Sunday, 17 June 2018

Prinz Heinrich von Preußen Fusiliers .

I've cracked on and got the first batch of Prussian Fusiliers painted and varnished . They were relatively easy to paint once I got the first two or three done . I spray them black then paint the figure a darker shade of the required colours - ie a mid grey for the white straps , a buff colour for the yellow etc. . Then I overcoat with the correct shade trying to leave the darker colours for shading , I gave the yellow an extra lighter coat as it's so hard to get yellow right I find .

Prince August have a done a good job with these new wave of figures and they still match the older ranges in style and size . I will have to cast more figures up myself to form the next company so hoping to do that next week.

A close up of one of the Fusiliers , the heads are separate 'plug-in' and you can build Fusiliers , Grenadiers or Tricorned Line Infantry from this basic figure. I enjoy painting 40mm figures , probably because my eyes find it easier to see the details and also they look like 'real' toy soldiers .

Sunday, 10 June 2018

A Grand Unwrapping .

About a month ago I purchased some 40mm Prince August figures and moulds ( ) and with my holidays and other things I have just got around to unpacking and sorting them to see what there is .

They come with separate heads allowing them to be made into Fusiliers , Grenadiers and Line . I made them into Fusiliers and based enough for a company to fit my organisation -  12 Fusiliers , Sergeant , Drummer and Officer. I will need to cast up some more to complete the Regiment , but I have plenty of scrap metal to do it . 

I have had a look at 'Project Seven Years War ' and I like the above Regiment with it's bright yellow facings and hope to start painting it next week .

Monday, 4 June 2018

The Battle Of Mission Concepcion.(Part Two).

The second move started very well for the Texians two of their leaders and their four units came onto the table using the secondary deployment point and so were ideally placed to hold up the Mexican advance .

More Mexicans arrive but move somewhat tardily - you dice for movement .

Two units of New Orleans Grey arrive via the primary deployment point accompanied by the Texian General .

At this point I cocked it up for the Mexicans by allowing their cavalry to get shot up by the Texians in the buildings , they have 6 disruption point each - these slow movement and combat effectiveness . It took the rest of the game to get them out of the way and rally both units back to effectiveness .

The Mexican infantry failed to close with the rebel militia and their attack bogged down , if a unit has more disruption points than figures they have to retire which drags the army morale down .

The other column drove the Texians back on the left flank but in doing so suffered high casualties and disruption points and had to withdraw . 

The state of morale towards the end of the game , the Mexicans have got down to 2 points which removes some of their command cards making it harder to control them . Shortly after this they dropped to nil and lost the game . A quick game and a decisive win to the Texians , my handling of the Mexican cavalry was to blame (hangs head in shame) and they never got into action . I think I'm getting the hang of the rules and they play well for solo .

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The Battle Of Mission Concepcion.(Part One)

This is a game played using 'Sharp Practise'  , the Mexican army under Colonel Ugartechea has surprised a Texian force based at the Mission Concepcion and their task is to drive the rebels from the table and capture their deployment zone . Here we see the Mexican initial deployment markers (discs with blue flags) where they will appear on the table .

The Texian end of the table with their deployment markers , the one nearest the table edge on the left is the one the Mexicans must capture to win , the other in the centre is a secondary one where Texians can deploy but has no tactical significance .

When a Leaders card is drawn he and the units under his command can deploy . Here they can deploy at 18" - 12" for being cavalry plus another 6" for being out of sight of the enemy deployment marker.

The Texians get lucky and draw two leader cards, each leader has two units of militia under them . I decided to deploy them on the secondary point to hold up the Mexican advance . Being infantry they  have to deploy within 6" of the marker.

The Mexicans draw another leader card and three units of infantry appear . Then the 'Tiffin' card was drawn and the move ends,  the cards are re-shuffled ready for move two. 

The two forces have an initial morale which diminishes as bad thing happen . The Texians are on 8 (militia) , the Mexicans 10 (regulars) . Too be continued …….

Sunday, 27 May 2018

I Knew It Would Come In Handy Sometime.

I found this box on a skip at work about ten years ago and thought 'that could be useful' , so I brought it home and put it in the spare bedroom (the depository for all useful things) and there it sat . It has been threatened with the dustbin several times but I've managed to save it . It originally housed teabags I think and had the faint smell of tea . For 'Sharp Practise' you need markers for disruption points which when accumulated prevents the units from functioning properly , I got some off EBay which are marked 1-10 and I have them in blue and red . However finding the relevant ones where a problem - then I remembered my 'useful box' - there are segments so that they can be sorted from 1 to 10 , a space for other markers and the cards fit in the last one ! - I KNEW it would come in handy ! (still probs with the Internet, an engineer has been dispatched and arrives on Tuesday - we await with anticipation !)

Friday, 25 May 2018

Cookies ?

For some reason an announcement has started appearing when you come onto my blog about 'cookies' - I was momentarily interested in this - thinking of American biscuits - but I fear it isn't !? . I'm having problems with the Internet , BT have fixed the line in but my provider thinks it could be the modem  and has dispatched another one , hopefully this will fix it ! - I hate technology when it misbehaves , so there maybe interruptions in posts , I'll keep you posted .....

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)

Saturday, 21 April 2018

A Blast From The Past ! .

The other day I had a trip to Carlisle - one of my favourite towns and I popped into the Games Workshop for the odd pot of paint , when asked the invariable question from the manager "what are you painting now?" I replied "Mexican Infantry for the 1836 Texan War of Independence" - I got a blank look ! . Then on to the Museum for a quick look round and lunch , finally I when to the second hand bookshop in Castle Street (the name of which I always forget* ) , it's a musty old fashioned place full of nooks and crannies over several floors which you can get lost in . I have never worked out the actual layout of the various categories of books and just rely on bumping into things of interest . Imagine my surprise when I found they have a modelling section and even a few war gaming books ! - sadly all of which I already have - then I came across this book ! . I have never had a copy although I was aware of Morschauser and his gridded wargame through Donald Featherstones 'Advanced Wargaming' . It is rather worn but not to bad for something published in 1962 (56 years ago !!!!)  and VERY nostalgic ! . Although contemporary with Featherstone and Young he differs with his use of multi figure bases and even simpler rules than their's . Time to sit down with a cup of tea (and biscuits) and immerse myself in the past . (*Bookcase)

An early attempt at photography interrupted by Hodge ! .

Sunday, 15 April 2018

A Quarter Of The Way There !

The more observant amongst you may have noticed the mileage below the '1000 mile' poster on the right has been slowly increasing , well today I clocked up the 250 mile ! - (well 253.3 actually) and here is a celebratory photo with my companion for most of those miles (Charlie) . I have been aiming for 21 miles a week and on average have been getting just slightly more ! . Hopefully the better weather and upcoming holidays will help as well - here's to the next 250 ! 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Russian WW1 Pilot.

My faith in humanity has been reinforced  , I ordered the above figure of a Russian Pilot of the First World War off EBay from a Ukrainian model shop (?) . It was rather cheap for a 54mm figure and a very unusual subject for my collection of WW1 Airmen , Hmm ! I thought ! will I ever receive it ? - well it was cheap and I would be covered by EBay so I ordered it . Well five weeks later it has arrived and it's rather beautiful, polished and washed black and looks very nice , I was going to paint it but I think I will leave it as it is .The shop is - Hobby-Hata and can be found on EBay -  has lots of very unusual figures and kits .

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

A Return From Obscurity .

Nothing personal dear reader - but an introduction to a collection of figures that have not made an appearance on this blog as yet .

About ten years ago (?) Warhammer Historical published the above rules and I started collecting figures for them , mainly 25mm Old Glory (they did some rather good deals at that time on big purchases) and really got into system and the era . 

A quartet of Davy Crockett's (l to r Boot hill Miniatures , Old Glory , ? can't remember and Dixon). The problem with the Texan War of Independence is everybody concentrates on the Alamo forgetting the other actions which are probably more interesting and don't mention to a Texan that Crockett died anything but a hero's death (A La John Wayne) as they get VERY annoyed !. 

Generalissimo Santa Anna and staff (in period type photo) . I played it a lot at the time but being a 'wargaming butterfly' I moved on and the figures got pushed under the wargaming table and got forgotten . I was having a clear out of books and rules I wasn't going to use/read again when I came across the rules and was overcome by waves of nostalgia , so I sat down with a cup of tea (and biscuits) and re-read them , they are simple enough but lack a robust morale system maybe . So I thought I should give them another go . The figures could do with sprucing up and there are a fair few needing painting (isn't there always!?) I don't think I need to buy any new figures for this project (Huzza !). So I will chart my progress in this old/new period over the coming weeks .