Hello my lovely blogger buddies,
I hope you’re all doing well. It’s day seven of lockdown here for me and I’ve got to be honest and say it’s not my favourite thing in the world. I’m ok but I’m just someone who needs his cup filled to the brim hehe.
I’m really enjoying doing the home schooling with the little one and being around the family more but I need to make sure I’m occupied otherwise I will go a little stir crazy.
I’m an optimist by nature so I keep reminding myself how lucky I am.
One thing I have done is given myself a Mohawk haha. I’m not sure if this is a sign of my descent into madness or a midlife crisis haha.
I’ve just finished painting another 10 Aussies for my Australian Bolt Action army. This means I’ve painted 30 Aussies in three weeks. That’s not bad is it? I still need to base them but I thought I’d get some photos done while the sun was shining.
This time I tackled the Aussie Militia, known as “Chocos” because, due to their inexperience, some arsehole said they’d simply melt in the face of battle and let me tell you kids, they did the complete opposite when it came to fighting in New Guinea during WW2.
This poem by A. E. Lockrey, who fought in New Guinea, sums it up perfectly.
The ‘Chocolate Soldiers’ of New Guinea
By A. E. Lockrey
The heat and the haze of the jungle
Enshroud them on every side,
The dank and the damp so insistent
They contend with in youthful pride:
Dark terrors are there in the lurking,
In shady concealment they hide,
But the defiant Chocolate Soldiers
Have suffered and bled and died.
Through the trackless mountain passes,
Through the deadly swampland drear,
In the slush of endless mudlands
They plod; and the enemy near
Is crafty, and cunning and silent,
But the Chocos have no fear
As, shedding their blood in the jungle
They fight for their country so dear
And who will dare with sneering
To say they cannot face,
All this, and more if needs be
For the honour of their race?
And how can mind forget it,
And how can time efface,
Such valour must be given
In history’s page a place.
My little Squad is named after Lieutenant Thomas Harold (Butch) BISSET. Who died in New Guinea in 1942 after being hit by machine gun fire. He was part of 10 Platoon ‘B’ Company 2/14th Australian Infantry Battalion, so not a Choco, but his story really struck me. Buck was brought back behind the lines on a stretcher and placed down on the track and injected with morphine and he was lucky to have his brother by his side the whole time. The two brothers had always been close growing up in Surrey Hills, not too far from where I live, and held hands as they said goodbye. I found this incredibly moving.
So here they are. Bisset’s Boys, starting with LT. Bisset.
Not too much to say about them apart from the uniforms are a little lighter (according to the box). I particularly like the chap carrying the Lewis Gun (2nd pic). This weapon had been around since 1911 and was fairly light and mobile and pumped out 500-600 rounds per minute. Nasty!
I have just received a Matilda Tank in the mail so that’s what will be next for the Aussies.
Thats all for today gang.