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.
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.
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 I know that the detail is there!