These chaps recently arrived from their maker - Classic Toy Soldiers in the USA. "Why" I hear you ask "do you need such figures?" As always with such matters, 'need' is a word open to many interpretations. But here they are.
Thursday, 21 March 2019
Friday, 15 March 2019
1. trimming their caps into the shape of the Spanish 'Gorillo' side cap, with red piping added with a paint pen.
2. Carving off water bottles and ammo pouches (don't try this with the more recent harder plastic Airfix figures!)
3. Adding blanket rolls and knapsacks made of Milliput.
4. Er, that's about all! Like all of my figures, they're best viewed from a safe distance...
Sunday, 10 March 2019
Continuing with my Nationalist forces are those stalwarts of the Spanish Army of Africa, Moroccan Regulares. As with the other figures, these have been bodged from other nationalities and eras. In fact there’s not a Moroccan or indeed a Spaniard among them!
The chap with the flag began life as a HAT ACW Zouave. His rifle was carved away and a blanket roll added, then his hands were drilled to accommodate a brass rod flagpole.
From left to right (which could be, in itself, a summary of the conflict) : the officer is from the Armies in Plastic 1916 Germans set with a ‘paint conversion’. The machine gunner is an old hollowcast with a head from a WW2 US figure - the latter from one of the cheap Chinese sets mentioned in previous posts. The rank and file were my starting point and are in fact Replicants ACW zouaves, with their muskets shortened and waistcoats trimmed to look less flamboyant.
Monday, 4 March 2019
Above - Pagondas can be seen at the head of his Thebans near the top rightish of the photo. Hippocrates (left) leads the Athenians.