While cleaning the blog I found a lot of old reviews of figurines that I haven't published yet. These are mostly articles that I started writing even 4 or 5 years ago! In order not to get dusted in the "Drafts" section, I decided to publish them regularly. Keep in mind that these are usually very old and sometimes no longer available models.Robiąc porządki na blogu znalazłem sporo starych recenzji figurek, których jeszcze nie opublikowałem. Są to w większości artykuły, które zacząłem pisać nawet 4, 5 lat temu! Aby się nie kurzyły w dziale "Wersje robocze" postanowiłem, że będę je regularnie publikował. Miejcie na uwadze, że są to przeważnie bardzo stare i czasami już niedostępne modele.READ MORE »
I'm going back to painting after a few months break. For warming up, I chose a 54mm minaiture from Nocturna Models. I prepared it for painting a long time ago. The model stood in a display case and waited its turn. Even the base was pre-prepared. I invite you to a short, (not as detailed as always) step by step article from about "Snorri".Wracam do malowania po kilku miesięcznej przerwie. Na rozgrzewkę wybrałem figurkę w skali 54mm od Nocturna Models. Przygotowałem ją do malowania już dawno, dawno temu. Stała na pułce i czekała na swoją kolej. Nawet podstawkę miałem wstępnie przygotowaną. Zapraszam do krótkiej i nie tak dokładnej jak zawsze reacji z malowania moedlu "Snorri".READ MORE »
I've just got back from a very pleasant morning at the Skirmish Toy Soldier and Wargames Show in Sidcup. I regularly attend this little show with it'a s quirky but friendly atmosphere, as do many of the Rejects. This time it was just Postie and myself at the show but I reckon between us we spent enough for a hoard of wargames (especially Postie with his bottomless pockets!). As usual, I shot a load of pictures and there were some cracking looking little games on display. One that seemed to catch the eye of nearly everyone was a 54mm Sudan demo featuring modern recasts of old toy soldiers (pictures below). As is the norm I spent more time chatting to friends than I did shopping but that is the attraction and charm of this little show. Rainham Wargames Club - A very nice looking Sudan gameSeveral companies of redcoatsFacing defencesTunbridge Wells Wargames Society The Old Guard - Another Sudan game, this time using The Men Who Would Be Kings rules.A clash of infantryMedway Wargames Society playin
So a bit of an odds-and-sods post today. I finished off a 54mm AWI Prussian General. This figure is from an old kids play set so the detail is a touch thin. And basing it (no integral base? on a kids play set? really? ) was a real hassle. That is probably why he sat on the painting table half finished for two years.I'm moving into a small commission. A fellow I did some Imperial Assault figures for in 2015 asked me to paint some expansions to match. I started on the Heart of the Empire expansion and first up are three heroes.I'm a bit out of the loop on Star Wars but this lady wookie had cool goggles and a lot of demolition charges.Then there is Star Wars Wolverine with some kind of impractical hand weapon. Clearly no match for a blaster.And finally Big Headed lady who actually seems toknow what she is doing. All are painted to match the cards that came with the expansion.Up next are a selection of imperial troops.
One of the things I forgot to paint up from the original orbat of Tricorne were two units of British guards. I eventually settled on painting three four-man units.These are HaT SYW Prussians but close enough. Overall, I'm happy with how they turned out.They have a nice amount of detail. I added some cuff and lapel lace to these fellows.Up next: A grab bag of smaller paint jobs.
I found myself short a few cannons before Xmas. I didn't want to pick up two more boxes of Armies in Plastic cannons so, instead, I bought three metal pencil sharpener off eBay.These scale pretty well with 1/32 minis (I think the cannon on the left below is AiP).You can often find unusual but helpful gaming stuff in the pencil sharpener section of eBay (e.g., most of my 28mm wild west wagons were pencil sharpeners).Above you can see the sharpener that is built into the base. The only change required is gluing a bit of card in place below the barrel to cover the opening. These sharpeners also shoot matchsticks (or did--I doubt they operate now!).Once set among figures, they look the part. I paid about $20 for three, which was a deal.Up next: I have two groups of 54mm British AWI guards underway plus some 28mm furniture and some HO-scale garbage dumpsters.
Merry Christmas to everyone! I recently finished up some 54mm French cavalry for Tricorne. These are Armies in Plastic AWI cavalry that I slightly modified the hats on. It isn't perfectly clear what kind of cavalry were involved in the various battles in Tricorne (dragoon or hussars) so I based the paint scheme on the Mollo plate of the hussars. I couldn't find any putty locally to deal with the hats so I left them a vague "light infantry" shape.Overall, these will do. The blue jackets shifted a bit towards grey after I washed on some shadows so they might serve as generic dragoons in a pinch. I also found myself short on some cannon so, after some sussing out of options, three more of those are underway.
I have 40 photos for you from the completed "Drakkar Rider AD750" project. A very nice miniature in the 54mm scale from Andrea Miniatures. If you have any questions, leave them in a comments section. I will try to give exhaustive answers :)Mam dla Was 40 zdjęć z ukończonego projektu "Drakkar Rider AD750". Bardzo fajny model w skali 54mm od Andrea Miniatures. Jeśli macie jakieś pytania to pozostawcie je w komentarzach. Postaram się udzielić wyczerpujących odpowiedzi :)READ MORE »
I hauled my 54mm AWI troops out to the club this week to put on a game of Tricorne. I selected the Monmouth Courthouse scenario as I don't think I have ever gamed that one before.Scott and Bruce were for king and Richard and Chen were for congress. Red Claw was packed when we got there so I much appreciate Leanne saving us a 6x4 table to game on.Monmouth has 22 units per side and requires nine victory banners to win, so it took us two hours to get through the scenario. The British can gain two banners per American hill-hex that they occupy.The British spent a lot of time maintaining a solid line to allow them to play the many, many line cards that they got. They focussed first on ejecting the Americans from the forward line of hedges and trying to firm up the British left flank (which was enfiladed by cannon).These poor Prussian grenadiers earned their pay that day and were forced to advance to the rear after a few turns. Bruce also immediately lost the unit of highlanders I spent weeks (WEEKS!) painting to a
No gaming for me this week due to some dental woes. This did, however give me enough time to finish of a long-delayed second unit of 54mm British Highlanders for Tricorne.These are from All The King's Men (sadly out of business) and they sat half painted because of the level of detail required. I learned a bit from the first unit I did and I stopped trying to add a third colour to the argyle socks (doesn't show up anyhow). Happy the bagpipes turned out okay--don't think I have ever painted bagpipes before.I'm happy with the results and happy they are done. I see I am also short a couple of units of British Guards from the original orbat. I think I have some extra Prussians that could be converted with paint But first I have two units of French cavalry to finish up and the rest of the buildings from the model railway swap meet. Maybe the guards will be a holiday project.
I am almost finished the orbat for the French expansion to Tricorne. Today, I have two units of French marines. These are 54mm figures from HaT (originally SYW Prussians).Apologies for the white washing out like it did--there is more depth and nuance to the figure in person. Overall, a good enough paint-job conversion.I was looking at the expansion box with Bruce and I see the flip side of the French victory country is a Hapsburg symbol so that suggests a SYW expansion is in the works. So I will spend some time knocking out some proper Prussians to replace the stand-ins I currently have. But first I need to paint some French cavalry. And I need more guns.
Bruce popped over on Tuesday to tryout my new gaming table in the basement. I now have enough room to comfortably set up a good 54mm AWI game. I selected the first of the Brandywine scenarios from the new Tricorne expansion.The gist is Washington thinks Howe has split his army and decides to launch an attack across the Brandywine. Surprise: lots of red coats here. The scenario victory is six banners. The Americans get get easy banners by getting units across the river and taking hills. The British can get easy banners by securing fords and bridges.Game 1 saw the Americans surge across Brandywine Creek in the middle (tactics being dictated by cards).The rebels had a good bit of luck at first, pushing the Brits back.The Brits responded by sending in the Highlands to rout some rebel scum!Eventually, a line command stabilized the British front but both sides had five banners.The dastardly rebels then charged across on the left of the photo below, capturing a gun and a hill. In this turn, both sides exceeded their
Offspring activities meant I could not get out to the club this week, so no game reports. I did manage to get some painting done.The arrival of more sprues of HaT 54mm Prussian SYW troops meant I could do some cutting to make light troops for the French (above) and Hessians (below). Cutting was mostly removing bayonets from muskets. In retrospect, maybe cutting down the hats would have also been an idea (such fiddly work, though).Overall, the effect is good enough. Below there are two of the new plastic troops flanking one of the older metals I have from All The Kings' Men. Pretty decent match, especially since I had to guess at the paint mix for the jackets.I also knocked off some of the terrain I bought at Red Claw the last time I was there. This is a set of bookshelves and cabinets. You can customize the inserts as you like to vary them (if you buy multiple sets). They look good enough for Buffy and Giles.Up next: Well. some more zombie stuff and also some more 54mm AWI troops. I need to paint up some Fren
I finished off the two boxes of 54mm HaT Prussians I managed to find this summer. These will round out my French regulars for the upcoming expansion to TricorneI also finished three flag bearers (which represent generals) and three musicians (which are just infantry). There was no national flag of France in this period and of the French flags I found, these were the ones I liked the best.Al from HaT just emailed to say that he had found me some more boxes of these figures (both standing and advancing) so I will be using them to replace some Prussians as well as complete the French foot. Just need to find some suitable mounted figures.
Six months off in the hobby requires explanations :)Sześć miesięcy przerwy w hobby wymaga kilku wyjaśnień :)READ MORE »