Sunday, 8 January 2017

Bolt Action British underway

Over the Christmas and New Year period I've been gluing bits to other bits and to my fingers. But I've made some progress and yesterday I got a whole bad undercoated white.

The first picture shows gluing in progress. The two standing figures on the left without heads are the command figures. One is standing holding a mug of tea and the other is advancing  and will have a brolly in his left hand. The brolly is a little homage to the irrepressible Digby Tatham-Warter at Arnhem. And the tea drinker is there just because we're British and it's what we do.

At this point I want to give these characters Tam o' Shanters to represent the Black Watch, but the metal heads I bought from Warlord seemed a bit over scale. I decided to cut the bonnet from the heads and then attach them to the plastic heads. It was a bit of work but I got there in the end. 

Undercoated infantry. There are now 3 sections of 10 men.

And the undercoated others. At the left are the figures for the machine gun team. At the top left are the spotter team, including a rather spiffing looking chap in the RAF uniform. I could try to paint him to represent a good friend who served in the RAF, but the metal figure is a bit slimmer.  :)   

I've also changed the Tam o' Shanters, putting them only on the tea-drinking commanding officer and his sergeant-major escort. The more junior officer with the brolly has a camouflaged helmet.

At the right of the picture are the figures for the vehicles.

And a closer look at the command figures. I think all these deserve names and any suggestions are welcome. At the moment, the CO is Colonel Sir Archibald Bogle of Auchtershoogle and his escort Tavish McTavish. 

And the vehicles so far. I left the front off the bren carrier because after several dry runs, I found I couldn't fit the driver into the vehicle at a later stage if this was glued in place. And I wanted to paint the figures separately from the vehicles.

More later. I'm hoping to do a spray session on the infantry this afternoon.

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