Monday, 8 May 2017

20mm Jacklex Russian, Pathans, Indians and British the game that never was

It has been a long time since my last post.  I have been busy on our other site www.abcwargamers.blogspot.co.uk.  I set up a game for Jack Bob and myself using Jack's 20mm Russian, British and Indians and my Pathans.  All the figures  with the exception of a couple of my Pathans are Jacklex 20mm.

Interestingly, although Jack made the Pathan range he never painted any, choosing instead to use them in his Madhist army.

Having put all the figures out for a game fighting across the table, I decided at the last minute to change this and fight along the length of the table.  The report of that game is on our sister site, www.abcwargamers.blogspot.co.uk.  However, I took a lot of pictures of the table and the figures before changing it, so I thought I would post them here is anyone is interested.  Some pictures will seem similar to the game as I kept the basic scenario the same.

One interesting development is I think Bob and I persuaded Jack to make standard bearers for the Russians.  We shall wait and see.




















Saturday, 26 November 2016

Help. Jack's Ship - a Birthday present

Jack's daughter Helen bought him this model ship for his 87th birthday.  She found it on ebay and the story goes that a young couple found it in the loft of the house they moved into.  


  


The ship doesn't have a name on it and Jack would like to find out if it is modeled on a particular ship.  It is very well made and detailed, so whoever built it took a lot of care and effort to get things right. 







 It doesn't have a figurehead so we were wondering if it is French?




The ship has 50 guns above and below beck. 



 If any one has any idea please let us know, Jack would be very interested.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Jack's 28mm 'Canteena'

Jack has been busy building a number of 28mm 'Canteenas' for friends and family.

Jack was a '£10 Pom' in the 1960s - for those who don't know, or can't remember this was the scheme under which Brits were subsidised to emigrate to Australia.  Jack lived out there near Perth for a while and even served in the Austrian Citizen's Military Force  unit of Cameron Highlanders - kilt and all.  The point for mentioning this?  Well Bob and I were saying to Jack that he had mispelt 'Cantina' but I notice there is a 'Canteena' bar in Australia. Although it is newish, maybe this was a long lost Australian memory coming to the surface?  It's a good excuse if nothing else!





The roof lifts off and the building is design as a small storage box.


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Jack's 28mm ACW gunboat

In his early 80s (now 87) Jack made this model for our 28mm ACW wargames.  She is equipped with two Redoubt Miniatures guns and gunners and figures from their naval landing party.








The flag pole is removal so she can also be used as a Union ship.  Again with the Redoubt gunners and sailors from 1st Corp.

 






Monday, 10 October 2016

Jacklex - 20mm Miniature Soldiers of London

Another look back at some of Jack's earlier work.

Jack showed us a set of 20mm British Guardsmen he produced back in the late 1970s/80 under the banner Miniature Soldiers of London - London Pageant. The idea was to produce a range for the tourist souvenir market covering the Household and Guard regiments.  He started with a Guards unit and outsourced the painting. Although some sets sold, not enough and they went out of production with only this set being produced.





Monday, 22 August 2016

87 today!

Jack celebates his 87th birthday today. An old wargamer soldier on. Happy Birthday

Friday, 1 July 2016

28mm ACW/Wild West Water Tower


Sorry about the absence of posts,  I keep this page for articles and pictures about Jack and his models.  When we get together for an actual wargame, I post them on our sister site abcwargamers.blogspot.co.uk.

As part of a further reprise of the range of Jack's models he has made for our games. A year or two ago, Bob and I were talking to Jack about getting out ACW/Wild West train back into action and the lack of scenery.  I showed him a paper model of a water tower from the White Wash City set.  Whilst he liked it, he felt that he might be able to make something.

Here's the result!