Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Dabbling !

Back from the hols only to find problems with the Internet/phone system (oh ! the temptation to smash inanimate objects to smithereens !) and back to painting . I have lots to do but felt the need to dabble in a couple of periods which have been dormant for a while rather than something worthy . The above are Warrior Monks from 'Warlord' in 28mm for my 'Test Of Honour' project which scratched my itch for something fancy in 28mm .

The next is to start the Hessian Leib-Regiment in 10mm from 'Kallistra' for my AWI collection , this is more worthy as they have been undercoated and awaiting paint for over six month , ah ! the life of a 'wargaming butterfly' . Just noticed that both sets of figures need their bases finishing . Hopefully I will get back to a semblance of order in my painting schedule in a week or so.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

A Lucky Find ! .

So I was surveying EBay and noticed somebody selling 40mm Prince August SYW figures , Now I have suitable moulds and could cast up figures myself , but these were their new SYW figures . I had admired these  but decided not to buy them as I already have lots of moulds  . I kept an eye on them and nobody seemed interested - two groups of 30 figures , one Austrian , one Prussian - Hmmm ! I could use the Prussians with my Allied army - then I noticed in the written information that he was selling the moulds as well  - that's 30 figures and two moulds for £30 !!!! - so I placed a bid !

Nobody else bid for them ! (strange) and I won them - so I bid for the Austrians about four minutes before the time was up - and won them as well . Today two heavy boxes arrived, the figures with their heads and weapons etc individually wrapped - nicely cast as well ! 

Here are the moulds , now I know at the beginning of the year I was hoping to keep the figure purchases down - BUT I think this was too good a deal to miss (desperately try to justify his buying more figures) . Got to unpack all these and start gluing equipment and heads to them - but I must get my Tex-Mex stuff finished first.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

A Rules Test .

So having re-commissioned my Tex-Mex collection I cast about for a set of rules , I bought these off EBay breaking a rule I have that rules MUST have a play sheet , 'Sharp Practise' don't because the author says you don't need one - I beg to differ and found a fan published one on a forum and printed then out. .

From this somewhat rocky start I set up a game and played a test game . It's not that the rules are complicated - the mechanisms in themselves are fairly simple based on D6's , it's just that there are quite a few rules and the complications start with the command and control . Cards are drawn to activate leaders of various qualities and these are enhanced by command cards . The turn can end at any turn of the cards when the 'Tiffin' card is drawn , this I find makes it easy for solo play .

The forces morale is tracked and drops as nasty things happen . These rules seemed to be very popular with people who like them and I can see where they are coming from , it's just getting used to the rules and their various quirks . 

The objective of the game was for the Mexicans to capture the gun from the Texan 'rebels' , this was based on a early skirmish when the Mexicans tried to reclaim a gun that had been given to the settlers to protect them from raiding Indians.

A closer look at the 'Gonzales Come And Take It Gun' (by Boot Hill Miniature) the figures are 'Old Glory' 28mm .

The games afoot ! The cabin has been set on fire by a random dice throw , the red markers are 'disruption points' (DP) , the cotton wool marks if units have reloaded or not . At first I was a little cool towards these rules as I don't like learning new systems - BUT I am coming around to them as they will handle I think the small skirmishes which made up the majority of actions in this war . With most wargaming rules you have to cause casualties and remove figures to win but with these the DP's start to make your forces unusable without loosing lots of figures which seems right with this conflict when casualties were not great (Alamo and Goliad excepted) . I'm going to set up another game and try again with a better grasp of the rules . I've also got most of the figure revamped which I'll illustrate next.

Monday, 30 April 2018

King Of The Wild Frontier.

Been revamping my Tex- Mex figures , re-doing bases and chipped paint etc , I had also purchased some of the 'Boot Hill' figures which I had never got painted so I've been painting them up as well. Here we see David Crockett (centre) with some of his volunteers and a couple of Tejanos Mexicans .

Behind them is a MDF church which I have been busy building , it is by 'Sarissa' and is quite the business ! , I find 'Sarissa' easier to put together than the '4 Ground' buildings , they are not as detailed , a bit more robust - but come unpainted . 

The 'Boot Hill' figures also come with a mounted version, here is Davy and his posse , behind them is a 'Sarissa' Adobe Railway Station which I have converted into a Hacienda type building .

Technology has moved on since I first painted my figures and I have started replacing the rather sad tattered ones with some down-loaded ones from the 'Boot Hill' site .

A selection of Texian flags - the Gonzales 'Come And Take It' , New Orleans Greys' and the 'San Jacinto' flags . I'm starting to play some games which I will illustrate next time.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

A Different Dimension .

The other week I noticed some flats for sale on EBay and kept an eye on them as I'm interested in the idea of painting some . The various popular subject groups sold for relatively high prices (flats are not cheap) but nobody seemed to be interested in a collection of about a twenty WW1 figures , so at the last minute I bid and won them . I then wondered what to do with them and hit upon the idea of painting and mounting them in small picture frames..

The first thing I had to do was try and identify the various figures with the help of my 'Blandfords' WW1 book , I have a good selection of various types and nations and decided to try painting a French Infantryman to start off with.

I searched on the Internet for tips on how to paint flats but came up with very little info , I remember reading once that you must decided where the light is coming from and shade the figure accordingly , above the light is coming from the top left corner (as it were) so all the highlights are on the left and things get darker the further right you go . Finding out what shade of colour 'Horizon Blue' is was fun - with no two visual sources seeming to agree , so I decided on the above shade .

Having finished the figure I cast around for a suitable frame , the strange thing is pro-rata the smaller the frame the more expensive they seem - the above one being £5 from EBay ! about five times the cost of the figure ! . Before I do anymore I must try and find a cheaper source , I'm quite pleased with the finished job and when I get more frames I'll do some more.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Wargaming Humour No. 29

Gluing Cavalry together at the moment and seems very appropriate (shamelessly borrowed from Facebook)