Friday, 4 March 2016

BRITISH INFANTRY 28mm: Snipers, Adjutant, FO,Medic,PIAT and 2" Mortar,

These are my new additions to British Support List
British Infantry 28mm: Sniper, Adjutant, FO, Medic, PIAT, 2"Mortar. 

The snipers are modeled from images on the web of Canadian snipers.The standing sniper is a metal figure, the loader of a 3" mortar. I performed metal surgery and removed his head and arms and replaced them with plastic ones from  warlords British Infantry kit together with a sniper rifle.I used "liquid green stuff" to blend in his leather jerkin with his shirt to make it look like a Dension smock and modeled  a scrim over his head.

The kneeling sniper is plastic, from warlords Brit Infantry, I also used "liquid green stuff" to modify his shirt into a Dension smock. Added a knife strapped to his leg, a Sten with a silencer,ammo sling and partially covered his face with scrim.
Camo strips on rifle done with Miliput and white styrene strips used for gun straps.

All these figures are plastic, the FO team's radio and Medic bag are scratch built, some plastic surgery performed on the FO radio man and guy with the binoculars.


The PIAT teams are all plastic, modifications were made with the inclusion of a PIAT round in the chamber ready to fire, gun  straps where added together with helmet straps moulded with 'liquid green stuff'. For a bit of variety I placed the firer's back pack on the ground with a Sten resting on it. As usual, I got a bit excited and made up 3 teams.

The Mortar teams are also plastic, when viewed from the gaming table I wanted to differentiate the 2" mortar teams from the PIAT teams as both groups are in a kneeling position(and my eye sight isn't the best) .
This was achieved by adding a shell exiting  the mortar together with a puff of smoke.
The only other conversions are the helmet,rifle straps and a cover for the top of the mortar.


I used this image as a reference, found on You Tube.
cut a suitable size off a thin brass rod

Use a suitable putty to mould the shell
Super glue the fine turf flock onto the shank of the rod and glue the small clump of denser flock towards the base allow a bit of the rod to be inserted into the mortar.
Using a fine drill carefully drill into the barrel of the mortar
check the depth and make any necessary adjustments
You can trim the flock or push it about to the desired shape and seal it with super glue. Paint, Off white,followed by a black wash, then dry brush with off white and or Iraqi sand followed by spot painting with off white
the shell Black grey and highlight, 
Once dry, super glue into the barrel and there you have one mortar shell exiting the barrel


  1. Beautiful work sir! I love the warm, clean style of painting you have :o) Also, that mortar tip is ace. Simple and very effective.
    Thanks for posting.

    1. Thank you Matt for your comments,I am finally moving onto painting the infantry to make up a Platoon.

  2. Lovely work John.

    You modelled the adjutant, you're mad!

    1. thanks Andy and yes staying up late modelling, does that to you :-)

  3. Excellent and very impressive job, they look awesome!

  4. These look amazing John. All the little touches like the straps and so forth bring them to life and stand out that much more than a great paint job. (Which they also have.)
    Rather inspiring stuff.

    1. Thanks Dai, I appreciate your comments ;-)

  5. You've inspired me to re-visit and touch up my plastic British. Did them about a year and a half back and my painting has improved quite a bit since then! Thanks for the great pictures.

    1. Thanks for your comment Aaron and its great to hear that you have been inspired.
      Painting 28mm is new to me, and has taken me a while to workout how to paint them to get a descent standard, I'm still learning.

  6. Masterclass. Great conversion work, painting and attention to detail, not just on this but all your previous posts that I have just visited again.
    What you have done with the snipers and the 2" mortars is superb John.
    Thanks for sharing how you did these.

    1. Thanks Pat for you comments :-),when I reach the terrain making stage I'll be taking your masterclasses on Terrain.

  7. Hi, John! I'm building an entire battalion of Late War Brits with several support units. I find your work very inspiring and would like to know, in particular, how you created the prone mortar men.
    Kind regards

    1. Thanks 798y89p for you comments,
      The prone mortar team are all plastics from Warlord games,
      If you view the picture of the medic in this page of the blog you will see that this is the torso I used for the mortar team.
      Mortar firer: just place the torso on the ground flat separate both legs at the junction of the lower torso, the right leg with the slight bend is then rotated and glued in place, the leg leg is place straight out, with another cut made below the gauntlet and the foot is place with the sole of the shoe showing. The head is propped up a bit and some green stuff was used to fill in the gap.
      The loader: The same torso was used and positioned on its side. the straight leg has only been modified at the top of the gauntlet where a cut was made so that it could be placed flat on the ground. The right leg was cut at the junction of the torso and moved slightly so that the boots would touch the ground.
      hope this helps
      cheers John
      Ps. use blue tac to temporarily join the bit together, once happy with the position glue them down.

  8. Sorry. Have no idea how 'Publish' produced a pic of my girlfriend!