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Rolls Royce 1920 MK 1

I found a nice vehicle to accompany my British troops in the IWI or VBCW.  It’s a very nice Rolls Royce 1920 MK1.  It’s from Company B, but at the time that I ordered it they were out of stock and I had to order from Brigade Games.

This was a tricky model to put together, luckily they give you a great little guide to show you where everything goes, mostly. I pinned the heck out of this model, especially the front axle that holds the two front wheels, seems like this would fall straight off if you didn’t give it some extra support.

I had very much the same issues I had when painting the Crossley Tenders, I don’t much like painting vehicles and never really put to much effort in, so I go for maximum effect and I think I’ve put out an acceptable tabletop paint job with a spray, quick drybrush and simple touch up.

 

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Fresh B’Hoys – IRA (3)

Just finished popping the paint on some new B’hoys.  This is the second group of the Musketeer IRA Advancing models that I painted.  I swear I ordered the IRA Shotguns pack, but I’ll roll with it.   I’m going to need multiple packs of each before the end.

I’ve tried to paint each group with a dominant color, then when I have 5-6 groups they will look like a random mix.

A few shots of all the lads.

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British Regulars (2)

I’m becoming quite addicted to these Musketeer Miniatures.  It seems they are incredibly fun to paint, I just wish there was less cleanup involved in the process.  It seems that the mold lines take quite a bit of work to get rid of, and there are some blemishes on many faces that I dare not remove or the facial detail will come off.  At a reasoanable table distance (2-3 feet away from the eye) it will never be noticed though.

When I started these I couldn’t remember what colors I had used for the webbing, so I will be putting up my painting guide in very soon.  Not so much because I’m an expert, but because I will be ordering more and don’t want to have the same problem.

Here are the lads in groups, I’ll have some more specific comments on a few figures as well.

Overall, I really like the way they came out.  It’s really strange for me, I’ve never really been a fan of painting British troops for anything other than opponents for troops that I do like to paint.  Though I have really enjoyed painting up the officers for this lot, I mean had fun. I suppose it’s the cool mustaches.

This is also the first time I’ve ever tried to paint on some Sergeants stripes.  Now I usually work in the basement and my reference material was upstairs and I didn’t feel like going to get it and just painted them as I thought they would be.  Extra points to anyone who notices the problem with them.

And last buy not least, I picked up some of the great VBCW models from PMC games on ebay.  It’s a pretty bush league way to go about ordering as you never know what will be for sale on his “ebay store”, but at the end of the day, they are affordable and really look the part. Here’s a small unit that’s tracked their quarry down and found them in the pub, very British.

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Crossley Tenders

I’ve been watching these little beauties on other peoples photos for a while now.  These trucks are called Crossley Tenders and they carted the Black and Tans and Auxies around Ireland during the Irish War of Independence.  There’s lots of great footage of the troops packed into the back of these trucks and tooling around in black and white.

There aren’t any 28mm wargames models of them that I’m aware of.  Most folks seem to buy the MATCHBOX MOY Y13 1918 CROSSLEY where ever they can find them.  I found a couple on eBay for a reasonable price and painted them up.  Thing is, I hate painting vehicles.  I mean, I really hate painting them.  I see every minute spent painting them as a minute that I’m not painting miniatures.  I think I made the most of these those.  I spray painted them with can of Krylon flat green camo paint, with a lighter green dry bush.  Then I painted the seats and wheels.  My next move was going to be a wash, but I started it and thought it wasn’t really making much of a difference, so I stopped.  A couple of coats of sealer and bob’s your uncle.

These lads are on the painting table at the moment, I can’t wait to see how they paint up.

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English Regulars, BUF, IRA, and Eddie

I have been wanting to paint this lot for some time.  All of the models are from the Musketeer Miniatures Interwar and WW1 ranges, with one exception.   The figure of Edward is a freebie given away at a British wargames show called Partizan.  A very nice gentleman sent it to me, thank you again sir.

A Very British Civil War

This is something I have wanted to paint a force or two for for a long time.  It’s a what if based on a cross between the Spanish Civil War and the politics of per-war Britain in the 30’s.  Very well laid out setting, if on the low production side, by a small core of adherents mostly in the British Isles.

So, let’s start with Eddie.  This great model was supposed to be a bit ambiguous I think.  You can sort of paint him in any style to fit with you particular vision of what the king was doing during the Civil War.  I’ve got him painted as a Black Shirt supporter.

The British Union of Fascists (BUF)

I have been fascinated by this group ever since I first learned about them through VBCW, I thought they were made up at first.   Quite a bit of reading later and I’ve found out much more about them.  I’m married to a Brit and I like to learn as much about British History as I can when it’s interesting.

The uniforms on these lads are based on actual black shirt styles, but in the end are open to interpretation.  I chose a figure I had seen on a message board and based my uniform on them.  I tried to give the uniforms some light details to offset the super dark uniform.

I like the results, except for the helmets.  I couldn’t find a nice green that wasn’t too dark, so I painted them light grey. Here you go.

 

 British Regulars for the Irish War of Independence

I have been wanting to get these guys for some time.  I just really like the look of them and since they are major players in the IWI and can be used in VBCW, it’s a go.

I’ve had a hell of a time finding info on the uniform details and finding a closeup of painted models online is impossible.  I’ve gone with the best info that I had, comments and criticisms welcome, I’ve got lots more to paint and want to get it right.

IRA

These are some new IRA recruits. I’ve only painted three as the forth came damaged.  I’m still liking these figures as they are good fun to paint.

So that’s my continuation of my IWI range and a huge leap into VBCW.  I’ve no real interest in Communist or Socialist forces in the VBCW, despite being a Socialist in actuality.  So I will most likely paint up some Scots to oppose my BUF and Royalist forces.  Should be a nice exercise.

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Black and Tans (1)

I painted these Black and Tans from Musketeer Miniatures a while ago, but finally snapped the photos this morning.  They were a bit flashier than I’m used to but cleaned up well.

They were fun to paint, but I’m a sucker for puttees.  I couldn’t really figure out what color exactly to paint the RIC green clothing or the brown/beige English uniform clothing so I just made my best guess and went for it.   The green is Luftwaffe Green and the brown is English Uniform.  I think the puttees should have been a closer shade to the uniform color, but I like the contrast and the models are so dark anyway, I’m sticking with the nice light color for them.  I think it’s Middlestone, but I’ll have to check if anyone is interested.

I’m thinking they will do double duty as Scots militia for my VBCW setting as well.

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Trouble in Ireland – IRA (1)

I’ve had my eye on this period for some time and the Paul Hicks’ figures finally pushed me into getting started.  I also bought the original VBCW book for some light reading and to get more use out of IWI figures.  I thought the IWI offered some engagements with low model counts and few specific terrain features.  So here we go.

This first lot of figures are from Musketeer Miniatures and are absolutely beautiful to see painted up. But while I was painting them, my enthusiasm dimmed somewhat.  I love Copplestone sculpts as they are minimalistic BUT still brimming with character.  Painting these, while still minimalistic, each figure seemed more of a cipher than a character?  Once they were painted, I warmed to them more.  I think they will look great in larger numbers, say 10 or so.  You can tell they were sculpted with skill, but there is just a little something missing.  I’m not giving up on them, but I’m hoping they do grow on me as there is VERY LITTLE out there for this period.

On the plus side, hey they are figures specifically made to represent the IRA!  You can’t beat that.  And they paint up very quickly, I mean very quickly.  I could easily paint all four of these chaps int he time it takes for one Mohawk or Ranger.

I’m not entirely happy with the dark palette that I used for these four, but until I have more experience with the period, I’ll keep copying the paint schemes of the Musketeer Miniatures site.

Here is the next lot ready to go.