Monday, 6 July 2020

WW2 German diversion

Michael Awdry  (of 28mm Victorian miniatures blog) has been working on a display game for Salute.  As the date was coming closer in March  he asked for a little help painting some figures and I was happy to oblige.
Now as we all know Salute hasn't happened this year so I didn't feel a desperate urgency to complete the figures but having finished the city walls they had pushed their way to the front of my painting que!
Here we have 10 SS late war Germans in a slightly impressionistic version of summer oak leaf camouflage.  I was lucky that I had at one time bought the entire range of Ospreys men at arms in publication at that time ( being a little obsessive can be a good thing?) since it meant I had a book on the SS and another on German military equipment as I found they were much more complicated than my previous Soviets!

They are now packed up ready to wing their way to Casa Awdry.
I rather enjoyed doing these chaps, which is a good thing as I will need to do some winter Germans to oppose my Soviets.
Next up will be something rather earlier in date!
All the best Iain

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Garden games

With the easing of lockdown in the UK and being allowed to visit gardens other than your own, I took my trestles and boards and set them up on the patio.

Another TtS game of Venetian versus Papal condatta armies ensued with the Papal forces eventually being triumphant!

Following that nephew no 1 had been setting up a bolt action game while I played nephew no 2. Once we concluded the two brothers had at it! The Germans won by getting the tank crew man( objective) off the table.

A fun time had by all,the buildings were a mix of mine and nephew no1s, they each supplied their figures, it was the paras first outing so understandable that they lost! The board seemed to work well with the terrain too, which I was pleased about.Nice to have another game,just need more factor 50 for my Celtic skin next time out!

All the best Iain

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Great Italian wars 44 Not the Phalanx show! A renaissance parade

As there isn't a  Phalanx show today  Norm at Battlefields and Warriors blog has asked us to mark the date with a post.
Here we have a dream of Maximilian, standing on the battlements of a northern Italian city.

First to come to mind are the Spanish, 4 colunna a unit of genitors, command and a field gun.

 Next (the closest to his heart) his creation, the landsknechts!

Next up the TtS Papal army, gendarmes, pike,mounted crossbow men and some stradiot pretending to be Turks! Plus a few cannon, because we all need artillery!

The Venetian TtS army ,gendarmes, pike mounted crossbow men with another unit of stradiot and a couple of cannons.

The French, Picard pike,adventurers with crossbow, artillery, command and a baggage train ( somewhere to keep your pornographic woodprints if you're Charles VIII!)

Three pike blocks of Swiss ,plus shot and artillery, near the French as often in their employ!
So that's the lot,here they are all together. 

We can now say goodbye to Maximilian who should have travelled over the Atlantic over a year ago but I wanted him to oversee the parade and the building work overran (that almost never happens!) 
That's a lot of figures, they seem to fill a 6' x 4' board ,however I am planning reinforcements, there is an under strength landsknecht pike block that needs 18 more figures to bring it up to par,that's happening. The Swiss will get another 108 pikemen, in one block or split in three and some command, I've started them but as most of them will be converted it seems to be taking some time! I have six further 8 figures gendarme units underway which both the French and Spanish need ( two Spanish, four French) another genitor unit for the Spanish and two mounted crossbow units for the French and four gun carts for Ravenna.  That should be about it! Ideally I would like to be able to field four armies, Venetian, Papal, Spanish and French for a campaign, I think I have enough buildings to split among them. I hope it's not too late Norm!
All the best Iain