Another 2 smaller entries this week as I cleared a couple of mini projects off the paint table.
As soon as I found out in my research for WW1 in Mesopotamia that Highland Units had fought in the theatre, I was on the hunt for suitable figures which was when I came across Minifigs "Setting the East Ablaze" Range which had six suitable figures amongst the ones available, I ordered one of each as a test and was very impressed with the detail and animation of the models.
There were however no Command Figs and no Lewis gunners so I had to look around again for suitable figures which is when I located the Empress Miniatures Jazz Age Range, yes dated slightly after the WW1 period they would be destined for but not out of the range of possibilities, so I ordered a couple packs for a look see.
|Empress Lewis Gun Team|
|Size comparison Minifigs left, Empress right.|
I really love the character of these figures, the poses are great and the detail of the kilts peeping out from behind their khaki covers is just great. These will definitely be upgraded to a full 34 fig Battalion (4 x 8 Fig Coys and 2 Command) in the near future.
I have painted the models up to represent the 2nd Battalion of The Black Watch (42nd Foot), they arrived in Mesopotamia just after the start of the Siege of Kut-al-Amarah having just left the Western Front, they march onto river Boats and within 3 weeks they were in action trying to break the seige, hastily thrown in to the fray they went from 950 to less than a 100 men in their first battle.
You just proved splendidly that kilts can be worn anywhere on the planet, on any war theater. Thanks for sharing your research on this part of the Great War. You already have all the required scenery to give them soon a baptism of fire. 45 points for your efforts. (Sylvain)