Sunday, October 31, 2010

What is Leroy Painting Now?

Another set of images from Leroy's painting table - Perry Miniatures Hesse-Cassel Grenadiers for the American War of Independence. The figures are being painted for a friend of both myself and Leroy - Gavin Shanks who is one of Queensland's gentleman gamers and a very lucky man to have Leroy doing some work for him.



Friday, October 29, 2010

Old Glory Ottoman Artillery & Albanian Infantry

As promised I have had Leroy send through images of his latest and greatest painting commissions for me, just so that I can place something for you up on the blog other then my holiday. The figures pictured are from the great Old Glory Ottoman Range (The Long Decline) and are firstly the Ottoman Artillery and crew and followed by the Albanian Infantry (18th to 19th Century). The figures have been painted for John Maguire's ever growing Ottoman Collection in Townsville..the lucky buggar.

Enjoy




Albanian Infantry


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Mount San Jacinto State Park & Wilderness

I have found it hard not to love this country even though I have only seen a very small part of it. Today we drove one hour from 29 Palms to Palm Springs. Here myself and a friend caught the Aerial Tram up 8516ft to the top of the Mount San Jacinto State Park. Unfortunately there was only time to traverse only a small section of the mountain before we had to head back down. However the view was spectacular. Plan for the next trip is to walk a few of the trails over a period of one or two days.

Enjoy the view.



View from the Valley Station (2643ft) to the Mountain Station (8516ft)



View into the Wilderness

The view back down to Palm Springs


Monday, October 11, 2010

Palm Springs Air Museum - Pacific Theatre


In the second hanger was another fantastic display for the Pacific Theatre of world war two. Again I am sorry but I am very bad when it comes to aircraft identification. However the display did contain a Hellcat, Tigercat and a Wildcat, which I believe were all carrier based aircraft and are the ones shown with the folded wings. Enjoy






Also displayed were some great model ships of the period.





SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber

Palm Springs Air Museum - European Theatre

Today myself and a couple of other members of the team were very lucky to slip out of 29 Palms and down to the Palm Springs Air Museum. If you love all things that fly then this is the place for you. I'm not much of a expert on aircraft from the second world war but I was extremely impressed with the collection, many of which can be rolled out the door and flown. The Museum virtually runs off donations so if you do happen to drive by I encourage you to call in and have look at the fantastic collection they have.


The B-17G Flying Fortress. Very impressive in size I could not believe that out of the 12000 odd thousand they made, over 40% were lost in combat.




I'm not sure on this one but it was introduced right at the end of the second war war and did not see combat. However in Korea it saw plenty.


P40N - Kittyhawk (I think) This one saw combat in China.


PBY-5A - Catalina






I'm not sure on the other aircraft but I thought the nose art was fantastic


29 Palms

Landed in the USA just three days ago, still feeling a little jet lagged so I thought I might go for a run up into the hills. Not much to look at but this is where I will be working for the next five months.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Elite Miniatures Spanish



Just landed in the States only a few hours ago, brought a new laptop and thought I might try it out by placing up a post. The figures shown are from Elite Miniatures new range of Peninsular War Spanish. Peter has designed the range in 1805 regulation uniform and in the nice march attack pose. The range is still only small but will grow rapidly over the next few months to include a skirmish pack for the light infantry, militia in civilian dress, artillery and cavalry figures. The figures shown are just three of the different codes. First on the left is the musketeer march attack, followed by a grenadier and finally the light infantry figure. Figures have been painted and kindly donated for the blog by Victor Perry of Singleton Australia.



Friday, October 1, 2010

Off to the USA for Five Months

Hi All,

I am off to the US for the next five months for work and might not be able to place any more posts up for that period. However if I can, I will, as I am planning on visiting a friend on the East Coast and going to 'Fall In' in October. Plus I plan on seeing many a ACW/AWI battlefield, somewhere in all my spare time. So until then please enjoy the posts I have displayed to date.

Regards

Vinnie