Monday, May 30, 2018

The return of Pickelhaube Miniatures of Australia

Pickelhaube Miniatures is a small cottage industry producer owned and operated by Matthias Vogel from Queensland who recently returned to the toy soldier scene after a four year absence.  He is the sculptor and painter and produces German Military subject matter C.1900.

WWI Uniforms: Greece, Bulgaria, Rumania & Serbia

Greek Cavalry Lance Corporal & Infantry Captain

Greek Artillery Captain

Bulgarian Infantry Colonel

Bulgarian Infantry Lance Corporal & Elite Infantry Private

Bulgarian Infantry Private

Romanian Infantry Officer & Corporal
Romanian Light Infantry

Serbian Infantry Corporal

Serbian Infantry Private

Sunday, May 29, 2017

Australian Uniforms: PART 8 - WWI Camel Corps

Trooper, 1st Australian Battalion, Imperial Camel Corps Brigade,
Middle East, C.1917

Camel Corps Badges  

Ship of the desert!

These wonderful images are produced by talented uniform expert and ex-serviceman Sean Ryan and are available on CD.  Check out Sean's website which lists all the uniform CD's currently available and also has on-line ordering/purchasing facilities:

90mm Australian Light Horseman by Aussie Tom

Tom from Western Australia sculpted this magnificent 90mm scale Australian Light Horseman from self hardening modelling clay a couple of years ago and donated the figure to a local Light Horse re-enactment group over his way.  The model is now on show in a Light Horse Museum in the west.  See Tom's  article ' building a large scale ANZAC figure from clay'.     

Light Horse & SAS from Aussie Tom

75 year old ex Aussie Digger Tom from the west sent me some more pics of a selection of his custom made Australian Light Horseman (in various scales), a larger scale Aussie with pack and a better view of one of his modern day SAS vehicles in 54mm scale.  Tom works entirely in self hardening modelling clay so each piece is a one off. 

Tom makes his models for his own personal pleasure and not as a commercial venture.  He quite often donates his pieces to various organisations, including re-enactor groups and military museums.        

Keep up the great work Tom and thanks for the pics.

Saturday, May 28, 2017

Victorian Park C.1900 in 54mm scale

Here's a couple of pics of a simple little Victoria era Aussie park scene I'm playing around with to eventually form another display option for some of my Australian Colonial range.  The base is a piece of timber covered with grass matting, the path is model railway ballast and the brick edging is Hudson & Allen bricks all secured with white glue.  The scenery is all by JG Miniatures and the figures are a mixture of a couple of WETS models, some Sarum figures and a sitting Trophy fellow.  The scene is far from finished but the pics will give you an idea of what I'm trying to achieve in a limited space.  My favourite piece is the beautiful water fountain by JG Miniatures and sadly no longer in production.  I'll post more pics as the scene develops and more WETS figures make their way into the park.

Friday, May 27, 2017

Building a large scale ANZAC from clay by Tom

From 75 year old ex Aussie Digger Tom comes his step by step guide to building a large scale 90-100mm figure from clay. Tom has decided to make an Australian WWI Infantryman (ANZAC) which he's very kindly going to send to me upon completion.

Stage 1. Toms uses a self hardening clay called 'Fimo' which he builds up over a wire armature. Tom started the figure at the legs and used various hobby tools to shape and carve the boots and puttees. He then roughed out the basic shape and bulk of the head and torso and while this was drying he made couple of sand bags, using crushed silver aluminium foil as a filler.


Stage 2. The torso was then joined to the legs and the overall body shape evened out with some more clay before the whole assembly was allowed to dry.

Stage 3. Tom has improved the overall shape and proportion of the figure with additional clay, bulked up the trousers and added creases. He has improved the head and added hair then moved onto the creation of the tunic by adding and shaping/carving additional clay before adding creases and a collar. Tom tells me more detail to the tunic is next, followed by webbing and then the the arms which he says are the hardest part to get right. 

Stage 4. Tom has improved the tunic by adding pockets and buttons and tidied up and shaped the tunic collar.  He's also added the slouch hat and puggarree.  Tom apologies for the average quality of his pics but he's battling with the settings on his digital camera and hopes to rectify this soon.  He's actually sending the completed figure to me so I'll photograph it with some clarity and post it here for all to see.  

Stage 5. Tom is making great progress now and has added 1908 pattern webbing equipment, back pack, blanket roll, canteen and bayonet and scabbard.  He's also added a chin strip to the slouch hat and tidied up the painting.  Next up will be the arms, a .303 rifle and a German helmet, which I assume he'll be holding.   

Stage 6. Tom has added the arms, rifle and German Stalhelm helmet and finished off the painting completing the figure from beginning to end in a week.  Tom tells me the figure is already on it's way to me in the post and I'm looking forward to seeing it in the flesh and getting some more pics.     

BELOW: A few of Tom's finished clay models in various scales

Australian Light Horse troopers and SAS vehicle

Australian Light Horse Trooper attacks Turkish trench

Charge of the Australian Light Horse @ Beersheba

Toms work bench