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Saturday, 7 November 2020

Thomas' Legion of Highlanders and Indians, plus some other stuff

 So on a hopeful day for the sanity of the world I've finished some painting. Some time ago I said I'd completed my ACW collection. I had a division per side and that should have been enough. But no. I'm getting a couple of unusual Union regiments for Christmas (Marines and 79th New York). Well that interfered with my OCD (or CDO as it should be spelt - alphabetically), so I needed some Confederates. I didn't just want to paint some more grey and brown troops so I needed something unusual. Col Bill was selling some bushwackers so I bought them. They are from Company D and are OK. The poses are nice but the modelling and detail is not fab.

So I had a play on the internet and found Thomas' Legion of Highlanders and Indians, or the 69th North Carolina. They were an irregular but very large unit of backwoods men and Cherokees, upto 2500 strong in 2 battalions. Mainly they were based in hte Confederate states but did fight in a couple of battle and fired the last Confederate shot before the surrender. Company D also sell the Cherokees so I bought them.

The highlanders with 2 bases of snipers. 

The Cherokee - 4 bases of these including one with the Outlaw Josey Wales. So I have 2 options - a massive 28 figure unit with 2 sniper bases or 2 smaller regiments. They are armed to the teeth so may be good at close up work. but their morale was sketchy. in one battle they wouldn't stand their ground in the face of enemy fire and charged. The Cherokee scalped several of the Union troops and the Confederate command had to apologise to the union commander.

Obviously I didn't just buy these, i also bought some dismounted confederate cavalry

These are enough for a regiment in a skirmish line. Only problem is I have no mounted troops - more stuff to buy

And finally, some knights templar. I painted the foot troops earlier but bought the Gripping beast boxed set

very nice

I also bought some on barded horses with heater shields - little later. The 4 at the back are fromthe bits box and I added the cloaks and surcoats using PVA and tissue.

Right, off to work out how to take a holiday before Christmas

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Arab Army

 The last post was Andalusians and Templars and I have loads of Normans. Therefore I can now fight early crusades and El Cid games. But I needed opponents. I had a root round and found some arab types. Mainly a mix of Perry Ansar, Gripping Beast plastics (?) and a some Napoleonic Persian camel gunners from Irregular. To these I bought some ebay arabs and a couple of packs of camel riders and horse archers from Black tree.

First up the camel gunners needed aging about 700 years. I swapped the heads for spare plastic ones and then draped the riders with cloaks and dishdashes made from toilet paper painted with watered down PVA. This is very therapeutic and very easy. There was something odd about the finished figures though

The rest of the army just needed basing and painting

THe full army. Using KoW basing rules it is 2 troops of cavalry, 2 troops heavy cavalry, 1 troop horse archers, 2 troops camel riders, 3 regiments spearmen, 1 troop spearmen, 4 troops archers, 1 regiment warriors, 1 troop warriors, 1 troop armoured spearmen and 3 commanders.

Heavy Cavalry - Westfalia Napoleonic Afghans - great figures

Cavalry and camel riders in 1 standard bearer that used to be a camel gunner

Camel riders - worked out the odd thing yet. They are all left handed. Unit of horse archers and another unit of cavalry

Archers and spearmen

Spearmen and warriors

Spearmen and warrios

More archers
 This is a nice sized force that will do me for all types of campaigns. If I can find any evidence of camelphracts being used then I have some of them as well.

Right back to painting Templars

Saturday, 17 October 2020

Of Caravans and Psychopaths

Carry me caravan, take me a away

Take me to Portugal, take me to Spain

Andalusia with fields full of grain 

A couple of weeks ago, before covid ended fun again, I played a really great El Cid game with Matt. I had a few Moors and a couple of cavalry units that would pass as Andalusians. The enemy were Normans (we both have loads). I lost but it was a blast and so I wanted some more. A quick trip to Colonel Bills and I bought some Andalusians

The whole force, don't need loads as they were only ever allies, for both sides

crossbowmen - jolly deadly

Cavalry - these are actually Carolingians 

Regiment of spearmen

Da boss. This is a nice vignette with his servants carrying his arour and weapons


Another cav unit

That is the cavaran bit done (The Doors in case you hadn't worked it out)

Now for the psychopaths. So I have some Moors / Arabs and I bought some more which will appear at a later date. What else to do with them. I've always wanted a Templar army. They look cool and were proper nutters

I had a few suitable knights that needed repainting

I ordered some mounted knights and Turopoles and I've converted a some figures from the bits box to give me some more knights. Will need some foot soldiers, already have some pilgrims

Keep safe

Sunday, 4 October 2020

The Seven Years War

 I've completed my &YW armies. I know everybody says that and then buys shed loads more but look at what i've got and then say I need more.

This all started with a 10mm display game at Battlegrouhd show in 2018. Stafoord Wargamers had recreated Blenheim in 10mm and it looked fab. Matt decided to start a 10mm 7YW collection of Prussians and Austrians. Always up for something new I decided to join him. I initially started with Brunswickers but realised that they fought in the West against the French and not in the East against the Austrians - nowt like a good bit of research. Luckily the Brunsickers were generally dressed like Prussians so were an easy change to Prussians.

Once I'd moved to the Eastern front I decided to build the armies from the 1st major lind battle of the war, the Battle of Lobositz. Nominally a Prussian victory as the Austrians retired but in reality the Austrians built a roadblock to stop Frederick and when they had done that, and given him a bloody nose, they retired.

It's a pretty big battle with 28,500 Prussians vs 35,000 Austrians. The Kronoscaf website is a fantastic resource. So I bought the figures from Pendraken, there are some Old Glory infantry (don't like them), and artillery (they are great and they are cheap and you don't need to buy the limber like the Pendraken ones). The Pendraken stuff is amazing, massive fan.

Today I finished the last units

Both armies. Prussians on the right, Austrians on the left. An infantry regiment is 30 figures on 2 battalion sized bases (30mmx60mm). Ratio is about 50:1. Each regiment has a separate battalion gun. A cavaly regiment is 6 squadrons on 3 30x60mm bases (the area occupied is the same as an infantry battalion. 

Prussians. The Prussian army is slightly larger than the one at Lobositz to make the forces more balanced for future games

Combined Grenadiers and fusiliers

Infantry close up. All the Prussians have blue flowers on base (obviously as these were the last painted unit - von Winterfeldt - I forgot the flowers). 

The Austrians

The infantry

The heavy artillery

Close up of the infantry with white flowers

So that is the end of a project. I've repurposed some 6mm buildings for terrain (10mm buildings look at little too big and it's not an army that is going to fight in buildings).
A project completed. Now rest. Actually now work out some rules, Black powder takes too long, not tried General d' Armee, but have a plan or rules that will enable me to control a whole army quickly and not get bogged down in counters and factors. 
Right time for the next project - I've got about 1500 x10mm Italian wars figures. Landsknechts in 10mm, deep joy - will need more yellow and red paint.

Saturday, 26 September 2020


 Hey, hope you are all well. I've been busy. I'd run out of space to store toy soldiers so I've been having a clear out and selling some stuff on ebay. I've sold my team yankee 6mm british army for about what I paid for it, painted it for fun. I am now selling off my pirate collection. Many years ago, when I had just got back into the hobby and had no clue what i was doing (like now), I bought a pirate army from Wargames foundry. They are lovely figures and I enjoyed painting them but there were about 250 figures - enough to raid Panama City - and what the hell do you do with that many pirates. So they have sat painted and unloved for over 10 years. Some I'm selling them on ebay in groups of 20 - who the hell else would want 250 pirates. Have a few other things to sell which will free up space and give me spending money to fill that space up. The ebay auction thing is quite exciting as a seller, I find it very annoying as a buyer.

Annoyingly as it's my 1st ebay sale they are holding onto the money for 3 weeks hust to check I'm not a dodgy geezer.

Speaking of freeing up space I've bought loads of things. My ACW order from Northstar is stuck at the casters, my Pendraken 10mm Italian Wars order will by my christmas present, my Wargames foundry Greek Mythology order will be my mother's christmas present - she has a thing for Greek mythology and me making presents for her lets her think I'm still 8 and 1/4. Hopefully my Col Bills Andalusians will come soon, that is Matt's fault as I really enjoyed our El Cid game on Saturday, Matt's write up is here 

Enough waffling. Dave gave me some Foundry gladiators and I've painted them up

I loved painting these using the Vallejo washed

They have come out really well

and may be some of my favourite figures

shame I've no clue what to do with them

Stay safe, I've got to spend the next week telling 18 year old not to mingle with eachother, get drunk and have sex with assorted other 18 year olds. Wish me luck

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Painting Catch Up

 Checking back through my blog posts I've not published any painting for ages. During lockdown I've done quite a lot, mainly 10mm 7YW and I've nearly finished the Prussians to give me 2 full armies. I'll dedicate a whole blog to them when they are done. Being a butterfly (a lockdown fat butterfly) as I got to the finishing line of the Prussians I immediately felt the urge to paint other stuff.

Matt, one of my enablers, has a large El Cid collection and I have lots of Normans but I had no Moors. Not quite true, I had some poorly painted ones and some Afghans. Dave, another enabler, swapped a Gripping Beast Black Guard Saga warband for my 10mm ACW Union. So I've build a meaningful Moor force. I've been using Vallejho washes and I like them

Gripping Beast 

Westfalia Napoleonic Afghans - lancers with shields. Any period really from 6th century to 19th

Warriors, mix of gripping beast metals and plastics with handful of Old Glory Pathans (see pervious image) 


And again


Archers - Gripping Beast metals and plastics

and again

1 army not enough. Well I've painted another. A few months ago Gripping Beast had sale where you could buy 25 Hun cavalry for £50. Always one for a bargain I bought a set

THe force, nice dark photo

The lancers

1 unit of archers

And another
Really enjoyed painting these, nice figures with dynamic poses.

Bored yet. Don't care, cos i also painted some gangsters. I had such a great time playing the gangster game with Dave that I bought some. I already have loads of 1930's armed civilians from VBCW, think I will be playing Peaky Blinders.
But I needed some more so I went shopping to Dixon's and Tsuba (via Empress)

Tongs - Tsuba. Like the Chinatown idea. Lovely figs

The Bailey Street Garage Boys. For all your chop shop needs

Barrow Gang

Long arm of the law.

My lead pile is now severely dented. 5 regiments of 10mm Prussians to paint and some odds and sods. Then it is all 10mm Italian Wars. Painting 10mm Landsknechts, yes I am an idiot. Could be worse I could be trying to reopen a University during a pandemic with rising cases. No wait, I'm doing that as well.