Sonntag, 22. Oktober 2017

Some "new" WW1 figures from Massimo

Before I met Massimo he already has sculpted (or converted) figures for collectors. One of them gave him nearly every month a new order. I remember when I met Massimo and he showed me a box with around 20 WW1 British infantry in the Trenches and told me they are not for me!!

Half a year ago sadly this collector died and his widow sold his collection. I was able to get a lot of these old figures.

I asked Andy if he can cast these figures as of course I need more then one of several poses for my diorama projects. It was a tough job for Andy, but he managed it.

Yesterday I got my parcel and today I finished the first of them to put them in the shop. Next step is, I will paint them:-)

The first sets are a German and a British General staff. I think the German one can be used for the Franco-Prussian war 1870/71 too.

The other ones are Belgian Lanciers (the collector was a Belgian) hunting down German infantry or becoming casualties. As they have the campaign jacket and not the dolman they could also be used as Germans.

And with other horses and without the Carbines the Ulans could also be useful for 1870/71.

First the "masters".

Now my photos of the castings

What do you say, not sooo bad the result eh? :-)

Freitag, 20. Oktober 2017

Scythians from Frank Ziegler

These figures I have for a long time. Frank sculpted a range of Scythians in interesting poses.

One of my plans for future dioramas is the war of the heavenly horses in which Han-Chinese fought the Saka (another step-people, but similar in appearance).

But of course they can also fight Greeks and Persians:-)

Andy gave a set of the Scythians to Thomas Willers who painted them for him. I thought you might like to see the result too.

If you want to know more about them, Balkan Dave just wrote something about them on his blog.

Dienstag, 17. Oktober 2017

Italian Askaris

In the meantime I put the set of the Italian Askaris into our shop. I like these guys

I know this is an obscure subject and for sure will not cover the costs I had. But I like colonial warfare and beside the well covered British wars of the 19th century nearly all European nations had their campaigns.

So for the future maybe I can show some dioramas of the Schutztruppe in German South-West Africa, The French in Indochina 1885 and hopefully the battle of Adowa 1896.

About this battle I made a post before.

Here are photos from this diorama

These photos Alfred made years ago in the Italian colonial war museum when I remember it right.
At the moment we think about our hobbytour next year and Rome with its museums is an option. Then for sure I will come with more and better photos:-)

While searching my own photos in the web I stumpled over the link of "Savage and Soldier". In my collection I have their complete range of magazines back to the 1960ies. This was in my eyes the best magazine for colonial warfare, followed by "Soldiers of the Queen".  Sadly with the early death of Lin Bodin they run out of steam. In 2000 Milton Soon tried to bring life to it again and I remember I wrote an article for one of the new issues but sadly it was a short lived story.

Check the link to read what is available. And if somebody needs infos on a special subject, I could scan some pages.

Samstag, 14. Oktober 2017

Atztek uprising 1521 - Flats

that was the title of this diorama in the flat figure exhebition at Morges (Switzerland) we visited this summer.

I give you huge photos to zoom in the details. Here you can clearly see the disadvantage of flat figure dioramas.

With two sets of Aztecs and Spaniards in plastic (Revell and Caesar) and some old Ral Partha figures I have in my collection it would be a start to create this in 1/72 too. But with our Landsknechts we now have in the range my friend Pieter started thinking about some 16th century armies too.

Well, a lof of "colonial" war opportunities came into my mind for this period too. I can already hear Andy "oh not again such obscure figures" :-)

Dienstag, 10. Oktober 2017

Painted Landsquenet (Landsknechte)

Andy asked Thomas Willers to paint a set of my own Landknechts.

I must say I am impressed!

For those of you who want to think they need reinforcements for their Renaissance armies you can order them here

When Pieter saw these figures his first reaction was to send me a file of Spanish infantry in the 16th century. So I think this range will increase in the future:-)