These are my Schutztruppe Askari. They are Copplestone castings figures. The German is a Brigade Games miniature sculpted by Mike Owen. These are dressed as they were at the beginning of the war. Later on they adopted floppy hats and kahki puttees.
My interest in the Great War originated from two sources.
Firstly, my Grandfather had served on the Western Front in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps. After the war he joined Avro and later was involved in engineering design on the Gloster Whittle.
Secondly, I had hundreds of the Airfix German and British infantry when I was a little boy. I used to dig trenches at the end of my mother's lawn and make endless coils of barbed wire by winding wire around pencils. I spent weeks over the summer holidays extending the trenches until they covered a front over ten feet long. Even now my mother occasionally digs up an unknown soldier 35 years later!