Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Tratvian artillery

The Tratvian army continues to gently expand.  As a (slight) change from painting infantry I finished the gunners.  These chaps are all converted from Armies in Plastic figures, with shells made from a balsa skewer stolen from the kitchen.  There are four 3-man crews but they are having to work in rotation as there are only two guns at the moment!  The guns are the Britains 'Gun of the Royal Artillery' (Britains code 9715), both of which I picked up still boxed!  I expect that somewhere there are collectors softly weeping at the sight of these guns actually being used...




16 comments:

David Crook said...

Hi Tim,

They look really impressive - one of those giant Britains Howitzers would keep both crews occupied methinks!

All the best,

DC

Robert (Bob) Cordery said...

Tim,

Very nice guns ... and you have produced some excellent gunners to go with them.

I look forward to seeing them in action.

All the best,

Bob

Tim Gow said...

David Crook
Thanks. The Britains howitzer is an impressive beast, and I'll certainly have one if I can find one at a reasonable (cheap!) price. I think however that operating it may be a bit beyond Tratvian educational standards...

Tim Gow said...

Bob Cordery
I'm sure they'll have you dodging matchsticks before long!

Peter Douglas said...


TIm

Purists may weep, but I cheer to see your guns on table.

PD

Ross Mac rmacfa@gmail.com said...

Nice work on the gunners. I think this was one of the last guns Britain's produced. Mine was still boxed but I was way too excited and thinking "shiny toy to play with" to keep it. Turns out I never really took to the gun. It looks too late for my Colonial guys and is too nig for teh 40's Need another one?

-Ross

Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
You'll soon stop cheering when you see the lamentable standard of my gunnery...

Tim Gow said...

Ross Mac
I can see it being too big for 40s but really looks spot on with the 54s. I have it on good authority that Tsar Vladimir of Tratvia would welcome another such gun!

spprojectblog said...

Toys are meant to be played with. Wish I knew what happened to all my old Britains figures from my childhood. I remember having a kubel and a PAK40....

cheers,

Pete.

Peter Douglas said...

Tim

Ok, maybe gales of laughter might be more appropriate. It sounds like teh Tratvians have focused too much on spit and polish. Time to get some practice firing in!

FYI, I've long since found that it is safer to aquire one's own stash of bamboo skewers rather than abscond with some from kitchen stores.

Cheers
PD

Tim Gow said...

spprojectblog
I know what you mean Pete - if only we'd kept it all!

Tim Gow said...

Peter Douglas
Your plan makes sense, but pinching the skewers one at a time adds a certain frisson...

Scott B. Lesch said...

Nice! I've tried making AIP German WW One figures into Prussian Artillerymen.xbythi

Tim Gow said...

Scott B Lesch
One of the best features of AIP figures is the ease with which they can be carved!

The Dancing Cake Tin said...

Most impressive, Tim. They look like they can do the business.

Tim Gow said...

Dancing Cake Tin
As we say here in Tratvia "a smart uniform covers many inadequacies"