Assyrian army

Assyrian army

Friday, 15 June 2018

1897 The Irish Free Brigade

So far all the 1897 figures have had a strong basis in reality. However, an entry by Ross on his Battle Game of the Month blog 'Got me thinking about an Irish Free Army joining in my 1897 lot - green jackets and trousers with yellow piping and wearing bearskins - sounds like an excellent Fantasy... er, Alternate History, Brigade...'

The idea being that an uprising, possibly involving regular Irish Regiments, might have occurred if the French and Russians did invade England. Of course, even if this did happen then it is a bit unlikely that Rebels would have time to design a uniform and equip an army with them over the timescale of the war, but then we're talking fantasy anyway.

So... here it is, exactly as thought about. 

What I haven't done yet is paint the rifle slings - not sure whether to leave them brown or go for either black or white. Probably go for black, still thinking about it.
I did go for black webbing - white didn't seem right. Which is why I'm now in a quandary about the colour of the rifle slings.

I was thinking about using French style uniforms but preferred the British style - it's the big furry hats that did it. However, I did consider red trousers with a yellow stripe - might consider that if there's another regiment produced.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The Army and Navy Album

Undated, but I would assume from somewhere between 1880 and 1900, this photograph album is rather large and, as such, some of the images have been clipped slightly. The full range of pictures can be found in the Pages section of the blog, as can the text on each image.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Buying cheap...

I would say that I have got quite a good collection of books to use as references. Yet with some exceptions, a lot of these I've acquired quite cheaply. Reason? Simply their condition.

This one I haven't got round to sorting photos of the pictures yet. It was a pretty good example of one of my 'cheap' buys (though I confess I can't remember how much I paid for it.

Firstly, it's not a book, it's a photo album. Which probably put off a lot of potential buyers. The condition of the front wouldn't help.

Firstly, not obvious but the spine was completely detached on one side. Not obvious now because I  glued it back. Really high tech repair.
Next, the album should have a clasp. Nope, gone, but... who cares? Well, the people who would have paid a lot of money for this if it had a clasp for a start. Me? Not bothered. Nor am I bothered that some of the cells where you insert photos are in poor condition.

So why did I buy it? For the pictures of course. Undated, but look to be 1880s-1890s. And the artist? Looked him up, Richard Caton Woodville Jr. The link shows why the album was a pretty good buy.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Austro-Hungarian army 1880-1900

So, the most expensive book purchase. Now on pages.

It's not really a book. It's a leprello - basically like those fold out postcard strips you get from Blackpool.

It includes a useful chart (if you can read German.)

Plus lots of uniform colour plates. Again, the full set is on Posts. I gather there are about 220 different uniforms - haven't counted them though.

So, this is a bit of a record - 3 posts and 2 pages sorted in one day!

ZinnBrigade moulds arrived.

This could be a strange 3 posts in one day session depending on whether I get the Austro-Hungarian colour plates sorted...

Anyway, ZinnBrigade moulds just arrived - they took a while because (as I already knew from the website) one of the ones I wanted was not in stock at the time I ordered them and I elected to wait rather than have 2 separate deliveries.

So at some stage I'll have to cast some... and as I haven't managed to do any casting this year yet (or last year?) could be a while. Or not. At least I just need the melting pot and not the whole spincaster setup!

German Army colour plates 1901.

Latest addition to Pages. Obviously lots more plates there!

Monday, 4 June 2018

Some Britain's hedges.

Picked up on ebay some old Britain's hedges - should go well with the 1897 figures even if they are 1/32nd scale. Plus they add a bit of flavour.
They fit OK with these dragoons.

There is some damage and I thought about repainting - then decided against as they just add to the charm.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Rifle green?

Yes, I'm sure there was one in there somewhere, I just don't seem to be able to find it...

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Actually, my real job during the Whit holiday....

Was acquiring and setting this lot up...
First installed

Starting to get there

Leave for a couple of days, adjust any planting that needs adjusting. rehang cabinet doors, then add fish and enjoy.

On And Off Duty by Captain J.Percy Groves

I nearly didn't buy this. Lousy condition, falling apart. But it was set on ebay with a low starting price so, why not put in a bid... so got it dirt cheap. 

Frankly, it is in lousy condition. Virtually unbound, couple of the plates damaged. But, it was cheap and it had some useful colour prints of uniforms.

Then after it arrived I noticed the name of the Illustrator. It sounded familiar so I checked... yes, Harry Payne, Greenwood and Ball sold a set of postcards of Harry Payne prints back in the 70s. I had a set.

So, really what can only be considered to be a good buy.

Especially when you consider that one of the loose plates was smaller than the others... a plate in near perfect condition from a different book showing a 1904 Hussar...

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

1897 Royal Glasgow Yeomanry

Or similar....

Based on this figure from:

This photo shows how useful enlarged photos are - the black needs retouching on a couple of figures, hadn't noticed on the model itself.

The blue uniform with red facings is, I admit, a favourite colour scheme of mine. Which is why I like the artillery figures I suppose...

The figure this is based on is wearing gauntlets so I've guessed at the cuffs - although an actual guess would have  involved a bit more gold. Plain cuffs are easier.

I've got a sort of convention with these figures. Light Horse and mounted infantry carry a carbine and use them, 'heavier' dragoons carry a sword and charge. In fact the British army of the time didn't have any mounted infantry - however, in time of war mounted infantry were supposed to be raised and horses were kept at various places to provide mounts.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Her Majesty's Army Walter Richards 1889

A number of things recently have involved using the above reference so I thought that, rather than the piecemeal use of these, it might be an idea to just post all of the pictures I have on 'Pages'. The original work was published in 4 Divisions - I have three of them.

I think that I'll probably add a few more items to Pages in the near future as well.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

London Scottish

As part of the discussion with Ross, this is the picture from 'Her Majesty's Army' of a soldier of the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Rifle Brigade, 7th Middlesex Regiment wearing Hodden Grey.

1897 Soldiers in Grey

The various volunteer units seem to have had a certain amount of leeway in their uniforms. In some cases they adopted grey rather than red or khaki. Having said that, originally khaki seems to have been very loosely defined - anything from a sort of ash colour to a stained by tea or coffee look. So the grey uniform may actually have originally been a local version of khaki.

So far all of the Regiments that I've come across in grey uniforms have been either from Middlesex or Scotland - for Scotland, look up the modern tome 'Vanished Armies' (2009) for pictures of the Cameronians. Middle top row of the front cover is 5th Bn Cameronians for example. For Middlesex see below.

Plate from 'The British Army' by 'A Lieutenant-Colonel  in the British Army', 1899

Plate from 'Her Majesty's Army' by Walter Richards, 1890.

Some points about the uniforms. Firstly, blanket should be the same colour as the rest, but with the same colour for helmet, tunic, trousers and gaiters I thought I needed to add a slight contrast with the blanket. Secondly, uniforms at this time didn't all have brass buttons and fittings - I just like them so standardised on that. However, real grey uniforms seem to go with steel/silver or whatever - and brass wouldn't have seemed right anyway. Rifle slings appear to be brown rather than white. Finally, just had to go for the black facings...

Friday, 25 May 2018

1897 The General and the Machine Gun

I seem to be at one of those times where I'm finishing lots off whilst having time to photograph and write about it... won't last...

Both these have been sitting on my painting desk and staring at me for quite a while now. Finishing them has been long overdue - the machine gun itself was finished in February!
As usual, machine gun not meant to represent any particular Regiment - I'm going to treat a machine gun as a battalion/regiment for firing, but as four figures for casualties.
I've again gone for painting eyes on the horse.
The general took the most work - filed down the cross straps and painted the saddle cloth as the figure didn't have one. Actually looks better than I thought it would.

1897 Mounted infantry

After several slight distractions it's time to remember that my major project for the year is the 1897 Great War in England.

So, continuing this is a unit of mounted infantry. Trying to think of something else to say about this, but really that says it all. It's a unit of Volunteer or Militia Mounted Infantry. As yet unvarnished as my varnish has run out. Oh, one thing - painted eyes on the horses. No reason except that the Irregular figures had the horses eyes painted. Actually, it does look a bit better, perhaps I'll review the other cavalry figures at some time.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Roman Artillery

Should have posted this with the cavalry but didn't think about it. Later version of Romans, different ebay purchase, haven't done anything with them yet - will just be rebased. The seller had 2 lots for sale and I'm beginning to regret not buying the others as well - naturally...

Quick Roman cavalry upgrade

A while ago I picked up 10 reasonable early Minifigs Roman cavalry. Main problem with them is the fact that they were mounted on plastic horses, although one had also lost his spear. However, as they would be based in 3s that doesn't really matter - it was always going to be 3 bases anyway. Meanwhile, simple task to paint up 9 Garrison horses to remount the decent ones.

Metal riders, plastic horses.

Plastic horses replaced by some Garrison metal horses - painting the horses was a quick job completed in an evening.

Slightly bigger picture of a couple of them - note spot of blue paint on the spear tip. Not something I'm going to worry about with these.