Sunday, 24 September 2017

July and August Progress

Well that was a quick couple of months and I've just noticed I didn't do a count for July.

So here's one for the last two months - the 40K theme for this year continues to dominate.

6 Chaos Marines
1 Cypher (renegade Dark Angel)
20 Imperial Guardsmen
6 Imperial Guard heavy weapons
3 Donnybrook BS project

Nothing, nada, not a jot. I didn't even make Claymore, so no impulse purchases there, the hobby being sacrificed to attend a toddler party (there were balloons and cake, all the bribes I need).

Monthly Trend: +36
Yearly Trend: +70

A trooper from the Donnybrook BS project

Sunday, 3 September 2017

It's All About the Base

Of course basing is all down to the rules you are planning to fight your battles with. I'm sure you will be unsurprised to discover that at the start of the 6mm project I owned several sets:
  • Napoleon
  • Waterloo
  • Republic to Empire
  • Blucher
And since embarking on the venture have added two more:
  • Polemos
  • Et sans Resultat
Of these I have only actually played one, Republic to Empire and that's only because I haunt The League of Augsburg's weekenders and one day games. These have been played using 28mm on huge tables but conversion shouldn't be difficult.

Waterloo looks fun (betraying the GW background, again) and Blucher deals in base widths for distance so you can easily adapt it (the rules default to standard playing card dimensions).

Polemos is designed for 6mm but is stringent on basing and Et sans Resultat actually adapts to the size of the bases (effectively if a small battalion is on this size of base then use this scale).

I didn't want my basing choice to prevent me from trying every set out and so went for something that could easily be put into a selection of sabot bases, 20mm x 20mm.

Ready for Republic to Empire
Or Polemos
Or Blucher
For the bigger bases I went in for some decoration adding officers, skirmishers and so on. For the Blucher ones I can even have two units on the same base to give it more of a brigade feel.

There's also some space for unit tags.

Unit Name and three ranks

Two squadrons

With skirmishers

I also decided to make some of my French units a bit more close order than they would normally appear, giving them three ranks instead of the standard two. Not sure if I will continue with this as it does make the enterprise more expensive given the way Baccus (my 6mm pusher of choice) package their troops.

So I have rules, units and space... now to get to a fight!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

28mm Romans

Way back in the mists of time my other half being fed a steady diet of Rome, I Claudius and Spartacus, kindly bought me the Hail Caesar starter set Conquest of Gaul.

These stoic chaps have spent three and a half years on the sprue before I finally got round to assembling them.

I wanted to get these done quickly.. They were swiftly undecorated with Leadbelcher spray which after a wash of black ink and quick dry brushed highlight did for the armour.

Red was a base coat, wash and edge highlight, anything brown met the same fate.

I cheated on the shields and bought some transfers from Warlord and gave them a light ink wash to dirty them up a bit.

Basing was kept simple, the base was smothered in GW texture paint - Stirland Mud - and then flocked with a little cheap leaf litter.

There was also a little scorpion to do.

I now have 60 Celts to do!

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The 6mm Solution

Regular perusers of this blog will have noticed a slight trend forming (ok two slight trends but I'm ignoring the 40K bit for now), the appearance over the last year or so of 6mm Napoleonics.

Up until now I have pretty much stuck with 28mm with the exception of some 15mm for Flames of War. But I have limited space to campaign, at a stretch I can set up a 12X6 table in the room formerly referred to as our garage (I know this is riches to many) but even at that size it's not going to be able to be transformed into Borodino or Austerlitz at that scale.

And that's before I get to thinking aout the figures required and the time needed to paint them - a constant source of moaning on these virtual pages.

So, I finally came to the conclusion that much as I love the pomp and well turned heel of the modern 28mm figure, if I want to recreate conflict in the grand Napoleonic manner then I would have to think small.

About 6mm in fact. This would give me a reasonable groundscale to fight the most famous Napoleonic conflicts at home.

28mm Perry French Infantry and 6mm Baccus Russian cannon
Now I needed an excuse to get another mountain of lead past the better, smarter, purse-string holding half (a bit of indiscriminate flattery just in case she happens upon this article). Don't get me wrong the better half is very supportive of my hobby, partially as it excuses her dalliances with all things cross-stitch but mostly as it keeps me in a small controlled space where interaction with her friends and our neighbours is minimised, along with all the associated embarrassemnt that brings. The better half's main concern was,like most in the hobby, I spend much more time buying and painting miniatures than I do actually playing with them. Things get painted and then boxed away on a shelf without a chance of every answering a bugle call or more likely just get shelved and left unbuilt.

So I made a deal, I would indulge this diversion if I could purchase pre-painted units. I identified a couple of painters on eBay and after getting samples settled on one. This has proved a good way to build the collection, for a modest (in hobby terms) outlay I can receive a few ready painted battallions and all I have to do is base them and get them on the table.

Part of a Waterloo test set up in the garage. Figures Baccus, cloth  Cigar Box Battles
Tricky bit over I thought; basing them, that sounds easy, then I made the mistake of looking on TMP for some rational deabate on the subject...

Sunday, 30 July 2017

June Progress

A little reversal in June, some progress made with the completion of a long shelved Roman project but there were more GW purchases (are there any help groups out there?) and a collection of figures for my top secret Donnybrook project (which believe it or not is even sadder than the 40K addiction - if you don't believe me stay tuned!).

32 1st Century Romans including a scorpion.

10 Astra Militarium Steel Legion
31 Donnybrook BS project

Monthly Trend: -9
Yearly Trend: +34

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Dumfries March 2017 Part 1

Another weekend of mayhem, musketry and in my case catastrophic die rolling. This time  Barry and Bob of the League of Augsburg had a little vacation in mind for my Huguenots. It was time to pack the sun screen and get those yellow fever shots - Jamaica was the destination.

The first game was a short affair that didn't go very well for the Huguenot's or their Dutch West Indies Company allies. Against them were some Jacobite forces lead by the infamous Kirke.

Time for a nice walk in the jungle
The Governor's forces await the Williamite onslaught
The long and winding road
The Dutch West Indies Company encounter some hungry locals
Not all the fauna were quite as interactive
There was only one cavalry detachment on the board and although of dubious quality proved highly effective
The Huguenots fail to take their objective and are reduced to trading volleys
This was just the warm-up engagement, there was more to come with heroism, treachery and Haitian pygmy death cults...

Sunday, 2 July 2017

6mm French Imperial Guard Horse Artillery

Flitting quickly between nations on the 6mm front. Here is a battery of French Imperial Guard Horse Artillery.

Now the question is should I invest the time in putting together some limbers? They'll look good but will they be used?

All figures are Baccus.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

6mm Prussian Uhlans

These are the first 6mm cavalry I've done. Quite enjoyed painting them not least because they were quick to finish and base.

They represent the 1st, 2nd and 3rd regiments all of which were part of Blucher's force during the hundred days. For the 6mm painter the only fundamental difference between them is the colour of their pennants.

Still got another five or six units to complete.

All miniatures are Baccus.

Monday, 12 June 2017

May Progress

More cheating this month with a few 6mm cannon and crew being finished off. I also based a large number of 6mm Russian Napoleonics (somewhere in the region of 186) but these don't count as I didn't paint them but purchased them off EBay.

Purchases were limited to 5 more Warhammer 40K (I need counselling I know) and I managed to avoid a major blow out at Falkirk due to fixture congestion requiring me to look after the twins (still not old enough to paint detail, but maybe I could get them undercoating soon; they are at the age where the mess is the main attraction).

20 French Imperial Guard Horse Artillery (6mm)

5 Astra Militarium Tempestus

Monthly Trend: +15
Yearly Trend: +43

Sunday, 14 May 2017


With big changes afoot in Warhammer 40K, will there still be a need for the Deathwing?


All GW's finest.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

April Progress

Ok now we are really cheating, with the 15mm troops pushing me into the positives for the year in March I've pulled out the big guns for April!

Yes! It's been a 6mm Napoleonic month!

The Warhammer 40K itch still hasn't been scratched and with 8th edition announced it may continue to irritate for some time yet...

27 Prussian Uhlans (Napoleonic 6mm, 1st, 2nd and 3rd regiments)

5 Eldar Dire Avengers (WH40K) - don't really know why, they were there, they were shiny, they are wholly unnecessary; it was pay day - I only went in to the shop to buy some ink.

Monthly Trend: +22
Yearly Trend: +28

A whole load of 6mm artillery didn't quite make the cut this month, so the trend will continue upwards, unless something very shiny turns up at Falkirk!

I mean what are the chances?


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Guarding the Chateau

This is a Warlord set I purchased to give the French Resistance somebody to kidnap or assassinate.

There's a shady Gestapo type..

A party functionary with a familiar hairstyle...

And finally a couple of sentries.

Now I just have to find them something to guard!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

March Progress

Another month slips past and the rate of painting has increased but only because I've switched to 15mm!

There seems to be a rekindled interest in Warhammer 40K this year with the mythos finally moving on a bit.

16 US Paratroopers (WWII 15mm)
4 Deathwing Terminators (WH40K)
1 Chaos Marine (WH40K)

3 Triumvirate of the Primarch (WH40K)
3 Triumvirate of the Imperium (WH40K)
5 Grey Knight Terminators (WH40K)

Monthly Trend: +10
Yearly Trend: +6

Unfortunately I think I need to get to +200 and beyond to actually make an impact on the plastic, resin and lead stockpile.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Dumfries 2016 - The Main Battles

The second part of the weekend was split into two large battles, the first set at Ripon in northern England where MacKay, Hamilton and Ruvigny faced the Jacobite forces led by St Ruhe, Waunchope and Dundee.

Jacobite start point at Ripon

Some mean clansmen!

My Huguenots had a great view of this one. In fact they spent nearly the entire engagement sat on a hill watching the Irish and Scots massacre each other over a small piece of England.

St Ruhe played by Les Rumble was following the same strategy as the Huguenot's watching his Irish allies martyr themselves on the resilient Williamite lines.

The French seemed reluctant to get involved
As ever with war games some amusing results came up, the most incongruous being when the elite clansmen of Lochaber were seen off by the military equivalent of three shepherdesses and a goat herder.
The brave lads of Shropshire
The cunning machinations of Mr Bill Robertson (MacKay) saw first the troops of Bonnie Dundee (Jim Wallace wearing that particular bonnet) agree to no longer engage the Williamites (through the time honoured ancient communication method of SMS) but also for the Jacobite right flank to retire by simply pointing out that they potentially faced encirclement.

The French finally engage

A picture says a thousand words, Dundee and St Ruhe

A victory then to the noble forces of William.

Proof (if blurry) that the Huguenots did come part way down the hill
On the other table things did not go so well for the Williamites, which is good old fashioned understatement for they were absolutely mollicated at what has become known as the battle of Badon Hill. Big political machinations in this one with betrayal by the perfidious Kirk leading to a complete collapse of the Willliamite cause.

Jacobite lines at Badon

The Williamite lines

Williamite cannon

Things get complicated

And messy...

This is a rushed dispatch, I say rushed but what I mean is since these battles were fought another weekender has taken place. Unlike other events the April 2017 one was a direct follow on to this one with many of the same shady characters resuming their roles as even shadier characters. More of which later...

Sunday, 5 March 2017

February Progress

Two months into the new regime and I find myself behind already. I'm going to put the blame wholly on Games Workshop for suddenly producing some interesting Warhammer 40K miniatures and a dwarf team for the re-launched Blood Bowl (I have a sentimental attachment to those vertically challenged, spike infested, homicidal maniacs).

So February count:

7 BLB miniatures.
4 Warlord WWII miniatures (Guarding the Chateau set)

3 Warhammer 40K (Elder Triumvirate of Ynnead)
12 Blood Bowl dwarves

Monthly Trend: -4
Yearly Trend: -4

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Exemplary Customer Service

Like many I'm a collector of rules and books most of which never get past the browse and inspire stage.

Recently I purchased "We Shall Meet in Vienna" a source book by The Wargaming Company. Ostensibly this is for The Wargaming Company's own rule set "Et Sans Resultant" which I don't own but there are conversion charts for several rule sets I do use (or at least aspire to).

I purchased the book from Magister Militum The Wargaming Company's European distributors.

A couple of weeks after the purchase I got a letter from The Wargaming Company; there was an error in one of the scenarios and the letter apologised for this and provided two sticky labels to replace the passages!

The thing is I've never had direct contact with The Wargaming Company and they are based in the US. Which means they must have gone well out of their way to get in touch!

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Back to the Lily Banners

After the trip to Dumfries I got the 1690s bug again. But what to paint, after all I'd very much exhausted the Huguenots. Fortunately Mr Hilton of League of Augsburg fame had furnished me with a number of options over the two days of the engagement.

So, simply copying the order of battle from that weekend I have started on the Danish regiment Funen, which are in a fetching green; makes a change from the drab grey of my other troops.


These troops are in sabot bases so they can be used for Donnybrook too.

All figures are Warfare Miniatures