Gisby's Gaming Blog

May 31, 2020

VBCW: HLBS 8 inch Howitzer

Filed under: VBCW, WW1 — gisby @ 17:48

One of the reasons I enjoy VBCW is that it gives me the opportunity to recreate the toys of my youth as wargames pieces. (I know, if I gamed in 54mm I could just use them)

One piece I was always in love with was the Britains 18-in Howitzer. It was a massive piece, and very impressive to my small eyes. As it turns out, it was actually based on the 8 inch howitzer of the Great War.

8in1

As it turns out, the Honourable Lead Boiler Suit Company produced that gun in a resin and pewter kit. My lovely wife purchased one for my most recent birthday.

8in2

The kit assembles well, and the fit between resin and metal is nigh seamless. There is a flaw- The treads on the two wheels should be opposite to one another. I can live with it.

She also purchased the six-man crew. They are accurate and well sculpted, but seem an odd mix without a group purpose. They aren’t loading or firing, or paying any attention to the gun at all. (I am informed that they are in fact based on a photo of an actual gun in action. Sorry Richard!)

8in3

The firing platform is built from coffee stirrers, and is based upon…. 8 inch howitzer firing platforms. The table and chairs are doll house furniture, the cat is 3D printed!

It’s a lovely and massive piece – My only complaint is that now the Britains toy looks like a crude piece of crap by comparison.

3 Comments »

  1. Nicely done!

    Comment by Graham E Wren — May 31, 2020 @ 18:40

    • Thank you!

      Comment by gisby — May 31, 2020 @ 21:32

  2. […] field wargames versions of toys I had lusted after as a child. Sometimes it has been a joy: The HLBS 8-in Howitzer stood in for the Britains 18-in Howitzer. Sometimes it has been a disappointment: It turns out that […]

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