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 

14 comments:

  1. This is a nifty pack train, Iain! So many interesting bits and pieces in each. I do not think I could have singled out the MDF wagons as such. They look great!

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    1. Thanks Jonathan, yes I agree the mdf wagons work really well and are very economical plus they take mere moments to assemble with minimal clean up.
      Best Iain

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  2. Great stuff, those baggage wagons look excellent and I like the addition of the donkeys.

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    1. Thanks Oli, yes the donkeys work well for the period.
      Best Iain

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  3. Thanks for the mention!

    The wagons and oxen and donkeys and drovers and all look great! I like the removable loads, the way the donkeys are strung together like they would be in a "train". And the whole thing laid out together makes for an effective baggage train. (In need of a protective escort, no doubt)

    I keep thinking I will try an mdf kit one of these days, when I find one I want to try; just haven't really looked for any so far. You did a great job with the wagons, and some of the extra bits, like the lashing around parts of the wagon sides, helps even more.

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    1. Easy and cheap to do, have a go and yes even a little detailing goes a long way. Glad you liked it, I guess you couldn't link your donkeys if they were going down a dungeon?
      Best Iain

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    1. Thanks Michal, your very kind. Best Iain

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  5. Wonderful wagons and donkeys, they alaways add something realistic on the tables...and these ones are truly superb!

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    1. Thanks Phil, I agree it's the additional details that help set the scene I know it's what you always do so well.
      Best Iain

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  6. Excellent baggage train, and good tip on the warbases wagons!

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  7. Thanks Mark, yes warbase wagons have got my vote, they're also doing a whole lot of napoleonic limbers and wagons now.
    Best Iain

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  8. Wow! I love these type pieces, they really add character to a table/games. You've done a smashing job on them.

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    1. Thanks Dai, I think your right and as a bonus I used the loads for a barricade in a pike and shot ECW battle of Brentford!
      Best Iain

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