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FIGZ!

Posted on April 17th, 2013 under . Posted by

I can’t make it to the Netherlands this year (or next year most likely!), but as a dedicated event for my chosen scale of figures organised by those friendly chaps at Benno’s, I can’t not do my bit in promoting this great event.If you’re in the north-w…

The Boffin, the Builder and the Bombadier

Posted on April 15th, 2013 under . Posted by

For those of you in Australia who haven’t caught up with this show yet, you need to! It’s a brilliantly funny, but instructive look at historical technology (mainly military), with a focus (so far) on Australian inventions.The eponymous boffin, builder…

Schilling French Infantry WIP

Posted on April 14th, 2013 under , , , . Posted by

The last three figures are finished for this current battalion, drummer, officer and another fusilier. They are currently being based and then will receive the shading and varnish layers, then on to the next battalion.After another Schilling battalion,…

Knotel French Uniform Prints

Posted on April 12th, 2013 under , , . Posted by

I’ve copied a whole bunch of French uniform plates by Knotel from Alfons Canovas’ wonderful blog and created a folder in my Google Drive account for handy reference. I’ve made it open access so that anyone who feels like having a squiz can do so if you…

Yet Another Russian-Style Spanking!

Posted on April 10th, 2013 under , , . Posted by

As the old saying goes “When at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!”Well, I’ve been bloody well trying a lot lately, and trying it is, I tell you!Last Friday’s club game was another attempt to get my French forces balanced enough to crush the migh…

Wojsko Powstania Kościuszkowskiego – The Army of the Kosciuszko Uprising

Posted on April 8th, 2013 under . Posted by

Mrs Rosbif found this gem in the ‘For Sale’ trolley at her work for the princely sum of $0.50!It’s a really detailed record of the uniforms and personalities of the War of the Second Polish Partition, or the Polish-Russian War of 1792 using contem…

French Infantry WIP

Posted on April 3rd, 2013 under , , , . Posted by

Here are 5 more Schilling French infantry figures from my current battalion in progress for the Borodino project. Still to come, the command figures; Officer, drummer and port-aigle.I really should do something about my photography skills; at least use…

Thanks! #2

Posted on April 2nd, 2013 under . Posted by

March 2013 saw the most visitors ever to my blog by a couple of hundred visits compared to my previous record, June 2010. The difference between then and now is that the trend seems to be steady and not a one off. Hopefully it’s all of you interested w…

Easter WIP

Posted on March 30th, 2013 under Posted by

No, not corporal punishment of rabbits!Here’s what I’ve been up to so far; I’ve restarted the Borodino project, with some work on another battalion of the lovely Schilling French infantry in Bardin uniforms, as well as continued on with the Chevau-Lege…

Russian Military Silliness and a Blog Pimping

Posted on March 28th, 2013 under , , , , . Posted by

The Russian military has always been adept at marching because of the sheer vastness of the country. Getting from A to B in most periods of Russian history meant that the average Russian army, whether Imperial or Soviet, needed to march long distances….

Another Franco/Italic-Russian Battle

Posted on March 27th, 2013 under , , , , . Posted by

Last Friday’s game was another in what I foresee as a long line of Franco-Russian battles as we gear up for Borodino early next year. This time I partnered Darren again, but this time against John W. and Pete E. I faced John W. who is, along with Tim a…

FranzNap Chevau-Leger WIP #2

Posted on March 22nd, 2013 under , , , . Posted by

The horse is painted, rider mounted and lance pennant attached. Now to paint the rest and base them.They’re almost alive, these figures, I reckon. The horse is swishing flies away with his tail, and you can almost see him getting ready to snort and sha…

It’s Over – Now for the Prizes!

Posted on March 21st, 2013 under . Posted by

Curt’s 3rd Annual Analogue Painting Challenge has finally finished. Congrats to Chris, James and Kev for finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the production stakes. And special congrats to Ray for gracefully pointing out an error in points calcul…

FranzNap Chevau-Leger Lancier – WIP

Posted on March 19th, 2013 under , , , . Posted by

I’ve put aside my slow progress on the Borodino IV Corps to play with my new toys, the lovely lancers from my previous post.Here’s the first cab off the rank. Even though he looks like he’s dipping his lance to spit an enemy infantryman, once he’s moun…

Figure Review – FranzNap Miniatures

Posted on March 16th, 2013 under , , , . Posted by

I’ve been in awe of Francesco Messori’s ability to convert and sculpt figures for a while now, so when he announced he was going to start producing his own figures, I waited impatiently for the day when his figures would be available for purchase. The …

Mini-Borodino – 3rd Club Game for the Year!

Posted on March 12th, 2013 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I got a game in at the club last Friday. Hallelujah!It was a mini-Borodino scenario set up by Tim to help us Frenchies come to grips assaulting Russian gun emplacements dug in behind fortifications. The results show that I have a lot to learn!I partner…

Challenge Entry #8 – Italian Horse Artillery Battery – Completed!

Posted on March 5th, 2013 under , , , , , . Posted by

Here it is, finally completed!”But wait”, I hear you cry, “Didn’t you have 4 figures converted and painted?”*Shuffles uncomfortably, mumbles* “Well, I was hoping you wouldn’t notice, wasn’t I?”Yes, there is still another battery of Italian horse guns t…

Bav Cav Update (and Customer Service Contrasts)

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 under Posted by

Image links to PSR reviewI’ve decided beggars can’t be choosers and gone and bought a couple of packets of HaT  Bavarian cavalry after investigation into metal figures drew a blank. If the retailer can’t respond to a query, then I can’t be bothere…

Italian Horse Artillery WIP cont.

Posted on February 25th, 2013 under , , , , , . Posted by

I managed to get some paint on the last two converted horse gunners, and they didn’t turn out too bad, even thought I say so myself! Now to paint up some guns, and they’ll be ready for varnishing and basing.I had a game last Friday where I tested out t…

More Italian Horse Artillery Conversions

Posted on February 21st, 2013 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Here’s another couple of horse gunners using the Zvezda-head-on-Italeri-body method that I find works quite well. These two will be painted up shortly to join the pair from previous posts, once I get a little more motivated or the weather cools down. S…

Italian Horse Guns WIP #2….and Something Else!

Posted on February 19th, 2013 under , , , . Posted by

Painting progress at Chez Rosbif has been slow what with the warm weather and being back at work, but there has been some progress!Here’s the latest Italian horse gunner using the Zvezda head conversion method.I also found some of my 25 year old fantas…

Screwy Stats, or Ruddy Robots!

Posted on February 15th, 2013 under , . Posted by

According to Blogger’s internal stats I’ve recently passed the 100,000 mark. ‘Huzzah!’ I hear you say! But wait, gentle reader, as I fear that there’s something rotten in the state of Denmark, to quote the Bard.Above is a screen grab of yesterday’s sta…

Cold Steel Update

Posted on February 12th, 2013 under , , . Posted by

I’ve updated the rules tabs at the top of the page as our resident printing whizz Robin forwarded me the newest edition which included some anomalies which were picked up in our Dennewitz game.The new iteration didn’t include the charts, so I’ve added …

Italian Horse Guns- WIP

Posted on February 11th, 2013 under , , , , . Posted by

Here’s the first of my Italian horse artillerymen conversions using Italeri bodies and Zvezda heads.He’s not terribly historically accurate, but I love his dashing hussar-type stylings! I just think he’d have to watch out with bending over, because the…

I’m Interested in Apathy!

Posted on February 9th, 2013 under , , , , . Posted by

It’s been a quiet time on the wargaming front at Château Rosbif, not only because I’ve been back at work for a week, but because our car, affectionately known as Bertie, has been at the panel beater’s for a fortnight after a numpty in a 4WD reversed i…