Posts Tagged ‘28mm Sudan’

More Progress on Khartoum

Posted on June 12th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Good Evening FolksI was fortunate to have a few free hours at the weekend to crack on with the Khartoum build, and I think it is coming along nicely.Previous post herehttp://shedwars.blogspot.com/2018/06/colonial-wars-khartoum-starts-to-take.htmlAll th…

Colonial Wars – Khartoum starts to take shape

Posted on June 3rd, 2018 under , , , , . Posted by

Six months ago I was in the middle of painting my forces for the Sudan Campaign and rather foolishly I stated that I wanted to build Khartoum – I even made a start on the walls. You can read about it here…Khartoum buildSo six months on and a fair bit…

New Forces for my Sudan Project part 15

Posted on March 31st, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Hi FolksThe Sudan Project is going strong with more forces now making their way to the battlefield – if you want to see the previous post the First Battle head here part 14)First yp we have some Colonial Reinforcement a – Sikh Brigade all the way …

The First Sudan Battle – In the Balance

Posted on March 6th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Morning AllIf you have been following this blog you have probably noticed that I have been spending an inordinate amount of time concentrating on my 28mm Colonial Sudanese project. With the majority of the figures painted it was time to get them on the…

Sudan Project part 13 – Nile Gunboat pt1

Posted on February 24th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Hiya Folkspart 12 can be found hereNow that I am nearing the end of my figure painting its time to turn my attention to the bespoke terrain I am going to need for my Sudan project. If you have been following this project you will know that I have …

Sudan Project part 11 – The Egyptian Brigade

Posted on February 6th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Hi FolksShall we get back into the wargaming groove…I think so !Over the last few weeks I have been steadily painting up my forces for the upcoming Sudan project – it is my desire to see this on the table by March. So today I am introducing the Egypt…

Sudan Project part 10 – More British Forces

Posted on January 9th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Happy New Year and welcome to the first post on this blog for 2018.Things have been a bit manic over here at Shed Wars central and both painting and games have been a bit thin on the ground in the last couple of weeks. Things have have not helped when …

Sudan Project part 9 – First British Forces

Posted on December 8th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Good Morning FolksPart 8 can be found herehttp://shedwars.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/sudan-project-part-8-dhows.htmlNow that the Mahdist Army is complete I have turned my attention to the British forces.The current aim is to create a force that will consis…

Sudan Project part 9 – First British Forces

Posted on December 8th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Good Morning FolksPart 8 can be found herehttp://shedwars.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/sudan-project-part-8-dhows.htmlNow that the Mahdist Army is complete I have turned my attention to the British forces.The current aim is to create a force that will consis…

Sudan Project part 8 – Dhows

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

Hi FolksJust a short post today but if you missed the last one in this series head hereOne of things that drew me to the Sudan Colonial period was the opportunity to introduce river craft – specifically river gunboats and the more native sailing d…

Sudan Project part 8 – Dhows

Posted on December 1st, 2017 under . Posted by

Hi FolksJust a short post today but if you missed the last one in this series head hereOne of things that drew me to the Sudan Colonial period was the opportunity to introduce river craft – specifically river gunboats and the more native sailing d…

Sudan Project part 7 – Mahdi Army finished

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

Good Evening FolksAs the calendar steadily marches towards Christmas I am delighted to that a sizeable part 1 of my Sudan project is now complete – The Mahdist forces – including camelry , horse and commandThe previous post to this project can be found…

Sudan Project part 7 – Mahdi Army finished

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under . Posted by

Good Evening FolksAs the calendar steadily marches towards Christmas I am delighted to that a sizeable part 1 of my Sudan project is now complete – The Mahdist forces – including camelry , horse and commandThe previous post to this project can be found…

Sudan Project part 6 – The Walls of Khartoum

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

Good Afternoon AllPart 5 can be found hereA happy afternoon was spent in the shed yesterday starting the terrain for my Sudan project – specifically the walls of a desert fortress/city walls of Khartoum. Indeed I am hoping that this will be generi…

Sudan Project part 6 – The Walls of Khartoum

Posted on November 12th, 2017 under . Posted by

Good Afternoon AllPart 5 can be found hereA happy afternoon was spent in the shed yesterday starting the terrain for my Sudan project – specifically the walls of a desert fortress/city walls of Khartoum. Indeed I am hoping that this will be generi…

Sudan Project part 5 – The Mahdi’s Cavalry

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Having almost painted 360 plus infantry for my Mahdi army its time to start thinking about their cavalry. (part 4 can be found here

Like most wargamers I am constrained by budgets and my biggest priority whenever putting together a new army is do this with value always in mind. As you have probably noticed in my last three big projects (ECW, Zulus and Napoleonic) delivering a meaningful army to the table takes a lot of figures – at best guess my Zulu project topped out at around 1000 x 28mm figures and through some rough calculations I reckon I paid less than 50p per figure to complete the project. £500 might seem to be a great deal to spend on one genre but by my reckoning the finished product is probably worth three times its initial investment (not that it is likely to be sold).

As you can see in the folowing pictures I have started painting these…

The Mahdi (Perry) based on a large warbase base (he’s the General)

Back to the Mahdi’s horse – The typical Ansar cavalryman including horse sells for around £3 on the Perry website. This appears to be comparable to other Sudan ranges offered by Bicorne, Redoubt etc.

Fortunately I picked up some of these for a good deal and I spent a few quid on the Perry Website (mainly Camels)
However I have a vision of fielding around 60 horse (this should give 5 units at 12 figures strong or around 8 units – 8 figures strong) and at £3 a pop this is a big cost for metal. What are the alternatives unless I can get lucky on ebay?

Is there a plastic alternative ? When I put together my Saracen army it was at a time when Gripping Beast had yet to launch their Arab cavalry but the thought occurred to me that these figures (in particular the light versions) might work for a period later than the crusades, so I bought a box….

12 Horse & Riders for £20 (source ebay)
These figures are compatible in size (height) with some Perry horse I got from a deal on the Lead Adventure Forum but the GB horses look heavier in the flanks. They also have an annoying knot tied in the tail  (sadly if you cut it off the tail looks too short).

The riders however are almost perfect when you add arms and heads from the Ansar infantry box range. By adding a few of the fuzzies heads, some of their weapons including rifles and their distinctive swords you get a very different looking unit. The cost of 12 cavalry figures is about £20 ( or £1.66 each) – significantly cheaper than the metal equivalent.

Two Gripping Beast Horse & Rider Combos with Perry Dervish heads & arms (being painted)
Comparison of Gripping Beast/Perry combo with Perry Mounted Dervish – not bad scale wise

So I better go and buy some more boxes at the forthcoming Warfare show (hopefully somebody will have a multibuy discount)

So the cavalry starts to take shape – 32 Horse, 9 Camel six brigade commanders and the Mahdi General

Come back soon

Sudan Project part 5 – The Mahdi’s Cavalry

Posted on November 10th, 2017 under . Posted by

Having almost painted 360 plus infantry for my Mahdi army its time to start thinking about their cavalry. (part 4 can be found here

Like most wargamers I am constrained by budgets and my biggest priority whenever putting together a new army is do this with value always in mind. As you have probably noticed in my last three big projects (ECW, Zulus and Napoleonic) delivering a meaningful army to the table takes a lot of figures – at best guess my Zulu project topped out at around 1000 x 28mm figures and through some rough calculations I reckon I paid less than 50p per figure to complete the project. £500 might seem to be a great deal to spend on one genre but by my reckoning the finished product is probably worth three times its initial investment (not that it is likely to be sold).

As you can see in the folowing pictures I have started painting these…

The Mahdi (Perry) based on a large warbase base (he’s the General)

Back to the Mahdi’s horse – The typical Ansar cavalryman including horse sells for around £3 on the Perry website. This appears to be comparable to other Sudan ranges offered by Bicorne, Redoubt etc.

Fortunately I picked up some of these for a good deal and I spent a few quid on the Perry Website (mainly Camels)
However I have a vision of fielding around 60 horse (this should give 5 units at 12 figures strong or around 8 units – 8 figures strong) and at £3 a pop this is a big cost for metal. What are the alternatives unless I can get lucky on ebay?

Is there a plastic alternative ? When I put together my Saracen army it was at a time when Gripping Beast had yet to launch their Arab cavalry but the thought occurred to me that these figures (in particular the light versions) might work for a period later than the crusades, so I bought a box….

12 Horse & Riders for £20 (source ebay)
These figures are compatible in size (height) with some Perry horse I got from a deal on the Lead Adventure Forum but the GB horses look heavier in the flanks. They also have an annoying knot tied in the tail  (sadly if you cut it off the tail looks too short).

The riders however are almost perfect when you add arms and heads from the Ansar infantry box range. By adding a few of the fuzzies heads, some of their weapons including rifles and their distinctive swords you get a very different looking unit. The cost of 12 cavalry figures is about £20 ( or £1.66 each) – significantly cheaper than the metal equivalent.

Two Gripping Beast Horse & Rider Combos with Perry Dervish heads & arms (being painted)
Comparison of Gripping Beast/Perry combo with Perry Mounted Dervish – not bad scale wise

So I better go and buy some more boxes at the forthcoming Warfare show (hopefully somebody will have a multibuy discount)

So the cavalry starts to take shape – 32 Horse, 9 Camel six brigade commanders and the Mahdi General

Come back soon

part 6 can be found here

28mm Sudan project – Ansar Infantry now complete – part 4

Posted on November 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Morning AllJust a quick post – I can now report that all of my Dervish Infantry are now painted and based. Thats around 360 figures.Previous post on this project can be found hereThe flags are just images copied from google and cropped to the righ…

28mm Sudan project – Ansar Infantry now complete – part 4

Posted on November 6th, 2017 under . Posted by

Morning AllJust a quick post – I can now report that all of my Dervish Infantry are now painted and based. Thats around 360 figures.Previous post on this project can be found hereThe flags are just images copied from google and cropped to the righ…

28mm Sudan project – More Ansar & Khartoum Walls

Posted on October 30th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Good Morning AllThis weekend I was able to crack on and finish a load more Dervishes and start on the walls of Khartoum.If you want to see the previous post in this project head hereUp first we have the latest Dervish units painted with the first …

28mm Sudan project – More Ansar & Khartoum Walls

Posted on October 30th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Good Morning AllThis weekend I was able to crack on and finish a load more Dervishes and start on the walls of Khartoum.If you want to see the previous post in this project head hereUp first we have the latest Dervish units painted with the first …

28mm Sudan Project – First Fuzzies completed part 2

Posted on October 24th, 2017 under . Posted by

Morning AllJust a small post today to confirm that I am cracking on with my Sudan project.Part 1 can be found hereFirst up a big thank you to a couple of folks from the Lead Adventure Forum who heard my call for 28mm Sudan Campaign figures. Both O…

28mm Sudan Project – First Fuzzies completed part 2

Posted on October 24th, 2017 under . Posted by

Morning AllJust a small post today to confirm that I am cracking on with my Sudan project.Part 1 can be found hereFirst up a big thank you to a couple of folks from the Lead Adventure Forum who heard my call for 28mm Sudan Campaign figures. Both O…

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.