Sunday 13 June 2010

Tickets Please!

Hi all,
thought I post up pictures of my finally completed Anglican improvised armoured train (God Hammer) that will run along the track between Swanage and Wareham providing support for the Anglican troops in Purbeck. Some more pictures and info on the train can be found here

Basically I've added a front carriage armed with a field gun in side an improvised armoured box and an troop carrying carriage with improvised armour and plenty of places to fire a rifle from. I also added a twin maxim on an A/A mount (scratch built) to an exsisting carriage to supplement the 3pdr QF naval gun I'd already fitted. I think that's it for this train (although I was looking at some pictures of BIG rail guns the other day trying to work out how to build one, so watch this space)

I do want to add a platoon (about 8-10 figures in WGW terms) of troops to carry in the troop carriage. To that end I've converted up a couple of officers wearing the uniform of a train guard. These two models came from a job lot from a bring buy at a wargames show which I'd bought because it contained some Artizan Thrilling Tales figures. I think they are Copplestone Darkest Africa Naval officers. I gave them larger caps and armbands from greenstuff and then just painted them up to look like train ticket inspectors. The rest of the platoon will be made up of railway workers probably from Empresses SCW range which has quite a few suitable figures IMO.
Cheers Jon

Saturday 12 June 2010

Anglican League Air support

Hi all,
just finished this 1/48 Sopwith camel by New-ray I picked it up for a £5.00 in my local newsagents ages ago thinking I'd find a use for it sometime. The pilot is from Copplestone's Back of Beyond range. Generally I've kept to the the colours the model came in, just magic washing the whole model in my usual Winsor & Newton Peat Brown and Future floor wash mix. Followed up by drybrushing on some highlights. I did however paint the RFC roundels solid blue and add White crosses to mark it out as an Anglican league flyer.
As for background I discovered this little tid bit on the web and figured I could justify some air support for my Anglicans.
SWANAGE/WORTH Aerodrome:N50.35.32 W 02.02.46:Private aerodrome which opened on 16-8-1928.Located between Worth Matravers and St.Albans Head,it was operated by the very active Isle of Purbeck Light Aeroplane Club.The club used a Simmonds Spartan aircraft and in 1928 had a total of 128 members (Pilots,Observers & associates).Date of closure not known ,but certainly by 1939.However ,during 1940 a site in the locality,was used by Avro 504Ns fromthe Christchuch based Special Duties Flight, towing gliders for Radar trials.Maps exist showing the site used as approximately the same as the prewar aerodrome.However there is information that it was on the cliffs further south, adjacent to the TRE which was established in spring/summer 1940. .

Sadly I couldn't find any 1/48 Simmonds Spartans. I figured however a flying club might have all sorts of elderly old aircraft to use as pleasure craft. Thus this venerable old warhorse has spent the 30's mothballed after being used as a pleasure craft in the 20s. Now with civil war looming the Sopwith gets a new lease of life as a ground attack aircraft. Lets hope the Royalists don't have any Bofors guns................
Cheers Jon