02 April 2021
20 March 2021
Feeling nostalgic and working on some British colonial era troops I was inspired by an article by "C. Jones" on modeling the Zulu War with 20mm Airfix figures that I found in an old July 1967 edition of the Airfix magazine.
As per the magazine article I used Airfix WW1 Germans.
I added heads with the pith hemets from the Esci/Italeri British colonial sets, and also used some more recent figures that weren't available when the author wrote his article, a couple of Imex ACW figures and a Revell WW1 German
09 March 2021
Possibly Brits, Aussies or Kiwis of a certain age might recognise the setup, it might also ring a bell with miniature gamers from other countries who had access to English publications many many moons ago
The Iron cross looks a bit out of place on the RED battalion commander, and I didn't expect it to show up so much but the final wash brought out a lot of the figure's fine detail.
The figures and vehicles are the same as the ones in the original book, German WW1 officer figure with an Airfix Russian head, accompanying Russian officer and the battalion command car is an old Roco Minitanks Dodge.
01 September 2020
The mortar is from the Pegasus German set
Finally this one below was a complete bodge, it's supposed to be a hand-cart. Not very convincing, but I gave it a try at least.
12 May 2020
A few years ago our small wargaming group gave a demonstration game of the Operation Biting Bruneval Raid at a local comic / cosplay / gaming event.
The scenario was designed by one of our fellow gamers Iván, who also built the magnificent terrain board and coastline.
You can see a game report on the link below, which will open up in a new window if you click it. It's in Spanish, but with pictures that speak for themselves
For the game we already had plenty of 1/72 scale Germans as the defenders, and also lots of British Paras left over from an Arnhem wargame campaign (albeit in the wrong uniform for this raid, but we could live with that) and more than enough scenery.
What we didn't have were some rescue vessels to to provide covering fire as the paras were picked up from the coastline, and something to represent the Würzburg radar.
We knocked up a crude representation of the radar just a few days before the game.
Well, I did say crude ........
It's basically a perspex ball cut off at the top and mounted onto a structure taken off a toy crane, and then fixed onto the base of an Italeri 90/53 Gun.
A good dousing of grey paint and on the day it did its job and nobody mentioned that it bore only a fleeting resemblance to the real thing.
Should also add that nobody mentioned either that the British paras were wearing red berets and were dressed for Arnhem.
British Motor Gunboat
This was a bit of an invention, made from a modified toy motor launch.
The missile launchers and oversized MG on the the stern were removed and the bridge was taken off and moved forward.
It was also cut down to make it a waterline model and two Bofors were added, one the bow and stern.
The vessels couldn't be complete without crew members, and the sailors are mostly conversions with a mix from various sets.
Just to say that I was inspired to finally get around to posting these picture after viewing an excellent post on sailor conversions and a huge WW2 vessel by Simon from the Service Ration Distribution blog which I recommend you visit. You can access his post on the following link (click and it will open in a new window)
As always, keep safe and hope that wherever you are the lockdown is easing and that we are all slowly but surely getting over the worst.
21 May 2019
Some photos below of an attempt made a few years back at to get a set of “fighting” bailed-out Panzer Crewmen.
Figures are a mixture of Airfix Luftwaffe Ground Crew, USAAF Personnel and Afrika Korps with new arms sliced off figures from other German 20mm sets.
12 May 2019
These are figures for the first scenario in our Ardennes campaign, "Retreat Through The Mons Pocket" from the Osprey Bolt Action Battle of the Bulge campaign book,
This scenario involves Belgium partisans and retreating Germans with a truckload of looted art.
The Belgium partisan figures are a mixture of Orion, Caesar, Esci, Italeri and Pegasus.
14 October 2018
A couple of the scenarios in the Berlin campaign that our wargame group gamed some time ago needed some squads of "elderly policemen", many of whom had to be armed with just handguns.
These are figures from various sets of Germans - Revell, Airfix, Caesar, HaT, and even some of Orion's sets of cops-n-robbers and gave them heads with shakos taken from the HaT Industrie 1/72 scale WWI German Jaegers.
04 February 2018
This photo of "Mr. Churchill" was originally posted on the Miniaturezone blog before it was unfortunately hacked and the whole website was wiped clean last year.
The figure is original vintage from the 1960s, from the old Airfix Civilians set first issued in 1961 and I think he bears more than a passing resemblance to Churchill.
There was a fair bit of flash that needed cleaning off before painting him, but I could have left it I suppose, painted it as a glow of some kind and claimed it was Mr. Churchill's "aura of self-confidence" :-)
20 June 2017
Airfix / HaT Industrie WW1 French Infantry painted in khaki to represent WW2 troops.
The set itself (not these actual figures though) was one of the first sets of 20mm figures I had as a kid at primary school - and that was a long time ago now.
I always thought that the guy with the carrier pigeon looked like he was holding a half-eaten sandwich that he'd just taken out of his hamper.