Monday, 1 September 2014

Holiday snaps 2014

Just before I went down to Devon for a weeks holiday I visited the Battle Proms at Ragley Hall, before the music there was WW1 era cavalry demo and a RHA battery firing it's 18 pounder.

The highlight for me was the Grace Spitfire which flew over the site for a good while performing turns and barrell rolls, excellent stuff.

While in Torquay I spotted these couple of WW2 coastal boats, my knowledge of these boats only goes as far as the Airfix catalogue, they look like a RAF rescue launch and a Motor Torpedo Boat. The boats are a museum if this is your sort of thing.

On my visit to Brixham in March, I tries to find the battery museum, it was alas closed as it was out of season, I was determined to visit this time. We got to it walking from the harbour following the South West Coast path walking through the site only seeing the museum itself when walking up and out of one of the bays. Here's the link to their website it is completely run by unpaid volunteers relying on donations and grants for its survival.

Humber Pig, armoured truck used by the British Army from the 50's and leaving service in the 90's.

The AA guns weren't labelled but I wonder if the came from HMS Brixham.

Battery commanders uniform.

Bren gun on AA mount.

SOE wireless in a briefcase, compare this to the wireless setup below which came from a bomber.

Here's a Bren in front of an German MG42, note the colour, it's very dark. Black and dark grey - no shiny metals here!

M1 carbine, relatively light to pick up.

The legendary Thompson SMG, again note the colour. This thing is heavy!

Sten gun, very black but not as heavy or as well built as the 'tommy gun'.

Diorama showing the battery during the war.

Observation point awaiting restoration by volunteers.

This building housed the generators for the site, ensuring power carried on even if the town electric supply is put out of action.

Hidden behind the plants is the munitions store.

Command and Control center.

Tunnel down to a gun floor.

Here's one of the batteries two gun floors, the guns here ranged out in the bay. The battery also had AA guns and a fixed rocket battery.

 The second gun floor has sleeping quarters next to it.

Shots below are from inside the gun floor and are currently being restored.

Ready ammunition in its separate parts were kept at the end of this tunnel.

The tunnel eventually comes to an emergency exit, now secured.

Searchlight point.

Second searchlight point.

The site of the former cookhouse and training room.

This was a great visit especially as it's manned by volunteers and paid for by donations. Go pay a visit.

This weekends painting

First up, here's the BEF cavalry, finally finished and with that the project is completed.

Recently at Wyvern Wargamers, Phil brought his growing 28mm Sudan collection in for a game, some photos in the last post, this inspired me as I had previously been interested in the period, even buying a couple of Baccus packs. The Baccus figures were rescued from the 'For Sale' box and have been given a dash of paint.

Using the Polemos base sizes I've split a pack of Beja across 3 60mm square bases, a British pack, based on 60mm x 30mm, will produce 4 bases.

Finally some more Baccus, this time ACW, these were done a while ago but needed the sabot bases and flock.

I'm working on finishing some more French Indian war figures for a club next month.