of my Miniatures
The aim of these pictures is not to
show off my painting. I'm a relatively good painter, but since my
intention was always to paint large armies of Reds, Whites and
Nationalist factions, I had to compromise a bit on quality this time
round. But the real problem is that my camera is really not up to
photographing such small objects. Instead I hope to show some figures
not otherwise easily found on the web or which are a bit different.
My improvised armoured train, scratch built on N scale railway
carriages. The advantage of using N scale is that the train is rather a
lot shorter than if I used a larger scale and, in any case, since I
have opted for N scale terrain I really had to go for this size. The
disadvantage, apart from expense, is that it took quite a lot of work
to get the Peter Pig figures into such small carriages. (It is
priceless seeing the look on the face of the railway enthusiasts when
you tell them that you want to buy a second-hand engine but that you
don't mind how broken it is!)
Skytrex 1:144 scale planes. Cheap and easy to build.
Easily the most useless thing in my collection. I don't really know
what I was thinking. It's a "Spike" in 1:144 scale from some outfit in
Moldova, and they were used on the larger rivers and lakes in the RCW.
To the left a scratch build armoured car, representing one of the many
improvised types used, using a Peter Pig Belgian armoured car as a
base. To the right the Peter Pig Austin-Putilov.
The Peter Pig staff carriage, lightly converted, and with stationary
rather than running horses. A nice model for Commissar Voroshilov to
drive up in. The PP tachanka uses the same carriage, and also comes
with either stationary or running horses.
Heavy howitzers from Really Useful Guns. Crew represent Whites in
You need lots of these if you have cavalry, since RCW cavalry often
dismounted. The horses are Peter Pig from the ACW range; the holders
are a standard bearer (without standard obviously) and Red artillery
That nice Martin at Peter Pig made these because I asked for them. The
standard limber pack comes with four horses but I make my ones with
six, as above (which is the historical amount). I then made a pair of
stationary limber models (using the standing horses from the tachanka
option and a remade limber without crew sitting on it) to act for when
the guns are unlimbered. Another pair of models using the running
horses from the tachankas is used to represent my horse guns. The gun
is a PP 18-pdr.
If you want to see better pictures of Peter Pig figures in ordinary
rifle and sabre units then these sites might help:
Plus there are a few figures of mine in my terrain page