Thursday, 20 February 2020

On the painting tray .

A few photos of some of the figures that are being finished off on my painting tray. First up four figures for my SYWish Prussian Freikorps vonKleist 'the Green Croats' , I have a few of these Hungarian figures by  Prince August ready cast up - bought off EBay a couple of years ago and have been wondering what to do with them as I don't have an Austrian force , then I found that this Freikorps used a similar uniform and the figures are close enough to do . 

A CinC for my French Intervention Force , he's a Irregular 40mm Deutsche Homage figure .

A slightly better photo of the 40mm figures resplendent in their gloss varnish .

And finally four dismounted  Mexican Presidial troopers for my Tex-Mex collection , they are 28mm Boothill Miniatures .

Thursday, 13 February 2020

A glimpse from the distant past .

The other day I noticed on a Facebook group I follow (Vintage Wargames Rules) somebody mentioned 'The Old West Skirmish' rules and that they were available once more through the History of Wargaming Project  , I had these rules in the early 70's and played them till the book fell to bits on me . I used plastic Britains Cowboys , Indians etc and converted figures for Australian Bushrangers and Mounted Constabulary . I turned cardboard shoe boxes into saloons and even had a couple of the plastic Timpo Western buildings which were expensive at the time . 

The rules were a time and motion study of combat actions and it took so many phases/moves to load weapons and respond to wounds , each character had their own record sheet were each moves action was noted , all a bit laborious nowadays but then I though nothing of it . The rules used percentage dice which were just coming into use then and jolly hard to come by if I remember rightly . I don't think I'll end up using them but they are worth it for the nostalgia hit and it's surprising how much of the rules I remember - even the fighting Grizzly Bear ones ! .

Friday, 7 February 2020

French Intervention Force , first painted unit .

I've got the first unit of French Chasseur a Pied painted up and varnished , here seen practising their skirmish tactics .

The two officers overseeing the training are Irregular from their Deutsche Homage range . The Chasseur figure are 'large' 40mm, a bit bigger than the normal Irregular ones but the difference won't be noticed on the tabletop I think .

Another view of them in action , ready for an expedition to the worsening crisis in the Balkans between The Sublime Porte and Fetaland .

Friday, 31 January 2020

First test castings .

I was eager to try out my new moulds that I had got off EBay , so I loaded up my empty Calor gas canister into my backpack and walked up to our local garage to swap it for a full one - only to find they don't sell them now ! , the best thing was I'd only been in the garage the day before and hadn't noticed there was no rack of canisters outside the front door - in fact they haven't stocked them for six months ! , so much for my observational powers ! . There is a Calor Gas depot in town but it will be next week before I can get there . I do have a electric hotplate but it takes forever to heat the metal up and then only in small amounts , however I gave it a go and got several test castings done .

The Saxon Jaeger came out very well with only the rifle sling missing as did the French Chasseur . The figures are true 40mm and semi-flat but nicely detailed and I'm pleased with them .

However there is a problem with the Bavarian infantryman as the metal doesn't flow through the mould to complete his rifle, I think I'm going to have to add a vent in the mould to get this to work . Hopefully when I get the new gas bottle I can try and cast some more up . 

Sunday, 26 January 2020

EBay finds .

Just got these three moulds through the post , I managed to get them for a tenner as nobody else seemed interested . They are 40mm Franco - Prussian War figures, I'm not sure of the manufacturer but suspect probably German, they are a French Chasseur a Pied , A Saxon Jaeger and a Bavarian Infantryman . Castings from these moulds will be appearing on the tabletop in the near future .

P.S. Just found the gas bottle for the old camping stove I use for casting is empty ! - 'Blast' ! 

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Foriegn Intervention Force for 'AGW' .

About twelve months ago I purchased these 40mm figures off EBay and promptly forgot all about them . They have just resurfaced whilst I was tidying up beneath my wargaming table and I thought I'd have a better look at them . There are about thirty six of them and would make up three units under 'A Gentleman's War' , they could be the start of a French intervention force for my Imagination Balkans War .

A slightly better photo of the two types of figures they have a bit of paint on them but I'm going to spray over that and paint them up as French Chasseurs a Pied . Some of them are a bit bent as they are made from pure lead and will need mounting on coins to make them more stable . 

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Hyborian goodness .

Been finishing off some more of the 30mm flats I've bought in , these were originally Etruscans and had a very basic 'factory' paint job. They have fought a couple of battles in their original paint  but now  I've retouched them given a bit of shading to the colours , added Officers and they are now the 2nd Gwalur Infantry .

These are a warband of fierce Cimmerian warriors , mercenaries who will fight for the highest bidder, they were rather plainly painted so I've added stripes and cheques and given a bit of variety to their shields . .

Here is their Commander , rather an odd figure armed with a bow (?). 

Finally got the remaining figures done for the Fort Ghori Horse , here we see a patrol charging past a couple of senior Officers . Again this unit has fought in it's basic paint job , but now I've added shading to the horses and flowing cloaks .

The figure on the left I've painted from scratch , the one on the right has been revamped adding small details to the horse trappings and helmet and armour . I enjoy painting these flats , very therapeutic and different from the normal round figures I usually paint .