Anyway, on to business. A few months back I used one of the scenic bases from Secret Weapon Miniatures to create a Sherlock Holmes-themed diorama. It ended up making a nice gift, so I thought I'd do something similar for Christmas.
The base is the same from Secret Weapon. I've not started a whole new army since the Palladians, but if I did I'd definitely get these bases to build my army. Really nice - and dead easy to use. The model is one of the PIAT gunners from Warlord Games' British Airborne range - there's no conversion and painting was fairly straightforward. I used a similar process to my Army of Freedom from World War Two month. The base used successive layers of drybrushing and a generous application of weathering powder.
This is meant to represent Maj Robert Henry Cain - a British Army officer who was awarded the Victoria Cross during the Battle of Arnhem. He personally knocked out a StuG tank by calmly and persistently battering away at it with the PIAT gun, until he supervised the arrival of a 75mm howitzer which destroyed it. The next day, he fought off three more tanks, eschewing cover to sit in open ground and get a better shot. A few days later the Germans sought to crush the last resistance and launched an attack with StuGs and flamethrowers. His trusty PIAT out of action, Maj Cain used a 2" mortar and fired it from the hip (!) directly into the enemy and forced him to retreat - and all this over a period of several days, with multiple serious injuries and a perforated eardrum.
It will end up as a gift for my Grandad who is interested in the history of the VC - in fact, when I did a presentation for my French spoken exam a few years back on Maj Cain, he helped me do the research for it.
So anyway! A nice little distraction. Work ploughs onwards with Mordian7th's veterans - hoping to get them in the post just after Christmas now. And the St Adelphian Penal Company has reenforcements in the post from sunny Australia.
Everyone, everywhere, thankyou for the last year of comments, projects and gifts on the blog. Hopefully there'll be many more to come.