Saturday 31 December 2022

A close run thing!

Some off might of noticed how my walking score has been hovering near the 1000 miles completion total , well today braving a serious case of 'man flu' I've completed it , about a month late but better late than never. I wouldn't have minded not completing it for say 50 miles but missing out on the last few wuld have been an insult. Here's to next year!


Tuesday 27 December 2022

1st Baron Greenway , Toy Soldier collector.

Found on Facebook ,part of the collection of Baron Charles Greenway , seem to be mainly Britains(?) I can't find any reference to him collecting toy soldiers - 'the love that dare not speak it's name' ? . Perhaps people knew but didn't say anything - just lie HG Wells.

Now if ever a man looked like he should collect toy soldiers it's this chap ! ' a businessman involved in the oil industry lived 1857-1934 - I'm sure he was a barrel of laughs when you got to know him .


Wednesday 21 December 2022

Winter Solstice game.


So my wargaming colleague 'S' called round for a 'Winter Solstice' game, we did a 'AGW' game using my 54mm collection. (note how well wrapped up 'S' is - my gaming room is notoriously cold)

The table with the initial set of troops - my infantry in the foreground and my cavalry on the road right of the photo. 'S's on the far side of the table.

Things did not go well for me - my infantry take the wood but come under accurate fire from 'S's Zouaves and my newly painted cavalry are hit by accurate artillery fire and are forced back onto the hill

To add insult to injury my General drew a 'Chance' card and had to retire from the game.

My reinforcement finally come on - as my remaining cavalry is forced to retire . 

'S's Zouaves take the wood and drive off all comers .I was glad to see his cavalry had the same lack of success as mine did and left the table promptly .

'S' ponders the game which was a convincing win for him, my army never really got going and I lost my artillery as well to a spirited charge from his Rifle Volunteers.. A good game which flowed well and proves that once more that A Gentleman's War delivers.



Monday 19 December 2022

Blue Army Hussars- The Brandenburgers.

Got the Blue Army Hussars done and was going to do a photoshoot outdoors - but it's pouring down ! . So here they are with a seasonal feel. They will be taking to the tabletop this week when 'S' is calling round for a game. (click on photo to enlarge)


Thursday 15 December 2022

Extra Cavalry for 'Blue' Army.

Whilst I was re-boxing my 54mm collection it became apparent that Army Blue was a bit short on cavalry compared to the Red army . So I've managed to collect these six Britians hollowcasts to be turned into Teutonic Hussars . Being soaked in Dettol for two days has failed to fully remove the existing paint so they will have to do as they are . I've based them on MDF for stability and will be undercoating them.

Three of them were missing plumes, so I drilled into the busbies
 added a pin and coated it in super glue to thicken it . I've looked in various book and found that the figures are Britains Type A 3rd Hussars Officer (?) on head up spindly horse first issued in 1925. I'm looking forward to choosing a Prussian Hussar uniform to paint them up.

Think I might be going with the Brandenburg Hussars.


Sunday 11 December 2022

The Republic de los Cocos Militia

One of the forces that make up the Republic's army is the militia, uniformed in cheap brown uniforms they are usually know by the nickname "la cigarros"- because of the tobacco coloured  clothing. They are only lightly armed without any heavy weapons and vary greatly in efficiency on the battlefield. Having got these finished I'm going to get them onto the table to take part in a game.


Friday 9 December 2022

Another Toy Soldier Postcard .


Either these children are very small or the figures are a very large scale . Found on Facebook from the 'Military Toys from our Childhood' group.

Thursday 8 December 2022

Other peoples figures.

Been busy painting 'A's backlog of figures and although this is good for my wargaming bank balance I haven't got anymore of my own done yet. Think these are 28mm Crann Tara miniatures, on the left in white coats the Mainz Regt. from the Reichsarmee and on the right in red British Marines - before they became 'Royal' . Hope to get more of my Nacho Wars stuff done after I'm finished with these.


Thursday 1 December 2022

Toy soldier postcard


                               Think the French lad's getting a bit carried away with the game here.