Monday, 14 January 2019

More French for Egypt 1800

Phew, that was an effort. I originally started work on these as three separate batches, but then they all seemed to merge and ended up being completed at the same time. These are all duplicates of my existing French infantry to double them in size from 12 to 24 figures each and 6 to 12 for the Legere.


I've still got some cavalry and limbers to work on.


Friday, 4 January 2019

On the workbench - January 2019

Quite simple targets for this month, which are complete all the French in Egypt 1800, and then get started on rebasing the AWI British.

Plus a non-workbench target to sort out surplus figures to take to Vapnartak at York on 3rd February

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Plan for 2019

There is not an overall theme to 2019 except to try and reduce the painting backlog in a number of periods. Ideally this should help reduce the stash, but I'll certainly be buying quite a few of the latest Strelets releases

So my main aims are (in no particular order)
  • Continue tricorne rebasing (just AWI now) plus extra/replacement cavalry units
  • Medieval – More WOTR longbow/bill units, mounted archers, cavalry, Scottish cavalry , extra Crusader foot
  • Renaissance – Russian Stoldatski, etc. using up the Strelets bonus figures plus Galleys
  • Revolution – doubling up my French and British forces in Egypt. One Additional Austrian line unit plus another in Austrian style uniform (Baden?), Maybe replace Springwood grenadiers?.
  • Napoleonic – work on the Spanish, continue the cavalry, acquire more early infantry, Tidy up French artillery, especially limbers, Pavlov Grenadiers
  • WW2 – bits and pieces (I'll try to avoid buying more), but I will buy and work on some Free French for Bir Hacheim
  • Interwar - Rifs and more French Foreign Legion
  • SYW – Hanoverian Infantry Brigade, more (French?) Cavalry, British guns
  • WW1 – increase/rebase British
  • WSS – French Infantry (Mars)
  • 28mm – “skirmishing” WSS figures to provide some opposition for my pirates
  • Terrain – more buildings, wadis, vines, etc

Monday, 31 December 2018

Review of 2018 - part 2

Output peaked again with 2,508 items completed an increase of 10% from last year. But like last year the amount of rework boosted my output. A quick breakdown of the output shows:-

By Period

SYW
1,231
Dominated by the rebasing plus the new French Infantry, Highlanders and extra command figures
WW2
399
Lots of AFVs, Indian Infantry, and lots of vehicle crews to finish off the year
WW1
272
Lots for Palestine, plus Serbs and Poles
Napoleonic
187
French heavy cavalry, Polish Infantry and Russian Guard Artillery
Terrain
177
Mainly terrain for the Market Garden Battlegroup weekend plus some club terrain.
Renaissance
155
Ottoman Turks, Russian Artillery and some French Musketeers
AWI
75
Rebasing my Tricorne forces
Modern
12
SAS
Grand Total
2,508

By type

Infantry
948
Still my main output
Rebasing/Rework
940
Shows how dominant this activity was this year
Terrain/Buildings
169
As above, the difference in number from above is a couple of reworked items
Vehicle crews
164
Especially for my early war German vehicles
Cavalry
90
French heavy cavalry and WW1 camelry
Gunners
66

Tanks and other AFVs
45
A substantial increase on last year
Other figures
25

Commanders
22
Extra figures for my SYW command bases
Artillery pieces
15

Limbers
10

Vehicles
9

Horses
3

Ships
2
A couple of rowing boats!
Grand Total
2,508

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Review of 2018 - part 1

So despite some impressive output I still did not achieve my targets for this year. However like last year there was a lot of rebasing going on.

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.- The Prussians, Austrians and French Forces are completed. The British, Brunswick and Hessian cavalry are all done. What remains are all the AWI figure so these will be carried over to 2019

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 - Painted a lot of the heavy cavalry, Russian Guard Artillery and Polish Infantry. I'll work on the remaining Napoleonics in 2019
  • Egypt 1800 - adding more French, British and Ottoman troops to my existing armies, probably by doubling up the existing units. - Only just started but nothing finished so these will be worked on next year
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, Lees, T19 HMCs and a White Scout car added so fully complete for now.
  • 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!- all three completed
  • Plus a number of bits to fill in odd gaps in existing armies- various oddments worked on.
Gaming
  • Continue to support the Lance & Longbow Society games at various shows- We passed on Vapnartak this year, but attended both Phalanx, Britcon and Recon.
  • Nothing decided yet for the SOTCW game at Gauntlet- for various reasons including my medical issues this was 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.- complete fail
  • Again try to get to Crisis in Antwerp- a very successful weekend and must go again in a couple of years and not leave it so long.
Stash reduction
Just as well it's not a formal target as the stash rose from 6,946 items to 7,747 due to a number of causes
  • The generosity of friends donating useful figures
  • a failure to sell off surplus figures I will not use
  • Strelets producing lots of nice tempting sets of figures
  • My own inability to ignore tempting figures or a bargain! (which is the main reason)

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Last game of the year - early ECW

Aninteresting change of pace for the last game of the year, a big game using early ECW troops and the latest adaptations to FoG-R. The venue was at Bristol Independent Gaming a lot further south than my usual haunts and meeting up with old and new SOGG friends. I managed a few pictures from the game, which resulted in a Parliament win.

The game

Position at the end of turn 1 with my right wing parliamentary cavalry handing back to create a difficult target for the numerically and qualitatively superior Royalist horse.


The defile of death where the Royalist cavalry were caught in a crossfire by the Roundhead cavalry and then routed in succession by Hazelriggs Lobsters, the one decent Parliamentary cavalry unit.


The Roundhead cavalry is now in position to roll up the Royalist line


My cavalry get into action, but on my terms so the Royalist can't all attack me at once and I managed to jsu hold the line till the Royalist army broke.

Don's picture of the game well underway with the author on the left

Friday, 28 December 2018

BEF Carriers

The last of this years painting bren and scout carriers for my BEF. They are marked up as the 3rd Division bren carriers (rear) and 1st Armoured Division scout carriers (front). There are no arm of service markings yet as I haven't found any with the correct numbers.

In the background are a couple of 25pdr limbers recovered with the wheels from BPM.

For those interested in the quality of the 3D printing from BPM here's a close-up. I tried to dry-brush along the grain of the printing so it didn't show up too much.

Crews are various figures recovered from the old Airfix universal carrier set!