Tuesday, 21 July 2015

School's out for summer!


On this, the second day of my Summer Holiday I have received a package in the mail from Caliver Books with some nice things to read during these warm summer evenings. First is volume VIII of Fortesque's "History of the British Army" which details the year 1812 and thus the Salamanca Campaign. Next up is the Wargamers Annual Summer special 2015, very nice because of the fact it has many articles on subjects I would not get across without it. Last but not least are two little booklets describing the uniforms and orbats of the main players in the Crimean War.

Yesterday evening I spent basing up what is left of my Late Napoleonic Prussian army and this resulted in 4 battalions of Prussian Reserve or Landwehr infantry and one regiment of regular infantry.

Here's a picture of the 4 battalions of Reserves. Now being a smartass, I have based them with grey primer and will dry-brush them in a brighter grey, wash them and pick out the other colours afterwards. I have no idea at this moment whether to depict them as 3 battalions of the same regiment (and 1 of another) or as 4 separate regiments but I still have time to think about this.

Cheers Sander

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Assorted scenery


Just a minor post today with some 28mm Victorian scenery pieces. First is a Wargames Foundry handcart with exchangeable produce. I have 3 inlays with products to put on it; one with fruit and veggies, one with fishesheshsss and one with I don't know what so I haven't painted the latter one up yet and did not include it in the pictures here.

Next up are some statues carrying coals and candles to illuminate your great hall, underground dungeon, castle-hall or other such locations. What firm made these I do not know I picked them up in a bargain bin on some convention or other.

Cheers Sander

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Waterloo: Dutch Militia


Not finished in time for the 18th of June as well was this unit of Dutch Militia. These are of course HäT figures in a firing line. I put all the firing poses I owned up on bases and this left me with enough soldiers (32) to make either two smaller units or one rather large one. I still need to make a command stand but I lack an officer and musician at the moment.

A quite common misconception about Dutch troops, of the 100 Days Campaign, exists regarding their standards. While designs had been made as early as 1814, these were not handed over to the troops themselves before the hostilities started. So the regiments went into battle without them and having to make do with fanions only. Therefore I will not include any for this regiment or any other in my force.

Cheers Sander

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Waterloo: 23rd Light Dragoons


After a month or longer I am back in the saddle, more or less. It's been an incredibly busy period over here what with the final exams at school and the fact that our house got an entirely new roof complete with solar units and stuff. I have been painting on and off but could not bring myself to spend my precious little free-time blogging so that should explain the delay in services.

In the mean time I have won prizes in two blog give aways: I got a double whammy in Ray's give away which resulted in me receiving some 15mm future troops and a Robin Hood figure painted by the Big Rayman himself and I won some Steampunk figures from Anne's give away (which still have to arrived but a few days ago). Great stuff indeed, but I haven't been sitting on my hand either.

Since I wanted to do something in honour of the Waterloo bicentennial, I started painting two Napoleonic Allied units, hoping to finish them in time for the event. Sadly I failed on both accounts. Here are some pictures of the first unit: the 23rd Light Dragoons.
The figures are HäT's KGL LD's re-painted as the 23rd. The banner was made using tinfoil and yes I know British cavalry did not carry their standards into battle as a rule, but I wanted it to act as a focal point for the unit.

I am pretty pleased with how these worked out and since I have got plenty more of the figures lying around waiting for a paintjob I will be doing some quite soon again.

Cheers Sander

Sunday, 31 May 2015

He did it to me AGAIN!


Not so long ago I promised Jan-Willem (aka Pijlie), I'd participate in a game of "Fistful of Kung-fu". This is a rule-set of the Osprey Series and I can now say: a lot of fun! This game of his took place at the last Ducosim Gaming Convention in Amersfoort in the Netherlands.

J-W and I had been discussing the game for some time and I had asked him whether I could use my Mystery Inc figures again since I wanted to give them another airing. He graciously allowed me to use them and so I packed them up and went on my way.

J-W is know in the Dutch gaming-scene for his great tables and easy-going nature as a games master and this occasion sure was no exception. Due to the public transport, I was late at the convention and had to pass on the first game of the day, J-W hosted 3 games in all that day. In the second game I played with 3 other guys and our mission was as follows:

At the end of the city-scaped table a Chinese mansion was located, the home of the director of a grand restaurant chain, but really an Mysterious Magician. He had acquired a valuable ancient statue which all the players (and their gangs) wanted to get hold off. The Yakuza thought it a valuable antique, the coppers had it down as a way to smuggle narcotics and the local biker chapter thought it contained money (or something like that, I actually forgot). My Mystery Inc gang ended up there cause Shaggy and Scoob were hungry, just my luck.

 We deployed our gangs in the 4 corners of the target building. J-W explained the basic rules of the game and boy are they basic: they're dead easy! 

It seemed to me to be a smart move to let others go in first, kill the Magicians minions for me and then I could steal the statue and get away. Luckily for me the other players more or less obliged me in this: the coppers and bikers got into a grudge-match ending with the Bikers being gunned down by the SWAT team which also took care of a lot of the Magicians stooges. In the meanwhile one of the Yakuza members (the boss I think) stole a car and tried to drive it straight through the mansion's wall. He was entirely absorbed in doing so, that he almost forgot I was there...

Cautiously I edged the gang up to the compound and when no one was looking I jumped my leader (Velma, who else?) over the wall easy as that! A bungle of the dice prevented me from jumping in the rest of the gang so they had to wait till the next turn. Velma, using some free moves gained from other players bungled rolls, hijacked a car standing in the compound parking lot and backed it over one of the magicians minions.

 The Yakuza and the SWAT players both got some figures into the building and when all my figures were inside the compound, Velma drove the car right through the screen-doors and into the mansion proper.

Now in the picture above you can see two warrior statues (J-W claimed them to be Ming Dynasty Terracotta Warriors, but clearly they're fake because they're obviously not terracotta ;-) Velma had the nasty suspicion they were not entirely what they looked like, so revving the engine she drove the nearest one to shards.

Meanwhile the other players, all except the bikers who were down to two figures and madly trying to get revenge on the cops, were inside and even fighting the Magician and his minions for the statue. The Magician waved his hands in a complicated Chinese gesture and made the warrior statues come to life... Velma changed gear and swooped the last warrior in the room down while turning the car around to take her into the Magicians study which was filled with bullets, statues and blokes trying to kill each other.

In a great stunt Velma then wheelie-ed the car through the study-door, unto the Magician's desk and ... smashed the statue; jinkies! 

Since this brilliant move brought the mission (retrieving the statue) to an indecisive end we all looked up to J-W for directions and I became aware of a dreaded sight: J-W started to smile menacingly from ear to ear and conjured up a model of a huge Asian Red Dragon... The statue had apparently been holding captive the spirit of a great Red Drake and it now escaped the stone prison it had called it's home for the last thousand years. The mission objective had now become "Kill the dragon" oh and by the way chaps it has 5 wounds.

My turn had ended and I really needed to answer the call of nature I ...erm...well I did and left the table with instructions for J-W to get Velma out the room when she would get any free moves. While doing business with Mother Nature I thought up a brilliant way to tackle the dragon, no puns intended.
 In my absence some nitwit with a gun blew up the remains of my car creating havoc and slightly wounding the beast, but luckily Velma had seen fit to get clear of the blast. In the picture above you can see the Bikers had hijacked a bulldozer which they had driven through the Mansion's walls just before I knocked over the statue. As soon as the dragon manifested itself, they got out of the engine and went for freedom and tried to get off the table. A wise decision in hindsight.

The dragon went on a rampage through the mansion and it's path took it past the spot Velma was hiding out. It had been shot some more and had 3 wounds remaining. Since Velma had a great plan and a chainsaw in case the plan didn't work out, I asked J-W whether I could perform a stunt. I figured Velma had guessed that the Magician was basically a fraud and the dragon actually was 3 guys in a dragon suit. I proposed to him that if I managed to roll my stunt successfully I'd taken down the dragon. J-W concurred and I had to roll a stunt with 3 successes needed, I rolled a 6, 5 and an 1... the dragon continued it's rampage and we all had to get it's 3 remaining wounds to go away.

In the meantime the rest of the gang had gathered in the courtyard and I needed to get my priorities straight, the most sensible thing to do was get out and that would totally be in sync with what the Mystery Inc guys and galls do each episode: run away a lot! But the game was nearing it's end and I decided to go for the dragon.

The Yakuza boss had sneaked out of the compound and appeared behind me. He promised not to attack the gang if I in turn let him be. Stupidly I agreed, the cops gunned down the dragon's next two wounds and just before Velma was in range to get the chainsaw in play, the dastardly Oyabun shot it down claiming the win!

A great game with lots of real movie moments. So J-W did it to me again: I need to get me that rule-set!

Cheers Sander

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

The Reason Why...


This post is all about putting ghosts to rest. There are quite a lot of historic periods in which I have an avid interest but do not represent in miniature. The best examples are Ancients, WW2, Medieval Times and modern times. A "smaller" period of interest has always been the Crimean War. While the Painting Challenge was well under way, I watched "The charge of the light brigade" on DVD again and was caught up in the butterfly effect to paint up some Crimean figures. There are no decent 1:72 figures for this conflict available here, so I decided to do a vignette of 28mm Warlord figures to get it out of my system.

These turned out quite nice and for a while it was indeed out of my system and I could concentrate on different stuff. Then after the Challenge I suffered from painters-block and trying to get rid of it brought me to the Challenge FB page. When I mentioned I was having lost my mojo, one of the enlightened soul over there suggested I'd start a totally new project. So that is how I went on-line and ended up with two 15 mm Crimean War armies.

Here are the first pictures of this new project. I have started with the Russians and have finished two of the Cavalry units and a Command stand. In the end I would like to enlarge the units to possible 4 stands but let's just get these all painted up.

The Command stand:

Light Cavalry or possibly Dragoons ( I really have no clue but I like them).

The Lancers

A group shot

The miniatures are from Irregular Miniatures, their service is great, fast replies to enquiries and even faster delivery. The mini's are pretty good castings with some crisp details and very little in the way of flash.

Now I do have a question for any of you who might have experience with 15mm Black Powder armies: I want to create infantry units of approximately 18 figures, but have no idea how to base them. What size of base and how many figures on each?

Now usually I end the posts here with a "listening to..." I'll do that today as well but with a warning for the virtuous, sensitive ones amongst you, lately I have been into traditionals like the Drunken  Sailor and the Wild Rover, you know what I mean. This led my around the various Youtube channels. There I found this song by the Dreadnoughts:

By linking through I found a version by the Poxy Boggards which I liked as well:

These chaps also did a nice version of the "Mingulay Boat Song" I had to look up where Migulay is...

And now is the moment you lads and lasses who do not like the saucy or racy stuff, should NOTpress play because this song most definitely contains very explicit lyrics indeed. Now no grumbling please because I did warn you! I nearly died of laughing and think the likes of Fran and Ray will love it as well.

Cheers Sander

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Prussian 13th Regiment of the Line (von Itzenplitz)


A time ago I have mentioned I finished another Prussian 7YW regiment. While that's more or less the case, the term "finished" isn't technically true. When working the pictures for this post I noticed two huge mistakes that had hitherto escaped my notice. The drummer is missing his...well reason d'etre: his drum. Besides this glaring omission I also failed to add two more soldiers to the regiment making it 22 man strong rather than my usual 24. These faults will be corrected as soon as I have the chance.

Oh well. The regiment chosen for this project is the 13th Regiment von Itzenplitz. Uniform information and background was mostly taken from the still excellent Kronoskav website. I am aiming at recreating a brigade of Prussian infantry from the Orbat of the Battle for Lobositz and they were the second of it's regiments I have done up.

The white facing colour really stands out nice and I always love finishing a Prussian 7YW regiment.

Cheers Sander

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