The Bowler’s Holding, the Batsman’s Willie

Yes folks, these are 28mm cricketers. Armed 28mm cricketers no less. These are from Sloppy Jalopy, for VBCW – though they’d also be handy for a “what if” scenario of a German invasion of Britain during WW2.

They’re fantastic sculpts, really original – especially the bowler lobbing his grenade.

Chaps With Rifles

Chaps With Rifles

Dapper Chaps in Blazers

Dapper Chaps in Blazers

Bowler, Wicket Keeper and Umpire

Bowler, Wicket Keeper and Umpire

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WW1 Brits

WW1 Brits

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, I did some Brits from that era. This is more a painting project than anything I’ve concrete plans to play with.

The figures themselves are from Great War Miniatures – Aly Morrison and Dave Andrews (a couple of names that gamers of a certain age will no doubt recognise). The castings left a lot to be desired; tons of flash and massive mould lines in very prominent places. The sculpts are fantastic though, with bags of character, great detail and poses.

This batch is from the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) of 1914. These were the standing army, the professional soldiers, rather than Kitchener’s volunteers. I plan to paint a few of those in 2016 for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Most of the range are single-piece castings, which makes them great to paint up quickly. I plan to do a couple of rilfe sections (each of 12 men plus and NCO) and a few officers.

Another Actual Brit

And rounding off today’s blogspaff, here’s an air observer from Warlord Games. From battle reports he seems somewhat unreliable (the 1 in 6 chance of a disaster seems to come up 9 times out of 10) but airstrikes look too hilarious to ignore.

Bolt Action Air Observer

I’m a couple of Bren Carriers away from completing phase one of my Bolt Action late war Brits. More soon.

Yet More Brits

This is the final batch of WW2 Brit infantry for a while and I’ll welcome the change from painting things brown.

As before, they’re from Warlord Games. The Forward Observer and his mate are metal, the rest (including the PIAT team) are from their splendid plastic kit.

PIAT Team

PIAT Team

 

Forward Observer

Artillery Forward Observer and his mate.

Yet More Brits

Some more infantry: NCO, Bren gunner + loader, SMG guy and extra NCO (for the next rifle section).

Bolt Action Team Photo

As I’m closing in on a force I can take down a club, I thought it’d be a good time to take a team photo. The sequence has been “paint batch, photograph batch, put batch in case with the others” so I’d never actually seen them all at once. It’s worth doing from time to time to combat the burnout.

So here’s the team photo …

Bolt Action Team Photo July 2014