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...