Catching Up A Bit!

At the moment I’m still busy with Franco-Prussian War cavalry, but a couple of other small models have managed to get themselves finished.  August sees the anniversary of three different campaigns that I  have wargames figures for, so I’m trying to concentrate on them at the moment.  The first major actions in the Franco-Prussian War took place 150 years ago, the most critical stage in the Russo-Polish War happened 100 years ago and 75 years ago, in 1945, the Soviets launched Operation August Storm against the Japanese in Manchuria, an event that is widely regarded as a textbook operational-level campaign.

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Easiest to deal with first is the 1945 operation in Manchuria.  Much of the Soviet tank strength in the Far East was made up of older pre-war T-26 and BT-5/7 light tanks, bolstered by numbers of more modern T-34s.  The Soviets created a small number (around 50) of armoured personnel carriers from old T-26 light tanks and deployed them in this campaign.  Can’t find any pictures of them, but I reckoned the Shapeways 3-D print of the TR-4 shown above fitted the bill!  It’s got a simple enclosed superstructure replacing the original turret, big doors in either side and what appears to be a machine gun mounting point in the front and rear faces, so I reckoned it’d do the job for me!  A simple paint, shade and drybrushed muck/highlight was all that was required and it’s shown with some of my ancient ESCI WW2 Soviet infantry for scale.

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For the Russo-Polish War I’m still working on some Polish and Red Army infantry, but did manage to finish the Polish armoured car shown above.  This was a plastic kit built years ago that had just sat around in a plain ochre undercoat, so I thought I might as well get it finished!  In fact, because of its size (it was based on a Ford Model T car) I painted it in an evening!  The figures are Strelets 1:72 Polish infantry for comparison.  The colours were shown on the painting guide that came on the kit’s box, so I just used them and I like how it’s turned out!

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The bulk of my painting time has been spent on my FPW French Dragoons and Prussian Hussars, shown above.  These aren’t finished yet, but I’ve made good progress with them – for all of the figures, the riders are now finished along with the basic horse colours, so I reckon that’s them 85% – 90% complete.  I’ve got other bits I’m doing some preparation on, but I reckon I’ll get the cavalry finished for August!

Stay safe everyone!

29 comments

  1. Very nice John and painted just great, the Franco-Prussian war I am not too familiar with but I will no doubt get there eventually, having just taken out a subscription with Wargames illustrated it came with WW2 Germans sprue I am painting In between more Napoleonic Austrians , great fun..

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    • Thanks Steve! 🙂 As long as you’re enjoying it, that’s all that matters! I painted Austrians for 1859/66 about four years ago and found it a real slog with all the white (they have the same white/blue general appearance as Napoleonic infantry) – I had to break up painting the infantry with cavalry, Grenzers and artillery teams in between just to keep everything moving along!

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  2. Another interesting overview of some of the more obscure (and therefore interesting) campaigns. The Franco-Prussian cavalry are lovely. Strelets also did some Russian civil war troops which would suit I guess for the Polish-Soviet war but it’s old style sculpting so it depends on how you’d feel about them!

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    • Thanks Marvin! 🙂 I do have some of the Strelets RCW figures and some are in the process of getting painted at the moment, so you can probably expect to see them in a post sometime. The Red Army figures in summer dress are spot on for the Russo-Polish War, with a mix of uniform styles evident!

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  3. Well John that is interesting, I didn’t know that the Russians and the Japanese had a bit of a dust up in Manchuria until I was looking up Japanese light tanks and some one had been exploring a battle field that had a scattering of them ,but as things are I could never find that site again when I had time to check it out again.
    I love the little T-model, a neighbour had one when I was young and one the farm and drove us around in it I was always amazed at how spindly and basic they were. I see the horses are coming on nicely to mate !!

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    • Thanks Pat! 🙂 The August Storm operation was a large scale affair and contributed to the Japanese decision to surrender in 1945 from what I understand!
      I like Model Ts – they’ve got plenty of character!
      Only manes, tails, reins and bases left to do now on the cavalry – nearly there!

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  4. I just finished reading a book on WWII (because I had never read about it if you can believe it) so I had some idea and appreciation of what you’ve been working on but the added bits of history you provided were really fun to read as well. Everything you worked on looks great and those soldiers have nice detail and look full of life which is perfect for the battlefield! 🙂

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