong winds and snow shower just as we reached it and we sheltered from the blizzard in the gateway listening to the audio tour. From then on the weather improved and we left in bright sunshine It is certainly well worth a visit, especially for the ascent of the keep up very uneven steep and dark winding stairs.
Once in Bath I attempted to do some research in the Reference Library on the battle of Lansdown. In my late teens I spent days in the Reference Library, then in Queens Square, as they had an extensive military section, but all this seems to have disappeared, and they didn't even have a book on Landsdown in the collection, except at Frome(why there?). I found a few bits but I'll have to use Interlibrary loan to find more.