Tuesday, 31 May 2011

The Pretty Face of Warfare

Here is the latest stage the ILP MIlitia Sister is at. I was hoping in having her finished tonight but They was a couple of other things I had to do. So it looks like toorrow we be when its finished. Here she is.

Monday, 30 May 2011

ILP Militia Goes Marching On

Here is the latest stage of the ILP Militia girl for you. I have tried really hard not to paint the girl to not look like a man in drag, which I tend to do. I think this time i have managed to paint a lady but in the end its only you who can tell me. Heres the picture.

VBCW in Leicestershire, The Start of Some Rumblings.

I have started to get down the start the flesh for what is happening in Leicester. This is by no means finished with only really the leicester and one town fleshed out. I throught that it might be good for someone else to have a look at and tell me what they think. I have done a map showing the main bases and holdings of the two largest factions. This is not to say that they are other faction here, its just I have not got around to them yet and they are only really minor players in the country. So this is what I has written so far.

Funny Goings On in Leicestershire

Or it’s a Very British Civil War in the Heart of the Country

Leicester is a mixed country of Left Wing, workers city at the heart of the county and a hunting set, public schools, land owning farming set in the rural areas. One could say the county is spilt in two by this with the wealthy land owning elite to the east and south, around the towns of Melton Mowbray, Uppingham, Oakham and Market Harborough and the North and West is the City of Leicester and towns like Loughborough and Coalville.


Map of Leicestershire & Rutland


A left leaning city dominated by the Shoe and Boot industry and fabrics. Following the Trade Unions in the city, most areas formed local militias usually centred around a factory or industry or around a local person or area.  Most of these militias had a tendency to lend left and as the city governing council supported the left, socialist view so did most of the militias.

These militias and defence groups ranged from large formations of a couple of hundred men or a group of factory workers, usually for the same union grouped together to form companies and battalions to small local militia and LDV of tens and twenty centred around a part of the city. The city council has tried and some would say failed to organise these into local defence companies to protect areas and wards of the city, but most tend to be independence of each other with the own independence command and supplies.

The quality of these ranges again from green troops with little in the way of weaponry and equipment to well trained and equipped units. The quality of the leadership and command of these units also ranges for poor, armatures with very little or no experience of warfare to well trained veterans or union leaders with experience of both organising men and of warfare. Added to this is the plan that the city has put in place to use the local Regiment, mainly TA, to help train these militias to a standard where they could at least drill and follow simple orders and battle plans.

The city is lucky enough to have some professional soldiers, TA and Yeomanry unit’s stations in the centre. The Leicestershire “The Tiger” headquarters were at the City’s Magazine and surrounding barrack buildings. Also there is another Barrack at the Drill Hall in Loughborough. However the Depot for the regiment was in South Wigson at Glen Parva Barrack and this part of the city and surrounding area stood for the King and Parliament. This meant that the regiment was split between the socialist in the city and Kings/Royalists to the south. The regiment itself tries to keep out of the conflict that was developing, but this was not easy, specialist after the units in the city started helping with training of the city’s militias.

The territorial units were mainly barracked within the city too at the new barracks on Ulvertoft Road. These TAs were the backbone of the city’s defence in the absence of the regular forces reluctance. A number of the officers and other ranks seem to be regulars who have “left” the regiment and joined up with them, being much needed training, support and equipment. This is not to say that all the TAs units fight for the city and the socialists as with the regular Leicestershire regiment and the Leicester Yeomanry they are found in both sides.

The Leicestershire Yeomanry also had its Headquarters within the city, also at the Magazine. B Squadron was also based here. The regiment were being converted to Artillery at the time of the outbreak, but have since reverted back to cavalry, leaving the artillery in the hands of the TA. Unlike the Leicestershire Regiment the Yeomanry has actively supported the city leading many of the attacks charging into the ranks of the Royalist forces and patrolling the areas on the fringes of the city’s and the socialist governing council’s control.


This a prize town held by the socialists with its bell foundry and railway network. The bell foundry is now turned over to production of armour plating, weapons manufacture and munitions manufacturing. The town has a large railways militias and these re strongly independent. The foundry also has a small but well trained militia to defence the foundry and the town if the needs arise.

The town also has C Squadron of the Leicestershire Yeomanry and H Company of the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment as the backbone of the town defence.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

ILP get Sexy

Here is the next sketch for the Red book this time its a "sexy" little number, a member of an Inpendent Labour Party Militia, This young lady is a sniper with her scoped hunting rifle and savage 1915 pisto; tucked into her belt. I think a girl you would NOT want to meet on the battlefield. Here she is for you to see.

ILP Militaman

The Humberstone Militia get Wheels

The Humberstone Militia now receive some wheels, okay tracks, in the form of this Carden-Loyd Mk VI Machine-gun Carrier. I have enjoyed paint this up, not totally sure the camo is correct but I like it. The actual model is from Reiver Castings priced at £10.00 and also comes with an armoured top for the crew, which I have not painted yet. All in all its a very nice little tankette.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

A New Chant Was Heard.....

Anew chant was heard from the east to the west, four legs good but no legs best, goes the lyrics of Arthur's Farm by Half Man, Man Biscuit. Here is the finished paint of the famous left wing writer, Eric Blair. I hope you like this illustration.

Left-Wing Political Writer

Saturday, 21 May 2011

A Journey to Leicester

Here is the latest stage the fellow is at and I have realised that I have not done this for a while, my bad. Still a long way to go and I really have to stop painting figures at the same time, lol.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

New Sketch But Who is He?

Here is the next one in the Peoples Army and he is a Left Wing writer who fought in the SCW. Can you guess who he is?

Left Wing Writer

A Touch of Frost Maybe

I have finished the next in the line of 18 illustrations for Paul Cummingham and Simon Douglas's forth coming book for VBCW. This time it is the shoe worker. As a skill and rather well off profession I have aimed to capture this and I think I have captured it. Here he is for you to enjoy.

Northamtonshire Shoe Worker 1938

Monday, 16 May 2011

Shoe Workers

THis is the later in the Red Series of illustrations and this is a sketch of a shoeworker from Northampton or Leicester. He is a little bit better off than the others I have drawn, it was and still is a highly skilled job. Here's the sketch for you all to enjoy.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

More Wallpaper

Here is a second PC/Mac wallpaper for you to choose from.

Enjoy them


Brigadier 38 Release

Hi look the latest in the line of 1938 VBCW books is on pre order now. Brigadier 38, Jolly sporting wargames rules has been designed by Simon Douglas and playtested by members from GWP3. This set covers composition of typical brigades, game preparation, command groups, orders, movement, firing, armoured combat, company and other tests, resolving melee, special rules, customising your forces and a detailed points chart. Its available from Solway Miniatures for pre order now.

And to coincide with this I have done a PC Wallpaper in three different sizes for you to downlaod and enjoy.



Please feel free to use them and spread the word of them.


Sunday, 8 May 2011

National Express

In the words of the Devine Comedy, its hard to get pass when your arse is the size of a small country and I think this sums this fella up petty well. He is a 1930s London Bus Driver in his trade union militia. Read more about him in the People's Armies book by Paul Cummingham, coming some. So here is the fellow.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

On the Buses

This is the sketch for the next fellow, a Busman. I like the way he is just a little overweight.

Unemployed Union Member

Not as strange as it sounds but in the 20s and30s the unemployed had a sort of union. Here is a unemployed worker with rifle and raincoat as sash.

I was a Traindriver Between the Wars

Work here is the later in the Reds book series, I train driver banner bearer. The banner is actually based on a real TU banner and I think it has come out well,

Thursday, 5 May 2011

John Bull and his Mate

I ordered a couple of things, well post boxes and telephone boxes, the red type, from Black Cat Bases and saw they have some dogs in their Obelisk Miniatures range and had to get this bulldog as a mascot for the Humberstone Militia. Its a very nice figure and here he is painted up.

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