I've been slowly steaming along with my Great War project and have just finished these two Belgian dog carts with their Carabinier crews - one towing a Maxim machine gun and the other hauling its ammunition supply. As I explained earlier I'm doing this project entirely in greyscale in homage to the images and films that are such a significant part of our collective memory.
Though dog carts may seem somewhat anachronistic for modern war their use was a significant part of Belgian society for centuries, hauling everything from milk to firewood, and so it was only natural that they were utilized for this military role.
|Belgian Carabiniers, wearing their distinctive Tyrolean style hats, leading their dog carts to the front.|
From my reading these poor beasts suffered greatly in the opening months of hostilities, faithfully assisting their masters in the defence of their nation and often paying the ultimate price.
I'm a big dog lover so I was immediately taken by these great 28mm castings from Brigade Models. They are quite finely cast, easy to assemble and have very little flash. Highly recommended.
I've mounted them on round 60mm Litko bases. After a bit of experimenting I've decided to go with a very muted and dark goundwork in order to allow the figures to better stand-out in contrast.
Below is a couple shots of the dog carts accompanied with some supporting Belgian troops (and a destroyed church in the background). The NCOs and Officers are mounted on hexagonal bases (again, from Litko) to better differentiate them from the rankers - a great tip shamelessly lifted from the talented Mr. Roundwood.
Next up will be some early-war German infantry to act as counterpoint to these lads...