Sunday, 20 March 2016

Thirty Years War Horse.


Been busy this week painting cavalry and have got quite a few done - they are not the hardest figures to paint being clad mainly in darkened armour . 'Mars' seem to go for rather dramatic poses which means you have to be careful how you arrange them on bases and look a bit odd to gamers used to the more staid metal figures.


I've also been in a quandary on the bases - the large green expanses didn't look right to me , so I've started covering them with 'Basetex' , dry-brushed then added green flock which I think looks better.


Mounted Harquebusier (that word has driven 'spell check' crazy !) - a nightmare to base up as you don't want people shooting their comrade to the right/left in the head , sorry for the rather blurry photos I've not come to terms with the latest edition of 'Photo shop' yet - which doesn't seem as good as the old one - or it might just be me . (click on them to enlarge)


I tried a small game using the Featherstone rules but ran into problems because it assumes you are using single figures , I decided to base the plastic figures on multiple bases because of speed of movement and to protect the figures from paint chipping - so I've decided to swop rule sets and use 'Pike and Shotte'  a version of  the 'Black Powder' rules I already use for my Napoleonic and 1860 Italian collections . I've had a small test game and they seem to work okay - about 75% of the rules are common to both systems so learning them should not be a problem . I need more Command figures though for these rules so they are next up for painting .




12 comments:

  1. Nice units of horse - mounted arquebusiers look great

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    1. Like the shooting figures - but a pain to base right , Tony

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  2. The Project seems to be progressing very well Tony- on strange figure poses- it is possible to immerse the plastic figure into a mug of boiled water- leave figure for about a minute - remove figure using a dinner fork- immediately press arm into desired position and hold in place and run figure under cold water tap and the plastic arm will maintain it's NEW position...hope this helps. Regards. KEV. (p.s. I wrote about this in my Book on Colonial War Gaming in 1984).

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    1. I did think of this and may try it for my next box of figures , think they had diorama makers in mind when they designed them , Tony

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  3. You've done a great job with the figures even if they do look a bit too enthusiastic!

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    1. Luckily 'Mars' do very few totally unusable figures, Tony

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  4. Good work...I've got to say I prefer the plain bases, but either way they are shaping up well.

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    1. Know what you mean, think it's phsycological once I stopped thinking Old School I thought the modern baaes would look better

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  5. These are coming up splendidly, Tony.

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    1. Yes I'm pleased how fast I'm getting them painted , luckily not the most complicated figures uniform wise , Tony

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  6. Such fine looking troops deserve to be allowed to show a little ethusiasm.

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    1. Some of them are VERY enthusiastic!, Tony

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