Gallipoli Campaign


British 18 pounders

The British forces are building up in preparation for next year’s Joy of Six show. The goal is to demonstrate the Suvla Bay and Sari Bair battles on a single very large table. More 18 pounder field guns are needed. I set to with the CAD software and 3D printer. First results below: a 1/300 scale version on the left; and a 120% larger version that is consistent with the field guns from Baccus. Still a work-in-progress but I am happy with the results so far:

British 18 pdrs

Temporary Pier

Here is a close-up view of the 3D printed pier. There is an infantry brigade HQ and an engineer company nearby, plus the Beetle approaching the shore:

Pier and Engineers

Suvla Bay

The Sari Bair games have been very interesting (see here, here and here) but time to move on to the Suvla Bay landings. The amphibious operation was launched in cooperation with the assault on Sari Bair ridge. Here is a photo of the table, with Salt Lake visible in the distance. The 4’x6’ table, which represents 4x6 km, covers the southern part of the Suvla Bayarea. The layers of Hexon terrain represent 20m contours:

Suvla Bay table


This next photo is a composite, showing Sari Bair ridge in the foreground and the new Suvla Bay South table next to it. The plan is to recreate both tables plus the area still further north on a third table. The combined set-up will be demonstrated at Joy of Six 2021 show in Sheffield and, hopefully, SELWG:

Sari Bair and Suvla Bay


The landings were supported by purpose-built infantry landing craft, known as Beetles because of their colour and shape. Here are two PT-Dockyards models of Beetles inbound to the shore with supplies. A temporary pier has been built. This is a 3D resin print on an integrated 30 x 60mm base:

Temporary pier


Another view of the pier:

Pier and Beetle


And an original photo of a pier at Suvla Bay, which I used as the inspiration for the 3D model:

Suvla Bay pier




Ottoman Jandarma

The Ottoman Jandarma was an internal security force formed after the abolition of the Janissary corps. In WW1, Jandarma units served in the fight to defend Gallipoli. Battalions were involved in the defence against the Suvla Bay landings for example. Here are Baccus figures from the Colonial Egytian range (CEG02) painted as Jandarma. Each stand represents a company:

Ottoman Jendarma

Sedd el Bahr Fort in 3D

Using the process known as photogrammetry, it has been possible to turn 42 iPhone images of my model of Sedd el Bahr Fort into a 3D image. This is a screenshot from thesoftware that turns the photos, all taken from different angles, into a colourised replica:

And here is what the 3D model looks like when ready to print:

CAD image screenshot


Here is a photo of the final result. The base measures the standard 3” x 3”, as used for forts and BUAs in Great War Spearhead:

Sedd el Bahr Fort print

Sari Bair playtesting

Shawn and I are working on a Gallipoli scenario book. My long-time interest has been the Battle of Sari Bair. Here is the table set up forplay testing. The trenches and dried river beds are from TimeCast. The figures are mostly from Baccus; the Australians with green bases are Irregular Miniatures. The Right and Left Covering Forces can be seen along the shoreline in the middle-left of the picture:

Starting Positions


The next photo shows the battle underway. It shows the New Zealand Brigade snaking up Rhododendrum Ridge towards Chunuk Bair. The lead infantry company has reached the Apex. Further down, New Zealand Mounted Rifles have occupied the Table Top and Bauchop’s Hill positions:

NZ Brigade reaches Apex

More photos and a detailed AAR will be posted soon.


HMS Talbot

HMS Talbot was an Eclipse-class armoured cruiser that provided naval gunfire support for the Suvla Bay landings in August 1915. This is a 3D printed model from The War Times Journal (see the store here):

HMS Talbot


Here she is, plying her trade on the day:


Sedd el Bahr fort

Here is a selection of photos related to the creation of the Sedd el Bahr fort used in the Cape Helles campaign. First up, a recent aerial photo of the fort before the current restoration project started:

seddulbahir-kalesi

The line of circular gun pits can be seen.

sedd el bahr fort plan

A plan of the fort, though it isn’t entirely accurate.

seddulbahir fort photo before damage

A pre-war photo of the fort.

A view of my model. The base is 3” x 3”. Plastic card has been used to create the walls and gun pits. The damaged building is from the Oddzial Osmy range.

Another view, this time from the west.

The outer walls and ruined building have been painted.

The finished article, alongside the‘town’ sector.


Not your usual HQ

Headquarters stands play an important role in Great War Spearhead. Normally, HQ stands are land-based. For the landings at Suvla Bay, General Stopford (General Officer Commanding IX Corps) had his HQ on HMS Jonquil throughout the first day. HMS Jonquil is the model on the left in this photo:

HMS Jonquil and Triad

The other ship on the right is HMS Triad, which was used by the General Hamilton.

HMS Jonquil was a Flower-Class corvette. I sourced her from Mick Yarrow Miniatures, which has quite a range of WW1 1:1200 ships. Mick had the only example of a Flower-Class corvette that I could find. Unfortunately, it was in a bit of state when I received it. The hull and decks were heavily pitted; the bridge was mis-cast; the funnels had numerous pits and irregularities; and the ventilators were broken or mis-cast. Here is the original, with some early repairs.

I stripped everything back, cutting off the funnels, bridge, etc. The final version in the first photo shows the repaired funnels sitting atop the new upper deck. Evergreen plastic was used to create the upper deck and new bridge. Ventilators are still needed; work is ongoing with these visually important elements.

All of the other models from Mick have been well-cast and will see service soon.

X-lighter painted up

This is the new Heroics and Ros x-lighter, also known as the ‘Black Beetle’. It was an armoured landing craft and was used to land troops at Suvla Bay in August 1915. It’s a beautiful model, designed for 6mm figures. The crew come with the kit, which is a combination of resin hull and metal fittings:

x-lighter overhead
x-lighter bow
x-lighter aft



Robert Dunlop 2014 to date