Monday, 17 September 2018

Napoleonic Saxon Cuirassiers

Some real painting, not rebasing. These two units of Saxon cuirassiers will replace my old Airfix versions, that have seen better days. In the front is Von Zastrow, which was destroyed in the Russian campaign of 1812, behind is the Lieb regiment that missed that campaign. At the rear is the third heavy cavalry regiment the Garde du Corps, which I painted previously.

The figures used are Italeri French Carabiniers mounted on their 1806 Prussian Cavalry horses. Luckily I had just enough figures to make a command stand as well.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

SYW Austrian rebasing - Artillery

Three batteries of Austrian artillery completed, originally the guns had been based on 45mm square bases and they are now on 45mm by 60mm.

I will be adding a commander, when I move onto rebasing the generals.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

SYW Austrian rebasing - Cuirassiers

The last of the cavalry, basically a painting conversion of the Revell Dragoons

Front left - Maximillian
Front right - Modena
Rear left - Anhalt-Zerbst
Rear right - Bretlach

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Club shrubbery

Another batch of terrain for Deeside Defenders - a very mixed bag of bits, suitable for jungle, etc.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

SYW Austrian rebasing - Dragoons

Now onto the dragoons, all the basic Revell figures

Front left - Walloon
Front right - Saxe-Gotha
Rear left - Wurttemberg
Rear right - Jung-Modena

Sunday, 9 September 2018

SYW Austrian rebasing - Hussars

Finished another batch - hussars this time. They are the old Airfix figures but still look the part

Front left - Palatinal
Front right - Hadik
Rear left - Nasdasdy
Rear right - Bethlen

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Club trees

A slight diversion, as I volunteered to base up some trees for my local club Deeside Defenders. Not the nicest of trees but quite robust so they should cope with the rough usage they'll get at the club.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

On the workbench - September 2018

After a highly successful August, I'll try and maintain the momentum, but particularly to work through my recent purchases. So my plan for this month is

  • Napoleonic Cuirassiers - Saxons this time
  • Three PSC Sextons
  • Mounted and dismounted Strelets WW1 British camel riders
  • Mounted and dismounted Strelets WW1 Australian camel riders
  • Mounted Strelets WW1 Ottoman camel riders
  • HaT WW1 British Infantry (tropical dress)
  • Strelets WW2 British desert heavy weapons - only the specific figures I need
  • Zvezda WW2 British desert 2pdrs deployed and mounted on portees
  • First to Fight WW2 British desert 37mm mounted in portees
  • Continue rebasing the SYW Austrians

Monday, 3 September 2018

Middle-east buildings

Last items finished in August were a couple of new buildings from Red Vectors/Pendraken to replace an old pair I sold.

Quite large structures, quite suitable for the major Government buildings, but quite plain on the backs.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

SYW Austrian Infantry rebased - part 4

Just broken the back of the Austrian rebasing by completing the Grenz plus an old Ammunition wagon.

By coat colour they are the Banal (blue), Karlstädter-Ottochaner (red), Slavonisch-Peterwardeiner (brown), Warasdiner-Creutzer (white)

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Kings and Cardinals Musketeers

They've taken a while but I finally finished the figures from the two sets of Ultima Ratio musketeers. One musketeer of each type has been finished as either Kings or Cardinals Musketeers.

Must admit that my favourite figure is that of Cardinal Richelieu.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Some Civilians

Some Civilians suitable for use in WW2 or more recently. Figures are from an old Dapol set I picked up on a B&B many years ago. Obviously many are Railway staff and various passengers.

The Celtic cross is a scenic item picked up from Sgts Mess at Bovington

Thursday, 30 August 2018


Quite a simple paint job for these Caesar SAS basically black drybrushed dark grey. Just what I need for "Black Ops"

back right is the one "special" figure in the pack a 007 look-alike

Perhaps they look better in monochrome?

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

SYW Austrian Infantry rebased - part 3

A couple of units of Grenadiers one German (red) and one Hungarian (blue) originally painted with no specific units in mind

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

SYW Austrian Infantry rebased - part 2

Another batch completed

This time there are a German regiment Hoch und Deutchmeister (blue), an Italian Los Rios (Green) and two Hungarian Esterhazy (red) and Paffly (light blue)

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Napoleonic Westphalian Cuirassiers

Following along quickly after their French counterparts I have the two Westphalian Cuirasier regiments

The first regiment is in the original white jacket, which changed to blue sometime in 1812. The figures are ACTA mounted on Italeri horses. The slight error is that they should have a helmet crest rather than horsehair.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Napoleonic French Cuirassiers

A matched pair of units for the 4th and 6th Cuirassiers with a commander all produced from one pack of Zvezda figures

Both units have orange facings

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Wonderful Wednesday

Two deliveries today replenishing my reading and painting stashes

It's easy to see what I'll be painting next month - Camels maybe?

Friday, 17 August 2018

SYW Austrian Infantry rebased - part 1

The first of my Austrians have now been rebased

These are all "German" regiments - Kaiser (red), Stampach (yellow), Molkte (light blue), and Konigsegg (purple)

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

SYW British 89th Foot Morris's Highlanders

The last of my Redbox Highlanders. They can be used as either the 89th Foot or the 42nd before it became a Royal Regiment. I have two flags that can be swapped as necessary.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Britcon 2017

A quick trip into Manchester yesterday to join the Lance & Longbow for the show and a look at the Traders.

We replayed Stamford Bridge 1454 from Phalanx. For one of the games I took on the ill-fated Percy's and nearly survived (I have to mention the victor John Roberts as otherwise he wouldn't remember)

The Percys storming down the hill, except the archers who mainly gave up at the beginning!

Adjoining us was a large 1939 game of the invasion of Poland using Rapid Fire by MAWS. Half was German v's Poles the other Russians v's Poles.

Not many purchases, just some paint and a Valiant Infantry Cart.

Sunday, 5 August 2018

On the workbench - August 2018

Well July turned out as badly as expected on the painting front. I've just got back from a fortnight in the Dolomites and I have the following in front of me to work on. Hopefully I can get back on track.

Clockwise from the top right
  • Two Arabian/Afghan buildings assembled, needing textured and painted
  • The last SYW Highland regiments
  • ACTA French Napoleonic Cuirassiers - being painted as Westphalians
  • Zvezda French Napoleonic Cuirassiers - actually being painted as the French 4th Regiment
  • Various Dapol civilians for Black Ops games
  • French Kings/Cardinals Musketeers all well underway
In the centre some Caesar SAS, again for Black Ops

I hope to get started on rebasing my SYW Austrians

I'll also try and get to Britcon next weekend

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Scapa Flow

To many, just a name in the history books, but it was during WW1 and WW2 the British navy's major anchorage. Now it is fairly empty and the Navy has gone,but there was still plenty to see when I visited the Orkneys last month.

First off was the old Naval base on Hoy, But unfortunately while I was there the Scapa Flow Visitor Centre was closed for refurbishment, although we did have a guided walk around the site.

Important item - the buffalo burger van underneath a gun from the High Seas Fleet. The Orkneys are not renowned for their herds of buffalo, but these were made from local produce.

One remaining crane of four that were used to move the anti-submarine nets a section of which is underneath

A schematic of the site at its height

The extent of the visitor centre

The centre with some external exhibits, the oil tank behind also houses some more

The 150mm deck gun salvaged from the German mine-laying cruiser SMS Bremse that was scuttles along with the rest of the High Seas Fleet.

Naval Cemetary

Ness battery commands the western entrance to the flow and is better preserved and has organised visits (but none convenient for me)

Information board

barracks and emplacements behind the wire

Closer view

Fire Control Tower on Graemsay across Hoy Sound

Hoxa Head batteries

3 remains of the barrack blocks

The view across Hoxa Sound, the major entrance to the flow

On lower promontories are the searchlight positions

The height of the gun positions are quite surprising

Information board

6 inch gun position

Hoxa head from the sound

close up

Fire control position on Flotta across the sound

A final view of Hoxa Head as we left Orkney