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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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AHPC9 - 25mm Donnybrook Ladies

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?

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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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