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.

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.