The North Island Welsh
The Tauranga Medical Associators
Kerry (left) and Ants (right)
Choosing the figures wasn't all that difficult. For Ants' unit I wanted people who looked like doctors, but I only found a couple of figures that could pass off as wearing labcoats. Then it occured to me that many senior doctors in those days probably just wore suits, so there are a couple of chaps here who are "senior consultants". There are two porters in blue-grey shirts and dark blue trousers (modelled on the uniform worn by militia in the NZ Wars) and then some "hangers-on". I imagined the burly bald bloke to be the brother of the bald doctor in the white coat. He's standing with one foot on a box, which I assume is meant to be ammunition but which I turned into a case of wine - the writing says "Mills Reef" which is the name of a winery based in Tauranga. I tied a few of the figures together by painting accessories like scarves and ties in a blue and pink stripe, as a sort of "hospital colours"
The hospital porters
A doctor, his mercenary brother and Ants again
The North Island Welsh are just civilians and the odd bloke in some sort of uniform. Most of the figures are from the Musketeer Miniatures VBCW range, with a couple from the Artizan "Thrilling Tales" range again. The latter are a quite a bit chunkier than the former, but they mix ok if based individually.
Cap'n Birdseye on the left looks very much like my father-in-law
Unfortunately I ran out of time and didn't paint all the figures I had intended, so those extra ones travelled to NZ as raw metal. For Ants I had added the heavy machine gun from Empress Miniatures Spanish Civil War range, which is crewed by women and so I thought this would be the nurses' unit (it also contains the standard bearer). For Kerry I had another couple of figures and a pack of dogs from Westfalia Miniatures, as Kerry has a lovely dog who I envisaged faithfully following his master on the battlefield. Once the figures were finished, I needed flags. I did Ants' first: I searched the net for medical symbols I could use, hoping that either Tauranga Council of the NZ medical services would have some suitable coat of arms that I could use. Unfortunately neither did, so I fell back on the traditional medical sign of a staff and snake, with some red crosses. The scrolling effect looks awful - I really couldn't work out how to do it properly. Kerry's flag was easier - it's basically the Welsh national flag without the red dragon in the middle - I decided painting that was biting off too much, really. But I kept the "Welsh" in red lettering.
So there you go. The guys seem inspired to have a crack at this period. I had assumed they'd forge their own NZ backdrop, but I gather they are building their campaign around Kiwi units landing in Wales. Sounds a lot of fun. The photos are a bit crappy again - they were taken in haste just before I left home to fly to NZ (I'm ashamed to say I was painting the flags while the Kiwi was doing all the packing)! You can see other better ones taken by the lads themselves here and here.
18 figures. Painted November/December 2013.