Having got my second battalion of Turkish Infantry painted I decided it was time to do a command group for them . Stretlets can be a bit 'hitty missy' on the rank and file figures but with command they are capable of turning out some very atmospheric figures indeed . Here we see Ali Pasha and his entourage obviously inspired by the Fenton photo photograph of 1855 , his sycophantic Aide D' Camp serves him a cup of coffee, whilst his pipe bearer stands behind him , his rather rotund second in command is to the right. Click on photo to enlarge .
Saturday, 28 May 2016
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
Well returning refreshed from my holidays I've got the first Russian unit done for my Crimean project .
I have had to take the photos of them outside due to the fitting of a new shower in the bathroom (were I usually take my photos) , not sure this has been a total success .
The figures are Stretlets 1/72nd figures and being in grey greatcoats paint up quickly. I had two attempts at painting the plastic flag - which at arms length will pass as okay.
The Battalion has 32 figures in it and will count as a 'large' unit under the 'Black Powder' rules .
Here the unit deploys in Company columns - three up and one in reserve , Stretlets selling point is that they have forty eight different poses in each box this has it's advantages and disadvantages , with several of the figures being a bit 'naff' !.
Stretlets come into quite a lot of criticism on 'The Plastic Soldier' review site but I find they have a certain character to them . Starting another Turkish unit next .
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Saturday, 21 May 2016
Been on holiday in North Wales , staying in a very nice static caravan in the middle of nowhere , lots of walking with the dog and wife , but the highlight of the week (rivalled only by a cream tea !) was a visit to the Porthmadog model shop .
I last visited it seven years ago and was thrilled with it then and whilst we were in the area I had to get a look at it again . I walked round the corner and to my horror it wasn't there !!!!! - bottom lip out time ! , then I turned around and it was there - they had moved to bigger premises across the road ! .
It's packed from floor to ceiling with toy goodness ! , plastic figures , kits , scenery and modelling equipment .
And in the centre of the shop a HUGE Napoleonic scenario !.
It is very impressive !
I asked the lady at the counter how many figures there were - she said she had never counted them but there were over three hundred in each of these columns .
They are 25mm metal figures and sadly I can't remember which manufacturer .
Evidently her husband had bought them in from a collector and it had taken two days to set them all up in the Perspex display case .
All in all an excellent day out ! - if your ever in the area its well worth a visit , such well stocked shops are few and far between nowadays .
My own modest purchase - Stretlets big box Crimean War British Light Cavalry.
Friday, 20 May 2016
Monday, 16 May 2016
I've got the first figures for my Crimean War project done , these are Turkish infantry using Stretlets 1/72nd scale plastic figures . I have based them for 'Black Powder' and each base is a sort of 'mini-diorama' as Stretlets boxes have 48 different figures in each one so I have tried to theme each one - shooting, marching ,charging etc . I hope to get some Russians done next.
Thursday, 12 May 2016
Flashman has been one of my literary hero's since I first read about his adventures as a teenager . When Wargames Illustrated made a figure in 28mm of the great man himself I had to get one ! and there he sat on my painting tray for several months - till today when I found myself without anything prepared for painting - so I decided to paint him up . I painted him in the uniform of the 17th Lancers , who he served with . He could be appearing in some of my Colonial games in the near future.
Thursday, 5 May 2016
Somebody enquired how I get the Cavalrymen to fit their horses - with difficulty ! . First I drill a hole in the back of the horse's saddle .
A pin is pushed into it with a drop of super glue to help and cut to about 10-15mm in length.
A hole is now drilled into a delicate part of the rider ( I wince when doing this !) - shades of Vlad the Impaler !
The rider is then pushed firmly onto the pin with a generous amount of 'super glue'.
The first six cavalrymen done ready for spraying .
Some of them painted awaiting varnishing then basing .
I was wanting some trees for my 'Wellington in India' project and found these suitably Eastern ones on EBay .- 20 of them for £ 3.50 post free from China - how do they do that ?! - arrived within a week as well !.
I drilled holes into some MDF bases and glued them down , cutting off the protruding stumps underneath , here we see them awaiting basing with a 28mm and 15mm figure for scale