Sunday, 24 March 2019

Horse Guards finished and all ready for departure

Pleased to report I got the Horse Guards finished today so upon my return from America it will be the turn of the 6th Regiment of horse.

I'm pleased with how they have turned out but next I really need to get Kingston's light Horse done for Culloden - we shall see.
I also managed to get 6 of Keith's Highlanders (87th foot) converted and 6 Freytag Jaeger together with a couple of running British Grenadiers all destined to appear in Charles' book on small actions in the SYW I will get these in the post to Griffin for a master mould and upon my return I will do a few more pieces - mainly Jaeger command and Grenadiers for the 87th.
So with that little lot done just had enough time to pack my case for the trip, all I have left to do is sort the reading material and with a trip to Gettysburg lined up I think I know what I will be reading.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Landing soon

I know some visitors here don't visit my Crann Tara blog and most of the time I try to keep things separate between the two, however on this occassion it's a repeat post.

The one good thing of having your own figure range is that you can effectively get whatever you want, the downside is the commercial aspect and not everything I get made is done to be a commercial success 🤣 Of course if I was a talented sculptor like John Ray et al then the world would be my oyster!

Any way ages ago I decided I wanted Naval landing party there are loads of small and large scale engagements -minicampaigns where ships crews were sent ashore. It's taking me a long time but I've eventually got what I wanted and taken a bit of a financial risk in doing so.

Richard Ansell has sent me photos of the 16 figures coming my way, plenty in bare feet to act as crew on ships and the four open handed figures are designed to act as gun crew or take the melee weapons we've made.
Exciting times ahead.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Work in Progress

With the oncoming trip to America in two weeks to see my son, the preparations for Salute then as always time is limited however I'm determined to make the most.
So this last week I finished the horses and basing for the Horse Guards they are awaiting the issue of the standard and the Matt varnish to complete.
I then need to do the 16 horses for the 6th horse whose troopers are patiently waiting for their mounts.
On the bench I have started on making the Freytag Jaegers, the project with Charles on his next book on small scale actions of the Seven Years War see the requirement of quite a few new troops. With sculptors time limited some of it is down to us.
I did the Von Luckner Hussars and Charles did the Mounted Freytag.
Now it's pressing on with the foot Freytag and some Keith's Highlanders who apparently feature quite heavily in some of the actions. Hopefully I will get these off to Griffin before I leave and will do Grenadiers and command upon my return
The joys of a busy life.
Just nosing in is a knight from the Lannister faction of A Song of Ice and Fire, with the last season fast approaching it would be remiss of me if I didn't try to finish the army.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

An excellent weekends gaming

This weekend saw my travel up to Scotland for my first game of the year at Charles Grants.
As usual my opponent was John Dougan and on this occasion Charles managed to get involved.

The game was part 1 of the Battle of Wilhelmstahl, part 2 to be fought in May.
Only a couple of teaser photos as the game will feature in Charles' next refighting. History books


This was taken at the end of Saturday's fighting with a lot more to happen on the Sunday.
It was another hard fought action with some real challenges.
As usual the evening was spent discussing our wargaming lives 🤣 Yet more plans for Crann Tara and a discussion around Ferdinand of Brunswick compared to Frederick. My own view being that Ferdinand was a better General than Frederick, he was normally outnumbered had to command an army of diverse nationalities and generally took the offensive.
At least that's my thoughts.

For those that want to know more -

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

What's on the desk

With preparations for Salute starting early due to my trip to America before the show painting time is a little tight but I'm determined to squeeze in some hours.

The next batch of Highlanders are on the table - I paint these in 12's all wearing the same Tartan then when I have about 60-70 painted I base them up varying the figures.

The horses for the British Horse Guards are under way - I don't enjoy painting black horses - a lot of effort for little show.

Ticking over a few more 15's for the first day at Gettysburg project and the fuzzies still waiting patiently for their 'lick' of paint to start.

All good and in the sidelines still more of the plastic and lead pile is getting sold off!

Monday, 11 February 2019

To the Sugar Islands

Even though the Teesside Triumvirate, as Duncan MacFarlane used to call us, is now down to one ( me 🤣) I have always tried to still present a demo game at Partizan, this year I have decided to change theatre of operations and move to the Caribbean.
Stuart Insch's excellent publication on the Sugar Islands campaign inspired me enough to do some figure conversions for him in terms of Compagnie Francais de la Marine and some various militia types.
Whilst I don't think these are good enough for retail they don't paint up to bad.
So the first 80+ figures are just about ready - the British 38th Foot ( awaiting their colours) and a host of French. NCO's require muskets, spontoons etc.
Next up some militia- I'm just hoping that the Naval landing party will be sculpted by Richard  and cast in time for the demo.

Just got to finish off designing the scenario.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Back in Business

Great cheers as tonight I can officially start work on painting and basing figures I have finished unpacking the majority of the books paints etc and assembled new book cases, paint desk, computer desk etc. So quite a nice environment to work in.
Still a bit of rubbish to remove from the floor 🤣 But perfection can't be achieved overnight.

This is one end of the loft room the other end holds the book cases, TV etc etc. So I'm really pleased with the space and I can also get a 6'x4' table in here until the garage conversion is complete.😀

As to the paint desk then this is a catch up process I am busy basing British 38th Foot and Compagnie Francais de la Marine for the Sugar Islands demo game at Partizan. In addition more Highlanders hit the bench to be assembled, undercoated etc. (Culloden will happen!).

The little green chaps in the background are more of the Prussians/Hessian 3d prints which have now been sent off to Griffin for casting into metal. These are part of the project I'm working on with Charles Grant for a forthcoming publication on skirmish actions in the Seven Years War.

I did attend the York show yesterday and from a Social point of view was excellent meeting old friends etc and a tactical meeting with Dave Marshall from TM terrain re a project. No photos though again certain areas were extremely crowded - a couple of traders had been allowed to bring their racks etc well forward narrowing the space between themselves and the demo game tables making it impossible to stand and look at the games as you were effectively blocking the aisle. Likewise the bring and buy was extremely crowded and uncomfortable and this is something the organisers certainly need to look at. It was a similar experience last year, for those in wheelchairs etc they would find great difficulty in gaining access to some areas.

Anyway back to the paint table 😀