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June 22, 2015

Guns for Fun 3 – Turkish WW1 Guns

Filed under: WW1 — Tags: , , , , , , — gisby @ 00:01

I needed another opponent for my WW1 Russians, so I decided to build a Turkish force. I used the Copplestone Castings Back of Beyond Turks, because they are gorgeous figures.

Unfortunately, the range is somewhat limited, having only Command, Infantry, and HMG & crew figures. I still needed Artillery.

My first solution was to take the Back of Beyond Chinese field gun, and replace the heads on the crew. The uniforms aren’t perfectly accurate, but you can’t really see them well, clustered around the gun. I have absolutely no idea what type the gun represents.

turgun1b turgun1c

For a second piece, I turned to Irregular MiniaturesVery Useful Guns range, and picked up a German 77mm gun and Turkish crew.

turgun2b turgun2a

I found myself with a spare pair of kneeling Irregular Turks, so I removed their rifles, and paired them with a spare HMG from my parts box. They turned out well, I think.

trkmg2a trkmg2b

June 8, 2015

Guns for Fun 2 – Guns for Huns

Filed under: Germany, Irregular Miniatures, WW1 — Tags: , , , , , — gisby @ 00:01

My 1914 Germans are from RENEGADE. They are good-looking figures, and really look the part. But their HMG crews are all prone, and I wanted some seated MG crews. I bought these from Irregular Miniatures, and replaced the guns with spares I had in the box.

wargermg1

Kannick’s ‘Uniforms of the World‘ and some photos in the ‘Illustrated War News‘ showed the Maxim on an odd, wheeled version of its sledge, not the same as the Russian wheeled carriage. These were shown in use by the MG Battalions, so I converted the Irregular crew  with MG Bn shakoes. The photos were probably from pre-1914 wargames, so the wheels might have been gone by 1914, but it makes for an interesting piece.

wargermg2a wargermg2

My artillery park has several 77mm guns. It was a common gun, but hardly the only gun the Germans used in WW1.

For variety I picked up a Krupp 15cm FH13 (short) from Irregular Miniatures ‘Really Useful Guns’ range, and paired it with a spare RENEGADE gun crew. I filed their helmet spikes to balls, as German artillerymen wore a ball on their helmet rather than a spike. (Aside from the Bavarians, who did wear a spike)

war150c war150b

I was worried that the crew might be a bit too big for the gun, but it looks fine. The gun is simple in design, but builds up well and looks the part.The gun shield needs to be curved at the top, (a bit more than I did) but it’s easy enough to do.

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Irregular has a large range of guns, with suggestions on who used them, and when. These guns fill in a lot of gaps for smaller armies and conflicts . The guns themselves are good-looking, well cast, and build up well.

I also have several 77mm field guns from various manufacturers. Before RENEGADE added the 77mm to their range I bought an Irregular piece. It looks a bit small beside the RENEGADE infantry, but the artillery isn’t usually up front with them.

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I picked up an incorrectly-assembled Foundry 77mm second hand, repaired it, and gave it a crew from Irregular. It’s the same size as the Irregular piece.

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And of course when RENEGADE added the gun to their range, I added it to my Artillery Park. It’s a much bigger, sturdier piece than the others, and they don’t look right side-by-side. But all of them are nice pieces in their own right.

ger77mmren

May 11, 2015

Some Guns for Fun

Filed under: WW1 — Tags: , , , , — gisby @ 01:41

When building WW1 forces, you need more than Infantry. You need Machine Guns and Artillery.Unfortunately, what you want is sometimes not available.

I built a WW1 BEF force from RENEGADE Early War British. I had to alter some hats to 1914 styles, but overall they are a good-looking range.

But I wanted a small Canadian force so I could fight Second Ypres. The infantry was easy, I just painted them a different shade than the British. It’s not 100% correct, the uniforms were not identical, but it’s good enough for me.

I made a Colt MG and crewed it with spare Artillery figures. Most parts are from the Vickers guns, I just made the actual gun, from wire & putty.

canmg1 canmg2

The Canadian gun is a 4.5 in. QF Howitzer from tin-soldier.com. I chose the dark green because I wanted it to look like the die-cast toy artillery of my youth. The gun is an excellent kit, fits together well, and looks good when finished. (I actually made this piece so I could use the gun. I really like the kit)

The crew is from the RENEGADE 18 pounder.

cangun1 cangun2

I bought another 4.5 in QF Howitzer for my Interwar Chinese. I used my Chinese Gun & Crew for my WW1 Turks.

The crew are made from random Chinese figures from Copplestone Castings.

chigun2 chigun1

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