EXCERPT 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

Monday, March 12, 2018

Les bicycletes de Belmont

Don't worry, I'm not going to sing, but the Bicycle Scouts are done.

Converted Zinnbrigade Prussians with 3d printed bicycles courtesy of e_tenbris_lux.

The uniforms are a tiny bit darker than intended, an unfortunate side effect of mixing colours in a casual fashion. Since some colours dry darker, it can be easy to misjudge slightly when mixing a rarely used colour. An organized sort of person would probably make a careful note of exact paints used and exact proportions but where's the sense of adventure in that?

There should also be a number on the shako cover but I need to figure out if they should wear the number of the Jaeger regiment they are part of or something else.

The black leather is questionable but I was getting tired of the brown and Nash's Almark book shows one Jaeger in his grey-green uniform with black leather and that was good enough for me!


I was rather unsure what to do about the missing handlebars since the stand needs to be rugged enough to travel to conventions. Luckily I found a picture of German cyclists with their blanket and great coat rolled up and strapped to the handle bars. A close inspection would reveal that the Officer's bike has invisible handlebars underneath the blanket roll.

Next up is, well, a Mystery, even to me at this point.

29 comments:

  1. They do look good! Very "toy soldierly" (in a good way, of course).

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    1. Thanks, its been years from initial, vague concept to execution.

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  2. Excellent work Ross,they look great!

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    1. Can I ask for a little more detail as to where you got the bikes from ?

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    2. A friend with a 3d printer ran them off for me a few years a go. They've been waiting for me to figure out how to fit them in.

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  3. Great conversions there Ross- well done indeed.

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  4. "Très beau travail sur les bicyclettes", well done Ross!

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  5. Splendid looking models and bicycles. Along with Imaginative use of blankets, it all looks very convincing.

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  6. Shiny and proper. Just what the Dr. ordered.

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    1. They've been in the drawer for a few years now waiting for a prescription.

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  7. Agreed! Understatedly gorgeous.

    Best Regards,

    Stokes

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  8. What an excellent addition to your forces and the trick with the blanket rolls is very clever!

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    1. That picture saved me a real headache of a job.

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  9. Those look great - I am keen to add bicycle troops to my Boer War range at some point

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    1. Thanks Mike, I suspect that they would be a popular addition to either the Boer War or home service ranges, Volunteer Cyclists in fanciful uniforms were a popular choice for illustrations

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  10. I am quite taken with these prototypes:

    http://ridevintage.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Donald-Menzies-Cycles-Boer-War.jpg

    Mike

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    1. A bicyle built for four! Don't recall seeing that before! I have a lithograph of a 4 wheeled machine gun cycle supposedly in use during the defence of Ladysmith but I suspect it is an imaginative portrayal of an actual prototype that didn't see action. Would make a great model though.

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