Donnerstag, 23. Oktober 2014

Johnny Foreigner Abysinians (Ethiopeans) 1895-1935

Some years ago I bought a lot of figures from a Huw Williams, a sculpter in the UK who wanted to start with a range for the war of 1935 in Ethiopia. He started with irregular Ethiopeans of which I bought a large army and I hoped for Italian Askaris, blackshirts etc. to follow.

He had a nice list of upcomming figures. The first order went well, but when I wanted to have more figures for some friends and asking for the news the contact died away over the time.

I haven't heard or seen figures from him since then (around 2009 when I have it right in mind).
Does anybody know what happened here?

With no Italians around (Italwars has a few, but they are true 20mm) I thought to use the guys for 1896 Adua, but there they have no machine guns. So I guess I would offer a few of them in our marketplace at the Hagen shop.

But I would prefer to increase the range.

Here some photos of them I safed since then.

Some more WW2 German photos

Gerrit whose figures are in our shop as GEBO Miniatures  got some new WW2 figures into his range. Here the photos from this castings, assembled and washed by Massimo.

Sonntag, 19. Oktober 2014

Battle of Leipzig - Fighting at Wachau

This weekend I found some nearly 10 year old photo-albums full of photos I made in my earlier years as collector. I will try to scan several of them to put them on the blog.

What I found here are photos from one of the first dioramas Wolfgang Meyer and his friends made. I guess it is over 10 years old. Sorry for the bad quality of the photos...

This artillery battery with all the landscap around I found most impressing

 Streetfighting in Wachau.  I personally like the conversions to Polish infantry. In these days I was lucky to get some of these conversions from the caster too.

Donnerstag, 16. Oktober 2014

Cuddalore - The French camp and the town behind

After showing the pictures of the fighting units, I now want to show you what is behind the french redoubts.

I am very proud about this jungle on which Schmitty is working here. The French account says that part of their tents were whithin this jungle

Here the photos of the finnished one

Behind the wood the French camp. Regiment Aquitaine in reserve position here as well as some volontaires etrangeres as camp guards. The latter in the light blue uniform.

 No these are not British Sepoys:-) first the French thought that a red uniform would be a nice uniform for their units. Well, they changed their mind soon...

 Because of the French countercharge in the center the regiment Royal Bourbon (colonial unit from Reunion) advanced forward to occupy the trenches. This was a regiment of blacks.

 Here some members of the French staff

 Together with their guard of cavalry from the Royal Etrangeres.

Behind the camp we put a little part of the town occupied by some irregular Mysoreans or Afghan mercenaries

With these buildings behind the French line, we don't have to forget that the British right wing didn't attack the French line. Their artillery lost the duell with the heavy French artillery. Here we have the 78th Highlanders.

 This is a fakirs tomb which stood on this position on the battlefield. Alfred and Roland found a drawing and simply thought "let's make it".

And here the British artillery. I was able to use the Strelets British artillery from their Napoleon in Egypt range. 

But more funny for me, I was able to use finally my British elephant artillery from Hinchcliffe.