Some armies are never truly finished and when the decision is made to rebase an "finished" army gaps start to appear. These figures have been painted for a while now, however look a bit lost on the command stands on there own.Currently just been started is a mounted horn blower, not strictly a cornicen as the horn is not a cornu.When completed this will fill a gap on one of the stands however foot standards and musicians would set the stands of perfectly. If anyone has anf figures from Foundry's LR005 spare please leave a comment.More to follow soon on this never ending project as there are five mounted archers and eight cataprachts needing painted along with a host of other things for other projects ongoing and stalled alike.Cheers for now
These little fellows were painted during the 30 days 30 miniatures challenges in 2018 and have only now been fully based.All three stands have figures from Rapier Miniatures Greek and Macedonian ranges.Three more phalanxes are needed to reach the required amount for a DBA army and each base will require a rear stand for ADLG as the bases are double depth.The cavalry will see use as medium Greek cavalry in both Greek and Macedonian armies with Companions and more medium cavalry to follow.As always the massed effect of 6mm figures is hugely appealing and perfect for basing on 40mm fronts.Next up will be some work in progress pictures then histoical and fantastical figures in varying sizes.Cheers for now.
Got a few more bits painted and based for various games , a knight templer and frost wraith plus some treasure for Frostgrave both figures Northstar figures , The black goat , little Lord Winterley and his side kick Mister Mangel for 7tv Children of the fields from crooked dice and finally a few animals for frostgrave but bases left plain so they can be used for anygame , a bear and 2 boars with 3 young piglets all from warbases.
The IX Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge starts on Friday 21st December and the prep is still moving towards completion. To add to the spirit of the challenge the Late Roman army currently based for Impetus will be rebased. Wargames Foundry Late RomansRebasing is the bane of many a gamer, for some the end of both system and army. To avoid selling the Late Romans and gain the most use of the figures; the frontage for the of the basing will be 60mm. Nothing new there, however this will allow ADLG, the DBx family, Hail Caesar and Impetus to be played.On reflection, the hassle of rebasing is offset by the use it will offer in the future.Cheers for no
Charge with Every Man by Jackson WalkerWell, not really much of an update, but due to an email from a fellow gamer about the Seminole War, it has sparked me to get back to this project a bit once again. To that end I have placed an order with Warbases for some movement trays and 20mm round bases (I was going to go with 15mm bases, but I like the functionality and look of 20mm). I have yet to really dig into rules, but am leaning towards Sharp Practice with the Seminole War mods by Mark Luther. I gave the rules a skim through last night, and they seem okay (I like the blinds and ambush aspects), but I will have to make special cards and that doesn't thrill me as I simply do not have the talent to create such items.
This challenge was indeed that with mixed motiviation for the hobby in general this past 5 - 6 weeks.The final challenge came this week with being away with no internet access or 4G. The feeling of isolation lasted for about an evening then the digital detox started. Recommend it to all - disconnect for a week it is rewarding. It also meant however that this post is late, the shame!So, back to the challenge and yes it was a success with more than thirty figures being completed in time, just mind you.Two 28mm figures for SAGA or any Dark Ages skirmish game in general. A Gripping Beast Viking on the left and a Foundry Norman on the right.A Macedonian phalanx in 6mm with 27 figures on a 40 x 30mm.A mix of stands for ACW gaming with figures from Freikorps (centre) and Old Glory on the outsides. The single figures are for break through markers and the others are casualty markers.Here is the group shot of everything together; 37 figures in total including the terrain piece.6mm: 27 infantry15mm: 7 infantry28mm: 2 in
After pulling out my copy of Colonial Adventures, printed now by Rebel Minis, but originally a Two Hour Wargames product, I believe they will be the rules of choice. While they call for twenty figure units, I think they will work fine with the fifteen figure units I am organizing. Having played some of the other Two Hours offerings, I like their reaction and reputation driven rules. Of course, rules are always open to change!As for bases, Litko used to be my go to company as they make high quality bases in a huge variety of shapes and sizes. But lately I have been looking for a more affordable alternative, and Warbases offers just that. I can still buy the sizes and thickness to match my Litko stash, but the pricing is noticeably less expensive, even with the shipping from overseas (they are a UK based company). So, I have ordered a slew of round bases, and some movement trays for both mob and formed units.
Somethings take longer than others and this Viking Hirdman from Gripping Beast is a prime example of this.What should have taken about an hour to finish off probably took double that. The problem lies with not being able to have a reasonable time at the painting table just now. With both the motivation to paint and general energy levels being low; it's not having the time it is making the time spent painting count. Sat down at the painting table earlier today and felt like putting everything in a box and leaving only one figure there to be painted. With the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge drawing nearer and looking to participate for the 8th consecutive year perhaps a change will be better than a rest. What that change will be remains to be seen. Day: 22Figures painted: 2Cheers for now
I received my custom bases from Warbases some weeks ago. They did a fantastic job on creating a base for each ship. As mentioned in my previous post, I ordered clear acrylic 40mm by 20mm bases that will fit nicely on my Chessex sea mat.A bit on organizing the project....Using the Figurehead 1/2400 scale ships, here are the ships and the codes for each. Not perfect matches for each ship type, but as there are no manufacturers in any scale that cover each Lake Erie vessel perfectly, this list will have to do:FN14 - 20 Gun Sloop: Detroit and Queen CharlotteFN15 - 18 Gun Brig: General Hunter, Niagara, Lawrence, and CaledoniaFN16 - Sloop: Little Belt and TrippeFN20 - Schooner: Lady Prevost, Chippewa, Ariel, Scorpion, Tigress, Porcupine, and SomersSome obvious issues arise: The General Hunter and Caledonia, while of brig configuration, are certainly not brigs of the same size as the 18 gun brigs. Also, I am using cutters for the two small sloops. &
Shown here are the completed stands of Greek light cavalry for ADG.Based on 40mm fronts allowing use with a variety of systems including ADG, Basic Impetus and Command and Colours.Cheers for now
A few additional ramblings about the Lake Erie project....Found a cheap copy of Wooden Ships & Iron Men on ebay today, so I will be set with the rules. I am hoping there is enough explanation of ships ratings that will allow me to extrapolate rigging, crew, and hull numbers, plus I needed a copy of the rules and charts anyway. I've always liked WS&IM, but for smaller ships it loses something, so changing the gun weight factor from 100 to 25 will give the smaller vessels at Lake Erie some representation.Years ago I picked up a vinyl Chessex Megamat with 1" hexes for a low price. I've never used it, but now it will serve as a perfect gaming space. The Warbases tokens I have ordered for use as bases are 40mm in length, which will be ideal for the 1" hexes (two being 50mm), without cramming the ships together when they are at close quarters.After years I am FINALLY getting this project moving forward!
Having purchased ships for the Battle of Lake Erie in two scales within the last few years, I have decided to go with the Figurehead (aka Hallmark) 1/2400 ships as opposed to the Valiant 1/2000. The main reason is assembly. The Figurehead ships are one piece castings, except for the 20 gun sloops, which have a separate main mast and separate sails for the rear mast. Beyond that, it is simply mounting then onto stands and painting! Or is it....Warbases make custom acrylic tokens that one can have etched names added. They did some great work for me on for a Balkan Wars naval project, so today I placed a custom order for clear bases with names for each ship at Lake Erie. As always, more on this once the bases arrive!
Having purchased ships for the Battle of Lake Erie in two scales within the last few years, I have decided to go with the Figurehead (aka Hallmark) 1/2400 ships as opposed to the Valiant 1/2000 Fighting Sails range. The main reason is assembly. The Figurehead ships are one piece castings, except for the 20 gun sloops, which have a separate main mast and separate sails for the rear mast. Beyond that, it is simply mounting then onto stands and painting! Or is it....Warbases make custom acrylic tokens that one can have etched names added. They did some great work for me on for a Balkan Wars naval project, so today I placed a custom order for clear bases with names for each ship at Lake Erie. This means I will have to paint the ships before mounting them to the stands, a change for me.Rules - Having recently played a game of Wooden Ships & Iron Men, I may tinker with them to increase the values of guns, hull, and rigging so as to represent all the vessels present. WS&
The first unit of hearthguard for the Romano-British/Arthurians forSAGA warband.The figures are from Gripping Beast and have stood the test of time well being about twelve years old. The shield transfers are all from Little Bigmen Studios.These figures will fit in well with the newer Colin Patton sculpts available from Warlord Games which the cavalry look like particularly good figures for this period.More to come shortly including progress in my current 30days30miniatures painting challenge.Cheers for now
The first post in a long time with anything from a favourite period of mine - the Fall of the Roman Empire.This is the start of a Romano Brit warband for SAGA that may well double up as Late Romans as well.To start here is the foot version of the Warlord with and without horn blower.The figures are both from Gripping Beast and although getting on a bit in age are still great figures with the perfect character for this period.The base is from Warbases and a milliput collar was added to hold the Warlord himself. When basing have tried to deceive the eye by blending the flock and tufts to make this appear as one base rather than a sabot.Cheers for now.