Plucky Little Belgium!

Not really anything new this time, just a bit of tidying up, so another brief post!


These guys are Belgian horse artillerymen from the opening period of WW1, when the Belgians still wore uniforms set firmly in the style of the previous century!  They featured in my 100th post but have since been re-based on individual bases.  The gun and crew used to be on one large base, with the seated limber driver being firmly glued onto the gunlayer’s seat on the gun!  I now base all my gun crews individually, so they all got removed from the big base and put onto their own bases, with some texture added, followed by painting and adding scatter grass.  The figures themselves haven’t been repainted.

Way back, they started out as Britannia Miniatures 20mm WW1 German gunners, but some cutting, filing and milliput-ing gave them small fur busbies in place of helmets.  I thought I’d have to give them a new gun, since the gunner was stuck to it, but I managed to prise him off without damaging anything.  The gun itself then got tidied up with some fresh light grey in places, highlighted with sky grey – it had originally been drybrushed light grey over black, which wasn’t really all that good.

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The seated gunner got stuck onto a bit of plasticard painted to look like a seat so that he can be temporarily placed on one of my generic two-horse limbers for towing the gun.  The style of all of these figures was a single highlight layer over a black base-coat, to fit in with other figures I’d painted and been given as a Christmas present from my wife (my British and German gunners featured here when they got the same treatment).  I wouldn’t paint them in that style these days, but they still look tidy enough considering they’re now about 25 years old!


  1. Ah, more of those bases that I like. Nice, freshly-painted looking field piece and great that you were able to convert and refurbish some of your old Germans.

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    • Thanks Ann! 🙂 In fact these are bases done slightly differently, although they look the same! I mixed some Vallejo earth texture, some Vallejo white pumice, some GW Stirland Mud, another GW texture (a sort of light brown shade) and some Humbrol acrylic dark earth to produce a coloured texture similar in colour to the more usual Humbrol dark earth I use to paint bases. The white pumice is coarser grained and lightens the colour as well as giving it bulk, but the whole mix sticks and goes on quite well because of the Vallejo texture in the mix. I mixed it up in a small jar about three times and and that was enough to see me through most of my Paraguayan War figures, and there was a bit left so I used it on the Belgians!

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  2. Very nice indeed. One of the things I like most about the Belgian army in WWI is their insane dedication to old uniform styles. The work you’ve done to get them wearing busbies is terrific. I have some Belgian troops in 1/72 somewhere which I keep planning to paint ‘at some point’. I did paint some of their cycle troops which were great to do.

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    • Thanks Marvin! 🙂 I know it was relatively simple to do adding busbies from milliput, but I think I’d make a hash of it these days! I have a sprue of four WW1 Belgians on bicycles by HaT somewhere – it was a bit of a surprise, because I bought the Japanese WW2 cyclists by them and got two Japanese sprues and one of Belgians! Which reminds me, it’s about time I painted those Japanese!

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  3. Those conversions look just grand, as do the cockades! Also nothing wrong with the black lining given the uniforms’ dark hue. I can’t say I admire the infantry’s 1914 choice of livery (which is odd since the Danes wore practically the same colour combination in 1940 and I think them cool) but these artillerists are any entirely different matter.

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