Thursday, 6 June 2013

Devils in Skirts!



From the moment I first saw the wonderful Rude Highlanders created by those good people at 'Westfalia Miniatures',  I have been harbouring a desire to add yet one more character to my homage to 'Carry on up the Khyber'.



Those that may have missed the celluloid masterpiece that is 'Carry on up the Khyber' will sadly be unaware of the story of the beleaguered garrison of the Queen's Own 3rd Foot and Mouth Regiment who tirelessly fight off the advances of the villainous Burpas who in turn threaten to invade the Jewel in the Crown through the strategically important Khyber pass.  


The regiment's motto, 'always ready for action' is gloriously illustrated by the insistence that the men wear nothing under their kilts, a custom that has earned them the epithet of the 'Devils in Skirts'.  This then becomes the subject for this latest piece of frippery. 


A head swap from a 'Perry Miniatures' highlander got the process underway and then all that remained was to file down some of the lovely detail around the cuffs and remove the large brass plate across his chest.  A little greenstuff was used to rebuild his collars and add a cap badge and generally tidy up the mess I had made with my file and that, as they say, was that.





Although some may wince at the inaccuracies of the equipment the overall effect seems to fit in nicely with the others!

"Company... kilts front... and raise!"







71 comments:

  1. Lol very funny figurines Michael , and very good paint .
    Greetings
    Vincent .

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  2. fantastic Work Michael tis a great film too
    Peace James

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    1. Thank you James, certainly one of my childhood favourites.

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  3. Fantastic work Sir M, Excellent conversion work!!!

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  4. Superb conversion and paintjob great looking trio of characters :D

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    1. Thank you Simon, huge fun to do too.

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  5. Nothing wrong with a full monty, great work Michael.

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    1. Certainly make you think twice about charging at them, thank you Francis.

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  6. Lovely! Stunning conversion on a lovely figure.

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    1. Thank you, that is very kind of you to say so.

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  7. Great conversion work and nice painting!

    Christopher

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  8. Do you have a Khasi of Kalabar figure to go with these?

    Lovely work Sir Michael!

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    1. Thank you Tamsin, really must source one of those.

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  9. Great fun work there Michael and a great homage to a great film

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  10. Very clever and a wonderful homage to the movie!

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    1. Thank you Scott, just had to be done really. ;)

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  11. Nothing like some good fun to liven up a game. Well done!
    Rod

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    1. Thank you Rod, always important to have some fun.

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  12. Cracking stuff as usual mate! Who cares if the equipment is a bit off? The original was hardly a masterpiece of historical accuracy ;-).

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    1. Thank you Millsy, that was certainly my thought too.

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  13. This was clearly great fun and great painting. Relieved to see no modding below the waist! ;-)

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    1. Certainly no need to add to the equipment below the waistline! Many thanks Monty.

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  14. Definitely a Hero type for G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T

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    1. Now there is an idea. Thank you for leaving a comment Terry as I've now been able to track done your splendid blog.

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  15. A good sniper could fix, and send him for an early retirement.

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    1. That would bring a tear to his eye!

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  16. I remember when you did the dio of a group of these boys. It was loads of fun. Nice job on the uh, uh, tartan:)

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    1. Thank you Anne, I do hope that we haven't made you blush!

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  17. I don't think I can see any inaccuracies of the equipment, in fact, it all seems to be present and correct. Glad to see the collars match the cuffs as well. A fine job!

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    1. Thank you Derek! Always a stickler for detail. ;-)

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  18. He must have some donkey genes somewhere in his ancestry ;-)

    Very clever conversion, Michael.

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    1. He is certainly blessed, many thanks Ben.

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  19. Great conversion Michael, he would fit with my Too Fat Lardies rules as Big Man Status III. :-)
    Cheers
    Stu

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    1. Thank you Stuart, he is certainly happy to share his assets with all.

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  20. There used to be an Indian Take-away here called "Curry on" which played the carry on films continually. Having seen this figure I think I need some tiffin with the Khasi's 3rd wife!

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    1. Now that sounds like my sort of restaurant, and of course there is always time for a spot of tiffin.

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  21. Very nice conversion, Michael.
    And a funny idea to bring this movie classic to life. :-D

    Cheers
    Monty

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    1. Thank you Stefan, it was great fun to do too.

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  22. Greate work !!!

    Best regards Michael

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  23. Fantastic, Michael. Perfect compliment to Private Widdle!

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    1. Thank you Sidney, glad to finally have it finished.

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  24. Great looking, and funny, minis!
    Phil.

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  25. To quote the great Khasi of Kalabar "What are you running from? There's nothing to be afraid of......ooh, I dunno though!"

    Great conversion, that film always makes me chuckle. How about a Brother Belcher figure?

    Regards,
    Matt

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    1. Thank you Matt, certainly worth considering, although I could always use Reverend Witt conversion.

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  26. Brilliant! The Tartan is excellent..but I think you might have missed a bit on his helmet. (que Sid James dirty laugh)

    My favourite bit in the film is the attack on the compound and the way Peter butterworth (brother Belcher) reacts to all the "bravado" around him.

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  27. Hah brilliant! Where's the other one from the pack though? ;-)

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    1. Still thinking how best to use him, thank you though.

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  28. Shouldn't expect to much more from a Highlander. Nice additions to your miniatures. Are they in scale, old boy?

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    1. Thank you Jan, al fit well with other 28mm miniatures.

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  29. Funny figure! It's something else as showing their back!

    Greetings
    Peter
    http://www.peterscave.blogspot.be/

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    1. Thank you Peter, he certainly isn't a shy boy.

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  30. Excellent work, Sir - and well done on getting so many comments! This is clearly a popular post!

    To think that the internet should be utilised for such a thing as full-frontal nudity... tut tut!

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    1. Thank you Colonel, it certainly is curious as to what will stir people into commenting!

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  31. Very nice conversion... adds real character to your army!

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