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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Humberstone Militia, Garden Suburb Section

Here is the next in the Humberstone Militia series and its the Garden Suburb Section. A wonderfully cute name for the section but it is based upon the area of housing built for workers of a local shoe factory. The Humberstone Garden Suburb is notable because it is the only time that a UK workers cooperative created a housing cooperative and built a housing estate for its members. The Anchor Tenants housing Association was formed in 1887 by the workers cooperative of the Anchor Boot and Shoe Co-operative Society which was a co-operatively run boot and shoe works in Asforby Street, Leicestershire. The members of the cooperative contributed a percentage of their wages and bought a block of land just outside Leicester by the village of Humberstone, and they built 97 houses. The first houses were in use by 1908 and the Anchor employees were let houses by the association at a rent that was collected to cover the upkeep of the properties.

The section is armed mainly with .303 SMLE rifles with the Shop Steward armed with a Begmann MP28 smg and the support for the section in the form of a Soviet made Degtyaryov DP28 lmg. The section carried a flag into battle as left leanings socialists politics and are considered the best motivated troops in the Militia, being used as the mainstay of any attacks.

Humberstone Militia, Garden Suburb Section

Humberstone Militia, Garden Suburb Section

Humberstone Militia, Garden Suburb Section Standard

19 comments:

  1. Another smashing unit with a ready made history to boot (sorry, couldn't resist...)!

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  2. Lol Rosbif and so true. Thanks there mate

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  3. An armed union...yikes!! I'd cooperate with them!

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    1. Yes indeed Jay an armed union, if fact the whole city is a bit of an armed union

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  4. Nice work pete, I really need to get on and paint some stuff up over the xmas break!

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    1. Thanks there mate and I look forward for seeing your results

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  5. Yes another great looking unit. You really bring them to life with brush and story line. Great effort

    Ian

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    1. Thanks there Ian for the kind words. To me the back story of the units is as important of the actually miniatures and I guess that is the reason why I love VBCW so much

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  6. Fabulous Pete and have a great Christmas my good man.

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    1. Thanks there Michael and Merry Christmas to you and your family too

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  7. Very Nice PK. The back story is all part of the joy. 2 sleeps til Crimbo so I shall take this oppertunity to wish you well. Seasons Greetings and Peace and Prosperity for the future. (Hope Santa brings you something Nice....Maybe some more Brushes so we can all enjoy it as well.)

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    1. Thanks you Clint and I hope the same back for you, Merry Christmas

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  8. Pete another great looking unit.
    Cheers
    Stu

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  9. Hi, PK: Me again. I wanted to be sure and tell you how much I am enjoying your Blog Header. This cartoon panel reminds me a lot of the drawing [illustrative-caricature] style of some of my favorite 1930s-1940s newspaper comics. Thanks!!

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    1. Thanks there Jay I am happy that you are enjoying the banner and the style I was going for was as you say.

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  10. Its a beautiful militia group thanks!

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