Sunday, April 21, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Here are the latest plastic ACW cavalrymen I have done. I had a couple of figures and horses left over after I had done the US cavalry and decided to do some Rebs. I cut the sabers away as they were seldom actually worn by cavalry, especially Reb cavalry, and used a couple of the Perry separate metal cast heads you can get. These are really nice heads, full of character. I then gave each man a full length rifled musket as I have a lot of these spare on Zulu sprues. Reb cavalry would grab hold of anything they could and often used long arms if that was all that they could get. They'd cut them down if they could, but these two guys haven't had time to do that yet. I am really pleased with the finished product. The final two photos are of the other plastic Reb cavalry I have done so far.
I just have to mention the outstanding service from Perry Miniatures. I put my order in on 11 September and had it in my hands here in Australia on 17 September. That is an amazing turnaround from the UK. Hats off to Perrys a great crowd to deal with!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
I too have some ACW Perry cavalry completed!!! Mine have joined my chum Field Marshal's force and will be taking part in the Big Hall of Heroes Gettysburg fight in June.
Here is my finished Union cavalry battalion. The figures are all Perry plastic 28mm. I now need to paint the dismounted versions of these fellows. I will use Perry metal dismounted Union cavalry for the rank and file and Sash and Saber metal minis for the command group.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
Here as a digression from model figures but well worth seeing are some photos from a special public open day of the Australian War Memorial (AWM) here in Canberra. The AWM is one of the world's premier modern military history museums and held an open day today as part of the centenary of Canberra celebrations. While the collection inside the AWM is outstanding and open to the public all year round it is rare for smaller items to be placed outdoors which is what occurred today. Many other military interested groups apart from the AWM participated and the displays they put on were excellent. Of particular note was the WW1 re-enactment group who did a great job. Here are some photos for your interest and also maybe to inspire some model making and painting of minis.
One group brought along their large scale radio controlled model tanks and ran displays using them.
A 106mm Recoiless Rifle mounted on a Land Rover from the era of the Vietnam War and 1970s.
A present day Bushmaster MPV used extensively by the Australian army in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A delightful model T truck painted up in the 1918 colors of the AIF's 2nd Division.
A big old 9.2" Howitzer
A WW1 18pdr with a crew of Diggers (WW1 re-enactment group)
A WW2 German Henschel Hs 296 guided missile.
A WW2 German Fritz X guided missile.
You can't have an open day without a helicopter landing. Here an RAN chopper comes in to land.
A Russian ZSU-23 AAA captured in Afghanistan in 2006.
WW1 re-enactment group marches past led by a piper.
The same group lined up for inspection.
Officer and Sergeant.
WW1 signals equipment.