Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Crickey, My Bikey!


According to Roderick Spode, every Englishman should have in his possession an honest, British-made bicycle. Surely everyone had a bicycle in the 1930s, but what about their 28mm counterparts?

The trouble is, do you really want to double the size of your VBCW collection by making bicycle mounted versions of all your troops? Sure, Wargames Foundry and Warlord Games both do infantry on pushbikes (I have a unit made out of these figures), but even so…


Luckily I discovered that Dixon Miniatures, in addition to also making bike-mounted troops, also sell pushbikes on their own.


Mounted on whatever small bases I had to hand, these make great ‘mounted’ markers for any unit so inclined to pedal. Two packs gives you enough to give an entire infantry section a bike each, or have a single marker for each section and plenty left over for scatter terrain, objectives and such.


If, like me, you have a two or three minis lying around spare (in my case the survivors from my WW2 Perry plastic sprue and a smidgen of Greenstuff), you can base them with a bike to create messenger/runner (er, peddler) figures too.


These Dixon bikes are very easy to put together (simply glue the handlebars into the hole already provided) and don't take a lot of cleaning up.

"I were right about that saddle though..."


4 comments:

  1. Nice work! My parents still have their Rudge bicycles from that era, huge solid machines that could probably ram a Tiger tank and come off better. I'm planning to get some bicycle dragoons for my 10mm AVBCW collection.

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    1. Hmmm, bicycle-bourne anti-tank teams...
      Looking forward to seeing your 10mm cyclists mate!

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  2. Damn bloody good. Well done, good post.

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