Freitag, 17. November 2017

British Guards at Waterloo

I am sure they could be used as other British infantry from 1812 onwards...

This is the latest set Massimo sculpted for our friend Andre and which will appear in the shop very soon.

A nice addition to all the existing British squares in my eyes. Interesting poses to defend themselves in close combat to French cavalry.

Montag, 13. November 2017

Moving airplanes to Turkey

In WW1 Germany sent troops and material to the Ottoman Empire to help them fighting the Allies in the so called Operation Yildirim.

Part of the units sent over were airforce units.

In the airforce museum at Schleißheim near Munich they have some very nice WW1 dioramas.

Here you can see how they loaded the planes on trains.  In my eyes a great idea for a diorama.

Donnerstag, 9. November 2017

Prussian Cuirassiers 1813-1815 from Waterloo 1815

As you might know Massimo is not only sculpting for us, but also makes a set for Waterloo1815 from time to time.

He sent me photos of their latest set of Prussian Cuirassiers. Useful for the campaign of 1813.

But I hate to say that the Prussian cavalry usually wore the Litewka as campaigndress. A better researcj before ordering the set from the master would have been helpful...

Massimo's sculpting is of course as good as usual.

What we could do is painting the torso like a cuirass and use them as Russian Cuirassiers or make the helmet-row bigger and paint them as Chevaliergarde for 1805.

Sonntag, 5. November 2017

New masters for Napoleon in Egypt

Here you can see the next work from Frank Ziegler. We asked him to help us increasing our series of the French Revolution. Especially the Egyptian campaign we want to round up.

My idea for a diorama would be Alexandria or Heliopolis. First against the British, the second against the Turks.

But for both battles we need the infantry in the Kleber uniform. I my collection I already have the figures from Newline Design. Nice ones but true 20mm and so very small. Beside this some old Minifigs S-Range. But all of them have wrong poses. As I am a fan of regular formations and drill we now want to take on the subject.

We asked Alfred Umhey to help us in the uniform research as the army of Egypt is one of his favorites.

He gave us this description of the set (thanks for the last sentence Alfred😊 ):

Die Figuren sind in der in Ägypten entworfenen vereinfachten Uniform dargestellt.
Bereits nach einem Jahr Feldzug war die europäische "Ausmarschuniform" von 1798 verschlissen.
Die kurzen Jacken und die Mützen mit Augenschirm und Nackenschutz waren dem Klima angepasst.
Verwendbar für den Feldzug 1799 gegen die Türken in Palästina (Jaffa, Akkon, Mont Tabor, Nazareth) ,
und Ägypten (Heliopolis, Abukir) in der blauen Uniform  sowie gegen die Engländer 1801 (Alexandria)
in der "bunten" sog. Kleber Uniform (grün, rot, braun, violett..., was man halt so nimmt wenn blaues Tuch alle ist)
Gegner gibt es natürlich auch bei Hagen (Fritz Figures) !

The figures are depicted in the simplified uniform designed in Egypt.
After a year's campaign, the European "Marching Uniform" of 1798 was worn out.
The short jackets and caps with an eyeshield and neck protection were adapted to the climate.
Suitable for the campaign 1799 against the Turks in Palestine (Jaffa, Akkon, Mont Tabor, Nazareth),
and Egypt (Heliopolis, Abukir) in the blue uniform and against the English 1801 (Alexandria)
in the "colorful" so-called adhesive uniform (green, red, brown, violet ..., which one takes hold so if blue cloth is all)
Obviously opponents are also available from Hagen (Fritz Figures)!

These four figures here are the first to come. Andy wanted to have figures on the march.

Mittwoch, 1. November 2017

Russo-Turkish war of 1877-78

I guess this is one of the lesser known European wars of the late 19th century.

And alone because of this naturally interesting for me:-)  But as I have to paint from 0 and so far have not painted much over 50 figures for it this will be a long way.

Several wargame clubs like the Nottingham Wargameclub took on the subject (and in the right scale too:-)) . I took a few photos from TMP and their homepage.

Konstantino prefers 10mm with his wargame club from Istanbul. Try this link

Uniformplates you can find at Pinterest and a lot of books for free are available at Google Books.

And hopefully in the future I can show a 5000+figures diorama here. At least the unpainted figures are already stored...

Montag, 30. Oktober 2017

Xenophon - new figures from Frank Ziegler

Frank came back to his favorite subject - ancients!

I remember Frank sculpting these figures at the dioramica one year ago. Now he sent this photos with the attached text.

I guess they will be available in the shop in 8 weeks.

Here the photos:

And this is Franks text:

The riders of Cyros the younger
At last i completed the first Figures on my new range. The „raw“ horses, I did a couple of years ago, were casted. And at the last time I made their bridle and their saddle cloth. Some of You saw the first riders at the Dioramica, now I completed some more, ready for moulding.
This figures are the first ones of a new series of figures belonging to the era of Xenophon, the time around 400 BC. So here we have the guardsmen of Cyrus the Younger, who did a coup against his brother the grand king Artaxerxes II with the Battle of Cunaxa.
Prince Cyrus the satrap of Lycia, Grandphrygia and Cappadocia has the rank of an Achaemenian viceroy and had the entire Asia Minor under his command. His guard troops were chiefly from his satrapies as well as from Lycia, an independent allied kingdom
My figures represent the mounted guard troops from Cappadocia, as Xenophon also describes. Besides the Persian fashion, they also had Greek-style equipment. They wore an armor (intimated with the protruding neck guard) under a purple / red Persian garment; I applied braids or seam bands as painting aids. Then a Greek helmet with a white crest. Here, the cone-shaped pilos helmet was certainly the most widespread, but variations of Attic or Thracian helmets are also very common at this time. As armament, the riders wear a Greek sword and the Palta, a pair of spears, one being used for throwing, the other for fighting.
The horses have bridles with gag snaffles, the mane is short-cropped and the forelock is tied to a tuft. The saddle clothes have the pointed or stepped zaddles, typical for the Achaemenite period, as well as some of the motifs, which I worked as a painting aid.
Beside the riders there are horse boys / pages. They wear Persian / Median garments, an akinakes and as headgear a tiara with a diadem. I sculpt them without beards, as youths.