The are rafts simply made out an old rattan blind stuck down onto card but they are quite effective.
For my next attempt I'll need to contruct something like barges.
I was deprived of Internet access for the week, but I have arrived back to a load of goodies from Harfields (and no snow), there was:
- 1 x Hat Austrian cavalry guns
- 1 x Hat Austrian wagons
- 1 x Hat British MGs
- 1 x Hat British Mortars
- 1 x Matchbox Panzer III
- 1 x Strelets Court and Army of Peter the Great
- 1 x Strelets Russian Civil War Red Army in summer
- 1 x Strelets Russian Civil War Red Army in winter
The RCW figures should neatly round off my RCW forces, while the new Hat british heavy weapons will upgrade my existing British units, but may mean I decide to upgrade some of the figures, but not my original ones from Almark!. I'm undecided about the Austrian wagons as I would like to use them for the SYW, but I need to find some evidence first before starting.
The Strelets Court and Army of Peter the Great was bought for all the character figures but I was pleased to find that the infantry figures would be more than sufficient to produce a couple more WSS regiments, plus the Guards box contained a very useful general figure.
Update 21/Jan, on checking the contents of Strelets Court and Army of Peter the Great (preview) I found that I had received two extra sprues of the Russian Infantry. So the contents were 24 Character figures, 48 Russian Infantry (both new sculpts shown in the review) 1 set of Russian Guard and another of Russian Artillery.
So here they are, my first two dismounted units. The mounted command stands are from the relevant mounted unit.
For a quick painting conversion I think I was quite lucky, I now need to find some more suitable figures for the other regiments.
1) As this year my intention should be to rationalise the stash again and paint/dispose as appropriate. For those interested, the stash still comprises over 7,000 20mm figures
2) Preparation for Gauntlet and the big game will take priority during the first half of the year. The big game is D-Day and I only have a limited number of new items to paint for my commitment. Gauntlet will be the Rif wars so it will not require a big effort by me, except providing terrain and maybe some rebasing of some existing Bedouin/Rif figures.
3) I also intend to complete anything new that I buy within a year of purchase, a real stretch target!!
Looking at the above I seem to have a clear run until I look at the contents of the stash, where several items really stand out as needing attention and I get a target list something like.
a) Completion of a WW2 US Parachute Infantry Regiment + support (about 100 figures)
b) Completion of a WW2 British Parachute Brigade + support (about 100 figures)
c) Some sort of Arab/Mameluke army for the crusades.
d) Close out the RCW/WW1 period, once Strelets produce their Red Infantry (as if any period gets totally closed out)
e ) Finally build a new 28mm ECW army using the warlord plastics broadly based on Sir William Waller's Western Association army, that fought at Lansdown, Roundway Down, Ripple Field, etc. Unfortunately most of the reference material I can remember is from Bath Library, so I'll have to plan that into my next family visit.
Decisions for 2010
i) whether to start gaming the Sudan, I keep resisting but slowly units keep creeping into the stash
ii) Whether or not to paint my 6mm Ancient Visigothic and Renaissance Polish armies?
iii) Do I build a Jacobite army using the new Strelets figures?
iv) Should I sell off some of my very old figures that I never use?
v) Should I rebase some of my existing forces?
Temptations for 2010
As already mentioned there are the Strelets Jacobites, and the RCW Red Infantry, already in the pipeline are GNW Russian Dragoons from Zvezda, WW2 tanks riders from Hat, plus some very useful 1805 French and Prussian Artillery.
While basing I found I needed some extra figures so I raided my existing army that uses Esci WW2 French for the few I needed.