|Recently acquired Russians with their new flags:|
Pavlov and Archangelsk Grenadiers
My definition of 'multitasking' is, as you might imagine, 'leaving things undone'. This is not mere sarcasm by any means. It is just that for this or that reason one feels the urge, desire or compulsion to move onto other things before the thing one is actually doing is quite complete. Let the following explain...
|General and staffs. The unpainted fellow in the bicorne hat|
is an Italieri plastic Russian general figure, and mounted
on one of the hardwood bases that formerly accommodated
|Russian horse artillerymen with a bigger gun than that|
with which they arrived. The trunnions and cap-
squares were added after the gun barrel was glued down.
To this corps, last weekend's purchase added post-reform units as follows:1 x 24 figures Pavlov Grenadiers (of course!);
1 x 24 figures Line Grenadiers with kiwer shako and the tall, thin plume:
2 x 24 figures Line Musketeers with kiwer shako;
1 x 20 figures Ditto1 x 20 figures Jager
1 x 12 figures Cuirassiers
1 x 12 figures Dragoons
12 (horse) gunners with I'm not sure how many guns - at least three;
1 General with his ADC
1 light cavalry officer to command the Horse
An extra foot officer and flag bearer, who may find themselves drafted into the artillery! The flag-staff, reduced in length, would look much like a trail spike...
|Three units of line infantry. Only the centre|
one needed a new flag. It isn't easy to distinguish
its pale grey (silver) Maltese cross from the
white on white of the near unit.
|Flags from various sources copied to a single picture file for|
copying and flipping, resizing and reshaping, previewing
... and printing.
Among the new additions were 6 four-figure stands on commercial bases made from hardboard or customwood, or some such material. Paul allowed it was one of those 'seemed like a good idea at the time' things that he rather regretted. Fortunately their removal was a whole deal easier than it seemed like to go before I started. Those bases will come in handy for something else, I dare say.
|Still work to do, enough to make them 'mine'. But I doubt|
that now I can match Paul's paint work.
Now, I like to fasten my metal figures to cardboard bases with PVA. But before PVA dries, the figures are likely, whilst you're not looking, to slide around, especially on a glossy surface, and fetch up half overhanging one side. To prevent that - or at least to reduce that effect - I etch the surface, cross-hatching with a sharp object. The point of a scissors blade is ideal. It needs to be sharp enough to scratch, but not so sharp as to cut. A few other figures - not many - needed rebasing or relocating on their bases.
|Most of this unit got new bases.|
|These are from my existing inventory, that I received in|
mint condition (from Paul) years ago....
|... as are these jager...|
|... and these fellows.|
|Minifigs Russian gunners and howitzer. That bull really needs|
to be yoked to a cart. I'll let him keep his horns...
|Splendid fellows. I was planning a flag with a green field, but|
I think I prefer the white after all.
|Cuirassiers. The godawful seat of the rear rank|
trumpeter reminds me: these figures have yet to be glued on
that'll have to wait fo the horse furniture to be painted up...
|'Big men on big horses' Hinchliffe cuirassiers and|
a Prince of August dragoon.
Some strays - nothing to do with the Russian army purchase. A couple of Hinchliffe cuirassiers that seem to be AWOL from their parent squadron. Beside them a Prince of August dragoon, souvenir of a home casting session with Jacko. He tells me his home casting is going well now - when it is going at all. It is a very nice figure.
|Red lancers. Minifigs.|
They didn't look like that when I got them, and I already had two 12-figure lancer units. But why not...? No reason indeed... So: there they are, the Red Lancers of the Imperial Guard. You should have seen them when I mistakenly gave them red shabraques. Man, they looked spectacular.
The four or five Minifigs infantry that came with them might go towards bringing the 11th Division (a.k.a. 15th Light Infantry) up to strength. The 11th Division is becoming something of an eclectic unit, with 1st and 3rd generation Minifigs and figures from other provenances as well. There were a couple of dragoons in addition, which, having no unit to attach to for the moment, might wait on staffs, or be added to logistic elements as escorts, say. Unfortunately, three or four of items needed a bit of remedial work. That's fine: figures so resurrected add to the numbers. But a couple of them were so resistant to surgery they had to be deep sixed, or set aside for some other purpose - such as casualty markers, say. Pity: I hate having to do that. One of the lancers Brian sent me had to be given a horse that fortunately I had going spare. The one he was riding simply had to be put down, poor thing...
|Russian WIP. I bought the overflying German FW190s |
years and years ago. Only recently did even this much work on them.
|Germans used in recent One Hour War Games.|
|British 8th Army figures. 2" mortars and Boys ATR|
scratchbuilt and using 1st generation Airfix figures.
About a week ago I was asked about my 8th Army inventory. I have to admit, it doesn't amount to all that much - a rather neglected project on one of my favourite campaigns of the war. On the right is just about my whole collection of Matchbox and 2nd generation Airfix figures. On the closer box most of the figures are painted, and some even have their bases
flocked sanded landscaped ... done.
A couple of the Vickers MMGs have been placed in the 'down' position, which is much better if you want seated figures for gunners. The very observant reader might espy a couple of Boys anti-tank riflemen on the near box as well. A have made five, four of them using the 1st generation Airfix bren gunner. He makes a pretty poor bren gunner, but a superb ATR man.
|A few 8th army vehicles...|
In this box a few vehicles, in paticular a couple of kit-bashed light trucks, and two Grant tanks. The farther one of the pair is Airfix, missing its commander's cupola and hatch. Not sure how I'm going to fix that.
Meanwhile, the two 25pr artillery pieces above will likely get a new paint job in some desert color, and added to another already painted and a fourth yet to be assembled to form a troop (or higher level unit) of field artillery.
I sure have plenty to keep me occupied for the time being!