Posts Tagged ‘Gripping Beast’

Anarchy in the UK

July 18, 2012

Last week I set myself the task of painting as many figures as I could in a week and choose to hack a trail through my pile of figures for a Very British Civil War, as well as accidently buying some more. Here you can see how  far I got. Firstly my fabourite of the bunch is this trio from the Royal household; Edward VIII, Wallace Simpson and a lady waiting around – yes a lady-in-waiting. Delightful sculpts on and all, the ones of Eddie and that woman being freebies from the Newark Irregulars Partizan shows and quite difficult to get hold of if, like me, you can’t make it to the show.  A while back a pair of these were on Ebay for a whooping £8 a piece, but thankfully the wonderful Irregukar Tricks heard about a few folk seeking these figures and incredibly generously sent pairs out to those in need without even asking for postage. What a diamond gent. Three cheers for him!

The lady in waiting was very simple, leaving more intricate work for the Royals. Gave him a golden gun, very likely a gift from some foreign despot, while she has a Chanel looking two piece with matching shoes. Great fun to paint. I put only red, white and blue flowers on the King’s base, while Simpson got just scarlet.

The two Empress figures on the left are the cause of this painting fury inspired by another piece of gamer-on-gamer generosity. This time it was Ook with an offer of free figures over on VBCF. I’ve just finished reading Orwell’s “Homage to Catalonia” and aside from enjoying it a great deal it produced a desire to field some anarchists and those figures suited well I thought for Officers and NCOs, having slipped off economic restraint I bought both packs of Bolt Action’s partisans, which include the two on the right which fit perfectly. The Gods smile down eh?

Thankfully there’s a few armed women in the pack too. There’s really not enough fighting women miniatures around so I’m always happy to find more. It’s a myth to siggest they can’t fight, they fought furiously in the early days of the Spanish Civil War and many still do today even as terrorists.

Although I’ve given these a hint of their anarcho-syndacalist cause I have tried to keep them pretty generic, so they could form any militia for VBCW, SCW or even as partisans as intended.

Apologies for the blur on this one… they’re running.

The one on the left looks, yo me, like a Paul Hicks sculpt.

Talking of the maestro here are a pair of his on the left. The ever wonderful Mutton Chop miniatures are some of the most complicated I’ve ever seen, they could make you knees tremble with their details but a steady nerve and a steadier paintbrush really delivers a great finished figure. The pair on the right are meant for BUF militia but again I’ve kept them generically suitable for other games.

The Lewis gun is almost a holy relic or heathen fetish in the world of VBCW. We all really like them and want lots of them… so here’s some for the BUF using Gripping Beast figures. These come with loose heads so you can set them as you see fit and that’s handy if you want more than a pair of them.

The pair on the right are from Volksturm pack we picked up from where we don’t recall, they’re a trifle small and under detailed, especially compared to the brutes beside them.

Finally the most generic piece, a Vickers HMG. Akthough there’s some joy to be had in having HMG teams in every flavour you might ever play I thought it might make some small sense to just base one  all alone, and then a pair of figures can be set sadie it to show whose it is. Not exciting but practical. So in total I managed thirty-three figures and one HMG, which I’m chuffed with. This week I will be mainly talking to those strangers in my house called family.

Have a Gander – a propaganda

April 16, 2011

Here’s a small treat for all you folk who won’t be at Salute 2011, it’s my humble offering which will be on the table of the VBCW game being run by Red Rich. It’s a conversion of a Blue Moon Manufacturing resin vehicle into a BUF propaganda wagon. The biggest problem was the base vehicle, which had it been cast by Fenris would have been declared a miscast. It was full of bubbles, bent and skewed, missing a piece and had I not picked it up for a bargain from Red Knight games with this project in mind I’d have been furious at the quality, or lack of it.

The van section is just 1mm plasticard topped with a white metal replacement part for a Dinky toy from Ebay, and was just the shape I was after. The drivers side bears a large poster which I put together, and which you can help yourself to.

The rear just has a door, a couple of windows, and two posters but what’s that on the passenger side?

Why it’s the mobile BUF book shop, very popular as even the passenger is reading a book. Both he and the driver have been made with those brilliant plastic Warlord/Bolt Action Brits but with Gripping Beast heads so they have the caps which my BUF wear. There’s also a collection of informative posters, including a couple by gents of GWP.

Here a delightful young lady offers all the latest BUF literature, which is all made from actual front covers of BUF booklets cunningly shrunken down to the right size. Although not clear in the photo most have readable titles and on the newspapers you can make out the headlines.

One of the reasons the van is so boxy and large is so it can fit a small mpeg player inside. This is connected to a speaker which allows the speeches of Moseley to be played during a game, along with the occasional marching song, Now if that doesn’t convert the British to fascism nothing ever will.

Of course a picture paints a thousand words, and video paints at least seventeen more, so here’s a video of the Propaganda Wagon in action, excuse the wobbly camera as I only have three arms.