Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Action at Oberelsungen

I mentioned in my last post that I was due to meet John Dougan at Charles Grants last weekend to fight a couple of 'small actions' for his forthcoming publication.

As we had already decided to cancel Charles suggested a PBM so I found myself in command of a Hanoverian advance guard consisting of Freytag Jaegers ( mounted and on foot), 2 quadrons ofvScots Greys, 2 squadrons of 4th Dragoons and Grenadiers and Highlanders.

The Jaegers were already on table the remainder of the column had a variable arrival. What lay before me was unknown but the task was to take the village as swiftly as possible and inflict damage on the French rearguard.

I don't intend to disclose what happened as the engagement will be published, Charles sent regular reports with photos ( one of which appears below).

Over 20 bounds were played and I'd forgotten how good PBM games are, limited intelligence only reacting to what you're told or can see from the photos all damn good fun and of course Charles enjoyed himself.

With regards the other PBM based on the Jacobite rebellion I've ended up as General Cope, currently sitting in the highlands looking for Jacobites 🤣.
I hope to start catching up on some painting- I anticipate a full lock down shortly judging by the number of idiots who have decided to ignore Government advice. Even locally the Police were abused by people walking on the seafront when being advised to conform. 
A generation of people who have just done what they want and when and can see no reason to change because they only think of themselves.
Rant over

Keep safe and carry on painting




Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Interesting times!!! What's on the bench?

So I'm not going to ramble on about the current crisis and is it over reacting or not - bottom line is whatever the issue a lot of people are going to suffer.
So now that Salute is cancelled and I suspect most other shows until at least July/August then as far as the business is concerned the pressure is off in terms of show prep and as long as the money comes in then business will continue.
The paint bench is back to its messy self and this weekend there will be a tidy up, priority is the Jacobites and my new French Indian War figures.

I was due to go to Charles Grants this weekend for a couple of games that will appear in his forthcoming book however we have decided to cancel that, but on the upside we are doing a pbm event instead so tonight over a malt I shall be pondering over the maps and issuing orders for my Hanoverian force.

In addition Alex Burns on the Seven Years War convention Facebook page was looking for volunteers to sign up for a PBM game of the Jacobite Rebellion how could I resist - kicks off Sunday.

Finally I think this Kickstarter is worth a bit of  a highlight https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1527901373/steel-fist-miniatures-english-civil-war-in-15mm/comments
Oliver James is a self taught sculptor and these 15mm are super and compatible with Peter Pig, there's a few days left so be tempted.

Keep safe everyone and at least our hobby is very conducive to self isolation 😀






Sunday, 23 February 2020

Back to the printer

i haven't really done any printing on the Prusa for a while so this week has been a bit of a full on event.
I finished the barracks for the Vauban - this guy is big and I've printed at 90% of normal ! There are also som extension pieces ( stables etc ) that I aim to do.


I think I need to get the rest of the fortress finished!
I've also been printing some 15mm ACW stuff for my sons forthcoming visit in March I've done a couple of farms and barns, stone walls but this weekend thought I'd do a covered bridge. - not finished yet still printing the roof but I think it's going to look pretty good.

In between all this been painting mote Highlanders! But the Mowhawks arrive next week and I feel a diversion coming on 🤣

Saturday, 15 February 2020

French Indian War

Some great progress on this front has been made. Jim in his Fife and Drum range commissioned Richard to do Mohawks for the AWI Saratoga campaign, these chaps will also serve for the FIW and I will be stocking them.
As a result Richard focused on doing Huron’s for me they will be finished for me this weekend ( photos show the Huron’s still needing work on the leggings)
Both of these sets should be available by the end of March and I have started putting some pre.order offers on the web site.
Next up will be the Rangers and a few Provincials.
First up the Mohawks



Then the almost complete Huron’s 







Finally the remainder of the charging French Regulars


Exciting times 



Thursday, 6 February 2020

Off the bench

Whilst I'm printing some 40mm Napoleonic Naval gunners for Ian Smith I've taken the opportunity to base up some figures ( don't like to work in the same room as the resin printer fumes aren't pleasant)
So I've based up the first of what will be my Dutch contingent for the WAS - I've used the generic Musketeer from my range and converted a couple of figures for command and will get some cast.
Steve Allen did me proud in painting up some of the new French Marines for the French Indian War so these with the forthcoming Mohicans and Hurons will start to set me up nicely for second edition Musket and Tomahawks



Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Lots of new toys

Today saw me receive 32 kilos of metal from Griffin moulds! That's a lot of figures believe me.
The vast majority are the new releases for Crann Tara Miniatures- the biggest addition being Scheithers Freikorps to accompany Charles Grants forthcoming book on small actions of the Seven Years War.
With the upcoming release of the second edition of Musket and Tomahawks and the ever popular Sharpes Practice I can see me painting quite a few of these to play some alternate Seven Years War battles.






In addition Richard also made the first two,pieces for my charging French Infantry - I can see me putting these to good use in the French Indian War - speaking of which work has started on the Hurons.🤣
I guess one advantage of having your own figure company is that you can indulge yourself a little - to that end I did some conversions - Government Highland Grenadiers and French Dragoons ( Mounted and dismounted) in tricorns. Now whilst the Highlanders are nowhere as near as good as Richards Sculpts I'm happy with them and they will fill some gaps all in all quite a good end to the month - next task is to paint some!





Tuesday, 21 January 2020

This War Without an Enemy

Steve and I dabbling with doing some ECW !!! and were discussing a campaign system, now it's not often I point people to purchases etc but this Kickstarter looks interesting and the graphics are nice etc.
It may adapt very nicely to a campaign for figures.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/483438961/this-war-without-an-enemy/description

It's only running two weeks but for those ECW enthusiasts maybe worth a check?