It's been a three months since I added to the new Italian Wars Project and after the big push for the Analogue Hobbies Winter Paint Challenge (which the Papal Army won the Challenge Choice Award 😁) my painting output has slowed down dramatically. But after years of painting I know it will come back, I have a new job at work so stress levels are lowering and the figure output is starting to rise again.Now before the purists have a heart attack, I know this is a later uniform than the Italian Wars, I was lucky enough to see the painting "The Mass at Bolsena" 1514 Raphael, on my trip to the Vatican so I know what that depiction looks like but honestly who can resist the modern blue, yellow and red uniform of the Guard.So I totally agree it's a bit of a fantasy unit but I bet you it will easily be the most recognisable unit in my army. Just need a 28mm Pope figure for it to Guard now !The figures are 28mm scale from TAG (The Assault Group) who sell a Papal Guard pack which form the bulk of the unit, I've added s
Some people have drug or alcohol addictions I have model ships ! Not satisfied with all the ships at Jutland (250 for the uneducated) I could only stand withdrawal symptoms for so long before embarking on the lesser "Not" at Jutland collection.All ships are 1/2400 scale GHQ and a handy guide on how I paint them is avaliable on the link below.https://yarkshiregamer.blogspot.com/2015/11/12400-ww1-wtj-naval-from-box-to-table.htmlSo let's have a run down of the new ships starting with Team Britain.HMS Queen Elizabeth The lead ship of a class of Super Dreadnoughts, 3 knots faster than the standard 21 knot Dreadnought, she and her sisters were designed to form a Fast Squadron. With 8 15" guns and 13" armour QE was a formidable force.Whilst undergoing trials in the Mediterranean she was called up for the Dardanelles Campaign where she served as a flag ship. After that ill fated action QE returned to the Grand Fleet at Scapa, however she missed the big day as the ship was in dock for maintenance.Later in the 1st
Last month a did a little review and a couple of videos on the excellent 28mm Italian Motorcycles from Dog Tag Miniatures.https://yarkshiregamer.blogspot.com/2019/02/28mm-dog-tag-miniatures-italian-ww2.htmlI have constructed, painted and based the entire squad now ready for their first action in our next Op Compass Campaign Game in a few weeks time.The first model type in the squad are these rider only solo motorcycles, titled Despatch Riders. I particularly like the scarf covered faces and the dark shades, almost the CHiPs of the desert.Then we have a motorbike and pillion passenger both in a firing position, not sure who is steering !Next up are two Sidecar Combos one of which was the "model" for the initial review post. I have had a bit of difficulty with the join between bike and sidecar which I found quite fragile and difficult to bend to the correct angle without breaking it. I ended up putting supports under the sidecar and using grass tufts to hide them.There was a few queries on the previous post abo
Having run out of fancy Dan Gendarme in all their feathers and livery it's time to go "smart but casual" with these chaps, 6 figures from the 28mm Perry Miniatures plastic Light Cavalry box set.I think this box set is turning into one of the most versatile avaliable, not only have I used it for these lance armed troops but you get the sword armed chap for an officer and there is a musician arm in there as well. The box is also my "go to" for Standard Bearers and that's before you add in the Crossbow (next unit) and Bow options. I don't know how they got so much on each sprue.I'm sure you will all know the score on the painting by now, oil wipe method horses (this is the last six of the batch of 80 plus horses I painted back in December), riders done in acrylic paint (mostly Vallejo) with the odd subtle wash and a Pete's Flag stuck on a pole and hoisted above said unit for effect.This will be half of a 12 man unit however I plan for these to be multi-functional in my army. They can be used as a Light Cavalry u
I've not been posting much on the Italian Wars Project as it grows and with a few units added to the ranks it was time to reveal them to the world.TAG Pike Block Where as all of the foot figures I have used so far are from the Perry's these are from a Company called The Assault Group or TAG as they are more commonly known. Still 28mm and similar in proportion to the Perry figures they are slightly smaller and a lot "cleaner" (there is a comparison at the end of the post).I have to be honest and say that while I was painting these I really wasn't very sure how they would come out, no criticism of the figures but the flatter less contoured sculpts of the TAG line don't really fit well with my painting style and I wasn't sure on the faces either. However when I came to photograph them I was more than pleasantly surprised by the outcome.The pike on the rear ranks are quite upright and the figures have a bit more armour on than I would like for this far back in the Block but I'm nit picking. 8 figures per bas
If I was a chef Naval ships would without doubt be my signature dish, some of you may have seen Project Jutland a couple of years back where I painted all 250 ships of that famous Battle in 1/2400 scale. There were a few ships not present at the action which are still worth having in any WW1 collection and these two are a must in a German Fleet.The ships in this scale meaning they are just over three inches long (the bases are 120mm x 40mm), made by GHQ they are incredibly detailed as you can see from the deck close ups. The bases are MDF and I build the model on the base (usually 8 to 10 parts) and then create a "seascape" or water feature on the flat base using DIY filler and then paint from there.I did a tutorial on the method years ago and it remains one of my most popular posts ever,https://yarkshiregamer.blogspot.com/2015/11/12400-ww1-wtj-naval-from-box-to-table.htmlThe two ships were classed as Super Dreadnoughts and the German answer to the 15" gunned Queen Elizabeth ships of the British Na
The Italian Wars Project cracked on again this week with the addition of a further two units to grace the Papal Army of the period.First up is a 6 figure unit of 28mm bow armed Stradiots from Perry Miniatures. I have gone for a slightly muted pallet compared to the recent Gendarme but made sure that each figure had plenty of variation with ribbons on the horse furniture. The eagle eyed might even spot a Bradford City scarf 😎The command stand is once again adorned by one of Petes Flags from eBay, this one from Pietro Duodi commander of the Venetian stradiots at the battle of Fornovo.The figures are fantastic, I love the beards and the wicker hats, the detail on them make them so easy to paint. I will be adding another 6 figures to this unit in the next couple of weeks.The other unit once again 28mm Perry Miniatures, is a 24 figure Polearm unit painted up in the colours of the Swiss Canton of Uri.The flags were scanned off an article from an old gaming magazine which James Roach kindly donated to me last
Big units are a chew on when you are doing them but when they are finished you can sit down and breath a sigh of relief that the job is done. That was very much the case with this unit, 48 figures in the Block itself and 16 accompanying Shot figures all in glorious Perry 28mm Technicolor.The 48 figures of the Block are based 8 figures to a base, the rear and central bases are 60mm x 50mm whilst the front ranks with the lowered pike are on 120mm depth bases, partly to protect the figures but mostly to protect the players as the Pike are steel and damn sharp. They are very unforgiving when they contact fingers !The front bases are all from the metal part of the Perrys Range and are mostly levelled pike with a single Polearm figure who sits in front of the flag on the base behind, each base has a single figure with a 60 degree pike purely because that's how the available figures worked out.The middle bases have plastic command figures from the Mercenary Box Set whilst the majority of the others are metal, flags
This year, as in the previous two I am taking part in the Analogue Hobbies Winter Paint Challenge, a Group of gamers and painters from across the world who get together, in a virtual sense, once a year. The idea is part competition, with points tables, side duels and part collective support of like minded individuals.https://thepaintingchallenge.blogspot.comThis year I am taking the opportunity to try and blast through the corner of the lead pile that constitutes my 28mm Italian Wars Project so I can get to the point where I can field a decent sized army and get some game time in on the rule sets I am looking at.The event started on the 20th December and runs for 3 months. So far for the Italian Wars I have finished a unit of 16 shot, who will appear on here when I finish the accompanying Pike Block. Finished this week is this 6 fig unit of Gendarme.The figures are from Foundry and although fairly old they are still great figures. The flags come from Pete's Flags on eBay and are representative of the early 15
It's been close on 2 months since I posted anything on the old blog. It's been a bit of a break full stop, I had a month off work for a trip round Italy with Mrs YG and then it has taken a bit of time to get back into the normal blogging, painting, gaming routine, but sometimes a break is good to get the mojo going again.20mm Anti Tank Rifle I picked some nice straight forward Italian WW2 figures to get the Vallejo flowing again, all technique and little skill is the way forward with these boys. The figures themselves are from Warlord Games and are the last figures in my Italian to do box (not including vehicles).Detail photoWarlord figures are very different from the Perry Miniatures that form the mainstay of my Desert Collection, slightly larger in size, a good deal chunkier and with rougher detail, they definitely have a great character about them. The raised detail makes them easy to paint with my dry brush, wash style and for very little work it's possible to get a pretty good result.Italian 100mm A
After a bit of a lull on the paint front, I managed to get the blockage moved and got some stuff finished last week, adding another couple of units to my Crusader collection, this time a 24 figure Crossbow Unit and a 24 figure Spear armed unit.Spears to the rear, apologies for the 15mm Napoleonic figures in the backgroundThe figures are the Foot Sergeant plastic box set from Fireforge, a great set with 48 figures in, ideal for two 24 fig units ! The detail on the figures in good for plastics, they are however quite chunky for a starved Medieval Army and I'm not too sure about some of the half crouch half standing poses but in general as an Army Builder they are a great set.Spearmen close upThe figures are based on a 60mm frontage by 50mm depth, standard frontage for the period but slightly extra depth, for me it allows a bit more space to protect the figures and their bendy plastic weapons, that and it makes basing a bit easier. Getting filler in between the legs of tiny warriors in double ranks is never easy
The long hard slog that was the first batch of Heavy Cavalry for the Italian Wars Project is over, the second mini batch of 6 Gendarme are done (at the front) to join the other 6 which I finished a month or so ago.Each figure having a different look, colours, horse furniture etc really slows down my decade perfected method of batch painting but now they are done I am quite pleased with the results.The figures are from the plastic Perry Mounted Men at Arms set, as discussed in my previous post they are designed for the mid 1400s to the beginning of the Italian Wars so some will say the armour to early etc but they work for me.The banners are from Pete's Flags (find them on eBay) and are representative of the Borgia family, famous or possibly infamous in the early part of this period. I have based a lot of the colour choices on the figures around the flags and included some Papal references on the figures along with the red bull of the family.Base 1, the command base includes the commander with his horse decked
It's time again the add to my slowest growing project, that of the 28mm Crusades, 8 units in 3 years is pretty glacial !This is my first attempt at the Fireforge Miniatures Mounted Sergeants plastic box set, nothing really to report other than that the...
A few weeks ago I posted some pictures of my first Unit for the latest project here at YG, here is the second.Using the same figures as my previous post, I.e. the 28mm Perry Miniatures Plastic European Mercenary mixed with some of the same companies me...
A couple of months ago, having decided to stay away from new periods for a while (stop laughing at the back), I announced being bullied into starting a new period, the Italian Wars.When I first started gaming in the 80s the group I was part of had some...