Monday, 12 November 2018

Mrs Duberly On Parade .

My wife has been on holiday the last week so we have been doing 'real life' things and I haven't got too much done , but I have got Mrs Duberly finished. I made a guess at her colour scheme which is a dark colour - so I went for blue . I gave the figure a gloss coat of varnish and then a matt one and did the base up . I'm pleased how she has turned out and it does bear a resemblance to the real lady I think . In a moment of serendipity I came across the above book in my local bookshop - "Mrs Duberly's War - Journal and letters from the Crimea" so it will be interesting to read about the lady behind the plastic figure. 

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Interfering with Mrs Duberly .

Not as racy as it sounds , several weeks ago I asked if anybody had a Airfix Maid Marion figure ( to convert into the Crimean personality Mrs Fanny Duberly . Very kindly fellow blogger Springinsfeld sent me one - so fixing a new scalpel blade to my knife I set off CAREFULLY cutting back the medieval harness on the horse and the cloak she is wearing to try and reform as a Victorian lady .

It was easier than I first thought , I added a straw (?) hat to her head using 'green stuff' , the hardest part was getting the horse to fit the base (much bad language and cursing of Airfix) and I resorted to a pin through the base and into the horses stomach to hold it in place . 

The original Mrs Duberly with her husband in the Crimea . 

Whilst I was on a Crimean bent I decided to do another six Hussar figures for my Light Brigade .

I also cleaned up another regiment of British infantry and based up the Earl of Cardigan to take command of the Light Brigade . I've got a new can of black undercoat and so will get these sprayed ready for painting and will post an update this week .

Friday, 2 November 2018

TSATF Sudan Game .

As the Egyptians advance to secure the bridge the captured artillery manned by captive Egyptian gunners encouraged by a Dervish overseer opens fire ! .

- and causes casualties on the Lancers who dash to cross the bridge before the Dervish infantry can arrive . 

The movement in TSATF is determined by dice and the Lancers took forever to cross the bridge and received several rounds of fire and were forced to retire as the Dervish tribesmen move up .

The Hadenoa tribesmen move to attack the Egyptian left .

Two units of  Dervishes are directed to the bridge and arrive to drive the shaken Lancers back .

The Egyptians are having more problems - one unit commander begins to behave oddly ! and the unit is not moved forward as ordered ( an overdose of Hashish ?) 

The Egyptians go on the defensive ! .

The Egyptian line drives off an Dervish attack .

The Nordenfelt gun comes into action ! .

- and is overrun ! opps ! 

Hicks Pasha joins the Bashi Bazooks to try and save the situation - but the Dervishes get to charge first and in the following melee Hicks Pasha is forced to flee (in his memoirs he says his horse bolted !?) , the cavalry fled the field leaving the Egyptians without leadership ! .

The end of the game , the Egyptian retire with a bloody nose , the Hadenoa  having taken heavy casualties are happy to let them go and retire parading their captured machine gun with them ! . An excellent game TSATF delivers once again . 

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Back To Old Faithful.

Been wondering what to game this week and was at a bit of a lose , I was looking through my shelf of rules seeking inspiration when I came across 'The Sword And The Flame' - the die was cast ! .

I decided on the Sudan as it's a while since the figures have had an outing . The Egyptian force has to secure the railway bridge to stop the Mahadists from blowing it up and thus prevent supplies being moved up to the main Egyptian force. The Egyptian force consists of two units of infantry and a Nordenfelt Machine Gun , a unit of lancers and some Bashi-Bazooks . 

The Egyptian C in C Hicks Pasha views the bridge and can see no sign of the enemy - "it's quiet - too quiet !". The Madhist forces will be diced for randomly and their points of entry decided by the dice. 

The Bashi - Bazooks move forward on the right flank to scout out the river banks , dashing but rather poor troops . I will continue this game in the next blog.
PS a plug for the site that got me into Colonial wargaming - Major General Tremorden Rederring's site 


Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Seeing Both The Woods And The Trees.

I have been looking for some more MDF trees for my 40mm SYW-ish figures , I did some 2D ones several months ago and they have been a great success, they were originally meant for displaying family trees . I noticed that some Fir trees type ones were being advertised on EBay for use as Christmas ornaments - so I ordered a pack of ten for a very reasonable price .

I had to buy some suitable round bases for them and cut up some square bases into triangles to hold the trees in place using my rather grungy glue gun to fix them . There are a couple of figures for scale 40mm on the left 28mm on the right .

I've started painting them with a hint of shading , which may or may not be working !? using a large cheap make up brush , the trunk and base are still to be completed . I'll post photos when I've got them done .

Friday, 19 October 2018

The First Of The Etruscans .

I've been working on the Etruscan warbands and have got these figures finished . I sprayed them black then blocked in the colours , washed then with a brown ink , picked out the highlights and a coat of gloss varnish to seal in the paint to prevent flaking . I then applied a matt varnish and based them . I'm busy with the next batch and a mule train for them to fight over and will post them when they are done . (click on photos to enlarge)

Saturday, 13 October 2018

An Aside .

I do like plastic figures and am fascinated by the many sets that are out there , gone are the days of converting the 'Airfix' Guardsmen into the required army . A quick glance at the Plastic Soldier Review site* and you find everything you want is covered  . So when I saw this box of Etruscans I was intrigued - I've always been interested in them as they always seem to play second fiddle to the Romans . I thought 'how to use them ?' - I've been playing a bit of  'Songs Of Blades And Heroes' (SOBAH) using fantasy figures recently and think the rules are so easy that they can cover historical periods as well .

The figures are rather nice with very little flash (the bane of all plastics) and are produced by "Linear-A" a German company I believe , There are 30+ figures in the box and I cleaned up some of them and mounted them on pennies ready for spraying . I'm going to use SOBAH with about eight to a dozen figures a side for small skirmishes , cattle raids  etc and am rather looking forward to painting them - it's a while since I did any ancient figures so I put some up once I get them going . (click on photos to enlarge)