David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occasional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Staff Car 1914

I have had the flu! Not the 'man' variety, but the full Monty flu! So, not much to show for the last couple of weeks. However, I did finish a Staff Car for my 1914 B.E.F. a while ago. As Phil has recently posted his progress on our joint 1914 project, I thought that this car might interest the odd visitor who finds his way here. The car was a £1.00 purchase in a tatt box in an antique shop in Scarborough in February 2011 and the drivers are from the Empress Miniatures range of SCW drivers. Phil painted the car, while I did the basing, painted the figures and sourced the period maps, newspapers and war diary pages to 'dress' the thing.
A general view of the piece

Catching up with the news!

Newspaper, maps and a war diary.

War Diary

Ypres anyone?

I think its come out quite well, at least given my limited skills, and while its quite anal in its own way to source all the bits from period specific artifacts, I do think it adds a touch to the game. I found all the maps, newspaper entries and diary via our old friend Google Search of course and scaled them down as best I could. The driver has a road map of Belgium from 1914, while the Officer has a newspaper, maps and a war diary from September 1914. Pointless I know, but I enjoyed doing it!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Rob! Nice to see a visitor who leaves a comment. Rarer than hens' teeth those chaps you know.

    2. You're welcome. I do understand - it's nice to be appreciated.

  2. You enjoyed doing it so it was far from pointless

    1. Yes, I did enjoy it, you are right, but for a 28mm piece seen from 3' plus it does n't make much sense in truth does it? But then, that's wargamers for you in a nutshell!

    2. As much sense than a blank page I suppose.

  3. You've done an amazing job with the model and the little accents, like the newspaper and maps, add so much to it. Well done - Sidney Roundwood would be proud to have that in his WW1 collection.

    1. Thanks Michael! Glad you liked the piece.