Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Its been a while.
Here are some Stradiots for my Renaissance collection

Painted by my good chum the Cardinal.

Friday, April 5, 2013

ACW galore and the Peacock Brigade!

I received a package today from the Phillipines. My Peacock Brigade!! Weed's Brigade at Gettysburg

   BG Stephen H. Weed (k)
   Col Kenner Garrard
  • 140th New York: Col Patrick O'Rorke (k), Ltc Louis Ernst, Maj Isaiah Force
  • 146th New York: Col Kenner Garrard, Ltc David T. Jenkins
  • 91st Pennsylvania: Ltc Joseph H. Sinex
  • 155th Pennsylvania: Ltc John H. Cain

The packaging was superb! No breaks whatsoever ( however i did manage to snap a musket off in my ham handed unpacking!)
The models are wonderfully painted and based up, all i had to do was put the flags on the banners which Fons had kindly supplied for me anyways! Check out MMPS and order some figures you wont be disappointed!
Superb service and very fast turn around I think it was about 4 weeks from ordered to in my hands!
On to some pictures

I am so chuffed with these guys! Thanks Fons!

While I was at it I took some photos of my Rebs

A wise man once said to me that once you focus on one project it picks up a momentum of its own. In the last 4 weeks my 28mm ACW collections has grown from 6 Confederate regiments of 24 figures to 17 CSA regiments, 3 Guns a cavalry regiment and the Union Zouave brigade plus one union regiment I have painted myself.
I have bought about 12 of these regiments all up(some from my chum The Cardinal and the Zouaves from MMPS )and painted 7 in the last 4 weeks myself!
Cant wait to play in the practice game on Sunday at Hall of Heroes!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

ACW game at Hall of Heroes

Played in a practice game for Junes big Gettysburg refight today at Hall of Heroes at Campbelltown.
We are using the Black Powder rules and had a lengthways meeting engagement.
Seriously the most fun I have had gaming in quite a while. Everytime I play the BP rules and with Ralph and the boys I thoroughly enjoy myself. The rules suit me and the group are just like me in their attitude to gaming, very gentlemanly!!! Thanks to Ralph, Troy, Philip, Bryan and Duncan for a great day! Here are some photos I took on my phone-

Monday, March 4, 2013

Painting up a storm and Rebel officer

In the last 2 weeks i have painted 4 lots of 24 man Confederate units in preparation for June's Gettysburg game at Hall of Heroes.
I am really enjoying them and whilst it wont win any painting awards I think its fine for table top standard. I will post some pictures up later in the week, as long as they come up passable with the camera!
I have also just converted an officer for one of the next lot of regiments. All i have done is added a beard with greenstuff but i like him and he will be the command for one of my Texas regiments i think

I will post a piccie when I have painted him!

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Battle of Ferozeshah

Last night I had the privilege of playing in a game of WRG set in the Anglo_Sikh wars using the lovely Wargames Foundry figures scuplted by my favourites the Perry's.
Alan Knight graciously organised the night at the pub and supplied the figures .
Rob and Grant played the roles of the British while Dave and I changed our last name to Singh for the night.
Was a great game and my brigade of irregular Sikh managed to devastate the British right wing even breaking a much vaunted British square! Unheard of!

Rob had managed to destroy the Sikh cavalry and was about to challenge the Sikh regulars in the middle when we called it a night and a Sikh victory....Shows you what the Sikhs could have done if led better! :)
Here are some photos from the night. First time I have played in a  pub and it was very enjoyable thanks to Alan for the game!

The deadly irregular brigade!!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Italian Wars armies multiply!

On a related note a mate was going to donate his 1490-1510 stuff to the club because he didn't want to get burned on eBay so I offered a nice little sum instead and he sold them all to me so now my Italian Wars collection is almost double what it was! Funny how when you put your mind to it a project starts to explode!
Here is a list of what I have now in figures and elements- all my stuff is based for DBR or Maximilian but i use them for loads of rulesets!

56 Crossbow- 28 elements
64 handgunners- 32 elements
36 long bows- 18 elements
66 halberdiers- 22 elements
8 border horse- 8 elements
18 Mounted handgunners- 18 elements
2 heavy guns
2 medium guns
2 light guns
12 Swiss Guard(Papal)-4 elements
24 Landsknecht- 8 elements
144 Pike- 48 elements
26 "Archer" style-non barded knights-13 elements
28 Gendarmes with barding- 14 elements

I have a box of Perry cavalry which will be 6 more elements in the non barded horse. Also I have a few boxes of the infantry which will probably bolster the handgun and crossbow numbers.
Very satisfying to see them all!!!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Italian Wars Game

We played a game up at the club today using the George Gush Rules.
Part of the French army arrayed
2 French players attacking a Papal army commanded by Julius II (me of course!)

The other French wing

Looking from the French left to the Papal positions

The Pope and his Guard in reserve

The French Advance

Landsknecht in the Papal employ hold a ford across the river

We enjoyed the rules and the French made the important breakthrough on the Papal left but the Landsknecht held the ford although a unit of Gendarmes had got into the rear of the Papal army and was threatening. So the Pope beliigerently marched off with his guard and household cavalry while leaving his "flock" to their fate.....

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Back to the early Renaissance

After much thinking last night i decided that instead of pushing forward with the 13th Century project I would ditch it and return to my Renaissance armies.....I really should expand my period a bit and my 15th -16th Century Italian Wars stuff has all of the knights i could want really and without the barding!
So this afternoon i glued some pike from the Perry's Mercenaries box which are to be used as provinical pike and some of their lovely mounted men at arms.
The period I have based my Renaissance collection on in around 1506 when Pope Julius II is scheming and plotting to expand the Papal lands at the expense of the Venetians and the French and Spanish are fighting over Naples. When I started my collection it was heavily inspired by two gentlemen in particular's collections.
Stuarts beautiful Tudors and Imperials armies
And James' vast collection and his Pike and Plunder campaign rules (which we have just begun to use at the club, only two turns in)

Happily James' new table top rules, Hell Broke Loose,  are in my possession to be playtested which will happen next weekend.

On to my Renaissance collections
First up we have Julius himself the Warrior Pope and his Swiss Guard

Next is a model i shamelessly plagiarised from Stuart but mine is Henry VII is the late 1490s for some fictional campaigns against France plus some Yeomen of the guard.

The we have some generals including a fighting Cardinal and the rest of my collection- still building but i will get there!

A vast majority of my collection was painted by my chum the Cardinal
The Pope and King Henry painted by my friend Thoran.
I painted the Italian Pike the Landsknecht ( I did have a lot more Landsknecht painted by the Cardinal but I sold them to a mate who has started an Imperial army of the period)some of the heavy Cavalry and a few of the generals plus the artillery and the two Swiss guards on Julius' base.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Disheartened- how do you carry on?

I spent most of today painting up some Knights and some foot serjeants and I seriously think they look crap......The serjeants are ok but the knights are well rap.....its mainly the cloth of the barding that has me flummoxed as well as the heradlry.....once they are dry I might post them up but seriously I am annoyed now and a project I was looking forward has gone a bit sour....what do you do to carry on?
Maybe I need to not use barded horses.....I dont know........

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A new Project?? and Cancon 2013

For a long time I have wanted to do something in the middle ages.
With so many wars and periods to choose from I have never been able to decide on one.
Now i think after much deliberation I am going to use Hail Caesar rules to do a quasi Battle of Lake Peipus (or battle on Ice)
Mainly I love this figure which will be prominent in the battle ,Warrior Bishop of the Teutonic Order

All Gripping Beast Models. Now i need to come up with a good OOB and special rules for each and then sort out the basing before ordering up a storm.
Fireforge's lovely plastic models will be perfect for the Teutonic knights
plus their sergeants. Now I have to research the hell out of this so I can think about plastic conversions useable for the Russians as well......

The other alternative is to use them fro German KNights and the Bishop could be Siegfried of Westerburg
This way I could use the Teutons for both sides as German Knights! Decisions decisions.......

Looking forward to Cancon on the weekend and will probably make the first of my planned purchases for the project.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Blog!
I have decided to start a new blog to embrace my wargaming ADD.
For too long i have flitted from one project to another, sold them off and started all over again.
So I decided that, NO MORE!!! I shall embrace my manic mood swings and paint whatever I want at any particular time.
So whats on the bench???

Some 15mm French Napoleonics just ready to be flocked......this is for a planned Age of Eagles project .

28mm Sudan plastic Mahdists all based and finished- planned The Sword and the Flame project.

Now the following are all for my WW2 in the pacific using Iron Ivan's Disposable Heroes: Point Blank in 28mm

Some finished Japanese and US Marines. Marines painted by my chum the Cardinal- http://thecardinalspaintingblog.blogspot.com.au/

Some Japanese on the bench ready to be based

Just received these Chindit Bren gunners to use as Aussies ( I have ordered the rest of the Aussies form Brigade games but they only have Bren gunners prone and to be honest I dont like prone figures so i got these)

A confederate general...I am building a Reb Divison for my mate Sparkers ( http://sparkerswargames.blogspot.com/ ) 150th Anniversary game of Gettysburg later in the year. I will take some piccies of the regiments already done later. I have 2 boxes of Rebs on their way from Ian at www.warandpeacegames.com.au 

Will try to keep this updated!