EXERT FROM APPENDIX 1 from Don Featherstone's Battles With Model Soldiers
(The book that got me started.)

"Nothing in these pages is a dictate, no word says you must or you shall do it this way. On the contrary, the book sets out from the very beginning to stimulate the reader to think for himself, and to use what he has read merely as a foundation for efforts and ideas which reflect his own temperament and character. Only in this way will he obtain maximum satisfaction from the hobby of battling with model soldiers."

-Don Featherstone 1918 - 2013

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Scheming

Ok got a gun, now what is the colour scheme?

The only pictures I have of the real 4.7" guns are Black & White and none of my brief  sources thought to mention colour. In most pictures the barrels don't look much different than the carriage, sometimes a little darker. I have read stories of British units going crazy with khaki paint during the Boer War, even painting mules, though that might be apocryphal, but a monochrome model was not going to cut it.

The finished gun with temporary crew from my Mid 19thC forces. Homemade 40mm sailors with converted Scruby ACW officer.

The original Britain's model came with a grey carriage and bronze barrel. The grey seemed plausible but I'm pretty sure the barrels were steel not bronze. Then I found a picture of the burst barrel of a 4.7 that supposedly was used in the Boer War and then at Gallipoli.

Pic from Wikimedia of a 4.7" gun barrel abandoned at Gallipoli.
Now in Australian War Memorial


Black! There we are then. Now what about the crew? If this was an historical project I would have to do the sailors in standard army khaki with a naval straw hat. Borrrrrring! Luckily my old favorite  History of The War in South Africa  by James H Birch. (You can download it or read it on line, pictures included,  here on openlibrary.org ) has a more attractive version seen below.
"How the Blue Jackets shelled the Boers at Ladysmith".  

But I also found this on the net.
(Attribution pending once I find the picture again)
Since I had been contemplating a 1914 landing party in similar dress and have some very similar original Britain's I think I will go this route, once I get some more putty. Of course having seen the landing party 12 pdr and thought "ooooh!" I am going to have to make one after all. Although, it does kinda look like that old toy gun I've been using as a mountain gun and I do have two of them......,

14 comments:

  1. Hi ROSS- superb 4.7" Cannon - You have chosen just the right colour scheme - excellent modelling from scratch- well done! Regards. KEV.

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    2. Thanks Kev. It came out as well as I had hoped and much better than I feared.

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  2. Turned out nicely! I think the colors are quite suitable (based on no research, except seeing black cannon barrels in old forts - from a different era!).

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    1. Yes they are common here too and they look good!

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  3. I think the finished gun looks great - definately go with the blue jackets!

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  4. Visited Fort Rinella on Malta once and paid my money to fire their muzzle loader. It's not the same as a 4.7" cannon but the colour scheme is basically as you did:

    http://i.ytimg.com/vi/iI8MDrg4Wjc/maxresdefault.jpg

    For a picture of it.

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    1. Thanks Rob. Nice howitzer! And right general era.

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    2. Thanks Rob. Nice howitzer! And right general era.

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  5. G'day Ross,
    Lovely job! I remember reading somewhere - the reference lost in the fog of memory - that the later British guns were black barrelled on gray carriages. Your guna and crew hits the target precisely and looks terrific.
    Jerry

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    1. Thanks Jerry, I'm very happy with it. I admit that I actually knew the black and grey was used earlier, I'm just not sure when it was replaced by khaki and was looking for support for the scheme I wanted.

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  6. Love the gun, Ross. Well done ! And the temporary crew look just fine with it.

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