Dad’s Army – Part 8 (28mm Figures)

All things being well this is the penultimate Dad’s Army post.  I’ve enjoyed doing the figures but I am itching to get on with other things now.  I have deviated a couple of times during this project due to the need to do one or two other things and post accordingly but I am now close to the finishing line and trying hard to maintain some discipline.

This week we have Frank Pike and Hodges the Grocer.  Hodges is the better sculpt in my opinion.  I am happy with the way I painted Pike but the resemblance isn’t there and if it was possible to achieve then it  needed a far better painter than me.

Only the Vicar and the Verger to go.  Hopefully I can get them done by next week and take some group shots too.

Images below.

TIM

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Dad’s Army – Part 7 (28mm Figures)

Back to Dad’s Army civilian figures this week.

Today we have Joe Walker and Arthur Wilson.  Of the two figures Walker was the harder paint job and my first go at ever doing a striped suit.  Up to now I have either painted a jacket or trousers but never both on the same figure.  Time consuming for sure but I got there in the end and overall I am happy with the way the figure turned out.

Nothing else to say except images appear below.

TIM

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Dad’s Army – Part 6 (28mm Figures)

This week we return to my Dad’s Army civilian figures.  Compared to the uniformed set these present a much greater painting challenge with an opportunity to apply a significant amount of freehand.  This time around we have Charles Godfrey and Jack Jones.

Not a great deal to add that hasn’t been said previously except that these days I am using less and less oil paints.  Why?  Simply because I have been trying to improve my blending work with acrylics and am reaching a point where I am happier with it.  So, is that the end of oils?  Definitely not.

Images below.

TIM

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Dad’s Army – Part 5 (28mm Figures)

With the 8 uniformed figures completed my attention is now on the civilian figures.  There are 10 in this series due to the addition of the Vicar and the Verger.

First up we have Mainwaring and Frazer.  With the fashion of the day being pinstriped trousers and suits there is plenty of opportunity for some freehand work.  Each of the figures is composed wearing arm bands so there is also a need to paint LDV (Local Defense Volunteer) on each one.

As much as I enjoyed the uniformed figures these were much more fun and challenging to paint.

TIM

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Dad’s Army – Part 4 (28mm Figures)

So here we have the final two figures in the Dad’s Army uniformed set of 8 figures.

First up we have Private Walker, described in the Warlord Games flyer as”… exempt from conscription in the regular army due to a severe corned beef allergy.  This frees him up to concentrate on his wholesale business – and with goods of all kinds in short supply Walker’s ‘connection’s can come in surprisingly useful.”

Secondly we have Private Pike for whom the narrative states – “The youngest member of the platoon by a long way, Frank Pike is an enthusiast of American gangster movies and proud custodian of the section’s Thomson sub-machine gun.  His mother insists he wrap up against the cold and frequently turns up on parade to make sure he is looking after himself.”

My attention will now be given to the 10 remaining figures.  As previously mentioned, the range comprises of 18 figures.  As well the 8 main character’s in uniform each one has also been cast in a different pose and dressed in civilian attire.  For those of you who remember the series an add on set featuring the Vicar and the Verger comprise the remaining 2 figures.

The civilian figures will present a greater painting challenge given stripped suits were the order of the day.  It will be interesting to see how that goes!  In the meanwhile images of the latest two figures below together with a group shot of all 8.

TIM

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Dad’s Army – Part 3 (28mm Figures)

Apparently this is my 200th WordPress post.  Unfortunately I hadn’t appreciated until now that I had reached this land mark and therefore I have nothing more exciting to present you with than Part 3 of my Dad’s Army figures.  I’ll try to do better the next time I reach a blog milestone.

As I go on holiday today (by the time you read this scheduled post I will probably be on my way) I have been up against it this week to get the next two figures done.  I should also tell you that this will be my last post for a couple of weeks too.  Hopefully if I can get internet access I will try to keep up with what you are all up to but I wont be posting myself.  As much as I need a break I reckon you guys deserve one as well!

So, back to this post,  What we have today is Private Godfrey (Medic) and Air Warden Hodges.

The Warlord Games accompanying flyer refers to Godfrey as “… a veteran of the Great War whose frailty, age and weak bladder prevent him serving with quite his old vigour”.

Of ARP Warden Hodges it says “Hodges the Air Raid Warden and local grocer is Mainwaring’s great rival.  The pair are always bickering over the use of the Church Hall, which they share together with the Verger’s Sea Scouts.  He always begins any confrontation with Captain Mainwaring with a cry of, “now look ‘ere Napoleon!”  None the less, when it comes down to it, both know which side they are on.

So on to the figures.  Nothing much to say on the painting front other than both figures required a minimal amount of freehand.  I also think the sculptor did a pretty good job on capturing the image of Godfrey.

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All being well I will complete the final two figures of the uniformed figure set when I get back but until then enjoy your break from me!

TIM

 

Dad’s Army – Part 2 (28mm Figures)

This week I managed to get two more of the 8 uniformed Dad’s Army figures produced by Warlord Games.

First up is Lance Corporal Jones followed by Private Frazer.  We then have a photo of the two together and one of all four figures that I have managed to paint to date.  All being well two more will follow next week.

Not much else to add other than they have been fun to paint so far and I’m looking forward to completing the rest.  The civilian version or each of the figures will provide a bigger painting challenge but hopefully that will prove to be fun as well.

The Warlord flyer which accompanied the figures describes Lance Corporal Jones as “… a veteran of Lord Kitchener’s campaign in the Sudan and no stranger to the rigours of hand-to-hand combat!  As he is prone to pointing out, ‘they don’t like it up ’em’!”

For Private Frazer the flyer states – “Frazer is the local undertaker and veteran of the Battle of Jutland.  He is openly critical of Captain Mainwaring’s leadership, though his constant carping is usually followed by the claim that, ‘I never doubted you for a minute, Sir!’ as Mainwaring triumphs yet again!”

TIM

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Dad’s Army – Part 1 (28mm Figures)

It must be getting on for more than a year now that I bought the complete set of Dad’s Army figures from Warlord Games.  The figures can be purchased indivdually or in to halves plus there is a bolt on.  In the complete set you get 18 figures, 8 representing the 8 main characters in military uniform, the same 8 characters in civilian attire and a bolt on comprising of the Vicker and the Verger, two lesser lights in the series.

I occurs to me at this point that overseas readers of this blog might not be familiar with Dad’s Army.  Without going into a lot of detail it was a light hearted TV series based around the trials and tribulations of a fictional home guard unit based in Warmington Upon Sea during WW2.  The TV series was extremely popular and is still repeated on TV to this day.  If you want to know more a quick Google search will tell you all you want to know and I am sure YouTube will have classic clips you can watch as well.

As it is now the summer in the UK, and as things currently stand we seem to be  having one this year, then I am up to my eyes with all manner of outside jobs and things to do which divert me from my hobby.  Fortunatley it is not too difficult to find the time to work on a few figures but anything bigger such as my Old West diorama has pretty much had to take a back seat for now.  I will return to the project when the weather changes, my holiday which is almost upon us is over and the jobs list has been greatly reduced.

So, with all that in mind I decided to dedicate myself to my Dad’s Army project.  I thought I would begin with the 8 main figures in military unform and so far have managed to get two of them done.

The keen eyed amongst you will notice the use of cotton reel bases once again.  Unfortunately I only have 16 to use so need to acquire two more before I can complete the entire set.  EBay is a possibility but so too is nicking some from She Who Must Be Obeyed’s sewing box!

Hopefully by the time I have got this little lot painted up I will be able to claim them either as neglected models or as a unit or something which will meet an Azazel monthly challenge.

First up we have Captain Mainwaring.  The Warlord Games flyer which came with the figures describes him thus –

“Captain Mainwaring is the prim and respectable local Bank Manager.  He is proud of his standing in the community, even if he is less keen for folks to know about his humble background.  His constant strutting and pomposity belies a leader whose loyalty to his men and country are equally boundless”.

Sorry for the rather dark photos.

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The second figure is Sergeant Wilson, described in the flyer as –

“Socially superior, public-school educated and urbane, Wilson is none the less a diffident character who finds himself working under Mr Mainwaring the bank manager by day, and serving as his platoon Sergeant as part of the Home Guard”.

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Hopefully by next week I will have a couple more done.

TIM

Major John Howard – 28mm Stoessi’s Heroes

With no time to call my own this week the best I could manage was to finish this figure which had been sitting around half done for a good few weeks.

This is my fourth and final individual 28mm “Stoessi’s Heroes” figure for the Plymouth Model Club D-Day display.

According to “Stoessi’s” web site Major (Reginald) John Howard was a British Army officer who led a glider-borne assault on two bridges between Bénouville and Ranville in Normandy, as part of the D-Day landings during WW2. These bridges spanned the Caen Canal and the adjacent River Orne (about 500 yards to the east), and were vitally important to the success of the D-Day landings. Since the war the bridge over the canal has become known as “Pegasus Bridge”, as a tribute to the men who captured it, while the bridge over the River Orne later became known as Horsa Bridge after the Horsa gliders that had carried the troops to the bridges.

This figure represents a first for me in that it’s the first time I’ve ever attempted to paint a camouflage uniform.  Probably not the best person to say whether it looks authentic or not but from a personal perspective I’m happy with it as a first (and likely last) attempt.

Photos below.

TIM

PS: Not wishing to embarrass me (I’m happy to do it for myself!) John at Just Needs Varnish being the top bloke that he is very kindly emailed me to say Airbourne should read Airborne.  A case for less speed and more haste.  That said if I am being truely honest I would have most likely spelled it wrong even if I had taken my time!  Cheers John, I owe you one.

 

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Nancy Wake “White Mouse” – 28mm Stoessi’s Heroes

As I only returned to Blighty yesterday I’ve had no time to get any painting or modelling done.  Fortunately though I managed to finish this little number before I went away which left me with just enough time to write and schedule a quick post upon my return.

It is the third of four individual 28mm “Stoessi’s Heroes” figures for the Plymouth Model Club D-Day display.  I’m not sure if Nancy Wake  was in any way involved with D-Day but the French Resistance would have been and so I wanted to include a suitable figure.  I settled on this one because Nancy was quite a remarkable women and I felt she deserved a shout out in my blog!

According to “Stoessi’s” web site Nancy Wake was a hard-drinking, hard-fighting WWII special agent, saboteur, and Maquis commander who survived four days of Gestapo interrogation, saved over two hundred downed Allied pilots from falling into the clutches of the Nazis, blew up a couple German supply depots, had a bounty of five million Francs placed on her head, and then killed an SS soldier with her bare hands.

She was the Allies’ most decorated servicewoman of WWII, and the Gestapo’s most-wanted person. They code-named her ‘The White Mouse’ because of her ability to elude capture.

Some lady!

Photos below.

TIM

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