Thursday, July 25, 2019

IRA

Continuing my Anglo-Irish diversion I wrapped up my work on this double batch of IRA fighters. There's no conversions here, all were painted as-is from the bag. I tried to choose accurate colors, lots of browns, grays, etc. for their clothing. It took a bit to paint every figure with a different set of colors, but I think the effect is worth it.

Sometime soon I have another batch of these to do with lots of head swaps for variety, but for now I'm on to a group of Black & Tans and civilians.

Next up is a double batch of IRA fighters. I'm looking forward to varied civilian clothing.


RH Models ICW4; ICW4; ICW4; ICW4


RH Models ICW4; ICW4; ICW4; ICW5A


RH Models ICW4; ICW5; ICW4; ICW4


RH Models ICW4; ICW5; ICW5


RH Models ICW5 & ICW5A

For inspiration, especially color choices I used photos of reenactors and stills from The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006).


Still from The Wind that Shakes the Barkley


Still from The Wind that Shakes the Barkley


Still from The Wind that Shakes the Barkley


Still from The Wind that Shakes the Barkley


Still from The Wind that Shakes the Barkley


Still from The Wind that Shakes the Barkley


Reenactors


Reenactors


Reenactors

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Auxiliaries

This morning I finished basing the 2nd of what I hope to be four groups of Anglo-Irish wars figures. This little set of nine are meant to represent Auxiliary forces. I didn't do any modifications to the figures (although I did have to replace the upper half of the rifle held by figure with an ammo box). The dark green I used for most of their coats didn't give much contrast so it's not a favorite color of mine to use, but it's reasonably accurate. To give them some variety I painted two wearing some sort of civilian long coat. Auxiliaries typically had a badge on their cap. For now I decided not to paint this on as the tam-o-shanter Rolf has sculpted on these guys doesn't present the surface this badge was affixed to. (I can always change my mind later, I reason.) My second batch will probably include some wearing British army greatcoats and perhaps a conversion involving a Lewis gun and/or handgun.

Next up is a double batch of IRA fighters. I'm looking forward to varied civilian clothing.


RH Models ICW7; ICW7; ICW7; ICW7


RH Models ICW7; ICW7; ICW7; ICW7


RH Models ICW7;

I found just a few pictures of Auxiliary forces wearing long coats.


An auxiliary on duty in Dublin. (1920/1921)


An auxiliary on duty in Dublin. (colorized, 1920/1921)
Auxiliaries in Dublin with captured motorcycle. (1920/1921)

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Something a little bit older

For a change of pace I decided to work on a small number of figures for the Irish War of Independence (and possibly the Irish Civil War as well). So far I've enjoyed doing something 70-80 years older than my normal period, no AKs and no camouflage! I really don't know much about this history, but I'm slowly learning about it as I work on a small stack of books I have.

I did no conversions on these figures. They took a bit of work to prepare as they are older figures in RH Models' range, but nothing too bad. For reference colors I used photos of reenactors and reenactor gear. I definitely miss having thousands of color photographs to look through for inspiration; I'm just not accustomed to using black and white photos. In the future I hope to do another batch with some slightly different colored equipment and some sculpted on helmet covers for a little variation. If I'm feeling really ambitious I might work on a Lewis gun conversion.

Next up is some Black & Tans in greatcoats.


RH Models ICW3; ICW3; ICW3; ICW3


RH Models ICW3; ICW3; ICW3; ICW3


RH Models ICW3; ICW3

I found these pictures of British troops serving in Ireland and wearing great coats.


British army vehicle checkpoint in Dublin city during the Irish War of Independence.


British troops move in on Irish civilians at an anti-British demostration in Dublin city during the Irish War of Independence.


British troops during the Irish War of Independence, 1919-1921.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Summer Azeris

Yesterday I finally got around to photographing these big batch of figures I've been working on. They took quite a while for me to do. I've been too busy. They are meant to represent Azeri soldiers of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in summer dress. I know have about 40-60 such troops.

I didn't customize these figures too much - was great to use the newer RMR figures Rolf has recently released. I swapped a few heads and cut a few pockets here and there. As usual such soldiers require a lot of different camouflage schemes and khaki variations. It's fun, but takes a long time.

Next up - just about finished, probably post in a day or two - is the first in a few quick batch of figures suitable for the Anglo-Irish Wars. A 100 year shift!


RH Models EERKESTAK; MULTBHCOM; HDBRPK; RMRAK* with head swap


RH Models RMRRPK; RMRRPG; RMRAKH; RMRAK* with head swap


RH Models RH EERKESTAK; RMRAK* with head swap; RMRAK* with head swap; RMRRADPHO


RH Models RMRAKH; RMRRPG with head swap; MULTBABESQU; EERKESTAK


RH Models RMRRPK with head swap; MULTBHRPG; MULT*AK with head swap; MULT*AK with head swap


RH Models EERKESTAK; MULTBHSNI; MULTBHCOM; MULT20COM


RH Models RMRAK* with head swap; MULTBHAK; MULTBHAK; MULT*AK with head swap

Pictures that inspired me:


Azeri smoking near Agdam. (May, 1992)


Azeri miltiamen in the Agdam district. (June, 1992)


Azeri troops during inspection by an officer at the frontline. (July, 1992)


Azerbaijani forces after occupation of Lachin. (1992)


Azeri soldiers. (1992)


Azeris in the Fizuli region. (1993)


Azerbaijani troops in the Fizuli-Beylagan zone. (1993)


Azeri Lachin Battalion. (1993)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Azeri Scouts

Because I was running low on my favorite filling material I was only able to prep a small batch of figures a few weeks back. It helped to paint a small bunch when it came time to do the camouflage, but otherwise I think I'd rather paint more figures in one go. The figures I worked on are meant to represent an Azeri reconnaissance unit during the Nagorno-Karabakh War. I'm working a bunch more to go with these guys, but first I stuck with those wearing camouflage.

Most of these figures got head swaps. For one figure I added a small flag to his hat using green stuff and for another I sculpted a bit of ammo. The figure I worked most on was originally a mujaheddin fighter, but I converted him by swapping his head, carving off his shirt tail and sculpting him a new butt (a first!).


RH Models MUJPKMP with head swap; RUSPKM* with head swap; RUSAKBH


RH Models RUSAK* with head swap; RUSBG* with head swap; RUSRPG* with head swap


RH Models RUSAK* with head swap; RUSSVD* with head swap; RUSPKMA; SPETZ1

Pictures that inspired me:


Azeri soldier adjusting gun's ammo at frontline. (July, 1992)


Azerbaijani soldier.


Azeri soldier guards the Nagorno-Karabakh border. (July 27th, 1992)


An Azeri reconnaissance unit departs for the enemy rear. (June, 1992)


Azerbaijani scout shoulders RPG. (June/July, 1992)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

More tank riders

I finished this group a little over a week ago, but work has been keep me busy lately, so I've been a little late to make this post. Things have been slowed down here by my attempt to find a replacement for my favorite gap filler: green Squadron Putty. I am not a fan of their newer formula and have searched high and low for remaining stock of the old stuff, but haven't come across any. I've tried many replacements and haven't identified what exactly will work for me, but it has got to be out there ... somewhere. At this point I could write up a pretty good review of all the options available.

This batch of figures are meant to be Azeri tank riders in winter dress for the war in Nagorno-Karabakh with some miscellaneous figures for that conflict. It involved a lot of head swaps, some weapon swaps even and a ton of green stuff sculpting.

The rightmost figure below originally had a life preserver on him, but I carved that off so I could make a big collar and simple afghanka coat with front and sleeve pockets. The figure second from the right is an Azeri medic.


RH Models EER11*; EER11* with head swap; MULT*HMG with head swap; RNIAKSU


RH Models RUSAT4 with head swap; WEA22; NEGSPOT with head and hand swap

The next two pictures are all Azerbaijani tank riders in winter garb. Except for the leftmost figures, kneeling with an RPG-2 ... those figures had their base removed, they were originally Mujaheddin. All except one of these figures got a head swap and many got big collars added with green stuff.


RH Models HDBRPG; MUJ25 with head swaps


RH Models HDBRPG with head swap; MUJ25 with head swaps

These final four figures all started out as sitting Russian figures with helmets. I swapped all of their heads. The leftmost figure got a new hand to hold his head up, the figure third from the left got two new hands to hold a swapped in SVD and the last figure got a new arm, hand and other hand to hold a swapped in RPK. With these figures I had a lot of fun challenging myself to see what varieties I was capable of creating.


RH Models RUSAGSH with head swap; RUSHMGH with head swap; RUSHMGH with head swap; RUSAGSH with head swap