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ACW Camp Scenes

I’m researching and preparing yet another scenario for Sharp Practice. This one is going to be about the Union cavalry raid on Port Republic during the Shenandoah Valley Campaign in 1862. This was one of the few moments when the Union showed aggression and they almost managed to capture Stonewall Jackson himself. The Union cavalry surprised the encamped Confederates, so I need some camp scenes for the game. I procured tents from QRF/Freikorp15 and stacked muskets from Irregular Miniatures. Incidentally, Irregular Miniatures have great stuff, but some of it is well hidden – the musket stacks are in the 15mm napoleonic section. Add a couple of crates and spare figures, and I had two camps.   As the Confederates were surprised, I wanted to convey frantic activity. In this scene, a drummer is beating the long roll while soldiers hurry to get into formation: While tents look nice, I’m actually not sure the Confederates camped at Port Republic had them. Maybe they only had bedrolls an

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DAK Army "completed"

Over the past two years (and two Analogue Hobby Painting Challenges) I have been building a 15mm Afrika Korps force, principally for use with Battlegroup Tobruk and Battlegroup Torch.  Well its finally finished so I thought it was high time for some group shots of the force. Its been a fun slow grow project (though it wasn't intended to be quite so slow grow) and I particularly enjoyed finding and using all the early war vehicles and their variants which saw such great use in the desert. Recon ACs, Pz I, II, III, IV and IV Specials I'm really pleased with how the battered yet cohesive colours give this the look of a worn, veteran force. Big Guns! The only thing yet to come is a certain captured Matilda tank, which continues to elude capture (doesn't it Alan!) DAK Infantry with Truck, Hanomag and Motorcycle options What Army is complete without a storage solution? Though what army is really complete... ever!

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15mm Marian Roman Commission, The Last Batch

Here is the last batch of Romans for my mate at PAW, Del.  All figures are Essex and will be in the owners hands very soon.Two bases of Generals, I've gone for a Republican look for the Generals, so obviously they are old men or nostalgic. Elephants, the Panzers of the ancient world, however they were not overly used by the Romans hence I have opted for a basic beast.Mercenary light horse bow, what would later form the auxiliar but at this stage still dressed and fought in their native style.A different option for light horse as these could be allied or mercenary from the famous Tarantine stable. Finaly, just for variety a different option for light horse, although carrying javelin they do have a bow case tucked awayWhen Del fields the army I will try and get some group pictures....

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Back to the Brushes 221

Spent some time with a brush the other night and started colouring in some more Moors.Supporting archers in the foreground for ADLG and Moor spearmen for SAGA to the rear.Another stand of Arab cavalry for ADLG in 15mm was also completed at the same time, however this isn't pictured here. These will follow soonish. Needing to settle back into a painting rthyme and start to clear some of the part painted figures on the table off. More on this and future plans in the next few posts. Cheers for now

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A bunch of cults.....15mm cultists!

Much to Rays horror I have moved in to 15mm fantasy (these can be used for pulp too) and gone with some CP Models and some Croms Anvils figures to begin the horror......CP Models......The colour you're looking for is mauve......Croms Anvil figures.........These figures are a little smaller than the CP Models range but they are female and not indicative of the rest of the range.......What are they summoning, tune in next week for......

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A bunch of cults.....cultists!

Much to Rays horror I have moved in to 15mm fantasy (these can be used for pulp too) and gone with some CP Models and some Croms Anvils figures to begin the horror......CP Models......The colour you're looking for is mauve......Croms Anvil figures.........These figures are a little smaller than the CP Models range but they are female and not indicative of the rest of the range.......What are they summoning, tune in next week for......

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The Spirit of ’61 – A Big Game of Sharp Practice

On the occasion of my birthday, I invited Sigur, Virago and Stephan to a big game of Sharp Practice. I’ve always wanted to play a game with four players and more units than usual and this was a perfect opportunity to try this. Our forces’ objective was to confiscate a whiskey distillery. Both had a wagon to transport the destillery as well as an assortment of infantry and one unit of cavalry. Sigur and Virago played the Confederates, while Stephan and I took the Union. I split the commands, Virago and Stephan playing the C-in-Cs and each getting three Leaders (apart from Sigur, who had four). I took the opportunity to field my 5th New York Zouaves, a colourful troop I just finished painting. Deployment started a bit slow for the Confederates. They were still crossing the bridge while the Union cavalry was rushing forward and Col. Bendix (Stephan) moving his men into line and into the field. As my cavalry was rather wimpy in close combat, I had them dismount and advance on foot. When SigurR

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Back to the Brushes 220

After a week away from the brushes post Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge a return to the painting table shows the carnage left behind.With three major rebasing projects ongoing at present:Late Romans and alliesMoors for ADLG and SAGAEnglish Civil War in 15mm There hasn't been any space or time for painting.The top of the composite picture shows the whole painting table in its chaotic glory with a range of 15 and 28mm figures in varying states of painting.The bottom two pictures show the ECW (left) and the Moors for SAGA. One part needing basing the other finished.Hoping to get back to painting some dark age types this week.Cheers for now.

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The Best Weapon Dealer in the Galaxy..........

....his product, his protection!Meet Mr.X the best arms dealer, bot pusher, planet cleansing, bio weapons aficionado in the galaxy, you want it he sells it, buy one get one free, cash only.......A mixture of manufactures and scales again on the catalogue, Ion Age, Khurasan, GZG, CP Models, FATC.....Not only his product but his his protection and staff, the galaxy is a dangerous place.......The man himself in protective armour......

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General D'Armee: First Test Game

There is a good bit of interest in at the club in the General D'Armee ruleset, which was written by David Brown.  I've read the rule book and really like a lot of the concepts and so have set up a small solitaire test game to learn the mechanics.  It a division sized engagement pitting relatively equal French and Austrian forces against one another.The Austrian force consists of 2, 4 battalion infantry brigades and a 3 squadron bridge of Heavy Calvary (that's the only calvary for the Austrians that are painted up).  I'm putting the Austrians on the offensive early on.Against them are a similar sized pair of French infantry battalions.  The calvary brigade has 2 heavy on one light calvary.  Both sides have a pair of artillery batteries.The Austrians are have initiated a charge and so have moved to the required 3 inch distance and we'll leave it there as I need to re-read the charge mechanics.I'm going to hold off any detailed comments about mechanics until I've played a few rounds at h

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Normandy Farmland - Making fields

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been gathering materials and experimenting with several ideas for mass producing some cheap and easy terrain fields. During the Painting Challenge, I made a load of Boccage hedgerow suitable for 15mm Normandy games and quickly realised I needed fields to put between the hedges. Commercially produced wargames terrain can be quite expensive to buy and at a recent show, I looked at some simple ploughed fields that ranged in price from £7-12 depending on their size and complexity. I needed quite a lot of these and quickly came to the conclusion that I could replicate the commercial examples for a fraction of the cost. The following examples are the product of that lightbulb moment and have been produced for under £2.00 each. So the technique is very simple and well within the ability of most modellers. The key to success I have discovered is using the right materials. I experimented with various products, including rubber matting and a range of sealants and pastes. In th

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15mm Marian Roman Commission

The final batch of the Roman commission has been delivered and I have started to apply the pigment.  The only thing that needs to be bought is a small Roman marching fort to act as baggage.The first additional elements are another unit of Roman cavalry, two units thorakai mercenaries and a unit of Illyrian skirmishers.These are obviously based for FOG and are all Essex figures

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