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Brand New Project – 28mm Sudan – part 1

Posted on October 11th, 2017 under , . Posted by

And so a new project begins….

Back in 2016 I decided that I wanted to recreate sufficient forces for the Shed to play the Anglo Zulu War in 28mm.
If you have been following this blog you might recall that at the start of the project it was my intention to not just fight the Zulu wars of Victoria’s empire but also feature the other major wars.

As of today I can announce that my take on the Sudan Wars of the late 19th Century has begun. This does mean hundreds of menacing looking tribal warriors up against a smaller well armed, highly disciplined colonial army. It also means cavalry, camels, river boats and fortifications. So where do I start.

Fortunately Perry miniatures offers the discerning wargamer a range of options with which to build his force. These figures will no doubt be augmented with other manufacturers once I had had the chance to to asses their compatibility, price and availability. In the coming weeks I will be happy to share this analysis.

To kick things off I needed lots of Dervishes (Fuzzy Wuzzies as Corporal Jones called them) so a trawl of ebay quickly found several of these boxes (6 in total). Each box contains 40 multipart figures and over the weekend I assembled the whole lot in several sittings. These have all been mounted on my preferred option of the 25mm steel washer base. I think it’s safe to say that I have become quite adept at assembling plastic troops en masse.

Believe it or not that is 240 Dervishes – I will need more
Quick tips for anybody else wanting to attempt this laborious task –

1.       Remove body from sprue, clean up flash and superglue to base

2.       Remove all heads – glue heads to body

3.       Remove all Right Arms – glue right arms…

I think you probably get the drift

Unlike the Zulus where I based them in 12’s on movement trays I wanted these to be consistent with the TMWWBK – so I have elected to base these on the eight slot zombie trays from Warbases. Two bases gives me 16 figures for one of their warbands.

The next step is to get this lot primed. 

Brand New Project – 28mm Sudan – part 1

Posted on October 11th, 2017 under , . Posted by

And so a new project begins….

Back in 2016 I decided that I wanted to recreate sufficient forces for the Shed to play the Anglo Zulu War in 28mm.
If you have been following this blog you might recall that at the start of the project it was my intention to not just fight the Zulu wars of Victoria’s empire but also feature the other major wars.

As of today I can announce that my take on the Sudan Wars of the late 19th Century has begun. This does mean hundreds of menacing looking tribal warriors up against a smaller well armed, highly disciplined colonial army. It also means cavalry, camels, river boats and fortifications. So where do I start.

Fortunately Perry miniatures offers the discerning wargamer a range of options with which to build his force. These figures will no doubt be augmented with other manufacturers once I had had the chance to to asses their compatibility, price and availability. In the coming weeks I will be happy to share this analysis.

To kick things off I needed lots of Dervishes (Fuzzy Wuzzies as Corporal Jones called them) so a trawl of ebay quickly found several of these boxes (6 in total). Each box contains 40 multipart figures and over the weekend I assembled the whole lot in several sittings. These have all been mounted on my preferred option of the 25mm steel washer base. I think it’s safe to say that I have become quite adept at assembling plastic troops en masse.

Believe it or not that is 240 Dervishes – I will need more
Quick tips for anybody else wanting to attempt this laborious task –

1.       Remove body from sprue, clean up flash and superglue to base

2.       Remove all heads – glue heads to body

3.       Remove all Right Arms – glue right arms…

I think you probably get the drift

Unlike the Zulus where I based them in 12’s on movement trays I wanted these to be consistent with the TMWWBK – so I have elected to base these on the eight slot zombie trays from Warbases. Two bases gives me 16 figures for one of their warbands.

The next step is to get this lot primed. 

Battle Report from the Peninsular War

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Morning AllWell on Monday night we finally got round to playing a proper game in the shed and what better than throwing out 40+ units Napoleonic troops.Once again I would play the allies to be joined later in the evening by Rolf. The French would be co…

Battle Report from the Peninsular War

Posted on October 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Morning AllWell on Monday night we finally got round to playing a proper game in the shed and what better than throwing out 40+ units Napoleonic troops.Once again I would play the allies to be joined later in the evening by Rolf. The French would be co…

Peninsular Village part 3

Posted on October 5th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Hi FolksWhen I left you last I had completed 3 of the boards for my peninsular village – if you want to go back to that post you can find it hereSo the next job was to finish off the remaining 5 boards to complete the village block of nine squares – th…

Peninsular Village part 3

Posted on October 5th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Hi FolksWhen I left you last I had completed 3 of the boards for my peninsular village – if you want to go back to that post you can find it hereSo the next job was to finish off the remaining 5 boards to complete the village block of nine squares – th…

Peninsular Village Part 2

Posted on October 1st, 2017 under Posted by

Managed to grab some time over the weekend to try and almost finish off three of the Peninsular Village Boards.These were the walled complexes/ farms. I have a game planned on Monday night and they will be needed.If you missed the previous post it is h…

Peninsular Village Part 2

Posted on October 1st, 2017 under Posted by

Managed to grab some time over the weekend to try and almost finish off three of the Peninsular Village Boards.These were the walled complexes/ farms. I have a game planned on Monday night and they will be needed.If you missed the previous post it is h…

28mm Village for my Napoleonic Project part 1

Posted on September 28th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Hi Folks

As promised in my last post I have started on my latest terrain project, the Peninsular Village. Although if truth be told this could be used for a variety of periods and genres.

Effectively I am re-purposing and tarting up the buildings I bought on ebay earlier this year. These have all been assembled and painted by somebody else (if you are reading this thank you – they look great).

The original ebay purchase – think I spent £80 on this lot

The issue I had with them was that they looked slightly bland sitting on my green baseboards and it was difficult to denote one particular build up area from another. I also wanted to use them to create a series of farms, convents, monasteries etc.

With a plan sitting in my head I decided to mount these on 30 cm square 5mm plywood bases. I am hoping that the ply will be thick enough to prevent warping. My usual terrain bases tend to be hardboard but this material is guaranteed to warp past a certain size. For the princely sum of £13 my local B&Q hardware store was able to cut up an 8ft x 4ft board into several squares plys a few rectangles (60cm x 30cm).

It was then just a simpler task of placing the current buildings in a series of patterns on these boards. By going down the square route these can be reconfigured into a number of different size villages and ham;lets or I can use the boards individually. From a black powder ruleset perspective each board counts as a built up are and can hold one battalion of troops. 

The buildings themselves were fixed to the boards using hard as nails glue and left to dry overnight.

Aside from the Church and Tower (still to be mounted on boards) I have now created a village with 9 base boards – that’s almost 1 metre square. Whereas the walled compounds are square on the bases the individual houses have been placed at angles to reflect the fact that these towns are rarely built on grids.

Four boards come together to create a town square in which will sit a fountain purchased from Grand Manner. I’ll also put together some statues for the town.

The building in the top right of the photo below was over 30cm long so this sits on a base 30cm x 60cm. It looks a bit like a monastery

The next job is to then dress the boards. I decided that flagstones would look good and using 2mm eva foam I cut out hundreds of small squares and rectangles. These were fixed to the boards using PVA. As you can see from the pictures I am about half way through this. It is a laborious task and patience is required.

This compound has had the tiles painted black and ground work started on the outside

Once dry these are then painted black specifiaclly allowing the paint to seep betwen the cracks. More on the progress of this in the next post.

There’s more, as I mentioned in the previous post I have added to my village two purchases from Charlie Fox Trot models. These are the small church and the tower. Both can be found in their pantile range.

Once assembled (they are made of mdf) I added stone work to the corners using eva foam. This adds further depth to the model and makes these models stand out. The bare MDF was then coated in a semi liquid filler mix (consistency of thick gravy) and allowed to dry.

I wanted these two buildings to tie into the rest of the buildings and fortunately one of my tester pots of emulsion paint was an almost perfect match. The walls have been given a couple of coats with the added stonework painted white.

The first couple of paints – still not finished – doors windows and weathering to be done

As you can see these match the colour of the original buildings

The resin roofs were primed black and then drybrushed deep red and terracotta.

Come back soon

28mm Village for my Napoleonic Project part 1

Posted on September 28th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Hi Folks

As promised in my last post I have started on my latest terrain project, the Peninsular Village. Although if truth be told this could be used for a variety of periods and genres.

Effectively I am re-purposing and tarting up the buildings I bought on ebay earlier this year. These have all been assembled and painted by somebody else (if you are reading this thank you – they look great).

The original ebay purchase – think I spent £80 on this lot

The issue I had with them was that they looked slightly bland sitting on my green baseboards and it was difficult to denote one particular build up area from another. I also wanted to use them to create a series of farms, convents, monasteries etc.

With a plan sitting in my head I decided to mount these on 30 cm square 5mm plywood bases. I am hoping that the ply will be thick enough to prevent warping. My usual terrain bases tend to be hardboard but this material is guaranteed to warp past a certain size. For the princely sum of £13 my local B&Q hardware store was able to cut up an 8ft x 4ft board into several squares plys a few rectangles (60cm x 30cm).

It was then just a simpler task of placing the current buildings in a series of patterns on these boards. By going down the square route these can be reconfigured into a number of different size villages and ham;lets or I can use the boards individually. From a black powder ruleset perspective each board counts as a built up are and can hold one battalion of troops. 

The buildings themselves were fixed to the boards using hard as nails glue and left to dry overnight.

Aside from the Church and Tower (still to be mounted on boards) I have now created a village with 9 base boards – that’s almost 1 metre square. Whereas the walled compounds are square on the bases the individual houses have been placed at angles to reflect the fact that these towns are rarely built on grids.

Four boards come together to create a town square in which will sit a fountain purchased from Grand Manner. I’ll also put together some statues for the town.

The building in the top right of the photo below was over 30cm long so this sits on a base 30cm x 60cm. It looks a bit like a monastery

The next job is to then dress the boards. I decided that flagstones would look good and using 2mm eva foam I cut out hundreds of small squares and rectangles. These were fixed to the boards using PVA. As you can see from the pictures I am about half way through this. It is a laborious task and patience is required.

This compound has had the tiles painted black and ground work started on the outside

Once dry these are then painted black specifiaclly allowing the paint to seep betwen the cracks. More on the progress of this in the next post.

There’s more, as I mentioned in the previous post I have added to my village two purchases from Charlie Fox Trot models. These are the small church and the tower. Both can be found in their pantile range.

Once assembled (they are made of mdf) I added stone work to the corners using eva foam. This adds further depth to the model and makes these models stand out. The bare MDF was then coated in a semi liquid filler mix (consistency of thick gravy) and allowed to dry.

I wanted these two buildings to tie into the rest of the buildings and fortunately one of my tester pots of emulsion paint was an almost perfect match. The walls have been given a couple of coats with the added stonework painted white.

The first couple of paints – still not finished – doors windows and weathering to be done

As you can see these match the colour of the original buildings

The resin roofs were primed black and then drybrushed deep red and terracotta.

Come back soon

What have I been up to?

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Morning AllApologies for the lack of posts recently but work commitments and to be frank a general lethargy about focussing on this blog has meant things have been relatively quiet.However hopefully things are about to change and you will see more exci…

What have I been up to?

Posted on September 27th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Morning AllApologies for the lack of posts recently but work commitments and to be frank a general lethargy about focussing on this blog has meant things have been relatively quiet.However hopefully things are about to change and you will see more exci…

Jungle Temples – Inspiration from the real thing?

Posted on September 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

Morning AllAs I think I mentioned in an earlier post I took the Shed family on holiday to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand earlier in the summer. I have only just got round to sorting out the photos !One of the highlights of this fabulous trip was spendi…

Jungle Temples – Inspiration from the real thing?

Posted on September 19th, 2017 under . Posted by

Morning AllAs I think I mentioned in an earlier post I took the Shed family on holiday to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand earlier in the summer. I have only just got round to sorting out the photos !One of the highlights of this fabulous trip was spendi…

Napoleonic Project – The First Battle

Posted on September 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Having completed the French and Allied armies last week I was keen to get some of these boys onto the table for some play time.I quickly realised in the set up that I had actually put together a vast number of troops and to get everything out on the ta…

Napoleonic Project – The First Battle

Posted on September 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Having completed the French and Allied armies last week I was keen to get some of these boys onto the table for some play time.I quickly realised in the set up that I had actually put together a vast number of troops and to get everything out on the ta…

Napoleonic Project part 14 – All Finished !!

Posted on August 31st, 2017 under . Posted by

So this is the final post on the painting extravaganza I have put myself through in 2017.On the 20th February of this year I announced that I was starting a new project focussing on Napoleonic Skirmish  – very soon after this announcement the proj…

Napoleonic Project part 14 – All Finished !!

Posted on August 31st, 2017 under . Posted by

So this is the final post on the painting extravaganza I have put myself through in 2017.On the 20th February of this year I announced that I was starting a new project focussing on Napoleonic Skirmish  – very soon after this announcement the proj…

Napoleonic Project Part 13 – French Cavalry Finished

Posted on August 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

Hi FolksPart 12 can be found herehttp://shedwars.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/napoleonic-project-part-12-british.htmlProud to parade the rest of the French Cavalry – aside from these shown you may recall I have painted a Dragoon, Cuirassier, and Chevaux unit…

Napoleonic Project Part 13 – French Cavalry Finished

Posted on August 26th, 2017 under . Posted by

Hi FolksPart 12 can be found herehttp://shedwars.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/napoleonic-project-part-12-british.htmlProud to parade the rest of the French Cavalry – aside from these shown you may recall I have painted a Dragoon, Cuirassier, and Chevaux unit…

Napoleonic Project Part 12 – British Cavalry Complete !

Posted on August 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

Good AfternoonFirst up for the lack of comms in the past two months – since leaving my last job the ‘Shed’ Family has been travelling extensively – three weeks in Indo China followed by a week in the Med – aside from these four weeks away I have been b…

Napoleonic Project Part 12 – British Cavalry Complete !

Posted on August 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

Good AfternoonFirst up for the lack of comms in the past two months – since leaving my last job the ‘Shed’ Family has been travelling extensively – three weeks in Indo China followed by a week in the Med – aside from these four weeks away I have been b…