Wednesday, 17 April 2019

The Final Confederate Units (for now)

So having committed to completing 2 opposing divisions of my ACW forces I've completed what I need to do for their first full outing at the end of the month. We will be sorta fighting the 1st battle of Kernstown in a dance studio near Billingham. I finished the Union forces a couple of weeks ago and have now completed the Rebels. i say completed but you all know what I mean.

1st up a couple of bases of horse holders from Perry

The final Confederate unit, 61st Georgia, part of Gordon's Brigade, Early's Division - mix of manufacturers

Finally a couple of bases I was missing - Perry plastics

There are 2 more limbers but the photo was shocking, even by my standards.

So that is 36 infantry regiments - 730ish figures, 4 cavalry regiments plus dismounted figures - 48 cav plus 40 foot, 12 artillery pieces plus 4 limbers, about 10 commanders and some bits. All in all about 900 figures, about 760 painted by me. I still want to do some skirmish bases for the infantry and at the moment they are regiments of 20 figures. Whilst I can merge them into larger units I would like to make some of them 24 figure units, although I would need a new boxing system for them, so in theory another 150ish figures to paint
I started them in my 1st analogue hobbies challenge and they have come on a pace since then. It's been a 5 year voyage and i think they will take me most of my life 

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

7 Years War Brunswick Army

I'm cracking on with my Brunswickers for a potentially huge 10mm 7YW project. I'm really liking painting these, cavalry are a pain in all scales though. The Brunswicker organisation was very similar to the Prussian one, 2 battalions to a regiment and detached Grenadier battalions, more on those in a future post.

1st up are the von Imhoff regiment. The flags come as blanks and I'm quite liking painting them

From behind, hopefully the enemy will never see this side

Next the von Behr regiment

And finally the Brunswick Dragoons

Really enjoying painting these and I can see me painting dozens of regiments.
And now for the tricky bit. The original plan was to run a bit of a supporting project alongside Matt from the Dungeon. The Brunswickers seemed a nice idea as it is a decent sized force, 5 infantry regiments  and 3 cavalry including an exotic lancer unit, plus artillery. These would then turn up on the Prussian side. \so this would be cool and I could collect Hungarians to field as opposition with loads of Hussars and Grenzer units. So far so good. BUT, and it's a big but, I do like big buts and I cannot lie, the Brunswickers never fought alongside the Prussians not fought against the Austrians, Russians, not even the Swedes. The Brunswickers fought the French alongside the Hessians, Hanoverians and Brits. Basically Western Europe while the Prussians fought in the East. Bloody Typical.
So dear friends do I collect Austrians and Prussians and combine with Matt's armies for big battles or do I collect Hanoverians and French and fight smaller battles, for now. Dunno, fancied collecting the Hungarians, but playing the Brunswickers out of context seems weird. They can easily double as Prussians.

Monday, 8 April 2019

Something Old and Something New

The ACW collection continues. These are the 110th Pennsylvania and complete the number of units for the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, III Corps of Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg.

I've given up on saying I've finished them. I've decided that ACW will be my fall back collection. I have enough to complete what I wanted to do but I think I'm addicted to them. I.e. I won't actively purchase them any more but I will be on the look out for bargains and will buy them.

I've been searching for a new project, I have a lot of completed armies but there is always that hunger. Matt over at the Wargames in the Dungeon Blog has begun a new project. 7 Years War in 10mm using the Pendraken range. Quite like painting 10mm, you have to get your eye in and think differently. So I decided to dip my toe in the water and build a Brunswicker force. The Kronoskaf web page has a truly wondrous  resource and I've been using this a lot. The idea came from the Battleground show where the Stafford Wargames Society put on a brilliant 7YW game in 10mm with 1 regiment per base. I regiment = 1 pack of figures from Pendraken. It looked fantastic and at £5 per regiment a pretty cheap way of building a massive force.
So I started them last night and finished my 1st Brunswicker regiment, the Leib Regiment 

Split them into 2 bases, 1 battalion each

They look pretty good, if I say so myself (which I did)

I hand painted the flags, I actually made one out of a white sticky label, and stuck it to a musketeer. It enables me match the flags to the regiment properly, apart from the obvious lack for free hand painting ability.
Overall I can see this being a big project, already order the missing units to complete the Brunswickers - the whole army will have cost me £55 and think I will expand with some opponents - may be the Hungarians or the Holy Roman Empire

Friday, 5 April 2019

Guess What. More ACW?

Yes, more of the same. Now that I have a deadline and final army sizes I've been plodding on with the painting. I had 4 more regiments to paint and some bits and pieces to do.
1st up the 40th New York Regiment

These are Slash and Sabre figures via Col Bill and are great figures, really well animated

60th Georgia - the figures are odds and sods

Rendera ramshackle barn. Purchased for £5 from Hammerhead

Simple building simply painted.

I have enough figures for 1 1/2 more regiments - all obviously union. So I had to buy some more and annoyingly Wayland only had 1 box of Perry plastic Union infantry. These I can make into Confederates but will leave me with an extra regiment left over. This is how you wake up one morning with the entire army of the Potomac and the Army of Northern Virginia in your house. Bloody wargaming is a sodding nightmare.
Also seems odd not to add a points tally for the painting at the end of the blog.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Normal Service is Resumed

It's been while since I posted. The IX Analogue Hobbies Challenge has now ended and I generally don't like to post stuff twice so posting has been reduced. Overall I came 3rd in the challenge with just under 4500 points, my highest points tally ever, and top amongst the participants with a full time job - bloody retirees and the semi retired.That being said the quality of my work wasn't the best, just wasn't feeling the artist mojo so got my mass production head on. I painted the equivalent of 900 x 28mm infantry although the majority were 15mm so loads of figures. I painted an entire Classical Indian Army, obviously I've since bought a few more to act as generals. i also painted a WW2 commando company as a tribute to my Grandad who was a Commando in WW2.
Overall I'm 3rd in the total painting list, averaging over 3600 per challenge for my 5 challenges and only 39 points behind Dave who has done 8 challenges
I also finished my ACW collection and then unfinished it. I have a new goal which is to have 2 full divisions, 1 per side. I've picked Early's division and Birney's division - 1st Division III Corps as they were at Gettysburg. There s a little tweak as I have an extra Union Zouave regiment but that's a minor and colourful tweak.
I'm putting on a full ACW battle at the end of April and therefore need to finish the missing units so here is the 1st lot

Couple of Union Limbers. These a basically scratch built with the horses being some terrible ones I had from Irregular miniatures. I had to add harnesses out of milliput. The limbers are either from the Victrix British Napoleonic artillery box or made with some metal wheels I had. The outriders I made from a mix of Nap British Hussar legs, cast bodies and heads and arms from the bits box. They look OK, not great, but seeing as they will only get brief time on some battle fields they will do

Union 6lb cannon, Victrix cannon and figures i bought from Hammerhead bring and buy

5th Michigan

Union camp fire. This will make a useful objective in the upcoming battle

Confederate General - this is Jeb Stuart and was a Salute figure that I picked up from ebay

Finally at Hammerhead I bought a couple of vehicles from Urban Construct. They are not great quality but one of them had lots of potential. It is an armoured tractor for VBCW. I armed it wil at Boyes ATR to make it the equivalent of a deadly "tank hunter"

The paint job is bloody terrible and hasn't worked at all. Will paint it again. It was a undercoat issue - used shiny green paint and it just hasn't worked.

Off to paint 2 more union regiments and 1.5 Confederate regiments - I am obviously 8 figures short. Also need to paint 2 more limbers and some confederat horse holders and I'm done - again.
Nice t be back

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Hammerhead 2019

Today we went down to Hammerhead at Newark (me, Dave and James went down last night had a curry and too much beer, John and Pete came down this morning - John arrived pre-hungover)
We were running a participation game, Hammerhead is all about participation games.
Our game was a reboot of the "classic" (Ok dodgy) 1980's TV show "Tales of the Gold Monkey"

The plot was simple, rescue the girl from atop the pyramid and get back to the plane. The pyramid was from Amera and received much praise during the day. I'd tarted it up wit some plaster skulls I'd cast. There were 3 ways you could go, each with specific horrors

The damsel was guarded by 3 huge, armed gorrilas (Mr Lees)

The rules were very quick and dirty (they are 6 lines long and that is because there are 5 types of gun) The rescue party has 4 wounds each (the tower of skulls). 
I know what you are all thinking "white men rescuing a white woman, a barely dressed white woman from foreign savages". We are better than this and also had an all female crew rescuing a captive man. Still white but didn't have suitable figures of other nationalities.

Going the left hand way triggered a lot of massive spiders

Once you had got past these you had to face the gorillas

And then the villagers

Even Kreigsmarine would get in the way. There were also dinosaurs but no photo

We played 7 games, with all our gamers being under the age of 10 and both boys and girls. All loved it and all on. 
We had a fab day and the buzz in the room was great all day.

It being a show I also spent a load of money, my lead mountain is severely depleted

Foundry were having a 1/2 price sale so a Nubian archer unit

Crossley truck and an up-armoured tractor (Urban Construct I think)

We have a hankering to play Arab - Israeli 6 day war in 3 mm on a 12ft table - I know mental. This is the Israeli airforce and some Shermans and Priests from Tumbling Dice - my 1st purchase from them and the guy was really nice if a bit amazed at the prospect of 3mm battle on a 12ft table

The Bring and Buy was pretty good, often they are too expensive and a haunt of traders who can't afford and stand. This one was better. I picked up this barn

I have finished my 28mm ACW forces - I have a division of each side. So obviously I bought a load more. 100ish infantry for £25

30 cavalry for £10

Since I now had a load more cavalry I needed dismounted cav and horse holders - Col Bill to the rescue

finally a pressie from Dave - A Russian General

Great day and back for Partizan in May but not putting a game on. Putting a game on is good but everything is a bit of a rush when shopping and looking round.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Seems to have been ages

The analogue hobbies challenge is continuing to take up my time, I'm leading at the moment but no chickens will be counted and my 3 nearest challengers have a habit of posting >500pts in a week. That being said I'm pretty chuffed with my output as it has mainly been 15mm.
It was Vapnatak last weekend and a fun day. The layout is rubbish, the bring and buy was poor this year, why do people book a table all day . Very annoying and boring. I bought some Russian Civil was stuff, AC and terrain and some other terrain stuff as well and a 10m Pendraken 7YW Prussian army. Matt is doing a 7YW project so I thought I'd tag along with some Brunswickers. I then went home and bought a load of Russian civil war stuff from Copplestone. It's my new project, although I already have loads
I met loads of people and a work colleague who I should play more with but his group meet on Sunday night which is a bit rubbish for me, I need quiet time on Sunday night before work on Sunday.
Game tonight and will post that tomorrow. Enough of me waffling on to some challenge photos

28mm Confederate ACW regiment

28mm Union ACW regiment - these regiments "complete" my armies

Massive spiders for the Hammerhead game - these are actually the baby spiders for the game but have 28mm long bodies

1/2 48 Commando company - my Grandad's unit in WW2

The other half. Have another 1 of these but photos repetative

Commando support

15mm Greek temples - aquarium supplies

With Forged in Battle goats

Forged in Battle Greek village

Mr Lees 40mm Innuit warrior, lovely figure and will double as a frost giant

28mm Merc - another crappy bonus entry but need the points for the challenge and my last 2 entries are done and much better
Pretty sure i've missed some out but pop over to the Analogue Hobbies blog and look up the work