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The Pikeman's Lament: The First Peninsular War

Well I lasted until the final week of the Warlord Games sprue sale before weakening, but yesterday an order for a pile of Marlburian Infantry sprues went in as each sprue has 12 figures on and costs just £2.50! Don't ask how many I ordered, but free postage is such a temptation! Unlike other ex-Wargames Factory plastics, these aren't as slim and fiddly, the main reason I resisted the AWI sprues...Warlord Games Malburian Infantry (photo Warlord Games)The uniforms are pretty generic, so can be painted up as a number of nations, the issue now is which ones... As interesting as Marlborough's campaign is, I have been intrigued by the operations in Portugal and Spain between 1701 and 1710, and there is a book by Nicholas Dorrell coming out at the end of the month (Marlborough’s Other Army: The British Army and the Campaigns of the First Peninsula War, 1702–1712). It looks like it will provide a good overview of all the participants, not just the British (one of the things that interests me is the wide variety of a

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AHPC9 - Donnybrook - Berkley's Dragoons c1689

My penultimate post of the Challenge unless I really get my finger out and finish the unit I'm painting.Can't see it happening though.And yes it is more Donnybrook!!!!!Here we have the 6 figures for the English regt Berkley's DragoonsThe figures are from Dixon minis, which are a real pleasure to paint, they almostpaint themselves!"The Monmouth’s rebellion scared Parliament into forming the first standing Army in 1685, among it six regiments of horse and two of Dragoons. It was constituted of six troops, raised by the honourable John Berkeley and named after him as "Berkeley’s Dragoons" it’s recruiting area for all of the troops was Wessex. Berkeley married Barbera Villiers, an intimate friend of the King’s younger daughter, Princess Anne. Thus came about the first title of the Regiment "The Princess Anne of Denmark’s Regiment of Dragoons". In October Berkeley’s Dragoons rode into London to be inspected by the King, a critical Commander, who was nevertheless impressed with them. For the next three years t

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Ray's Request - Donnybrook Ottomans and Donnybrook force offer

Janissary Vets face European cavalryAn Ottoman Wagonburg bristling with menace - Come and get us!Ray Roussell blames me for his Donnybrook addiction. I know the term lead pusher could have a totally different meaning in the context of selling minis as opposed to playing with them. I am however probably answerable to both descriptions.Four ELITE Janissaries with flintlocks and an Officer characterAt Salute, Ray told me I needed to get the finger out and produce a Donnybrook force for gaming with Ottomans. I'll do that I casually responded. Ray is much bigger than me and its best to agree with him.Twelve RECRUIT Anatolian Irregulars with muskets and a Musician characterI thought about the request and them thought about a couple of variants of such a force might look like.I finally came up with three frames of force. I also seem to remember at I am typing this that I sent a full Ottoman Donnybrook Faction piece to Clarence for consideration a few months back, now where the heck did I put that?Nine RECRUIT Crimea

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Pardon the Interruption

Clarence Harrison - It has been a very long time since I've posted. In fact I haven't really painted anything since.. err.. last November! I don't ever remember sitting out of the hobby for that long. There have been other things going on in my life and it seems like when I've had free time, the painting desk just wasn't calling to me.As Barry has mentioned, I've been working on artwork for Talon & Claw and the book is almost ready to send to the printer. There is something about this stage of a project that seems to linger and it always takes longer to wade through the final edits, but the end is definitely in sight!I'm also ready to turn my full attention to Donnybrook Dark, a kind of Gothic horror setting for our popular skirmish rules...The Mourne Vale lies between the kingdoms of Scandavia and Rusland. This fell region is a land of brooding forests, lonely hills, and haunted ruins, but amid it's desolation lies treasures of a forgotten empire. The king of Scandavia is wedded to a Fey Queen

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Hmmm? Oh.. yes, I'm still here..

It has been a very long time since I've posted. In fact I haven't really painted anything since.. err.. last November! I don't ever remember sitting out of the hobby for that long. There have been other things going on in my life and it seems like when I've had free time, the painting desk just wasn't calling to me.I've been working on artwork for Talon & Claw, the Great Northern War supplement for The War of Three Kings and the book is almost ready to send to the printer. There is something about this stage of a project that seems to linger and it always takes longer to wade through the final edits, but the end is definitely in sight!I'm ready to turn my full attention to Donnybrook Dark, a kind of Gothic horror setting for our popular skirmish rules...The Mourne Vale lies between the kingdoms of Scandavia and Rusland. This fell region is a land of brooding forests, lonely hills, and haunted ruins, but amid it's desolation lies treasures of a forgotten empire. The king of Scandavia is wedded to a F

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I painted them thar Ottermans

Code OT07 Tufeckci firingI know, several months late. C minus on report card and detention for me. Nevertheless, painting these thirty models in five days was not as onerous a chore as it may at first sound.They were really fun to do. The sculpting is wonderful and the poses interesting and natural.Code OT12 Bosniaks/Irregulars loadingI used the following speedy method:1. Hand brushed white undercoat2. Paint flesh and wash with a watered skin tone3. Paint flat colours on all other areas4. Wash with water based soft tone Army Painter (except skin areas).5. Hand brushed matt varnish - solvent basedCode OT010 Segban loadingI avoided certain colours such as - red (except for a couple of hats) and used a very controlled and muted palette selection around stone, browns, buff, sand, off white etc with an  occasional shot of pink, black, green and light blue.I wanted these troops to look poorer, less military and more paramilitary - volunteers, conscripts, booty soldiers, borderers and similar.Code OT08 Tufeckci

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AHPC9 - Donnybrook 25mm Hanged Man

Still posting some of my entries from the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge, not many more left I promise!! It's bit Macabre I know, its just a piece of scenery though for my Donnybrook Shenanigans!The figure is from Black Tree designs, bought to paint up in AHPC8, along with quite a few similar bits and bobs. Sir Michael Awdry posted loads of these in last years Challenge and mine got pushed to the bottom of the leadpile.Not much more I can really say about the figure really?

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Breaking the surface.. news on the GNW supplement

Mass charge by Polish cavalry 1683My snorkel has just broken the surface as I come up for air before submerging again into SALUTE 19 on Friday and Saturday.Brunswick-Celle infantry 1690sI have not been blogging with regularity over the last three weeks simply because I have snatched every waking hour to finish off the last photos for the new GNW supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners.The shot pool now stands at 307 pictures considered and about a further 200+ rejected for various reasons.The defence of Vlasivka 1709 - from the Battle report in the bookOf the 190 shots which appear in the book, 183 are finalized and in place. I have 7 little troublemakers to complete three of which should be done by the time this post appears. Taking wargaming pictures is great fun but very intensive. I remember watching Duncan Macfarlane do it about twenty years ago without the benefit of a digital camera and Photoshop. You really had to get it right then.Janissary columnNow at least, my process involves:1.Set up.2.Test shot

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AHPC9 Donnybrook - Reiver Castings Militia

 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.

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AHPC9 Donnybrook - NYW Prisoners, Guard & Wagon

More Donnybrook goodness!This time its back to Col Bill's with a little help from Foundry.The figures are from Col Bill's Depot Battalion range and are named,17th Century Prisoners and Guard. and cost £6.I've swapped the original Guard figure over with an Infantry figure from Foundryrather than convert the figure.The wagon is also from Col Bill's, although I can't seem to find it on their website?I decided to have it as a piece of scenery, so left one wheel off.So as for the points it should be....4 x Foot = 20 points1 x Wagon = 20 points

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AHPC9 Donnybrook - Highlander Master of Hounds & Bard

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

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AHPC9 - Donnybrook - The Duke of Osuna Spanish Horse 1680's

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.

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A most remarkable army.. Kuruc 1703-1711

An Osprey style compilation of Kuruc forces on the march mixing phases of its existenceThe by ways of the late 17th century and early 18th provide magnificently juicy brain food for wargamers. Although I had in passing, read about the Kuruc Rebellion in Hungary during the first decade of the 18th century I had gone no further than a quick skim of what it was all about.During the compilation of material for the new GNW Supplement for Beneath the Lily Banners, I did a little more digging and was delighted with the gaming possibilities. This post focuses on the Kuruc forces and how gamers may be tempted as a side project, to construct a Kuruc table top army.This compilation shot shows Tatars, Poles, Bulgarians, Ottomans, French and Swedes on the Kuruc march...Rákóczi Ferenc was a Hungarian noble who fought to free his country from Habsburg rule during the first decade of the 18th century. France, at war with the Grand Alliance in the War of the Spanish Succession, recognized the weakness of the Austrian position

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Salute 2019 Pre-order discount

No, I can't believe it either. SALUTE 2019 is in about four weeks. Somewhere in my head I could hear a voice saying, you'd better start planning for SALUTE which is in a couple of months.Anyway, enough of this already. Here is a special offer for any products pre-ordered for SALUTE.Pre-order any quantity of  the following products from our range ; Figures, Books, Flags and get them at a 10% discount. Add that to the zero shipping charges and it adds up to a nice little offer.How to orderSend a mail to wordtwister@hotmail.co.uk and let me know what you want. Let me know whether you want to pay by paypal or on the day in cash. I will either send the paypal invoice or we settle up at the show as you prefer.This is the time to think about Ottomans, Prussians, Danes or all those things you meant to get last time you were browsing on the site.See you there! you will find Warfare Miniatures at STAND TN07

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AHPC9 Donnybrook - Warfare Miniatures Militia

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

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