Just completed another batch of figures from that recent delivery. First up are twelve Airfix Desert Rats, painted up as an Indian Empire battalion. With darker skin tones, these figures can also represent Jordanian troops for the post-WW2 era, or even top up my Chinese army for the 1940s. I think it was the 6th Chinese Division which was trained and supplied by the British Empire in India, to fight the Japanese.
This is my record of collecting and gaming in this scale. Periods covered are Medievals in Italy, Saracens and Turks, the Schleswig Holstein Wars, 2nd Sino-Japanese War, WW2, and modern African conflicts. My on-going fictional campaign is set in North America c.1890 in which the United States invades the Dominion of Canada. Have also raised small collections for Ruritania, based on the 1952 Zenda movie. Also Zubrowka, based on the Grand Budapest Hotel film of 2014. MGB
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 plastic figures which allowed me to complete another five or six military units, serving in several collections.
Saturday, 25 March 2023
NEWLY PAINTED (For WW2 and Ruritania, March 25)
Next up, two Airfix Japanese have been converted into naval infantry. This gives me a complete battalion of twelve.
Some time back, I picked up eight Starlux post-WW2 French infantry. Have repainted some old GI's to provide the French with a bazooka team. They have already acquired a two man HMG team.
Finally. An old metal casting has been given a new head. This is my rendition of Colonel Sapt (also spelt Zapt) who was second in command to Prince Rudolf of Rurtiania, that good for nothing, lazy sod. The colonel is wearing the uniform he wore to the faudulent coronation in the 1952 movie.
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Superb! I like your multiple purpose thinking, too.ReplyDelete
Thanks Q, they will certainly be useful!Delete
As for skin tones, the one you gave the 8th Army looks like tanned European. For Indian I'd aim for more brown in the mix, with some ochre tones. Indians vary a lot from lighter tones verging on European to very dark brown. For Chinese the tone is more 'yellow' (again, more light ochre tones mixed in).ReplyDelete
Q, they are painted as more Southern Indian, with a British CO. This is not a Sikh or northern regiment, so their colour is quite dark. Perhaps the gloss varnish gives a lighter impression on your computer. For more authentic 'quality model' tones, I would not have applied a traditional gloss varnish, or even standardised the colour on every figure. But I will still use these toy soldiers in alternative settings, as games require. (My old school in London was about 10% Indian Sub-continent, yes, they do vary in colour.)Delete
An excellent and very versatile Indian Empire unit Michael, they look great! The naval battalion is wonderful and I love their very unique flag! The headgear on Colonel Sapt is so stylish, very Hollywood! It's all wonderful as usual!ReplyDelete
Cheers Brad, I have researched a number of Japanese unit flags, and they give an interesting variation to the more typical red disc. As we have discussed before, toy soldiers must have their flags!Delete