Friday, 13 October 2017

Competition win!

Jonathan Freitag ran a  competition celebrating five years of his blog. Rather  surprisingly I was one of the winners. Following on from my previous post about planning I chucked that out of the window and started a new period "Arthur and the Anglo saxon wars " it's probably my favourite Osprey book so I used Jonathans voucher at Newline to buy nine late Roman cavalry.
I bought Dux Bellorum by Dan Mersey when it came out and have really fancied it but not had the figures so now I've started ,plus I picked up two german warbands and three packs of late Romans from black Tree Design at colours and a pack of late roman gripping beast plastics and dark age warriors  and a box of footsore Arthur and mounted companions plus various bits and bobs I already had.
So  a new unplanned period beckons, what can I say, I'm weak and I am hoping to use them for lion rampant and maybe saga so that's alright then!
Look at what I won! 
Haven't finished anything recently, decorating my new kitchen has been eating free time and any I have had has been prepping, priming and building but I've had access to a printer so I should be able finish some French napoleonic line infantry soon. 
All the best Iain 

Monday, 4 September 2017

19th century Italian uniform book and project management

So here are some photos of a book I picked up in Florence about 20 years ago that I mentioned on Jonathan Freitag's blog (palouse wargaming journal) some time ago when my books were in storage. 
 Well they're out of storage although not in a proper order as we are (and have been) in the midst of building work for the last six months and my shed has been press ganged into storage.The text is in Italian but the illustrations are anotated in English so that if you already had a more general history you should be able to work it out, it's copiously illustrated in black and white with some nice colour illustrations as well.
I think it's a pretty good book for this period,especially if the Ospreys aren't cutting the mustard!

Additionally on Jonathan's blog he discussed project management in relation to this hobby, having been inspired by Prufrock (Here's no great matter) and further developed by Natholeon (Natholeon's Empires) I find other peoples approach interesting so here is mine.
 It seems a little odd to be applying such terms to a hobby but we are necessarily in the buisiness of producing armies, so my current range of projects are:

Great Italian wars, 28mm as all of my figures are, well on the way to having a playable force, over 350 painted and based infantry at least 4 stands of gendarmes, 6 artillery pieces,4 wagons, command stands and a unit of stradiots .I could do with more light cavalry and probably gendarmes,which I have, it's taken 4 years to get to this level for me which I'm happy about,2 years of primarily painting Italian wars, in the last year other periods have crept in.

Napoleonic, French and Austrian for the 1809 campaign 3 x 24 figure infantry units painted one unit painted and based, 5 x 24 figureinfantry, 5 x 12 figure cavalry units assembled and primed 3 x cannon and crew assembled ,all French. I figured I'd better start this now if I've any chance of finishing it before I die!I see yhis picking up the slack as the Italian wars wind down, well maybe!

Bolt action soviets, my nephews who I play with are both into bolt action so I'm kind of going along with them, nothing even assembled yet but units that are primarily  one colour hold some appeal!

War of three kingdoms,English civil war, I have a basically complete Covenanters army and 5 painted generic Royalist/Parliamentarians regiments awaiting basing, needing cavalry and artillery, nice to dip into and the period I play most.

War of the Roses, I have 3 basic Impetus armies painted, awaiting basing, they are individually based at the moment doing double duty for Lion Rampant.

Frostgrave, resurrected 1970's/ 1980's figures for D&D painted in enamel by teenage me needing basing.

What I tend to do is just grab any little bit of time and do something and it's surprising what gets done, previously I'd try and wait fir a decent amount of time which never really came around and I'd get fed up, so now I'm little and often, it seem's to work for me!

As there seemed to be lots of words I thought I'd chuck in 2 wargaming related pictures from the summer, Chepstow castle, a lovely castle, maintained just enough and Cropredy folk festival ,where you get to camp on a battlefield!
All the best Iain

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Napoleonic 1 French line infantry

Well, here is something different from what I've done before, these are warlord games French line infantry, nice and fast to assemble, of limited in poses. The metal figures were a little bit rough but I kind of expect that with warlord, the plastic figures were fine, so first napoleonic unit, two more are painted and mostly based but they're based singly on pennies and then sabot based so a little more fiddly!  Flag is waiting till my printer works again, could be some time!

Good enough I think, I've got 5 more line units built and primed,they're all primarily for the 1809 danube campaign, I've also bought Austrians although they'll probably be up against my nephews brits in Spain, better get on with my Italian /Spanish buildings then!
All the best Iain 

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Great Italian wars 14 Last of the Spanish and a command stand

Here we have the last Spanish colonela, these are predominantly old glory with Warrior packing out the pikes including some head swaps with Perry plastics which just about work, even though Warrior are more 25mm really. I mainly got them so that I can finally finish my 25mm Ral Partha units(that were  started in about 1979! ), at 40p each it's certainly the cheapest option, I was buying them second hand on ebay for 50p each and then found out on the home site you could buy a landsknecht army of 100 figures for  £40! They're not bad, although the limited poses is a bit difficult once you get away from pikemen.

I know flags, it'll happen honest and when it does I'll post all four units! The command stand is foundry and are lovely figures. 

Well that's me for now I'm prepping more Swiss, landsknechts and carts! I should be doing stradiots ,mounted crossbow men and genitors but hey ho! 
Best Iain 

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Great Italian wars 13 another Spanish colonela

Third time lucky, I keep losing this post when I try to upload more than one photo, anyway here we have the third of four Spanish colonelas the fourth unit is jostling with some french napoleonic line infantry and more Italian wars command to see who's next! These are once again old glory and foundry conquistadors and a couple of Perry plastics who have made up the numbers. All of them have been fun to paint. I really must address the absence of flags and once I have some I'll post all four units with flags flying!

Don't really know why the last photo got out of sync, it was the first! 
All the best Iain 

Friday, 14 July 2017

Great Italian wars 12 command stands

Today I have a few command stands to post, playing warlord games pike and shot you always seem to need lots. I'll be moving on to more senior commanders next ,essentially a commander and a flag bearer. I'm going to have to address flags soon and then I might be able to have a game, of course I could do with some  mounted crossbow men and jinetes , anyway here they are two foundry one perry all nice to paint. One  (from the perry Italian command set )maybe a little early but he's a  nice figure and close enough for the early years.
All the best Iain

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Great Italian wars 11 The baggage train.

Here we have a number of wagons, oxen, donkeys and drovers. The first one is the  Perry ox wagon, it's a lovely kit and I've painted it without messing about with it at all. I have kept the oxen separate so that I can have the wagons laager in a camp with the oxen separate. The other 3 wagons are warbase mdf kits which at £3.50 a pop and I think even less for the flatbed version are a bargain. Ive given all 3 of them a central pole,so that I can share the oxen around which are Perry and Irregular  (the small chaps) I've always done a bit of wire lashing here and there and on the flat bed I've added wicker sides and a bit of framing. I was inspired by Fitz -Badger on his tales of mirth blog to add the donkeys, 3 I think I've had since 1979/80 I think one might be a citadel piece, no idea about the other two although they came with a dwarf each. The remaining 3 donkeys while designed in the 70s I got from Ian Hinds together with a landsknecht wagon from hinchcliffe, the subject of a further post.

The drovers are a mixture of hinchcliffe and Perry, all the loads are detachable, they are a combination of various 1/35 tank and figure accessories. 

Here are a couple of wips to show you what I was doing. 
Some command next and maybe something not renaissance after that 
All the best Iain