Friday, 20 July 2018

Yet more SYW Highlanders

It's been slow painting progress because of the hot weather. But at last I've completed the 77th Foot (Montgomery's Highlanders)

The mix of figures is the same as I used for the 42nd Foot and the flag came from the excellent Project SYW site

Another reason for the slow progress was I slipped away back to the South West for a few days and managed to visit Bovington and the Battlegroup South show, unfortunately I didn't take my camera.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Half year progress report

First the good news, the tests show my problem was normal for my age, so carry on as normal. Now a quick review of how far I got in the first half of the year

The major project is Tricorne rebasing, covering all my Seven Years War and American War of Independence armies, this is ambitious - around 2,000 figures, but hopefully it should just be "cosmetic" as I won't be physically changing the units or bases.- I've just finished the Prussians and about to start the Austrians

Painting/Modelling - moderate sized projects
  • Napoleonics - carried over from 2017. I've got quite a pile of figures (mainly cavalry) available to replace/upgrade some of my oldest units. Plus Spanish infantry, Polish infantry, French artillery and Russian Guard artillery - not started
  • Egypt 1800 - adding more French, British and Ottoman troops to my existing armies, probably by doubling up the existing units. - Not started
Smaller projects
  • WW2 Ardennes - finishing off various bits- completed what I had planned
  • WW2 North Africa - expanding my US forces to cover North Africa by adding Stuarts, Lees and any other new units that the new Battlegroup book might require.- Stuarts and Lees added, now I have the book and all I need is some T19 GMCs , but having used a couple of substitutes I'm not sure whether to bother?
  • WW2 eastern front - extending my winter Russians for late war winter warfare, mainly by adding tanks.- all done
  • Some desert sand-dunes/wadi sides - carried over from 2017- not started
  • Various houses to add to my Eighteenth Century town, including a model of my daughter's house - carried over from 2017- not started
  • Need to create those Renaissance galleys - carried over from 2017 - any useful ideas welcomed- not started but I have an idea
  • Adding some Highland regiments to my SYW British, also for use against the Jacobites!- one completed, the others on the way
  • Plus a number of bits to fill in odd gaps in existing armies- not started

  • Continue to support the Lance & Longbow Society games at various shows- We passed on Vapnartak this year
  • Nothing decided yet for the SOTCW game at Gauntlet- for various reasons including my medical issues this is a miss for this year
  • We plan to hold a big Battlegroup event in May, so I may be a major contributor to the terrain and troops needed - - Completed successfully
  • I need to organise one or two large games, one SYW and another to be decided, hopefully my rebasing will be an incentive.- not started
  • Again try to get to Crisis in Antwerp- not organised yet


Total of 905 items completed so far this year
SYW 430 Mainly rebasing except the Highlanders
WW1 166 Selection of Poles, Serbs, Ottomans & Arabs
Renaissance 123 Ottomans & Russian
WW2 99 Indian Infantry & plenty of tanks
Terrain 87 Mainly for Market Garden

Thursday, 5 July 2018

On the workbench - July 2018

June has been a bad month and July is not looking any better. I bailed out of Phalanx slightly early due to medical problems and then missed the Gentlemen Pensioners game on the Sunday. I'm now having to undergo various tests, which will have an effect on my painting output. Also add in a planned holiday, so the limited number of items I will concentrate on are:

  • Two more SYW Highland regiments - one started
  • French Kings/Cardinals Musketeers - also started
  • Ttwo Arabian/Afghan buildings bought at Phalanx
  • Start rebasing my SYW Austrians
  • A new replacement Napoleonic French Cuirassier brigade to replace my old Airfix figures

Our local show Gauntlet is next weekend and, if the tests turn out OK I may try and get down to Battlegroup South at Bovington.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

SYW Prussian Commanders

Another batch of rebasing completed and also the last of my Seven Years War Prussians. Additional figures have been added so that each brigade commander now has two figure bases and the more senior three.

The couple of odd foot figures are a commissary officer and a preacher

Saturday, 30 June 2018

SYW 42nd Royal Highlanders

I always underestimate how time-consuming painting highlanders is. This is even though I used a very simplistic dark green blue check pattern for the Government Tartan at the time.

I've painting the facings in blue as they became a royal regiment in 1758, but I'm not sure when the change in facings took place.

Figures are Redbox Jacobite Rebellion Highland Infantry

Monday, 25 June 2018

Arab Foot Rebels

These are the really lovely Strelets Arab Revolt Foot Rebels. They have plenty of character and go well with their cavalry

The reason for the long break in posting was the loss of my laptop due to a corrupt disk drive and its replacement under warranty with a new drive so it took quite a while to sort out and get all my files reloaded from backup (Hurrah, I remembered before going on holiday)

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Phalanx 2018

Some of the games that caught my eye at the show (apologies as always for the lighting)

Our Lance & Longbow game, the battle of Stamford Bridge in 1454 a classic Neville/Percy scrap

Zulu War in big boys scale 54mm

The Zulus, thousands of them

The plucky Brits

Seven Years War - Torgau 1760 at the start

the battle well underway

The cavalry action

ECW played with baroque

15mm ACW

My pile of loot, mainly from the B&B. I also acquired a large bag of Warlord War of Spanish Succession figures that I plan to use with my 28mm pirates.

Thanks to John for the military transport book.

David's report (link)

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

On the workbench - June 2018

I've dropped behind plan last month basically due to the time taken up by the Market Garden terrain. I've got Phalanx and a Gentlemen Pensioners big game coming up this weekend. Currently on the bench are

  • WW1 Arab revolt - the foot figures are almost finished
  • Rebasing my SYW Prussian commanders - I've sorted out the necessary extra figures and undercoated them.
  • French musketeers - also uncoated
  • SYW Highlanders - already started on one unit of three, but painting tartan is going to be time consuming.

Monday, 11 June 2018

I'm back from Orkney

Just been on holiday in Orkney for two weeks visiting various Neolithic and WW1/WW2 sites, more on this in later posts. The downside is that while I was away the hard drive on my laptop died so blogging, etc will be more difficult for a while until I get it fixed or replaced.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Soviet commanders in winter

A little addition to my winter WW2 Russians was the nice command pack from Zvezda

Sorry about the quality of the image, I'll take another when I get chance

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Drop zone / Objective markers

One of the players at the recent Market Garden weekend had some parachute canisters as objective markers, so I hunted out some bits from the stash to do the same.

I've found enough for six British, five US and two German markers. I've based them on some new hexagonal bases bought in "The Works"

British containers are a mixture of Airfix and Revell, German are Revell and the American jump bags are also Revell.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Weeping Window at Carlisle castle

I missed seeing the poppies at the Tower of London, but yesterday I managed to travel up to Carlisle to see them there. Quite an impressive sight

Huge numbers of people were visiting and it's free to see it and the castle.

Afterwards I travelled along the Solway coast to the monument marking where Edward the First died while waiting to cross the Solway to hammer the Scots again.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

belated buildings for Market Garden.

These buildings from Timecast turned up too late for the game, and I wasn't sure about the size. They have now been painted and I'm still not convinced. They are sold as 18/20mm, I've displayed them with my 20mm figures.

Arnhem cottages, the front door is 15mm high by 5mm, definitely undersize.

Foy house & barn, the house door is 18mm x 11mm so the close to the advertised scale. The small barn doors are 20mm x 7mm so the right height, but too narrow

The overall height/bulk of the Arnhem church is fine, but the main door is only 22mm x 14mm. The back door is 18mm x 8mm.

They are very heavy, and attempting to dry-brush the brickwork is a pain as it is so fine. Because they are not critical to any game, I'll probably copy them and then sell them to a more appreciative home.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Battlegroup Market Garden - day 2

Day 1 ended wit the Allied players marginally ahead by +3 points. For my games with the US airborne I marginally won the recce scenario in the morning, but then marginally lost the flanking attack in the afternoon. It had been quite an intense day and no chance to look properly at what was going on on the other tables, even the adjacent ones.

Day 2 say the US airborne in defence of Veghel so here's a picture after my deployment

Things then went rapidly downhill as I was immediately intensively pounded by artillery an lost my single AT gun, which I was hoping to cover the bridge. From then on it was a hold at all costs and by the end I had just managed it. So I managed a marginal win, while the Allies as a whole did badly with the overall score being -4 in the Germans favour so winning them the campaign. So it was again a bridge too far!

Thanks to my opponents Steve, Graham and Guys who were a pleasure to play against.

If I get any more pictures or links to pictures I will add them if possible

Sediments blog - part 1

Sediments blog - part 2

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Battlegroup Market Garden weekend - day 1

Friday afternoon was spent setting up the terrain for the game and here it is from South (just beyond Eindhoven) to North (Arnhem)

I was quite involved with my games, so only a few pictures of the games in progress and other bits and pieces that caught my eye.

A bridge too far! a Brummbar destroyed one of my canal bridges, but luckily I had built a wrecked one.

Andy's report on day 1 (link)

The Meglomaniac report on Game 1 (link)