Monday, 6 August 2018

Bringing up the big guns

I don’t actually need this for my Elandslaagte scenario however I couldn’t resist basing up my 4.7” Naval Gun. This is the last of the items I received from Ross last year together with a crew of Jacklex figures I’ve painted to go with it.

I doubt whether any of the gunners would really have worn blue during the Boer War campaigns but I thought they added a bit of colour. The straw hats do appear to have been worn judging by photos of these guns in action at the time.

This was a ‘must have’ item for me for this project and will certainly beef up the artillery on the British side.


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    1. It really is a lovely model - perhaps one of the best in the Jacklex range?

  2. I think it is the finest piece in the Jacklex armoury, excuse the pun!

    1. It's a great little model with quite a weight of metal!

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    1. It certainly gives that naval look to the crew!

  4. Its basically a 105 mm gun so looks more impressive than its actual punch abd I believe the rate of fire was not exciting. As it was not designed as a land artillery piece, but created ad hoc it was substantially over engineered. The British were desperate to get something to challenge the Boers' Creusots, but neither side had enough really heavy stuff to dominate the battlefield and the guns of the time were no realky accurate enough to pick off targets.
    Still lovely item.