SPECIAL THANKS. I would like to thank Paul Watson for his sponsorship of several lead figure collections on this blog. Having decided to clear his spare/surplus figures, he generously forwarded them on with no other requirement than they deserved to be restored. I would also like to mention George S. Mills, who kindly furnished a quantity of metal and plastic figures which allowed me to complete another five or six military units, serving in several collections.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

GERMAN MOUNTAIN TROOPS WW2 (and Grand Budapest Hotel)

Just finished basing a new battalion of German Mountain Troops. When I've completed their heavy machine gun crew it will muster twelve figures. There will also be a ski company of four in white smocks, and a command base of three figures. 


(On the other side of this ridge is Zubrowka, the location of a quite famous hotel.)

Tuesday, 16 November 2021


Recently received some very useful heads and other items from REPLICA METAL SOLDIERS. This has allowed me to complete another battalion of French Infantry c.1900. Some of these were kindly donated by Paul Watson, others were picked up in auctions, and a few more are new, solid reproductions. Its good to finally see this unit ready for the gaming table. The officer is a converted British guardsman.


Wednesday, 10 November 2021

DUTCH c.1939 ARMY acquire a MORTAR

Have just completed a mortar and crew for my Dutch WW2 army. The mortar is scratch built from bits of metal and plastic, and is meant to represent the Brandt-Stokes design adopted by the Dutch. The crew are converted plastic copies of Germans, made in China. I don't think the entire model has cost more than 20p, .......... and the cheapskate award goes to....


This photo actually captured the mortar shell in flight!

Monday, 8 November 2021


Have been working on some Airfix WW2 Germans, constructing suitable crews for two PAK 38 anti-tank guns, and for an 8cm Mortar. The latter is home-made using plastic and metal bits, and some brass nails. Far from perfect, its got enough detail to look interesting, so I will use it.


Tuesday, 2 November 2021


Have occasionally acquired lead Highlander figures which seem somewhat larger in scale. Rather than just integrating them with the smaller castings, decided to increase a test-run three figure company to a full battalion. And this will be the home for any others that crop up.

White uniforms are recorded being used by Highland regiments on tropical service from 1850 to 1920. I think they make an interesting addition to the collection.