05/12/2022

A few pictures from Recon

Saturday was an early start off to Pudsey to join the Lance & Longbow guys to refight Stoke Field 1487. It's a small but friendly show and I only took a few pictures.

First off Yarkshire Gamers battle of Forli with an impressive array of figures
Proper pike blocks
Landsknecht pike
Swiss pike
Loads of eye candy
A Zombie game set in the UK, had an interesting chat wiyh the chap running the game and I would have liked to play it. Much better terrain than the usual Zombicide games played at the club, with lots of fine detail.
Finally a very blurred picture of our game. We played through twice and both were a close finish with either side winning once.
More pictures can be found on
Yarkshire Gamers blog (link)
Wargame Amateur blog (link)

The traders didn't do so well from me as I only bought 4 pots of paint as nothing caught my eye.

02/12/2022

On the Workbench - December 2022

Another year is coming to a close so I need to try and finish all the bits I have started
  • Horsa glider - this is now almosted finished, I need touch up some parts and add a base
  • Pegasus bridge - finished painting, but I still have not sorted the river/basing.
  • Saracen light cavalry - well underway
  • Bunkers for Battlegroup Westwall - completed to a basic level for yesterdays game
  • Replacement BEF vehicles - base coated
  • Crusader baggage - undercoated
  • 4 units of WSS Austrian Cuirassiers - now removed from sprues
  • 4 units of WSS Bavarian Cuirassiers - if time permits
Now off to Recon at Pudsey in the morning and hope that nothing tempts me. I should be on the Lance & Longbow game playing Stoke Field 1487, come along and join in.

01/12/2022

French Revolution reinforcements for Egypt

These are the Strelets French Light Infantry in Egypt. I had originally planned to use the figures to double up my existing French units, but I forgot that I had already done that. So they became a selection of more unusual units.
The rear pair of units are French Line in the early blue cotton uniform. In the front from Left to right are Maltese Legion, French Legere in the early cotton uniform and the Greek Legion.

29/11/2022

Horsa Glider

After quite a while I've finally finished the Horsa glider. Although a relatively simple Kit from Italeri, it took a while to sort out how to create a landed version.
I ended up breaking the landing gear on one side and reduced the central skid to a lower position. This did mean the steps fitted firmly to both the ground and the glider.
In the background is Pegasus bridge, whhich is still in progress. My next problem will be where to store it safely.

23/11/2022

My latest acquisitions

Once Strelets managed to produce some more War of Spanish Succession figures I had to buy them and a few other bits to make up the order.
There are
  • 4 x Strelets WSS Bavarian Cuirassiers - so I will make each of the four Bavarian cuirassier regiments and replace my existing pair of converted regiments
  • 4 x Strelets WSS Austrian Cuirassiers - again to make four new regiments and replace the two old ones
  • 2 x Italeri Napoleonic Dragoons - to replace my old Airfix conversions
  • 1 x Hat Russian Tank Riders - to provide crews for the bren cariers I printed and painted recently
I'm not sure yet how I will use the surplus cuirassier figures, the old cuirassiers will probably go on ebay.

19/11/2022

Gebirgsjäger

These have been a long time coming as I needed the contents of two packs of Caesar German Mountain Troops to get enough suitable figures. THe other half of each box were SS Handschar which I sold off.

13/11/2022

Back to the Jungle

After the French it's my Japanese, but these are mostly new 3D prints for the late war in the Pacific.
A trio of Shin-hoto Chi-Ha's in the later camouflage pattern used in the Pacific. I had already printed the turrets to go with my existing Chi-Ha's hulls, but they wouldn't fit. I discovered that the turret ring was slightly wider for the Shin-hoto version and for the second variants there were some differences in the hull. So I was not constrained to give them the same camouflage.
A pair of Ho-Ha APC's that were used in the Phillippines
A replacement Nissan 180 truck and the recoverable "exploded" version that I kept as a wreck.