Thursday, March 28, 2013
First off, my apologies for the paucity of blog posts from me lately. Fortunately Greg and the rest of the lads (especially Greg) have been picking up my slack in admirable fashion. Thanks guys!
Anyway, the reason for my lack of blog activity is that we're moving houses. The great news is that we'll now have a dedicated gaming space (most of the ~400 sq ft finished area of the basement); the not-so-great news is that with getting the new house ready, and packing up our stuff, I haven't picked up a paint brush (except for 1:1 scale house painting) for maybe two months!
We've already started transporting gaming stuff and terrain etc. to the new place, for storage in the partly-finished utility room. I've laid out the plan for the basement on graph paper and furious schemes are in the works regarding mass purchase of "storage and display solutions" from our "co-workers" at IKEA... oh yes, and a 50" plasma TV has to fit in there somewhere...
The move date is 11 April... wish us luck...
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
|For Maria Theresa!|
|Austrian SYW battalion in 28mm|
|The frontage for each figure is 15mm|
But the Seven Years War is really neat. Linear fighting (none of those savage, peasant fuelled revolutionary columns), elite officers, polluted and incompetent officers, tricorne hats, crazy gloves, pimped up cuffs and collars, neck scarves, fancy hair, halberds...and poltroons. Poltroons! And the Hungarians - bonkers! And lots of grenadiers with mitres. Mitres! The period has a lot to offer. The Space Marine-like shooting abilities most rule sets attribute to the Prussians are pretty annoying but the whole spectacle looks amazing on the table. Conscript Brian H. has a 15mm scale collection of Seven Years War figures that are, quite simply, jaw dropping to see, and when he brings them out for a game its an event for sure. Although the damn Prussians will win...
|BEFORE - painted originally as an 18-casting unit, just one flag|
I cannot match Brian's skill with the brush, but I have dabbled with the Seven Years War before. Back in 2009 I painted up a few 6mm Adler castings. For Christmas that year I received a pack of Front Rank Austrians from this period. At the time I was reading up the "Might & Reason" rules by Sam Mustafa, so I started to paint them up for fun in line with the basing for that game.
|Another BEFORE photo - note the fade on the flag|
|AFTER - increased to 22 castings, with a second standard bearer and mounted officer|
|Poltroon - awesome! Keep that line straight!|
|Mounted officer dressed to the nines.|
|Front Rank castings are certainly "well fed", but have lots of nice detail|
|A solitary unit...for now...|
So these lads will sit on the shelf and look nice for now. We'll see if/when I come back to the Seven Years War, and in what scale...
|Madhists ready to fight the crusaders!|
|Flags from TVAG|
|Beja warriors bearing inspiring messages of the prophet - or not, I can't read the script, so who knows what it says?|
|Large flag for the leaders of the Baggara horsemen|
|Baggara Emir will lead the Madhist cavalry|
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Here's the most recent 15mm sci-fi force. I basically wanted an excuse to paint up some siler tanks. All models are Khurasan except the AA tank which is from Critical mass games Merc range. Infantry are from Blue Moon manufacturing.
Friday, March 22, 2013
|28mm British Sudan medical vignette from Perry Miniatures|
|Wounded fellow being tended to by orderly|
|Stretcher bearers carry a wounded trooper|
|Poor guy...just imagine the thirst and the heat while traveling across the Sudan...|
|The Doc supervising things|
Thursday, March 21, 2013
|So...we volunteered for this, right?|
|Bugler calling out the Camel Corps 'tunes|
|I love how the officer looks just a bit uncomfortable on top of the camel...probably not a skill covered at Eton|
|Love these figures - bandoleers, goggles, neck curtain, khaki - classic Sudan|
These figures (as well as those from the next few posts) helped me cling to 10th place in Curt C's Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. As things wrapped up, I managed to stick in 9th place - considering that I finished with 1323 points, and the winner had over 4000, I feel pretty good about that.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
|KRRC ready for action in the Sudan|
|Officer, musician and NCOs in the group|
Of course the riflemen always have to be DIFFERENT somehow. No mullets or volley guns with this group, but but their straps and bags are black leather, different from the other British units in the theatre. Somewhere - either the Perry bros' awesome page, or maybe an Osprey - I saw a reference to a print that showed the Rifles in action wearing their more "traditional" green. That would be cool, and I thought of painting a few like that, but in the end I stuck with the traditional khaki look.
I have ordered some sabot-type bases so I can use units like this one for Black Powder games to fight as a battalion-sized unit. Otherwise they can fight on their own in skirmish style games. The Challenge has one day left, but I have a few more entries still left - keeping my fingers crossed to finish tenth!
Monday, March 18, 2013
|28mm Hussar "Sutleress" from Wargames Foundry|
I have no idea what a "Sutleress" was - the clothing looks a touch formal for some sort of standard camp follower. The only reference I had handy (an Osprey book on Austrian cavalry) makes a mention of them as a "camp follower" in the "Hungarian" army, and not much more. I think this will make a neat character piece for 28mm Napoleonic games.
The Challenge is almost over - just a few entries left to share here and that will be that for this year's challenge. I'm not sure if I will stay in the top 10 or not (right now I am clinging to 10th place by my fingernails). Stay tuned for updates!
UPDATE - 03/13 - Thanks to blog reader Allison M. for this info: "A sutler or victualer is a civilian merchant who sells provisions to an army in the field, in camp or in quarters. The sutler sold wares from the back of a wagon or a temporary tent, allowing them to travel along with an army or to remote military outposts."
Friday, March 15, 2013
|General Graham by Perry Miniatures|
Winner of a VC in the Crimean War and a senior commander during the British intervention in Egypt, Graham commanded the Suakin Field Force. He led the British into battle at El Teb, and through the close call at Tamai. After Khartoum fell he once again went to battle with the Madhists at Hashin and Tofrik.
The majority of my Sudan painting and game has been set around Suakin, so I figured General Graham was the right officer to start with, serving as a commander for games of Black Powder.
|Ideal figure for Commander in Chief in Black Powder colonial games|
The Perry range is very comprehensive, and they have figures for Wolseley and Stewart as well - I hope to get to them soon, perhaps even before the painting challenge wraps up.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
|Is that 28mm WW1 in grey scale? Yes - it is.|
|The 6'x4' table - the lock is at the bottom, and the bridge towards the top|
|The Entente's objective - the locks|
|German Uhlans scout things out|
|German Uhlans charge the Belgian armoured "car"|
|The Belgian Minerva armoured "car"|
|The Uhlans confront the Minerva|
|Lone survivor of the Uhlans' crazy charge|
|Most maneuvering early in the game is with blinds - you can see the Entente ones taking position, while sinister Kaiser-loving blinds move up from the opposite table edge at the top of the photo|
|A view of the blinds from the German side|
|German HMG team|
|French troops occupy the buildings in the village - the flash of colour represents an officer|
|Another view of the French position|
|Some jocks occupy the woods - that would not work out well for them...|
|Germans move toward the village|
|Germans take cover in a church grave yard|
|Another view of the German advance - Highlanders in the distance|
|Germans under fire in the ruins of a church - the "spray" markers represent shock on the unit|
|Kevin H leads the Belgians in a brave charge...|
|The charge goes pear-shaped, and the Belgians are driven back|
|Highlanders have fallen back to a better defensive position, supported by the French HMG|
|French troops, supported by Belgian HMG team|
**UPDATE - I added some photos from Dave V. Thanks Dave!