Thursday, 8 May 2014

Anglo-Zulu War Heliograph team

Just the briefest of posts to document the rebasing of this Zulu War, British Heliograph team.  The painted miniatures were an incredibly kind gift from my Secret Santa as part of the 'Santa Clause'; an event conceived by Ian of 'The Blog with no name' fame and splendidly organised by his dear lady wife, Cath.  

My Santa had very considerately left the basing to me so I was able to tie them in to the rest of my collection; a simple MDF disc from 'Warbases' and the addition of a box to store their equipment in seemed to do the trick.  I did indulge in a little frippery by adding the reflective lens to the Heliograph and gave the unit green cuffs to represent the 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot.

I believe they are originally from 'Black Tree Design' and will certainly have a welcome place in my collection, so once again a big thank you to my Secret Santa, they were very much appreciated.


The chaps as they arrived and safely affixed on their new bases.







53 comments:

  1. Nice figures and good painting job !

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  2. A very very cool stand Michael!

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  3. Having recently painted one in 10mm I can really appreciate this. It is rather splendid and should fit in very nicely with the rest of your crew.

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    1. That is very kind of you to say so Clint, they were a lovely addition and I was certainly very grateful.

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  4. Hopefully the sun stays out, or they'll be left twiddling their thumbs!

    Lucky man getting such a great gift in the post.

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    1. Perhaps not such a good device for deepest, darkest Yorkshire or an ill-fated Welsh campaign! ;)

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  5. Great vignette for sunnier climes.

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  6. Great looking display. Black Tree Designs are one of my favorite lines.

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    1. I have to say I was rather taken with them myself.

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  7. Nice going, Mr. Awdry.

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  8. These figures look marvelous and lovely painted.... great job!

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    1. I couldn't agree more, I was very lucky to receive them.

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  9. They look great and look even better on that lovely base.

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    1. That is very kind of you to say so Simon, thank you.

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  10. What a fantastic vignette...great work!

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  11. Nice little figure set chap

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    1. Certainly a welcome addition to the collection.

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    1. That is kind of you Chris, thank you.

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  13. really good vignette!
    it's very original too!
    bye

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  14. If I'm not mistaken, you now have at least two heliographs you lucky chap :-)

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    1. I'm not sure a chap can ever have too many Heliograph sections. ;)

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    1. Thank you Scott, I was inspired by a tutorial on Dave Taylor's blog.

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  16. Lovely painting and basing, Michael.

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  17. Excellent work Michael, is that 4th chap not on the final base a quatermaster or medic?

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    1. The chap on the left Chaplain George Smith, who accompanied centre column to Rorke's Drift. I have another version and some background on him here: http://28mmvictorianwarfare.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/chaplain-george-smith.html

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  18. There is absolutely nothing not to love about a heliograph, and this is lovely!

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    1. Thank you so much Admiral, I was jolly luck to receive this gift in the post.

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  19. That's a much better base by far.

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  20. A perfect complement - fine figures and a fine base. They look the part, Michael!

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    1. Thank you so much Sir, I certainly felt they deserved to be given a proper base.

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  21. What a fantastic idea. Nice basing sir. Love the lens too.

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    1. Thank you Bob, the lens was courtesy of a tutorial on Dave Taylor's blog, very talented painter.

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  22. A lovely vignette! How many points do I lose for having to look up heliograph?

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    1. Thank you Monty and I shouldn't worry too much, I wouldn't have known what one was before I started all this nonsense. ;)

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  23. Superb looking figures. Great character.

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