Monthly Archives: July 2011

Indians this time

The SHQ range of early war Commonwealth troops features some excellent poses and is comparable in quality to their Dutch, Polish and Cossack figures (I should point out that their recent French, Belgian and Italian releases are, in my humblest of opinions, less than inspiring).

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Sadly the same cannot be said for their mould quality. In inspecting the contents of my packet – which, I should happily add, took a mere four days to arrive – I was dismayed to discover four severely miscast figures that simply had to be chucked away into the bin. That’s the equivalent of ¬£2.75, or an entire pack of figures! Although the same fate thankfully didn’t befall the rest of my order, most (but not all) of the figures that were salvageable did require some considerable cleaning up. My advice would be for those in a hurry to order an extra pack or two in case you end up having to wait another week for replacements.

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In painting them I used the following colours, all derived from the FOW painting guide.

Uniform VMC Iraqi Sand
Webbing, Turban and Socks VMC Khaki
Shoes VMC Black Grey
Flesh VPA New Wood
Water Bottle VMC US Field Drab

Sadly no one does figures wearing the distinctive Indian army topee, so for such beleaguered fellows as the 2nd KOYLI I’ll have to put up with SHQ’s South Africans.

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For the two figures I used VPA Light Mud for their socks and webbing equipment.

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even more Japanese

Actually finished these last week, but a trip up north precluded their being photographed.

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More dipped Japanese

Against my better judgement I am fast becoming a convert to the Army Painter way of life painting – why spend half an hour working on one single figure when you can do twenty? At this rate I should have a regiment ready by the end of the month, now that I’m finally back in the painting saddle.

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The figures¬† are from the old IT Figures range, which is currently available from S&A Scenics. While they aren’t stellar, unlike some other makes (Kelly’s Heroes and FAA immediately spring to mind) they are perfect for dipping/washing.

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