Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Here is a picture of a few of the stands I use in games. There were quite a few nations that relied on pack-animals to move stuff during WW2. There is not a great deal of variety available, but if you paint them up nice they look good in their groups on the tabletop.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Ever thought of having a crack at sculpting? This is my first attempt, obviously an NCO from the BEF holding a drum-fed Thompson SMG. I finished this in about six hours and it is a lot harder to do than it looks. About the only thing that really came out right was the scale, 22mm. Unsure as to how many further attempts there might be at this stage as I'd need about 40 figures for a decent unit. I took the picture in high res, so you could enjoy this effort in all its glory.

Monday, May 25, 2009

WW2 French Infantry

The new Caesar miniatures painted and based. I'm still deciding whether to wait until the Pegasus set is released, and mixing them with the spares, before building another unit.

Here are some that have been mixed with existing figures. I cut bases where necessary to get a better height match. The next picture has a couple of minor conversions. The officer is from the WW1 Italian set - with the base removed and a fraction shaved off each foot his height is now much better than the original hulk.Just a slight modification to the loader produced quite an acceptable LMG teamLast one, the full weapons company.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

WW1 Armoured Cars

The Polish variant actually dates from the nineteen twenties and is a little smaller than I'd like, yet has still made numerous appearances on the tabletop. The Austin was a resin derelict that I found at a swap-meet, and the Russian one, can't remember. It is a very poorly engineered kit, though welcome nonetheless.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Assorted Great War Figures

A selection of figures from my WW1 Austro-Hungarian collection.

Next up, the King's African Rifles.
German East African units, including a company of marines.
Lastly, early war French, and a platoon of British engineers from the same period. Figures for the BEF in both wars have been lacking for some time.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Trench Sections and Figures

A low hill section, connected trench, and a section of Mo-Mans-Land. MDF, cut into squares, routed, then, like most of my stuff, detailed to a modest level; my friend and I have about 80 tiles between us, which is enough for a divisional sized action at an inch to 50 yards.

I've been experimenting with some figure combinations for use as Belgians as they didn't quite fit in with what I had in mind for a French colonial unit. Next, an ANZAC trench-raiding platoon, which are armed with revolvers, spade and half-pick.

Lastly, casualty stands. No prizes for painting or basing, but they make good counters. The stands you can just see in the back represent platoons that have surrendered.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

WW1 Indians

The company command stands for my Great War Indian Battalion. Mostly HaTs superb ANZAC figures with heads taken from anything remotely resembling a turban. The officer from this set can be bent and twisted quite a bit to create a slightly different pose; I thought about using him in WW2 units, but he doesn't look quite right with the figures that are currently available. Second picture is the MMG platoon and one of the rifle platoons

Sunday, May 17, 2009

WW1 Aircraft

Not sure of the makes of these, but I think the Martin Bomber is of American manufacture.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

WW1 Cavalry

Conversions from the days before Great War cavalry was available in this hobby.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Trench Warfare

Pictures from a game we played. Flers-Courcelette, the Somme 1916. My friend and I had to combine our New Zealand figures to make up the entire division; some 200 stands plus tanks and artillery.

Most of the tanks had broken down around turn 4 or 5.
The pictures shows a company of Kiwis that had reached the German positions relatively unscathed. Tanks of this era can be neutralised with small-arms fire, and I think from memory this unit had an operational one nearby - trench raider platoons in the van were a big plus also.
The last platoon is from my Gallipoli collection.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Great War

Something I have always had great interest in. Here are a few pictures of my collection. I started gaming WW1 before all other interest areas, and have quite a large collection of items for this era.

First, a couple of Airfix models, and the quite excellent Emhar A7V.

Next, British varieties; machinegun armed only, however. Again, more from Emhar.

Russian Naval Infantry, all conversions of one form or another.

Next, an attempt at some RMLI for the Gallipoli campaign.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Assorted WW2 Figures

Russian AAHMG platoon. A conversion using the sort of bits a lot of people have in their spares box, I think the figures were Revell, not sure about the rest. Beside that is a German 120mm mortar platoon.

1944-45 Volksgrenadier platoons. The officer is a head swap job, the rest are standard.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Yet Another Project

I don't know about other modellers, but I frequently switch between projects. No sooner had I finished basing 1950s ROK infantry ready for painting, than I launched myself into another long-term/on the go interest; early WW2 French Infantry.

These are the various figures styles I have to work with. Only a dozen or so of the Caesar French have greatcoats, so I'll be mixing these with with likewise kitted figures in a separate unit. Will no doubt do a few head swaps and remove the bases from some to maintain a uniform height next to others, but this project is still at the concept phase.

Also arrived over the last few days.

The figures on the right are some of the strangest copies/modifications I've ever come across - I got eighty odd figures for a couple of dollars. Still not sure what I'm going to do with them. As you can see, some of them have been sort of resculptured and modified to include fisherman's boots or something of that ilk. They are about 1/76 scale.

Monday, May 11, 2009

More Korean War

1950s US weapons company and some rifle platoons.

Russian "Advisor" Company. The rules, of course, contain no OOB for this unit, as they didn't exist. I couldn't help adding them in, however. I worked in Korea for a while, where it was a bit of a standing joke with the older guys.

1950s PLA. One of the assault companies, and on the right a weapons company. I had to do a few head swaps on some Russians to make up the numbers but happily the sets come with several casualty figures so there's a few spare anyway.