Thursday, February 25, 2010

General Greene

I spent some time thinking how I was going to portray General Nathanael Greene the C & C of the American forces at Guilford Courthouse.
A little about General Greene in that he started the war as a militia private and ended the war as possibly General Washington's best General in organization and strategic command decisions!
After serving some time with Washington,General Greene was asked to take command of the forces in the south opposite the very aggressive and capable British General Cornwallis after the humiliating performance of General Gates at Camden .
He quickly began reorganizing the shattered American forces and began a campaign of marches and counter marches and small conflicts to tire the enemy and buy himself some time.He also effectively destroyed Cornwallis light troops by releasing General Daniel Morgan to trap Tarleton and his light trops at the Cowpens.
This prompted a furious pursuit by Cornwallis to recover his troops captured at the Cowpens.Eventually after retreats and pursuits and counter pursuits the two forces clashed at Guilford Courthouse where Greene was defeated by Cornwallis,but inflicted such heavy causalities on the British so as to severely hamper them in the theater for the duration of the war.
Greene had a couple more larger engagements with the British at Hobkirks Hill(small defeat) and at Eutaw Springs where he has largely unlucky and was left with an inconclusive draw.
Although Greene was unable to defeat the British in open field he was however successful in winning the strategic battle by a policy of maneuver,bleeding the enemy in both battle and morale,and keeping his army intact and fighting.Eventually he ground the British forces down that led in a very large part to the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.
After some thought I decided General Greene would have made some excellent use of scouts as this really helped him to stay a step ahead of the British.This gave me an idea to use the mounted riflemen from Perry and General Greene together as if they were advising him as to the location of various British forces.It also gave me the excuse I needed to include these wonderful mini's that normally are difficult to find a place for!Didn't I always say riflemen were my favorite.:-)
Miniature Company-Perry & Wargames Foundry

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Arsenal Miniatures

I'm giving a special plug to this up and coming company by Andrea Magnani called Arsenal Miniatures.He is starting up a range around a period not well covered in the wargames market.It centers around The Spanish Hapsburgs and Ottoman Turkish Empire struggle for supremacy in the Mediterranean in the early to mid 1600's.
The models are being freelanced designed by the esteemed Paul Hicks and look absolutely fantastic and the talented Tom Weiss has begun painting the miniatures for advertisement.Stewart Griffin of Griffin Moulds is doing the casting.This combination is producing a mouth watering line.
I'm looking forward to the release of the range as I plan on diving in.
Here is the blog address so you can follow the progress as it takes shape.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Feeling a bit Savage

Hello Everyone,
I decided to add another aspect of my painting to my blog with some Fantasy material.I prefer historical nowadays,but I used to do quite a bit of fantasy awhile ago.I still like to paint fantasy miniatures from time to time as you can really let your imagination go.(I need the outlet LoL!)I'll add fantasy pictures from time to time for variety.I hope some of you enjoy them.:-)
First up is some Savage Orc boar boyz I did many years ago,but they still give me a smile when I look at them.These are old school Savage Orc boar boyz and I like them quite a lot as in my opinion they really have some character about them.I see them flying down the plain screaming their heads off and somehow managing not to fall off in the process!

Miniature Company-Citadel GW

Monday, February 15, 2010


Just looking at some blogs in different languages and you can find some real gems.Some of the work coming out of Spain,Italy etc. is amazing!I don't speak any of these,although I do speak German in addition to my native English.
Anyways,my point is you should check out the work coming out of different countries then just English speaking blogs.
You will notice I follow blogs in some languages other then just English.I may not understand the text,but I can see the pics.Take a look for yourself and you will understand why.Enjoy!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

4 Wheeled Ammo Cart

This is a 4 wheeled ammo cart being driven by some field workers somewhere in North Carolina 1781.I always wanted to do this model and I had quite some fun with it.This will also feature in my demo game,and also is a continuation for my Guilford Courthouse theme.

Miniature Company-Perry

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Crew close ups(15mm)

Here are some close ups of the Panzer crews and AA crew.