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AHPC 9 Donnybrook - Bonnie Price Charlie & Generals (Heroes & Villains)

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

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Jumping the queue!

Cossack infantry advancingInvigorated by the excellent progress being made on the GNW Supplement for BLB, I treated myself to some painting which was not actually on the very backlogged schedule.In addition to the painting I did some more reading on Cossacks and found that over the years I had fallen into swallowing a few cliches about them. Perhaps it was too much exposure to the Battleground hex based Napoleon in Russia  computer game or, believing all the Taras Bulba hype.Cossack infantry Command - The Hetman is particularly fine as is the hat waving Ivan!For some reason, I had missed the fact that much perhaps the majority, of a Cossack army was composed of infantry which preferred to fight from the protection of defences.All together now!  You can just hear them singing 'Stenka Razin!' I learned that at Primary school!The Sword & Flame army guide appears to suggest that the mounted component of a force was a relatively small minority compared with the musket armed or levy element. Wagons al

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AHPC9 Donnybrook - 25mm Jacobite Artillery

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

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AHPC 9 Donnybrook - The Last Farewell

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!!!

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AHPC 9 Donnybrook Jacobite Horse

The secrets out....I've been building another Donnybrook army!And I haven't even finished the other yet!!!!!!I can hear the groans already...This time I've gone north, up to Scotland, for a 1689 Battle of KillicrankieHighlander army. (Yes I do already have these troops in 15mm)Above we have 6 x Reiver Castings Lowlander Scots HorseAnd here we have another 6 x Reiver Castings, these are Generals or Officers, ButI shall be using them as Scots Gentleman Horse, from the disbanded Horse regt, "His Majesty's Own Regt of Horse". Commanded by the Laird of Claverhouse or Bonnie Dundee himself.(They'll also be seconded into the Duke of Monmouth Sedgemoor army wink wink)They may well be combined for a 12 figure unit as well?Becoming Wallace's Horse, the only Scottish Horse regt present at the Battle of Killicrankie.So these 12 x 25mm Cavalry earn me 120 points. This and another post pushed me right up to 8th place! 

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AHPC9 Donnybrook "Sport" Bonus Round Native Lacrosse

 Its Analogue Painting Challenge Bonus round again and I've gone all Native for the "Sport" Bonus round.I will admit to being stumped at what to paint up for this round, I even considered and placed a few bids on ebay for some various Bloodbowl figures. I pretty glad I lost the bids!The voting for the Bonus rounds are open to anyone, so if you'd like to vote for myor any of the other great entries click this link.I remembered back in the midst of time, 2012 to be precise I painted up some 15mm Indian villagers here. Some of these were playing Lacrosse, so a seed was planted.......I had a few (ok, a lot) of unpainted Indians wallowing in the dead lead pile, so I went to workwith a scalpel, file and drill, chopping off warclubs and such and came up with these 4 chaps.The goal was quite a simple build, its made out of the three straightest twigsI had in my Twig box, painted, inked and drybrushed and stuck on a Warbases baseand will be used as decoration in any games we play involvin

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AHPC9 Donnybrook - Down on the Farm.......

Or Old McDonald had a farm.For this entry from last week I painted up a few odds and sods that have been hanging around in the leadpile for far too long. Firstly One man and his dog, with 3 sheep......The figures are from Redoubt and were a quick paint job. I've been experimentingwith different inks and washes. These were washed with an old recipe of Windsor & Newton Peat Brown writing ink, its an old Reject recipe that most of us still use. I think it needed watering down a little more, so its a tad heavy in places. I think the Army Painter dip works better to be honest.The next 3 figures are from Redoubt Enterprise, I believe from their AWI range.Again I used the W & N ink, I think it worked a little better on these figures?They will of course go into the Donnybrook box of dispare, hopefully to be used oneday in a game!!Lastly we have 2 Maids a milkin' and Daisyalso from Redoubt  Enterprises  There were 6 x 25mm figures = 301 x Dog = 23 x Sheep = 63 bails of straw = 31 x Cow = 5M

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Focusing on Sedgemoor Part 3: The Rebel Army

A few militia style clothes may have been the most uniformed anyone got in Monmouth's ArmyTo describe the rebel forces as an army is probably being somewhat overgenerous. Several of the officer cadre including the Duke himself were soldiers, brave, proven and with battle experience gained in formal, continental wars. There were undoubtedly ex soldiers, deserters from the army, militiamen and mercenaries forming a portion of the regiments however, the majority of the men were volunteers, whipped up to rebel against something - the King, Popery, oppression and the usual causes trotted out to get the masses mobilized by their political lords and masters.Not everyone came out for King Monmouth. This however may be a scene from the Bloody AssizesMonmouth landed on June 11 and was executed on July 15. Even the most zealous supporter of the cause would have difficulty in arguing that the assembled volunteers could  have been moulded into an army with the necessary organization, command structure, campaign plan,

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AHPC 9 Reconnaissance Bonus Round - He went that way......

Its Bonus round time again, Curt seems to bamboozle me each year with his choices forbonus rounds and this year is no different!I always try and use figures I already have or I can use in any of the periodsI already own. Luckily I already had these figures in my unpainted pile.The figures are from Redoubt Enterprises' Scout pack, with 1 addition, the chap with the white face. Obviously as they're a scout pack, the fellows would have been sent out to reconthe area or track their enemy, but they can always be used as normal warrior models andwill be added to my big box of Native American Indians for Donnybrook.I really like these Redoubt figures, they're so full of life and character.I tried out Army Painter Strong Tone on these.Its a bloody godsend to be honest.I shall be using this a lot more often from now on.30 points for the figures 5 x 6and 50 points for the bonus round bonus.Grand total of 80 points!If you'd like to vote for these fine looking fellows or another of the fab entries, you have unt

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AHPC9 Donnybrook - Boobs!

 Happy New Year everyone!!!Welcome to my first post of 2019.Its Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge time once again.My first entry into this years Challenge and I'm off with a Bang!!I tried to think of a better title for this post, but all I could come up with was Boobs? So apologies to all you ladies out there.These luvvly ladies were undercoated for last years Challenge but never made it on the table. I wish I'd held off on them, I could have used them for the Sport Bonus round!!!Naughty, naughty Raymond!!!!These will of course be used sometime or another in a Donnybrook game, rescue the poor damsel in distress kinda thing, although some of them don't really look in distress at all?!?Four are from GZG Gentleman's Collectibles range while the other two are from a forgottenmanufacturer?These ladies move me up to No 36 on the chart!

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One to one wargaming: expanding the idea

Three 48 man companies of musketeers from the garrison of Derry. A company of Mountjoy's Regt at the centre.I was very pleased that the first post on this subject was popular and that visitors were stimulated to consider the implications of frontages, deployment, fire methodologies and movement around the battlefield and its table top imitation.A battalion of Jacobite Foot based for Beneath the Lily Banners and representing between 500- 800 menTo continue, I thought it might be useful to reflect on what we are currently using as tabletop representations and the suspension of disbelief necessary to imagine it can be in any way realistic.It calls to mind innumerable conversations over the years revolving around what I call 'nippy battalion syndrome'. That is, where gamers attempt to squeeze formations of 28mm models through gaps in their lines barely 25mm wide in order to replace worn battalions with fresh ones.Or, those tedious discussions around.. "why does it take a full turn or even two turns to deploy out

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One to one wargaming: A visual study in British company deployment 1685-1698

Company six deepI have been planning this particular post for about three years. Why has it taken so long? I needed to get a run at it. I am fascinated by the compromises necessary in wargaming particularly in relation to scales. Vertical scale distortion, ground scale distortion and finally the challenges in representing the depth of formations relative to their width. This last one has always bothered me, especially when battalions were capable of expanding and contracting their frontage and, when the norm seemed to alter from six deep to three deep lines.Company six deepIn order to experiment I needed to paint a full company one to one so that I could model the different formations without compromise. I chose a typical British company of the 1680-1698 period. This could be English, Scots, Irish or Welsh. I also chose to model it with a ratio of four muskets to one pike. In between other demanding projects I painted, in a very basic format:1 Captain1 Lieutenant1 Ensign2 Sergeants3 Corporals1 Drummer48 match

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Left field - Christmas surprise: Warfare Cossacks!

Did you just double take? Yup, me too! Although cossacks have been on our agenda in planning discussions for some time we had never actually committed to inserting them in the production schedule until I received a mail from Clib to say - take a look at these!The first two sets of Cossacks sculpted in very realistic poses and with great character. The fact that they are finished means that we can get them master moulded very soon and in production early in January 2019.I was supposed to be blogging about the Sedgemoor Rebellion today but this jumped the queue and with some justification.I have also had several cavalry dollies for the Ottomans passing through my fingers over the last 24 hours. It's been a big week at Warfare Miniatures and I'm not finished yet... keep your eyes eeled for a wee special from he Ottoman Army. I hope to have a sample painted up and on display over the weekend. Something which has not yet been previewed or trailed as it missed theWiP photo process and just arrived in finished form

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Donnybrook and the Ottomans - Part 1: Who are these guys?

A scene from the massive panorama at the Army Museum in Istanbul. Photo copyright Barry HiltonThe history of the Ottoman Empire from birth in the 13th century till death in the 20th century is an epic chapter in the story of the human race. Since Warfare Miniatures decided to create a range of Ottomans I have read much more deeply than ever before about their culture, inventions, wars, politics and society. Up until that point my wargaming view of them was limited to touch points in periods where I had an interest - Transylvania in the 15th century, Siege of Vienna, The Crimea.Saviours of Europe - Polish Hussars who possibly dressed in imitation of Ottoman Rumelian sipahis. LoA collection.My un-engaged perception  was of a brutal, faceless, savage, corrupt, incompetent and militarily inept horde. Unfair I know but ignorance informs opinion however inaccurate. I did not conclude all of these things simultaneously but each negative hovered out there in the general orbit of my lack of understanding. In some

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New Ottoman Command packs

We will be releasing these probably before Christmas. They are quite outstanding sculpts.Both are designed for generic use with Janissary or non Janissary infantry. Several can be painted as senior officers. The dress styles cover a wide span of time and will look in keeping with Tufeckci, Sekban and Irregulars.Some will fit well with Janissaries.This is a sneak preview. They are currently being master moulded with production volumes to follow close behind.After these - the Cauldron bearers and the first cavalry sometime in the early New Year.Merry Christmas!

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