Sunday, 18 October 2009

The Navy´s here

I used the bodys from British WWI Sailors - the figures are from Raventhorpe Miniatures and the heads come from the same company from their Sudan range.

The figures are great to paint and work well with the plastic figures...although the heads & helments are a little on the large side.


18th Hussars

The Cavalry are from Qualiticast´s Zulu War range...I bought these a few years ago and decided to work on the Sudan Campaign rather than the Zulu War.

I wanted some cavalry to support the Desert Column, so I converted them to represent the 18th hussars. I know they are not supposed to have pennons...but they look so much better with them. I made them from toothpaste tubes...the metal is great for making flags and pennons etc.

The Officer is converted using an arm from an infantry officer.

I am waiting for Hat to finally produce their Zulu War Lancers so I can add a new Troop.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Peter Gilder's models from Wargammes World

Peter Gilder's images have provided me with soooo much inspiration as well as enjoyment over the past few years.

The following images were scaned from a number of old wargame magazines I have kept with me. Although I am interested in plastic minitures I think these are some of the best images I have ever seen...they are simply excellent.


British Colonial Cavalry

10th Sudanese Battalion 1898

This is how the 10th Sudanese Battalion looked at the battle of Atbara 1898

Naval Brigade

Redcoats in the Sudan

Gorden Relief Exhibition 1885

More great images from Military Modelling & Army and Navy from before the advent of the internet.

Guardsman, Guards Camel Regiment, Gorden Relief Exhibition 1885.

Royal Navay Officer, Naval Brigade, Gorden Relief Expedition 1885.
Leading Seaman, Naval Brigade, Gordon Relief Expedition 1885.
Another great front cover image, this time from the October 1976 edition of Military modelling.

I have enjoyed using these images to inspire my painting, I hope you all will also find them useful too.

Suakin Field Force 1884 – 1885

A great colour plate in Military Modelling supported by an article by Michael Barthorp.

Figure 1 – Corporal 1st York and Lancaster Regt, in Khaki drill warn with puttees (first adopted during the 2nd Afghan War) and khaki cover for his white helmet; another Indian practice.

Figure 2 - Private of the Black Watch 1884 in Serge Grey.

Figure 3 – Private of the 3rd Grenadier Guards in his ‘English’ khaki. His white helmet is stained and he wears his battalion badge on his puggaree.

Figure 4 – Sergeant of the 10th Hussars, from one of the Indian garrisons. This is based on a painting of the 10th’s charge at El Teb by G. D. Giles, who was attached to the 10th at the time.

Figure 5 – Mounted Infantryman in Bedford cord pantaloons, blue puttees, ankle boots with spurs. The frock coat colour depended on the men’s parent regiment.

Figure 6 – A private of the 19th Hussars in grey serge frock and Bedford cord pantaloons worn with home service knee boots
Figure 7 – Indian Officer of the 15th Sikhs

Figure 8 – Royal Marines Light Infantry with stained helmet and equipment. Although, Count Gleichen who accompanied the Camel Corps up the Nile observed the arrival of the RMLI company with “snowy-white” helmets and belts and pouches “freshly piped-clayed”.

The image was taken from the December 1984 edition of Military Modelling.

I hope you find the information useful.