This week was club night and Terry hosted a game of Imperial Settlers. I had a hoot! What a pleasant and interesting game of resource management.George also hosted a WW2 plane game that I did not get a chance to watch.I have been doing a bit of painting to finish off a commission (some broken pieces that the manufacturer replaced for the owner).I finished the Rancor. What a lovely model! And huge!I left it glossy as all of the movie stills show it as a touch damp or slimy.I had some trouble getting a decent shot--it looks much nicer in person than these photos show off.Up next: I have on last gormorrian guard who is underway and hopefully some western gaming.
Oh look, yet more Donnybrook!!!!I do like it when you can have versatile figures, and that's exactly what these are.The figures are from Reiver Castings, and can be purchased here.For the princely sum of £11 They can and hopefully will be used in the following armies.Monmouth's RebelsKing Phillip's War Militia&Irish RappareesThese 10 bad boys were worth 5 points each so earned me 50 points.
Yes I know.....more Donnybrook!But you can never have enough of a good thing....right?In the Highlander army list in Donnybrook, one of the characters you may use is"The Master of Hounds"The Scots figure is a standard bearer from pack SKU : JFR20 in Reiver Castings Jacobite range.With his left arm chopped off a repositioned.I wasn't sure how and what to use for the dogs lead or whether or not to have one at all.In the end I went with some plane and simple fuse wire.Which I think works pretty well?The Hounds are from Gripping Beast pack PCT14 Pict pack Master & Hounds"The Master of Hounds controls a pack of hunting dogs bred by the Clan. He is armed with a short sword and controls 3 dogs. When they attack the player rolls a d3. The result is the number of dogs who lunge that turn. Add the Master to the attack. So at full strength there will be 4 attacks, while the minimum is 2. The dogs do not check morale when taking casualties and fight to the death. If the Master loses all his dogs he fights on alo
Can't believe the Challenge is over for another year???This being the final Bonus Round " Fellowship"As soon as I read the name Fellowship I knew my entry would have to be fromLord of the Rings. I've got a box with all sorts of odds and ends from Games Workshop's range.Gandulf here was still sitting in his red backed blister pack begging to be painted up!To be honest he was originally bought to be painted up and sold on ebaymany years ago, but I never got around to it.Another reason for painting up Gandulf was he was quite an easy paint, being all white!!But the most important was he was the defacto leader of the Fellowship in LotRand if our defacto leader the SnowLord, Curt himself put on a white wig, he could be Gandulf!!This entry will be winging its way over the Atlantic soon as my Curtgeldso a few more points will come my way.
Another entry into the Challenge from a different period, I really should have entered the Squirrel Dual!!!These 16 figures from Wargames Foundry have already flown the nest to their new home next door at Casa Postie!They are HYW archers painted up in the livery of the men of Cheshire. They were a joy to paint to be honest, I wish all figures were this easy!!These 16 figures should earn me 80 points to add to my total.Getting worried about that dodgy Irishman Fran, he's gaining fast!!!
Another entry into the Painting Challenge and its yet more Donnybrook, but this time we're heading to the far away fields of Africa, well Tangier to be precise.The Treaty of Windsor, signed on 10th June 1680 between England and Spain, gave rise to an offer by the King of Spain to provide a body of Horse to support the English at Tangier. The Duke of Osuna's Trozo of Horse was well placed being based 80 miles north of Tarifa to be that body of Horse. They were said to have worn an all white uniform, including their hat!Which I'm sure you'll agree makes for a rather unusual looking unit of Horse.In the field they were commanded by Don Salvador de Monforte.They fought in several skirmishes and battles in their time at Tangier.I've been wanting to paint this unit for quite a whileThe figures are from Warfare Miniatures and will be added to my Tangier collection, they may well find there way onto the fields of Flanders and Ireland too!!! 7 Mounted 25mm figures should give me 70 points.
I should have entered the Squirrel Duel with all the different periods I'm painting up!!!Postie asked for a muted palette, so that's what he got!These 24 figures are the London slingers who were in the army of Simon de Montfort, during the Barons Wars which was fought between 1264-65.The Slingers fought at the Battle of Lewes in 1264The figures are from Essex Miniatures and could be used for any Medieval army.There are 24 figure in this post making a very nice 120 points!
Surprise Surprise!!!More Donnybrook shenanigans!!!I bought these 50 Warfare Miniatures last year at The Other Partizan wargame show,from Mr Beneath the Lily Banners Hilton himself. These are very multi-purpose figures and are something that were missing fromthe late 1600's figure range. Dixon's and Reiver do have similar figures, but not in this many poses. And this is only the start, there will be more poses from Warfare minis!!I mainly wanted these figure to use as Militia for Bacon's Rebellion or King Philips War in America,but they will also be used as Rebels in the army of the Duke of Monmouthat the Battle of Sedgemoor. And also they can be used for as either side in Ireland in the Boyne campaign.There are 30 Musketeers and 20 Pikemen/SythmenI do have another 10 Pikemen to paint up, but I've only just bought some different weapons for them to hold, hopefully they'll be painted during the Challenge???These 50 x 25mm figures earned me a very nice 250 points to add to my tally.Which at the moment
For today's viewing pleasure may I present four Donnybrook ladies.The first three are armed and dangerous and look like triplets! They can be used in a local Militiain Europe or the America's. The last lady stands babe in arms and is probably the most dangerousout of the four!All 4 are from Redoubt Enterprises.Nice and easy, pretty boring really20 points Mr H?
Here we have 4 x 25mm Commanders, for my Donnybrookshenanigans!!!! Here we have Bonnie Prince Charlie, from the very new range of figures fromIan over at Flags of War. He's a great sculpt with no flash what-so-ever.I've never bought a figure that fits so snug on his horse. Charlie boy will be winging his way over to my Dad's figure collection, and will join the other figures I've painted for him as pressies over the years. Next we have the ill-fated John Graham, the Laird of Claverhouse, 1st Viscount DundeeorBonnie Dundee as he is more widely known.Dundee (not crocodile) is another great figure from Reiver Castings.And shall lead the lines as a hero in my Highlander Donnybrook games.Lastly, yet more figures from Reiver Castings, some left over figures from the Gentleman Horse regt from a few posts ago. These three shall be used for any of the armies I've painted up so far.English, French, Irish Jacobite, Scottish Jacobite, Sedgemoor Rebel orCommander or town elder in the wilderne
Firstly, thank you to all you lovely lot out there who voted me into second place in the "Sport" bonus round. I had a lot of fun creating the figures and have been asked what rules I plan to use to play Lacrosse with them. I don't know how to play Lacrosse, never mind make rules up for them!!!Another week has passed and I've been very busy with the brush!I've stayed with the Jacobite Highlanders again this week, but have gone forthe simpler form of artillery.All the Highlander figures are like the Horse in my last post from Reiver Castings, while the artillery are from Parkfield Miniatures and Wargames Foundry.There are 7 x artillerymenAnd 2 gunsAlso there are a few packs of Trade Goods from Crooked Dicethat can be used as hastily built barricades. 7 x 25mm 35 points2 x artillery 15 points??? (Should be 10 points each, but one's a tiddler?)5 x various trade goods ?????Lee was very generous and gave me 70 points in total!!!Which along with another group of figures pushed me up to 7th place
Another entry from me today and yes its more Donnybrook!!!These figures are from a set from Col Bills called 17thc Soldiers FarewellHere's the original look of the figures, obviously they're ECW figures, butI did a bit of snipping, filing and gluing. Adding a bit of greenstuff, making cuffs andelongating coats.To change them from ECW to soldiers from the 1690'sI'm very pleased how they turned out to be honest.These Col Bill's figures should earned me 35 points lifting me upinto 9th....yes 9th place!!!
Pushing past the Turkish forces had been easy. Evading rather than confronting the Turkish (and British) forces had been easier than he'd believed, and so here he was entering the land of the Egyptian, a land of great necromancers, a land purportedly raised up by mysterious visitors from the skies. Here was a chance to create legends, a chance to carve eternity into the legends of the peoples of the north.And so Dumnorix surveyed the scene as his forces arrayed against the armed might of the mystical Egyptians.Andy and I managed a Big Battle HotT army ... it must be summer holidays.Initial deployment, Semi historical Egyptian forces on the left face up to the intruders, the Barbarian hordes from the north.Egyptian blade backed up by their knight generalEgyptian archers, with their alien commander in mysterious flying saucer, supported by smaller flyersHuge feline behemoth supports the Egyptian bladeDumnorix' warband warriors supported by Mammoth behemoth, and riders from the eastThe stomp of giant
Finally some post Christmas HotT, and what better to start with than 48 points of napoleonic Hordes of the Things.My French are currently a pretty ordinary bunch, some French columns as behemoths, a hero (one of those flashy hussar types) and a magician general to represent Napoleon himself.Andy's British were again pretty standard, but featuring the amazing riders that Andy has crafted.. very fantasy-like. We played across a 4'x3' playing area.Deployment view from behind the French line, the battlefield shortened with the inclusion of a river deployed by Andy as the defender.The British left - shooters backed up with more shooters, a hero, and those brilliant ridersThe British right anchored on the river - that's a hero general with the flag. Eddie Izzard's voice rang out with the cry 'Have you got a flag?'The French right, behemoths supported by shooters, Napoleon himself with a couple of bases of knights (Grenadier a cheval of the Guard)The man himself - napoleon, a man some saw as having magical powersThe
And with a roaring 'boom', the napoleonic HotT army is basically done.. well the fighting core of it, to 72 points. Not wanting to spend too much time painting figures (this was, after all, an exercise in making use of surplus figures otherwise consigned to sit in a box unused), I decided to make double use of the French artillery based for Volley and Bayonet. As they will need to continue to serve in that context, I made a couple of simple sabot bases to give the guns the correct HotT frontage when in use in the HotT environment.The French artillerySabot basesSo this is the army basically completed to 72 points. Well, actually there is more than that, dependent on how many columns/behemoths I choose to use.Swiss alliesAnd some Irish line infantry as wellThose Grenadier a cheval of the guard/knightsHero General.. Bonaparte himselfAnd some of the infantry bases configured as columns/behemothThe army doesn't have as may heroes as it may, and I will await the right inspiration to create some napoleonic steam pun