The great thing about painting figures for a Arab or Moor army is the adaptability of the main troop types. Spearmen, archers, skirmishers and light cavalry are easily inter changeable between different armies.This is less so with more specialist troop types and looking at the lists for the Granadine armies circa 1450 hand-gunners jumped out of the page as just that one.After trawling the net to see if suitable figures could be found, as only four will be required. No such luck.So what to do? Well Gripping Beast produce plastic Arabs and the Perry Twins produce plastic Late Medieval Mercenaries which include hand-gunners. Like many things the answer is simple once found: kit bash.The results are below and with a bit of milliput here and there these will do the job nicely.Overall, very pleased with these and and think that they will fit in well once finished. Cheers for now
As the Song of Ice and Fire continues tonight on HBO, beginning the final chapter of the Game of Thrones, it is a good time, to look into my own tale of Westeros. There are two incredibly well done projects about A Song of Ice and Fire in 28mm. One is done by the famous […]
This weekend is Salute in London. I would have loved to be there, last year (Salute 2018 and the Operation Sealion!) was incredible fun and it would be great to see the folks again, but with all that Brexit stuff going on, I wasn't keen on booking a flight and then having a uncertain situation […]
On the Sweetwater board (a German speaking online community with focus on historical wargaming), on irregular intervals a centralized order at the Perrys is organized. Usually I'd suggest supporting your local dealer, but as the Perry blisters and individual sprues are more or less direct only (you can buy them at events like Crisis or […]
Another 5 mercenaries from the period of Thirteen Years' War. The unit is finished. You can find more mercenaries in these entries on my blog: 1, 2, 3.Kolejnych 5 zbrojnych z czasów Wojny Trzynastoletniej. Wraz z pozostałymi, które zaprezentowałem na blogu na początku miesiąca, tworzą oddział liczący 12 najemników, idealny do potyczek w Dragon Rampant.
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
A commission of Queen's Rangers in 28mm for the American War of Independence. Figures are all Perry and various companies are represented: Highlanders, Lights, Rifles, Center, Hussars, etc.The customer wanted an autumn basing for Pennsylvania or Virginia so I added some fall foliage color to the bases.
Well it's been a push and with some last minute painting this evening the last of the pieces for tomorrow are complete.The Wyverns will be presenting the Battle of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti March 1792Chased from Port-au-Prince, the army of Mulattoes and free coloured people commanded by Beauvais and Rigaud reformed at La Croix-des-Bouquets. The arrival of this troop caused an uprising of slaves of the Plain of the Cul-de-Sac. They were armed only with knives, spears, hoes, and iron poles, and their chief was Yacinth, who was only 21 years old. The insurgent slaves joined the army of Beauvais and Rigaud. The Whites of Port-au-Price decided to attack this rally on March 22, the infantrymen and dragoons of the National Guard of Port-au-Prince reinforced by detachments of the Regiment of Normandy and the Regiment of Artois went to meet the insurgents.The fight began at La Croix-des-Bouquets. The French writer Victor Schœlcher of the nineteenth century, in his book Vie de Toussaint Louverture described this e
Well it's been a push and with some last minute painting this evening the last of the pieces for tomorrow are complete.The Wyverns will be presenting the Battle of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti March 1792 Chased from Port-au-Prince, the army of Mulattoes and free coloured people commanded by Beauvais and Rigaud reformed at La Croix-des-Bouquets. The arrival of this troop caused an uprising of slaves of the Plain of the Cul-de-Sac. They were armed only with knives, spears, hoes, and iron poles, and their chief was Yacinth, who was only 21 years old. The insurgent slaves joined the army of Beauvais and Rigaud. The Whites of Port-au-Price decided to attack this rally on March 22, the infantrymen and dragoons of the National Guard of Port-au-Prince reinforced by detachments of the Regiment of Normandy and the Regiment of Artois went to meet the insurgents.The fight began at La Croix-des-Bouquets. The French writer Victor Schœlcher of the nineteenth century, in his book Vie de Toussaint Louverture described this
Several Perry Miniatures depicting medieval mercenaries from Thirteen Years' War. Minis from different box sets. You can find more mercenaries in these entries on my blog: 1, 2, 3.Figurki od Braci Perrych przedstawiający najemników z czasów Wojny Trzynastoletniej. Figurki pochodzą z różnych plastikowych i metalowych zestawów od tegoż producenta.
This is the second of two ‘On Parade’ articles featuring my 40mm Napoleonic figures. This time we look at the French. These are a mixture of Perry Miniatures and Sash and Sabre figures. The shako numbers indicate that these men are from the 85ème Régiment d’Infanterie de Ligne. I picked this particular regiment because back in 2005 my son and I were invited to participate with the recreated 85ème in a reenactment of the Battle of Waterloo. Here’s my entire French contingent – a unit of grenadiers, and another of volitguers. Grenadiers Voltiguers This is the last of the Napoleonic postings for ‘On Parade’. Next time I’ll be featuring something completely different from my wargaming collection. See you soon! Visit my previous ‘On Parade’ postings: 40mm British and Spanish Confederation of the Rhine French generals French guard French artillery French cavalry French infantry Portuguese Spanish British
In my last ‘On Parade’ article I mentioned that the next posting would still be Napoleonic, but a little bit different. Well, here we are, and the difference is that these aren’t my usual 28mm figures. Back in June 2008 I bought a few of what was then a relatively new line from the Perry Miniatures – 40mm tall Napoleonic figures. I was impressed at the excellent sculpting, realistic posing and fine detail of these lovely models. Each figure seemed to have a character and personality of its own. I eventually added a more figures by other makers (including some rather Sharpe-ish figures). These ranges included the Honourable Lead Boilersuit Company, Sash and Saber, and Trident Miniatures. Sad to say, I never progressed any further in actually playing with these 40mm figures than in one test skirmish game. But truth to tell, many of my other wargaming units seldom get to face battle on the tabletop either, as I game so infrequently! One issue that did emerge during our sole play-test wi
A French army on the march always had a long tail of camp followers. There were the wives and children of soldiers following their spouse or parent’s army from place to place. You would also find the many informal army service providers, selling goods or services that the military did not supply—cooking, laundering, liquor, nursing, sexual services and sutlery. And of course there were the ne’er-do-well soldiers, stragglers and walking wounded. This latest instalment in my ‘On Parade‘ series shows the mini-dioramas that represent the camp followers of my French army. These are intended to add visual interest to the miniature battlefield, and would seldom take part in anything other than scenario-driven skirmish games. A well-laden supply wagon trails the French army on the march. This is the Perry Miniatures model, sculpted full of baggage and even including an overflowing rack at the rear. The model can be assembled either with or without the canvas tilt cover. I’ve just left it ung
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
My series of ‘On Parade‘ postings continues, as I inspect all the wargames figures I’ve painted over the last 20 years. Just like a real army, a wargaming army needs generals and staff. Most wargames rules incorporate rules for commanding officers to lead and rally their men. Though that’s a moot point for me, because my French army has only actually played a couple or so times since I painted these figures in the early 2000s – I’m more of a painter than an actual gamer! Here’s Marshal Berthier, along with his ADC, Baron Lejeune. These are both Front Rank figures. Berthier (left) is a standard personality figure from their range. But his ADC started life as a model of a Chasseur à Cheval of the Imperial Guard, which I painted in the highly individualistic uniform of Berthier’s aides. It is said that Berthier would allow only his aides to wear red trousers, and got very angry if he saw anyone else wearing this colour. Berthier must’ve sometimes got an