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BUF (3) – Command

I’ve been wanting to add this command group for a while, so I’m really glad to have finished them.  The models are great and lots of fun to paint.  I added a spare British Regular command figure and just painted him in BUF colors.  I think it’s fair to assume that he might have had an old army uniform that he altered to wear with his new organization.

This is the first flag I’ve ever worked with in 28mm.  I like the way it came out.  The flag is from VBCW enthusiast 6mil Phil and was offered over on his blog.

Over all these figures should help to keep the rabble on track and lend some much needed support.

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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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Fixing Up My Musketeer Miniatures

I have been quite taken with the Musketeer Miniatures line of figures for the Very British Civil War, they are one of only maybe two or three people out there making figures specifically for this somewhat unique setting.  They are sculpted by Paul Hicks and quite simple to paint.  My only problem so far has been the great amount of flash and mold lines and a somewhat high amount of damaged or broken weapons.  I’ve ordered seven packs so far and have four broken rifles and pistols.  Now, Gripping Beast has been superb in taking care of what I have reported to them (only one of the failures) but I’ve decided I will take care of the rest myself.  Here are my results so far.

First I ordered some IRA and BUF figures, I discovered a broken BUF rifle and they replaced it with a new pack.  When the new pack came, it had a broken rifle.  Then I finally found time to paint the IRA and when I had a good look at the models that I ordered at the same time as the original BUF, they had a broken rifle!

Pin Vice - handy to have around

So, now I had three broken rifles to fix.  I broke out the pin vice and drilled a hole as close to the center of the rifles that I could, I went in just a few millimeters.  I have some brass tubing that I bought a while ago for some VSF stuff.  It’s not very big, about twice the size of a paper clip, but it’s hollow.  I cut a length of that and popped it in the hole.

Then here’s what they looked like then.

I really liked how this turned out.  Now this doesn’t look like any gun that I’ve ever seen, but at table distance, it passes muster beautifully.  Here are all three of the lads with their new rifles.

And here are a couple of the lads with a coat of paint on them.

I think the operation was a success!  It’s pretty rewarding to save a model or two.  This was a great lead in to my next hard luck case.  I just ordered some more British regulars and this time I ordered some officers and NCO’s to lead the troops.  One of the officers came with a broken pistol and looked a bit funny.  Our came the pin vice and super glue again!  This time I only put a piece of paper clip in as the pistol barrel is much smaller than the rifle barrels.  Here he is pre-painted.  I wish I had used a longer piece of paper clip, but I’ll live with it.

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BUF (2)

I’ve been planning on adding more troops to my VBCW project for a while, but I got sidetracked for a while with starting my own miniatures line.  At the moment I don’t have anything to do but wait, so on to more painting.

This is a pretty tame group, just a few more weak minds and strong backs to continue to bulk out my Fascist forces.  These guys are immense fun to paint, I kinda think about them like storm troopers in Star Wars.  The ever present guards and toughs there to be taken out by the heroes.  Bad guys can be fun too, right?  That’s the one great thing about this setting is that even though they are fascists, they don’t come with all the baggage that German fascists do.

I’m beginning to experience a little frustration with the Musketeer Miniatures VBCW scultps as the faces are looking pretty rough on this lot.  Don’t know if I got a bad cast or whether the mold is wearing out, but they take some love before they get to the painting table.

 

Just working on some transport, they just need a bit of a wash and a matte coat and I’ll have another blog post for the Crossley tenders soon.

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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.