Tuesday, 13 July 2010

208 Sentinel Squadron


Another post to allow me to consolidate and catalogue my units on the blog. Tonight, we have my three normal sentinels, Faith, Hope and Charity:
Named after three Gloster Gladiator biplanes, famed for and symbolic of the valiant RAF defence of the Malta* during WWII. Here are their hyperlinks:

...and here are a couple more photos:
- Drax.
PS: By the way, I can't stress enough how fascinating the story of the WWII Seige of Malta is. The names at the top are hyperlinked to a Wikipedia entry, but the real gem is to be found in James Holland's Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege 1940-1943 (Cassell Military Paperbacks).


  1. Love those Sentinels, Drax - especially the decorations! The Siege of Malta is a fascinating story as well - Interesting read!

    I'm really liking the army shots as well, they look spectacular all arrayed out on the table in that first pic!

  2. Lookin good as always Drax. Love the back story. I read an Aces of the Luftwaffe book a long time ago, had a chapter on Malta. Never knew they were flying against Bi-Planes!

  3. A good story makes great minis even better. I'll have to do some studying on the siege of Malta...

  4. I know that some of your figures/units have a backstory. These three need one where they are the only heavy weapons defending an isolated location for a while...

  5. Great Sentinels Drax! I like the way they look like they're stalking through rubble looking for prey.
    The names are a cool idea, I must name my sentinels too.
    I might go for Porthos, Athos and Aramis...
    Thanks for the inspirtation (as always) and keep up the good work!

  6. Thanks for the kind comments, guys.

    I love that pic of them with the army in the background - it came out really well!

    Great idea for the fluffy game, too, Zzzzzz: I'll let you lot know if I ever arrange it.

    And yes, the defence of Malta was pretty intense. For those of you who don't know, the whole country(!) was awarded the George Cross (UK's highest gallantry award for civilians; second only to the VIctoria Cross) and was, for a while, known as 'Malta GC'. The submarine battle was pretty deadly too.

    Growing up, I had a National Geographic map of the extent of the Third Reich, marked with a thick yellow band. Plum in the middle - uttely isolated with a thick yellow band encircling it - is Malta!

  7. Great looking minis, as usual.
    I always new Malta held out, but never read up on the Gladiators. That part sounds a bit like the less successful defense of Wake Island.
    That picture with the army in the background is a winner. I'll have to start trying a pic or two like that.

  8. By any chance do I detect another Historian here, Drax? :)

  9. >Capt. Harris: only in passing, mate. I'm not a 'buff' but I suppose I'm certainly interested and generally well informed...


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