Anachronisms and organisation

Someone on Channel 5’s “Great British Model Railway Challenge” first episode commented that in the recent film “Dunkirk”, the characters boarded a 1960s train.

Sorry, but that film began to lose me within the first two minutes when our hero walked past an obviously late 20th century building. I think the producers or directors may have been too caught up in the actual location to seek a realistic location.

And today, while clearing up and meticulously filing (yes – I am getting organised) models from my most recent wargame I have “The Cockleshell Heroes” on the TV in the background. A gratuitous and unnecessary* side shot of a German warship clearly bearing a British frigate reference number. Showing the crew wearing German hats a few moments later does not rectify the glaring error.

But while organising my 1:285 and 1:300 scale models I see that I have far too many 1940 Germans representing 1944 types – exactly like most film costume designers.
And I have created Arnhem with British church ruins and Normandy shops. Who am I to criticise?

Incidentally, during a TV advertisement break in the film I was informed that Colgate toothpaste is created by professionals. Well, that’s another worry resolved!

*Gratuitous and unnecessary. Is that tautology? I stand open to correction from fellow pedants.

More toys ready for the table

I have just finished painting two light cavalry units for my generic Red Army and Blue Army.  They are painted in a toy soldier style, using only red, blue, white and black for uniforms, and a standard colour for horses within each regiment.

The models are from Irregular Miniatures’ 6mm range.  FN5 Polish Lancers if I remember well.

These photographs do not do them justice, taken with an iPhone because I have nothing better at the moment.

Red waits while Blue deploys two troops in scouting formation
Red waits while Blue deploys two troops in scouting formation
Blue cavalry scouting
Blue cavalry scouting
Red light cavalry in column of march
Red light cavalry in column of march

Footnote.  I know that in this scale you are supposed to skip the detail and concentrate on the mass, but I wish I had never taken up cavalry re-enacting.  I now feel compelled to paint almost every item of horse furniture where previously the reins would have been sufficient.  I use the Army Painter “Wargamer: Insane Detail” brush for much of this work, with a good light and a large magnifying glass.

And when deployed on the table know that the detail is there!