Above is a pic of Lt. Colonel James Galbraith, Regimental Colour in hand, alongside Bobbie the regimental dog and some of the other "Last Eleven" survivors of the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment, making their last stand in one of the walled gardens just South of Khig village, a few miles West of the Afghan town of Maiwand.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

CONVERSIONS VIII - HATS OFF!

I've been MIA from this blog, due to a crazed deadline at work, but you can't keep a crazed Maiwand Day enthusiast down for too long, so I'm back for a moment or two, with some pics of another very simple but IMHO quite nice little conversion, using:

(1) a Wargames Foundry Colonial British Officer in poshteen...

HIGHLAND INFANTRY COMMAND

(2) the mustacheoed BARE HEAD from the Empress Miniatures Anglo-Zulu War Accessories Range...


...and finally:

(3) a spare FOREIGN SERVICE HELMET from the equipment pack in the same Empress Minis range...


I took a couple of reference shots of myself holding my own repro. helmet, to get a better idea of exactly how the helmet would fit in the hand and lay against the leg...





































Sadly I don't have any step-by-step conversion process picks but it was very straight forward: X-acto the original head off, adjust the neck stump with blade and file until the join with the neck is as close to perfect as you can get and then super-glue together. Then I cut away the binoculars in the officer's left hand and cleared a tiny slot in the hand for it to grip the helmet with...



























































































Next up are 3 even simpler conversions, all confined solely to changes of heads and their hats:

(1) an Afghan regular artillery crewman, swapping out his head for one of the Empress spares, and ending with a British Army Hospital Corpsman, or, depending on paint job, a British soldier of any branch, useful in a wide variety of roles...























































































(2) yet another Foundry British officer in poshteen, with his helmeted head replaced with the Empress Miniatures Glengarry-wearing bearded head...





























(3) and a Perry Miniatures British officer from the Sikh command pack, holding a water-bottle in his hand, with his head swapped out for an Empress Glengarry-wearing head with a mustache...































3 comments:

  1. Thank you, Furt.

    Not too many left to put up -- a medic attending a casualty on a stretcher and artillery crew converted from working breech-loaders to muzzle-loaders...

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  2. Yikes -- how could I have been so blind?! Very sorry I referred to you as "Furt" Prinz Geoffrey! Furt seems a wonderful fellow, fine miniature wargamer and blogger extraordinaire, but he has nothing on you!

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