von BK-Thorsten | 09.09.2020 | eingestellt unter: Weltkriege

Early War Miniatures: Early War Australier

Early War Miniatures arbeiten an einer Reihe Early War Australier.

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New Early War Australian Army range in development.
I’m a fan of Peter Fitzsimmonds, an author of Australian military history books. His work on the “Rats of Tobruk” is outstanding and proved to be a great inspiration for this new range. Already excited and interested in the early war North African campaigns, discovering a lot more about the Australian 6th Division and the 2AIF (Second Australian Imperial Force), has proven to be most rewarding.
EWM purchased a number of models a few years ago from the former Sargent Major ranges in America. One of the ranges that came in that purchase was a range of early war Australian army models. I think they were previously marketed under the banner of “battle scape”, but i am not sure. It was always on my mind to rework these 20mm ranges and incorporate them into the wider EWM WW2 offerings. Listening again to the Rats of Tobruk, proved to be the spark that ignited the flame of interest.
The look of these early war Australians is quiet unique in that their uniform is a mixture of old and new. Old being the long, late WW1 army tunic, combined with 1937 or 1908 pattern webbing, WW1 leather armless jerkin, great coats, long bayonets, 303 rifles and a mix of helmet and Aussie bush hats, worn only as these magnificent troops would wear such a combination. As war progressed, the appearance of the “bush Artillery” during the siege also adds yet more interest. Fighting in Libya, Greece, Crete and even Syria, these troops got into some heavy fighting. Their “look” evolved during this time. I wanted to capture that look, for these early war battles and so to build a range suitable for such encounters was started.
The range features separate heads. New masters were made for heads with Bush hats (3 designs), helmets worn at a suitable angle, with goggles worn and hung on the helmets and with scrim netting. Separate heads offer the chance to make the figures all look slightly different, to add character and poise. Separate rear packs are both molded on some designs, but the majority are without. Separate castings mean you can quickly add them to all the figures or just some, as you desire. Adding rear packs is a easy and quick addition.
All the base figures from the old SGM range have been remastered. Heads removed and common sized sockets added. Details added and enhanced where I wanted them. New poses created. The range features poses with and without the early war gas mask case at the “alert position”. Some of the range feature figures in great coats for north Africa. Just look at the pictures of these men in action and you will see how common that is. Some even wear leather jerkins UNDER their long tunics. I wanted to allow the modeler to build a unit with character, that looked like they have been on campaign, lacking total uniformity, but still utilizing common equipment’s in service at the time. I wanted them to look like “Diggers”, each one a character and a pleasure to paint.
so the third mold was made and cut today. the fruits of that mold sit before me on my desk. I shall make some up and photograph these in the morning. until then, I hope this has generated some interest for the coming new range.
Paul T@EWM

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New Early War 2nd Australian Imperial Force range in development – part 2
Here are some pictures taken today of the castings from the 3rd mold finished Wednesday. I have tried to show what the miniatures look like by fitting both head options. Each figure in the new Australian range will come with both head options.
A nice selection of infantry types advancing and attacking. Some of the figures boast the Gas mask case in the „alarm position“. Thats basically on the front of the chest ready to use. Some of the poses dont have the gas mask case. I wanted to show the figures like I see in the pictures Im researching. In the same group you can have men with and with out that gas mask case. When we sell them, they will be of a pose or unit and so the gas mask case may not be on all the figures. If you have a preference, we can pick with or without. I did not want to have a separate code for all of them, but there are some exceptions. these are coded with or with out the gas mask case.
The Morris platoon truck is from our „built & ready“ range but has been updated. You can build it with windscreens up or down. The bars are for the folded canvas hood over the cab. You can order with screen fitted, or as shown and more commonly seen, with just the poles behind the cab. The final layout of the model will see some stowage included. The Bren on its AA mount with crew firing and the driver and officer observing will be in one version of the kit. The platoon truck was central to the unit and a common sight. This kit has come together better than I could have imagined.
Support weapon and teams are also progressing well with Vickers MMG, 3 inch mortar and some other Anti-Aircraft versions with bren and lewis guns. The field telephone set is a great addition for FOO’s or forward HQ.
I still have another 10 or so figures and designs to work on so Part 3 will follow as progress is made. I hope you enjoy seeing a range becoming a „reality“, from pictures, books and stories all creating a creative desire and passion to turn these into a new range depicting early war Australian Troops in north Africa, Greece and Syria.
Cheers Paul T@EWM

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