Saturday, 9 March 2019

Found in a box in my cellar - Jack's boats

I was sorting through some boxes in the old coal cellar (very small basement to US readers) and I came across a box with these two boats/armoured barges.

I bought these from Jack when I was first introduced to him by our mutual friend Stuart Asquith when he still lived in Harrow.

It was a very long time ago and I fell out of love with 54mm gaming only painting one set of crew and they have been in a box for many, many years.  Anyway I thought I would share with you another example of Jack's handy work.  

The boats/barges themselves are made of card.  Jack cast up the machine guns and the sailors come from a range I think he sold to Little Legion but he made them himself.

The roof to the 'steering house' can be removed

and up to 12 figures or equipment can be carried in the hold which also has a removable deck cover.

Jack is 90 this August still making bits and pieces and has just finished gluing together lots of Perry's ACW figures.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

54mm Battle of Britain Anniversary set

Went over to Jack's to take some pictures of his 54mm figures and he asked me whether I had ever seen his Battle of Britain 50th Anniversary set which he made back in 1990.  Well the answer was 'no' so I thought I would share some picture's of the boys work.  The added extra being the 100th Anniversary of the RAF.

This is set 217 of 300 I did ask him why he didn't have set 1 or at least a lower number!

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Yet another Miltra item - The Parachute

I posted a picture of a Miltra German Paratrooper cast from a mould I found at Jack's  and the Vintage Wargamer was able to identify this and the rifle which I also posted.  He signposted copies of the Miltra catalogue and articles on his Old Metal Detector blog site.  It was whilst browsing this that I came across a picture and article referencing Miltra Parachutes. 
It says that there are/were a range of 'vacuum formed Parachutes'
 I recognised this as something I had seen in a dusty box in Jack's garage and here it is.

The Parachute itself is made of some sort of rubber.  It hasn't perished at all despite the 'hostile conditions' in which it has been stored or its age. Just covered in dust and grime.

I appreciate that this isn't the most inspiring thing ever posted but it may just be the only one of it's kind left so it may make this little bit of rubber a bit unique!

Thursday, 2 November 2017

More Miltra bits? - German Paratrooper and rifles

As I mentioned in an earlier blog I found a mould at Jack's which was marked German Paratrooper.  I finally got back to Jack's to get him to run a couple of figures to see what they looked liked and to get your view on whether this in fact a Miltra figure.

The figure comes with open hands and no weapon.  Whilst Jack was casting this and some other bits I had a further rummage around and found a mould marked German rifle. This is definitely not a Jacklex rifle but again I know next to nothing about Miltra and the weapons that were made available with the figures so don't know if it is connected with the range.  Not a bad casting given the age of the mould.

Unfortunately Jack's can't remember.  The rifle straps didn't quite come out quite right but this was just the first try and there is a little flash on the rifle bolt which makes it look like a flintlock in the picture (it isn't). Any thoughts?

I also found a couple of other figures lurking in the bottom of the 'to melt box' which I have rescued and put to one side.  Again I think these are lost Miltra figures.

So I now have a bag of odds and sods of figures and 2 moulds (assuming they are Miltra).  I will keep looking and posting.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Miltra British Officer in Beret - worth a closer look

In the previous post I included this figure in a row of Miltra figures.

I like this a lot and thought he deserved some pictures on his own.  Not sure if he is a 'tanker' or a 'para' but I think he has something about him.. Not something you can often say for a figure just standing unarmed.  The figure is a bit 'flat on the back' but that seems to be a bit of a 'style thing', as some of the others are the same.

Friday, 6 October 2017

More finds in Jack's scrap box - Miltra figures?

Whilst Jack was busy casting up some figures for me, I had another rummage through his scrap box and moulds.

My latest find - Miltra figures?  Also a mould marked German Para trooper.  The figure has open hands.

Jack tells me that he was one of four making the figures but his role turned into the mould maker, gathering in the work of the other modellers and producing the moulds and casting them.  Anyway some bits for your thoughts.

The first figure in the beret is really well done.

I think both these figures are Poles.  The one in the helmet looks like he should have been seated on a gun.

The brown staining on the figure loading looks like rust!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Found in the Scrap Box at Jack's. Can you help to identify?

I was over at Jack's trying to find some moulds and I came across these figures in a box of scarp figures.  I have no idea who made them and Jack can't recall.  Does anyone recognise these?

All the figures are 20mm

Figure 1

French WW1 or Polish WW2?  

Same figure just one has lost his bayonet.

Figure 2 
WW2 Germans

Figure 3
WW2 German Paratrooper
This figure was designed without a base.  I used a bit of 'blu-tac' jjust to keep him upright for the pictures

Figure 4

WW1 German or Franco Prussian War Prussian?.  
The figure is very slight.  On first impressions it looks less than 20mm simply because it is thin.  However, when you stand it next to one of the figures shown above it is roughly the same height.

Any help would be appreciated.  

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  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,  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.