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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Another want completed.

I have always been envious of the windmill that Phil Olley possessed for his Polish renaissance game,and if I remember correctly,that windmill had sails that rotated. Anyway, since that first envious thought, I have seen several very fine examples at various wargames shows over the years. So biting the bullet I decided to obtain my own version of a windmill.
The beauty of the internet is the access to model dealers from around the world, and hence I was able to source my very own windmill from a Croatian company called TABLETOP WORLD. Definately not the cheapest model company, but certainly the provider of some first rate terrain pieces.
I would recommend the company to any wargamer who wants a very well modelled building. From the initial order, to delivery in the United Kingdom took two weeks, which I think is pretty good.The windmill is made from a lightweight plastic/resin and is very highly detailed. The kit comes in six pieces and is easy to build. More importantly it is a joy to paint. Im afraid I couldnt reach the painting standards of the windmill on the Tabletop World site, but it still looks good to me. Originally I intended to fix the piece to a base, but, having completed the painting I have decided to leave it free.




 I know not everyone is a fan of E BAY, but personally I have found the site very handy for buying some item, that I have always wanted, for instance issue 4 of the 1971 Military Modelling. A must for all anoraks.
 Anyway on an impulse I bid and won a small number of painted SYW figures from the site.
 I must admit I didnt need them, they were also of a true 25mm scale, so would look odd in a unit, but they looked interesting.
 When I got them, I was really pleased at just how good they were. Once I touched up the flesh, based them up  and did some work on the inevitable yellowing varnish, the figures came to life. I havent a clue of the manufacturer, or the wargamer who painted them, but they were worth the bidding. I havent given up on my own painting, but between various weekly doctors checks, the world cup and sleeping things have somehow slipped. Still I have started a regiment of Willie figures for a unit of my Wild Geese, so hopefully I will crack them off soon.



13 comments:

  1. Your mystery figures are from the legendary GHQ multipart SYW range from the 70s - or some definitely are, others are probably conversions. I've seen pictures of other figures from the same collection (painted identically) on Vintage Wargaming, or one of Clive's other blogs. Nice figures.

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    1. Thanks very much. One of the heads was loose when I got them.I asked the person that sold them, and they came from a wargamers collection who had passed away.
      No name unfortunately, which is sad as whoever had painted them was a very good painter.
      Thanks Robbie.

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  2. They are GHQ, and a converted tradition, and the figure with telescope I sculpted.

    If the Austrian figures have light blue and light purple facings they came from my collection, swopped with Frank Hinchliffe.

    John

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    1. Evening John,
      Well I really am chuffed now as the Austrians are as you described.
      So if you have anymore secreted away in a scrap box,please let me know.
      Thanks Robbie.

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  3. The collection was huge with Prussian, Austrian, British and French. Painted mainly by myself. The Austrian army was painted by Peter Kemplay.

    John

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    1. As per my earlier reply, what you have said makes them even more precious.Its a shame that only these figures have emerged up to now, as I would love to own some of the collection.The figures have a natural life about them.
      Thanks Robbie.

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  4. The Austrian officer in the purple facings looks like one of the Crusader Miniatures senior Austrian officers dismounted. The others look Hinchcliffe-like.

    Jim

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  5. I have found my photographs of this army.

    1.The Austrian Officer with map and officer with his hat off I have in a photograph with the rest of the regiment. The regiment of both battalions numbered over 60 figures plus loads of vignettes.
    2. The Officer in the light blue and yellow facings I have a full photograph. Originally he had a spontoon, and his head must have been replaced at some stage.
    3. The Officer with the telescope was from a British naval detachment.

    I have about 30 photographs of the collection from the mid-late 70's, I will post them on AMG.

    Hope that helps.
    John

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    1. Evening John,
      Actually it doesnt help, as I know that I will want to own some of the collection and I cant see that happening.Seriously though, I would really be interested in seeing the photographs of the units. Didnt Peter Kemplay have a wargames business in the 1970's? He was a very fine painter.
      Thanks for taking the time to post these replies.
      Robbie.

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  6. Now that's a windmill ! good pickup off Ebay

    -- Allan

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  7. Robbie,

    More GHQ here:
    http://theoldmetaldetector.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/GHQ

    When i first the Austrians pictured there i did wonder whether they'd originally been John's (John's collection is the only significant collection of GHQ that i've ever heard of in the UK) and now we know.

    cheers.

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  8. Robbie,
    It is a long story. I entered a few units in the painting competition at Northern Mil. back in the mid 70's both FH and PG wanted them.
    Peter Kemplay had a shop near Harrogate, then moved to Skipton. Two to three times a month I would visit him at his shop in Skipton, then go to a pub!
    At his shop I was first introduced to Tradition 25mm and 33mm figures.

    I converted loads of Tradition 25mm into firing Prussian/Austrian/Pandour units etc.

    Yes, Peter was an amazing painter of figures and on canvas. I have two original AWI paintings that I commissioned in the late 70's.

    I could continue.....but worthy more for AMG in the future.

    Regards
    John

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    1. Sorry for the slack reply John, but I have been working away.
      You now have my interest really piqued.
      I look forward to a longer continuation on the forum.
      Thanks Robbie.

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My 6mm Napoleonic set up.

My 6mm Napoleonic set up.
Austria 1809.

Austrian Hussars

Austrian Hussars
Hinchliffe figures

Austrian Grenzer

Austrian Grenzer
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