Monday, 12 March 2018

Man The Barricades! (Deetails SCW)

Suddenly it is Spring and the weather is just right for gaming outside again.   So it was off to The Spanish Civil War...

And the Barricades of Barcelona...

The Nationalists Attack!

Led by the mighty Panzer 1!

But the Anarchists are ready.

Although the Nationalist bombardment is relentless.

Germans assist in anti-tank support for the Nationalists.

Still the barricades hold!

A fit of fascination with the Spanish Civil War led to some new Deetails conversions.  Here are some of my favourites...

I plan to use them as Partisans too.

But until then, more barricades must be defended!


  1. Wonderful stuff! Great Deetail conversions and a Farmer!

    1. Hi Maudlin Tar Jack,

      Thank you. And that was the first action for that farmer too! He is going to the Falklands next I think...

      And thanks also for your comment because it led to a happy half-hour visiting your great blog seeing the posts I missed over the last while.

    2. Thanks for your kind words back!
      When my sister and I were kids we had a Britain's Farm with that Farmer - great toys. I'm hoping to bring a couple of Britain's Zoo animals into some games soon!

  2. These are great! I've just been enjoying the process of trying to identify some of the conversions. Simple but effective, my favourite kind!

    1. Hi Ross,

      Thanks, they were quite fun to do and they saved me from buying miniatures to satisfy the current SCW mania. As for the Deetails, they are a mix of British, American and German WWII, ACW, 7th Cavalry and Cowboys. My favourite head swaps were the berets from Deetails' Modern British.

  3. Some great ideas for conversions there, thanks for sharing them. the monochrome picture looks very realistic.

    1. Hi Brian,

      Thank you, Brian. And my pleasure to share them, I am happy that there are other people out there who like to see photos of Deetails figures. As for the monochrome picture I was tempted to do the whole post like that but I then I missed the wonderful colours of the Deetails. But I do like that first one a lot. I feel it also shows just how the Deetails poses are so wonderful and realistic.

    2. A few questions if you don't mind? who makes those great early tanks and AFVs? I don't know a great deal about the SCW, which faction to the red/black helmets represent?

      Many thanks, Brian

    3. Hi Brian,

      I am only seeing this now after having just visited and loved your posting of the big Deetails battle on your great blog.

      As for the tanks, they were all bought assembled and mostly painted from a fantastic German seller on ebay, I can't think of the name at the moment.

      The black and red helmets are my attempt at Anarchists. A bit of an inside joke too about Anarchists all having the same proper and approved headgear...

      Hope this helps.

      And your collection of Deetails (like all of your various toy soldiers) is incredible! It would be a dream sometime to have our collections gaming together, Brian!

      Private w.

    4. Hi again Brian,

      The ebay seller is ebbekaus. (But please don't bid on the T-26 - my Anarchists want and need they can paint it red and black...)

    5. Thanks for this, I'll keep away from the T-26!

  4. Replies
    1. Hi Anthony,

      Thanks for your comment and for stopping by! Glad you like them.

    2. private w., your blog is breathtakingly inspirational! My friend Brian Carrick has an enormous collection of Deetail medievals and I myself have just begun to collect Deetail WW2 British and Germans. Your conversions arer amazing and have made me realise that one doesn't have to be limited to the 'official' periods represented by Deetail figures. Very best wishes, Anthony.

    3. Hi Anthony,

      Thank you, that is very nice of you to say! Deetails are just so wonderful and (to my mind) the perfect toy soldier. The amount of variety and selection that Britains made is fantastic, but like you said, there are gaps that I always wished were covered. By converting them (which took me a long time to work up the courage to get over the horror and heresy of chopping up and re-painting these wonderful figures) it seems like any and every period can now be open for gaming with them.

      And Anthony you are lucky to be friends and gaming with Brian - I am excited at the idea of others gaming with Deetails - it seems like most of the time when I bring out or suggest gaming with my Deetails, everyone round here either groans or runs away!

      Thanks again, Anthony, and please be a regular visitor here. I hope to get back into some irregular posting again.

      private w.

  5. That is an interesting mix of Republican figures.

  6. Was the red and black cap colour scheme historical?

  7. The Germans with grey uniform but sand coloured helmets are an interesting colour scheme.