28mm Great War Era Gallery

These forces were mostly finished at one point… Then I re-based them (to multi-figure bases) first for "Great War Commander" (a variant of Blitzkrieg Commander/Cold War Commander) then later the DBA Extension for 1500 – 1900AD (which we extended further to 1920!)… then I re-based, and re-organized then all over again - back to single bases (though bigger ones than they'd originally been based on and organized into bigger units of fifteen. Why fifteen? Well because the rules I’ll most often use are a mash up based on Contemptible Little Armies and Ever Victorious Armies (and a few others too) and the units in there are between 8 and 18… and originally I’d had units of 13... but the current storage drawers I have fit ten of these guys across. Three rows is 30 – two units of fifteen. Ten seemed too small… 20 seems a bit big… Fifteen...

I have a number of forces for this era that (hopefully) will eventually be displayed here; Late War Canadians and Germans, East Africa (German and British), Turks, ANZACs, Early War British, French and Germans, Bolsheviks, and Chinese.... but first we begin with...


CANADIAN CORPS AT VIMY RIDGE - 1917


CORPS TROOPS


Canadian Light Horse





 Canadian Light Horse - the miniatures are from Old Glory - you can read more about them here where I originally posted them:  Canadian Light Horse


FIRST DIVISION

1st Infantry Brigade

The entire 1st Brigade is made up of figures from Wargames Foundry



1st (Western Ontario) Battalion



2nd (Eastern Ontario) Battalion



3rd (Toronto) Battalion



4th (Central Ontario) Battalion


2nd Infantry Brigade

The entire 2nd Brigade is made up of figures from Old Glory Miniatures



5th Battalion (Western Cavalry)



7th Battalion (British Columbia)



8th Battalion (Winnipeg Rifles)



10th Battalion (Canadians) 


3rd Infantry Brigade

The Third Brigade is made up of a mix of Old Glory Figures, Wargames Foundry and my own homemade figures - in fact the highland infantryman used in the 15th and 16th Battalions was the first figure I ever modelled and cast!



13th Battalion (Royal Highland Regiment of Canada) 



14th Battalion (Royal Montreal Regiment) 



15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) 



16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) 


SECOND DIVISION


4th Infantry Brigade

The 4th Infantry Brigade is made up of figures from 1st Corps



18th (Western Ontario) Battalion



19th (Central Ontario) Battalion



20th (Central Ontario) Battalion

The remaining battalion of the 4th Brigade (21st battalions) shall be posted soon-ish.



5th Infantry Brigade 

The 5th Infantry brigade is made up of figures from Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design



22e  Battalion (Canadien Français)

6th Infantry Brigade

Sometime... Early 2017...?


THIRD DIVISION



7th Infantry Brigade




The entire 7th Brigade is made up of figures from Great War Miniatures



The Royal Canadian Regiment



Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry



 42nd Canadian Infantry Battalion (Royal Highland Regiment of Canada)



49th (Edmonton) Battalion



Casualties/Morale Failure markers for the 7th Infantry Brigade.

I should probably post some separate pictures of the brigade staff and other attachments 



8th Infantry Brigade



The 8th Infantry Brigade was part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force's 3rd Division in the Great War. It consisted of four battalions of "Mounted Rifles" which had been originally been raised in late 1914 as 8 regiments in two brigades. Upon their arrival overseas, however, it became immediately apparent that there would be no role for mounted rifles anytime soon and were thus "dismounted" and amalgamated into four regular infantry battalions.

The entire 8th Brigade is made up of figures from Renegade Miniatures




The entire 8th Infantry Brigade, CEF



Brigade Commander and HQ along with the 8th Trench Mortar Battery and the 8th company, 3rd Canadian Machine-Gun Battalion





First Battalion Canadian Mounted Rifles - which my Great Uncle Bertram served with at Vimy Ridge!






Second Battalion Canadian Mounted Rifles






Fourth Battalion Canadian Mounted Rifles






Fifth Battalion Canadian Mounted Rifles



9th Infantry Brigade


The 9th Brigade included the 43rd (Cameron Highlanders) Battalion, the 52nd (North Ontario) Battalion, the 58th (Central Ontario) Battalion, and the 60th (Victoria Rifles) Battalion. This brigade is  made up of figures from Brigade Games.



43rd Battalion (Cameron Highlanders of Canada) 



52nd (North Ontario) Battalion.



58th (Central Ontario) Battalion



60th Battalion (Victoria Rifles of Canada)



9th Canadian Machine-Gun Company




FOURTH DIVISION


I have two Brigades of the Fourth finished - they are all homecast figures, I just need to get around to taking some pictures.... 



CANADIAN CAVALRY BRIGADE


Took no part in the action at Vimy - they weren't even part of the Canadian Corps. But I thought I'd do them for giggles at some point. I have two regiments worth of figures from  Great War Miniatures I need to get painted at some point.



CANADIAN SIBERIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE 


Also, obviously, took no part in the action at Vimy... But I'd like to put a force together using the figures from Tiger Miniatures. I have lots of Bolsheviks I could use them with in "What if" battles...





GERMANS AT VIMY RIDGE - 1917


Most of the Germans I have were modelled, molded and cast by myself.

Gruppe Souchez


Gruppe Souchez occupied the line just North of Gruppe Vimy. Some of the Canadians assaulting Vimy  Ridge (and later "The Pimple") faced elements of the 16th Bavarian Reserve Division which were part of Gruppe Souchez.

16th Bavarian Reserve Division

11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment



The 11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment 



I/11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment



II/11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment



III/11th Bavarian Infantry Regiment


Gruppe Vimy

79th Reserve Infantry Division

261st Reserve Infantry Regiment




261st Reserve Infantry Regiment



Regimental Command – currently a sigle staff officer (that I made myself)



Trench Mortars – from Renegade Miniatures 



I/261st Reserve Infantry Regiment



II/261st Reserve Infantry Regiment



III/261st Reserve Infantry Regiment


261st Reserve Infantry Regiment

coming soon!  



262nd Reserve Infantry Regiment

coming soon!  


263rd Reserve Infantry Regiment

coming soon!  




TSARIST/IMPERIAL RUSSIANS


(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version)



This is the whole force. Two regiments of four battalions, plus a few machine-gun detachments, supporting artillery and attached cavalry…


The Tsar and family (and an orthodox priest)

The Tsar and his family are from West Wind Productions and the priest is from Brigade Games



The two Regimental Commanders. I think these were both from West Wind as well – part of the old “Cowboy Wars” line, if you can believer that – I think the pack was called Russian Hunting Party #2… or something like that…


1st Regiment.

The Regiment is made up of four battalions of fifteen figures each.



2nd Regiment.

The rank and file soldiers in these two Rifle Regiments were modeled by my friend John Bertolini



These are the officers of the battalions above. The four on the right are from Copplestone Castings. The next four are from the same Brigade Games pack as the Orthodox Priest above, and the last one is, I believe from Crusader Miniatures (stragely enough, once again, from a “Wild West” line – I think the pack was called “foreigners”!?)


A pair of “Snipers” for more Pulp Adventurey games… These were form the same West Wind/Cowboys Wars pack as the Regimental Commanders.


A standard bearer. Modified one of John’s castings. I have a second one with just the pole, if I ever get around to making a flag for it, each of the Regiments can have one - to follow their Regimental Commander around. For now This fellow will follow around whatever is acting as Brigade Commander…


The Machine-gun Detachments. The two on the outside are from Old Glory, and the one in the middle is from Coppelstone Castings.

I might like to get one more... That way I'd have a nice even two per regiment... maybe someday...



The Guns (one GUN, rather). I do have a second one to assemble and paint up some day… The model and crew are from Battle Honors.


The Cavalry. Could be fielded as two smaller forces of 8 or one big one of 16… painted up as Cossacks from two different hosts… don’t ask me which ones, I can’t remember… The men were modeled and cast (and painted, of course) by myself. The Horses were bought – Hinchifee, I think…?


Some dead and dying Russians for morale failure tokens. These are from Old Glory.


In case I ever need to use the force as elements of the Asian Cavalry Division – this is Baron Roman Nikolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg and a his bodyguard (figures from Coppelstone Castings)


Ungern-Sternberg on foot. A frightful sight, is he not? (also from Coppelstone Castings)



1914 BELGIANS


I don't have a lot of stuff for this force.... and likely never will have....


Currently I have a batch of Carabiniers.  I’d like to pick up another 12 (at some point!) to fill out two units of 15. 




These 1914 Belgian Carabiniers from Great War Miniatures.




a 1914 Belgian MG team - also from  Great War Miniatures.


I do have a few more MG teams to paint up yet.


At some point I wouldn't mind adding a couple units of regular infantry and grenadiers, and perhaps some cavalry (or carabiniers cyclists - if Brigade Models ever does a mounted version!)





1914 FRENCH

I also have a small (but largely unpainted, so far) force of French. Here's what I have painted so far...


Great War French Chasseurs à Cheval from Renegade Miniatures.

I have a second cavalry unit of Dragoons from  Great War Miniatures  that needs to be painted.




The first regular infantry unit (from Great War Miniatures).




The second regular infantry unit (also from Great War Miniatures).


One more unit of infantry still to paint.




Two Great War French St. Étienne machine-gun teams also from Great War Miniatures.

I need to pick up some guns for them! 


1914 GERMANS

In addition to a rather extensive force of later war (1917-ish) Germans I have a small force of 1914 Germans as well - mostly cavalry (so far...) 


Great War German Hussars from Wargames Foundry



Great War German Dragoons also from Wargames Foundry.




Finally, a unit of Jägers (also from Wargames Foundry). 

At some point I'd like to pick up a "regiment" of three units ("batalions") of early war German infantry and a few guns and such to support them... 




1914 BRITISH

A small force of units from the BEF for the initial engagements of the Great War.



British Cavalry Unit from Renegade Miniatures.



A unit of British Infantry - also from Renegade Miniatures.

I do also have some more 1914 British... at some point I'll get some pictures of them..



GREAT WAR ANZACs

I have teh beginnings of a small force of ANZACs (mostly Australian Light Horse) for battling my Turks in the Middle East.


Australian Light Horsemen from Brigade Games. I have a second unit of these to paint at some point. 


Dismounted Australian Light Horse (also from Brigade Games) - for fighting at Galipoli and such. I have another two units of these to paint up at some point... 


ALH Vickers team for a bit of support. 

I don't have any great urge to get any more than what I already have to paint up. Largely because I don't have an awful lot of Turks for them to fight against...



GREAT WAR INDIAN

And finally I have the beginnings of a very small force of Indians... 




Indian Cavalry (Lancers).


And that's pretty much it... I'd like to pick up some infantry and machine-gun teams at some point - and some more of these cavalrymen - but they're a pretty low priority at the moment.







GERMANS IN EAST AFRICA



Here are my German forces for East Africa (or Timbogo, should I ever decide to set some Great War battles in my fictional African nation!) The force is made up of figures from Copplestone Castings,  Wargames FoundryBrigade Games, and a number of my own askaris.

Some of the troops (native bearers and tribal warriors) could easily be fielded on one side or the other, I suppose, but I've pictured them here to show how large the force COULD be.

At some point I'll post pictures of the individual units.