Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Bits and pieces (guns)

Various weapons for 28mm figures that I've been working on. These are invariably built around a simple wire armature with my usual mixture of Milliput and Green Stuff. I really enjoy the process of researching and building these little pieces, though pretty much all other work comes to halt on the workbench so that I can concentrate on getting everything right. 

These photos will also give some clues as to what figures are in the pipeline... A couple of friendly members of the Kalashnikov family; an AK74 and an AMD65. The submachine gun is a Portuguese FBP.

Here are a few W-I-P photos of the AA52 Machine Gun miniature. As can be seen in the second photo  I bulk out the rough shape of the receiver which is then allowed to cure and is then filed and carved into shape. This lets me create nice sharp edges on the miniature. 

Once this is the correct size and shape I can begin adding details. The tapering barrel on this gun was a particular challenge. In the last shot you can see the receiver and barrel completed.

....and that's when I stopped taking photos. 

Bye for now folks, more madness soon.

Friday, 19 July 2013


Here is the latest group of 28mm African nationalist guerillas. They're armed with obsolete World War Two DP light machine-guns and Mauser K98 bolt action rifles. They will, as usual, be released under the title 'ZANLA guerillas' by Eureka Miniatures.

In fact these miniatures are representative of pretty much all the armed groups that fought against the security forces of Portugal and Rhodesia during the 1960's and 70's.

ZANLA (Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army) and ZIPRA (Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army) were the armed wings of ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union) and ZAPU (Zimbabwe African People's Union) respectively.

The nationalist group in Guine was FARP (Forcas Armadas Revolucionarias de Povo), the armed wing of PAIGC (Partido Africano da Independencia da Guine e Cabo Verde).  
FRELIMO (Frente Libertacao de Mozambique) fought the Portuguese military in Mozambique.

Now that that's all cleared up.... I can tell you that the mould for these figures is in line to be made some time next week, and while it may be a while 'til their official release they should be available 'under the counter' so to speak from Eureka Miniatures and Eureka USA pretty soon.