Thursday, 18 September 2014

Bavarian Artillery 1914

 I must admit that I thought twice about posting these pictures. I was most impressed with the results of my first Tumbling Dice German artillery in the shape of the 77mm Feldkanone. That is until I realised "the mistake".

Now even though the  artillery crew helmet's should have a ball rather than the spike (except for the Bavarian artillery) I can live with that.

No, the problem is one of my own making - I put the gun shield on back to front!
I will have to pull this one and the half completed one apart and do it properly. Bit of a pillock really!

This is the second "Doh!" moment in relation to these figures this week. I did seriously consider using the WW1 plastic figures from Airfix for my 1914 collection. However I decided against it on the grounds that while I could convert the ACW artillery into German and French pieces, it would be time consuming and fiddly.

So, what do I find out?  40 odd years down the line Airfix are finally filling the gap and producing 1914 French infantry and artillery, plus German and British (13pdr) artillery too. Available by the end of this year apparently. I'm sure I will be able to find an excuse to buy a box or two!

For the next post I am going to fix the artillery and finally finish those ACW cavalry I have been putting off for too long.


  1. This artillery crew is really attractive. Proof positive that one does not need necessarily need to paint pre-20th century colorful uniforms to have an eye-catching tabletop army.

    Best Regards,


    1. The Germans and French especially!

  2. Fantastic work, I didn't notice the gun shield being on back to front until you mentioned it!

  3. If you hadn't told us it was upside down none of us would ever have known - but that's not the point I realise!

  4. Gents - it is the "rivet counter" in me I am afraid!

  5. Hadn't heard about the new Airfix WW1! Beyond cool!

  6. Matt, I really like your field grey colour. What paints did you use?

  7. I use Vallejo 995 "German Grey" highlighted with Foundry 34b and then 34c greys. I then black lined some of the deeper grooves to make it stick out more use Foundry 34a black.