Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and to your loved ones! May all of your presents be full of figures and books and your stockings crammed with paints! I wish to thank you for following my blog as I read everything you write and hope you continue to find something interesting!

I'll give a give a year in review soon along with the new project list, but the picture above from NC Wyeth  should give you an idea of one of my projects I plan on coming back to this year.;-)

Oh I should mention the Artists Don Troani here and John Paul Strain here(picture shown previously here) give me great inspiration in addition to Mr. Wyeth for my ACW material!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

And so it begins!

The day has finally arrived for Curt's winter painting challenge over at Analogue Hobbies to begin and I'm as pleased as punch as I've been looking forward to this immensely! I really enjoyed last years challenge and so I am very happy to participate again!

This year Curt decided on the theme of the 47 Ronin inspired by the 310th anniversary of the attack. This of course means there are 47 competitors with me being the 5th Ronin. This is going to be great as it's twice as many participants as last time making competition likely to be red hot! This will really put a work load on Curt and so support him when you can please. The only requirement other then signing up was to paint Curt a Samurai figure which I'm currently finishing up.

Basically, your awarded points for each figure you fully paint and base and whoever has the most wins. I of course don't have a chance of winning as I'm not a especially fast painter like the lighting brushes of Kent(sadly not in this time) and the current reigning champion Ray, but that's fine as I mostly do it to motivate myself to get figures done and the fact that I really do enjoy the sense of participating in something special in our community.

Since not everybody can win Curt has come up with a clever idea of keeping painters motivated by trying to meet or beat a personal point goal set before the competition. Since I only managed a pretty low 442points last time around I decided to really challenge myself (probably over did it!)and decided on 1,000pts! Now this is over double what I did last time around and if I meet this I'll be very happy indeed! 

Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and recognition for People's Choice, Challenger's Choice, Sarah's Choice and Judge's Choice.

The points are awarded as follows:

6mm foot figure = 1 point
6mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 2 pts
6mm vehicle = 3 pts

15mm foot figure = 2 pts
15mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 4 pts
15mm vehicle = 6 pts

20mm foot figure = 4 pts
20mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 8 pts
20mm vehicle = 12 pts

28mm foot figure = 5 pts
28mm mounted figure, artillery piece or crew served weapon = 10 pts 
28mm vehicle = 15 pts

54mm foot figure = 10 pts
54mm mounted figures, artillery piee or crew served weapon = 20 pts 
54mm vehicle, limber, etc. = 30 pts 
Other scales and miscellaneous models/figures will be scored on a submission-by-submission basis.

This is going to be fun and I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone submits!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Operation Squad the game and a report


 A couple friends of mine(Mike, Franz) played a game of  Operation Squad on Sunday. It was a fantastic fun game as always! The game was at my house and so we used the terrain from my collection. Since Mike hasn't yet built troops for this game we used my figures with Mike taking the US Airborne and myself the Fallschirmjäger. Franz provided the vehicles and took the role of rules checker and impartial referee to help out with any grey areas and help game flow. Please check out Mikes blog here for pics of the game if you see different angles.

Operation squad is as one would suspect a game based around squad level gaming with generally between 9 and 12 figures a side and if you wish a vehicle or two on a roughly 4ft x 4ft or 4ft x 5ft table. It takes roughly 2 hours to play with experienced players or 3 hours depending on the scenario and level of tactical play.

To establish who goes first each turn a roll is made and the winner can choose to start or pass. Once this is decided the active player chooses a model or vehicle to activate and then the opposing player chooses a model or vehicle as a reaction and then the active player may choose another model to activate and then the other player etc. until a maximum of three activations per side have been reached. Rolls are then made for each figure to establish priority in deciding who gets to do their action and in what order. When all actions have been completed then the opposing player begins the new round. This procedure continues until all models have been activated from each at which point a full turn is then considered complete.

Movement is calculated by your action for example moving carefully is 10cm, move and engage 15cm and run 20cm of which all can me modified by terrain.

Things like line of sight are determined from eye level where it matters as you don't always need line sight to target models for example mortars and waiting for the enemy to come into view before shooting which of course penalties/bonuses will applied for these situations.

When deciding if a weapon has hit and wounded a target a roll is made with the offensive capabilities of the weapon(usually 3 dice plus extra dice for range proximity) + combat value of the shooter  vs the defensive modifiers of the target (typically terrain, model hidden, running, or not seen when targeted plus others). The difference in the dice roll off is then compared to a small chart for the result (Nothing happens, pinned, wounded, KIA).

Once a squad reaches 4 or 5 men out of action each squad member must test for bottling out and those left can continue to fight. Game winner is decided by the scenario where points are usually awarded for objectives and number of enemy knocked out or of course if a player throws in the towel.

Some criticisms of the game have been the number of markers need to play the game along with the look of the markers included in the book which are pretty garish if truth be told. I personally do not like anything on my table that doesn't look semi natural (ie. no paper, coloured baubles etc.) and always look for ways to build markers that are both easily identifiable as to their meaning, but also do not detract from the table and if possible even blend in. So for example I'll show you things I did below for this game.

 Everything is on an euro 1cent piece.

Activated counters are simply dirt and grass.

Hidden markers I added a bush.

Pinned markers I used stones.
Wounded markers are a red flower.
Weapons and ammo boxes/crates are for jammed or out of ammo markers.
Lost helmets and equipment are for run markers.

 I've played about 10+ games of Operation Squad and my opinion is it's my favourite WWII game for several reasons. It's easy to learn, but chalk full of new tactics to be used making each game unique. The game has plenty of risk and reward to heighten the drama and cause you to think over each decision. The game flows very nicely and at a good pace.The game plays like the period and really gives you the feel of the period without becoming bogged down in too many details which destroy game flow.

As a notorious wargaming butterfly another part that really appeals to me is the low figure count which not only allows you to paint up your forces quicker to play, but realistically allows you to collect several specific theatre based squads for things like Stalingrad, Normandy, North Africa, Pacific etc. , climate uniforms winter, summer  etc.

So, a little about the game.

Somewhere in Normandy with a old cottage and prominent hill that is prime real estate for an Observation point.  

The scenario we decide to play was Take the Hill which comprises 8 turns.

Victory points:

9 pts for the hill
3 pts. for the building
1 pt. for each enemy model eliminated

If the difference in pts is 5 or less then it's a draw and anything else the player with the most points is the declared winner.

The forces were if I remember correctly:

Veteran US Airborne Squad(All American)

1x Sergeant with Thomson sub machine gun, MK II Pineapple grenades
1x Corporal with Thomson sub machine gun, MK II Pineapple grenades
1x Medic with M1 Garand semi automatic rifle, MK II Pineapple grenades
1x Paratrooper with BAR M1918A2 Automatic rifle, MK II Pineapple grenades
1x Paratrooper with a Bazooka and a Colt 1911A1 pistol, MK II Pineapple grenades
1x Paratrooper assistant to Bazooka with M1 Garand semi automatic rifle, MK II Pineapple grenades
5x Paratroopers with M1 Garand semi automatic rifles, MK II Pineapple grenades
1x M20 Armoured Car

Veteran Fallschirmjäger Squad(All are Seasoned Fighters)

1x Sergeant- MP40 Sub-machine gun, Stg 39 grenades
1x Corporal- MP40 Sub-machine gun, Stg 39 grenades, Binoculars
1x Medic with Kar98K rifle, Stg 39 grenades
1x Fallschirmjäger with MG34 light machine gun, Stg 39 grenades
1x Fallschirmjäger Assistant to MG34 light machine gun,with Kar98K rifle, Stg 39 grenades
1x Fallschirmjäger with a Panzerfaust and Kar98K rifle, Stg 39 grenades
1x Fallschirmjäger with Fg42 automatic rifle, Stg 39 grenades
4x Fallschirmjäger with Kar98K rifles, Stg 39 grenades
1x Sdkfz 231 Armoured Car

The two pics of the troops didn't come out very well and so if you want a better view check out my 28mm WWII label where I have some better ones. Sorry about the inconvenience.:-(

I won't do a blow by blow account of the game as I didn't take pictures in that order, but I will give a quick report of the game itself.

After set up it became clear both of us were going strong on each of our right flanks with Mike looking to control the house and myself the hill. The fighting for the house involved plenty of firing back and forth with the Airborne tossing grenades and using the M20 in attempt to push the few Fallschirmjäger's out who while not causing much casualties did manage to hang in there tying up a good portion of the Airborne and armoured car for a good portion of the game.

Meanwhile over on the hill things got very bloody indeed with rifle fire, grenades and close assaults really elevating the drama! Eventually the numbers and 231 armoured car of the Fallschirmjäger's overpowered the Airborne and the Germans claimed control of the hill.

With the Americans at 7 out of action to the Germans 3 and the hill lost and the building still being contested at the end of the 7th turn the American decided withdrawing was a prudent course of action
at that point. End result was a pretty clear German victory.

I think Mike fought a great game, but I was bit luckier when I needed to be and so in the end I managed to prevail. More then anything I just enjoyed playing the game with the guys and look forward to another!

Here are a few pics of the game in no particular order for your enjoyment or at least I hope you enjoy them! Also, you can see how the markers work on the table.

Thanks for reading this long post!:-)

Airborne Sergeant making sure he read the map correctly and has his men ready to advance.

FJ Sergeant and MG34 team looking to occupy the cottage.

"Look Corporal Meyer we can walk on fields!" As gamers sometimes we have turn a blind eye to things.:-)

"Heads left Armoured car" Airborne advancing on the hill.

Airborne advancing cautiously through some small woods.

FJ's and 231 armoured car securing small woods, before advancing on the hill.

"I got just the thing to get them out of the house sarge!"

Airborne taking up an advantageous position to monitor the road and cottage.

FJ's moving up through small woods and undergrowth.

FJ's getting ready to make a move from the woods to the hedge line.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

An award you say!

This award(Liebster award ) has been going around the blogs of late and I'm very honoured that Andrew from Lokis Great Hall liked my blog enough to nominate it. You really should visit his very nice blog and if you really like things Viking you will be right at home! 

The rules of the award are:
- "Copy and paste" the award on your blog, and talk about it a bit.
- post a link back to the blogger who gave you the award
- Select for the award your five favourite blogs with less than 200 followers, leaving a comment on one of their post to notify them that they have won the award. You need also to list them in your own blog.
- Enjoy the moment, knowing that you have just made someone's day.
- Of course, there is no obligation to pass the award, but it is a good deed really.

Normally this award is supposed to go to blogs with fewer then 200 followers of which I have more, but Loki decided to play in character of  his blog title and ignore that part and nominate me any ways of which I'm grateful .:-) However, in the spirit of the original intent behind the award I'll take this opportunity to nominate some lovely blogs that have fewer then 200 followers, but really should have more. 

Blenheim to Berlin- Bill has some truly great battle reports with some awesome tables. Often lists orders of battles and rules additions. Covers a wide range of periods and rules with some good insight. Battles range from mid to epic in size.

 Dreispitz.blogspot-A personal friend of mine and very nice painter. If Seven Years War is your thing then this is a place to visit. He likes the period so much he's even started his own figure line! He does other periods as well so please give him a visit.

The Doc's Miniatures- This person can really put paint on a miniature beautifully and is must see. He took a long pause in posting , but has started up recently and I hope he continues to do so.

Moiterei's bunte Welt- This fine chap I've had the pleasure to meet and a very fine painter indeed with topics covering Dark Ages and WWII with more planned.

Tobi's Paint Pot- Another very nice blog with some great figure painting and terrain plus some good ideas and tutorials.

Others I wanted to mention, but know they have already have been given awards Crac des Chevaliers, Großbeeren 1813, L'antre de Jehan, Sgt Steiner's Wargaming blog, The Leutnants Diary, Wargaming with Silver Whistle, Tarty's Tin, 28mm Victorian Warfare and several others! Please don't feel slighted if I didn't mention you as your either over 200 or if under 200 the list would get to be unmanageable so everyone  please go over my blog list as all are more then worthy of your attention!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

More Indians for FIW

Finished a few more Indians for my FIW project. The figures are once again from Redoubt. I just really like these guys!! I think Redoubt pulled off a truly hawkish and dangerous feel to these figures that other ranges haven't quite got. I'm not saying they are the best sculpted with Conquest or Perry giving some serious competition, but in attitude and feel they sure are the best IMHO. Down side once again is the clean up which in places can get excessive to the point where you really can't correct it all and therefore have to wing it with some shading. I'll be adding Galloping Major to the Redoubt collection at some point which I feel will compliment each other very well in both size and general feel.

If your curious I've used mostly Foundry paints and some Vallejo.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company-Redoubt Miniatures

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Are you a "proper" wargamer?

This interesting Q&A was started by Phil and expanded by Lee and has been joined by many others. I thought I'd join in as I find them fun and hopefully others will be as interested in my thoughts as I am in theirs.:-)

Big Lee put in a point structure as follows:
If you answer yes you get a point, half points can also be earned and of course no points for negative answers

* Spent at least £500 on figures / tanks - and you get extra kudos for every £500 you've spent
I've averaged at least between 500 and thousand per year with probably more at times.(2pts.)

* Pricked your finger or thumb on a pike block - several times
Yes...many..many times!(1pt)

* Tried at least 10 different rule sets and vowed never to play half of them ever again
Worse....I have bought and have yet to read several different rule sets let alone play them! The thing is I love collecting rule books and looking at the eye candy, but find reading rules terribly boring and just a necessary evil to playing. I'd be quite happy for someone to read the rules and explain them to me thus leaving me with the task of only needing to read something if I have a question about a particular rule.(1pt)

* Bought an army off EBay
No, but something similar.Most of my buying and trading is on forums. Usually I buy unpainted or those that are painted to strip.(1/2pt.)

* Sold an army on EBay
A few figures, but again mostly selling and trading on forums(1/2pt.)

* spent months painting an army - then used it in anger once
Oh yes this has happened a few times. The most painful being a large Trojan army fought one weekend and that was it! Eventually sold it. Hazards of being wargaming butterfly!(1pt)

* tried several different periods and genres
Try multiple as several sounds too little for me! :-0(1pt)

* dropped a box of figures on the floor from a great height
Yes, but only with units and singles and not an entire army.....yet.(1pt)

* lost a battle on the last throw of the dice
First throw, middle throw and last throw! (1pt)

* made at least one enemy for life
Not that I know of and hopefully not, but when I played in tournaments in yesteryear I probably stepped on a few toes to my regret. I used to be more competitive then I am now. I've realized a good game is far better then winning. I pretty much have quit tournaments in favour of campaign week ends and participation games when not gaming at my house or the club as the emphasis is on the game and not results on the board. (0pts.)

* had a proper, stand up argument over a wargamers table
Yes indeed I've had some very, very heated opinions flying back and forth! However, these days I'd say far less often and most I'd term more discussions then arguments. I like to think I've grown over the years and have calmed down and mellowed as age sets in.(1pt)

* thrown a dice across a room
Again, guilty of this to my shame, but I have not done so in a very,very long time. Fortunately for myself and others age continues to smooth the waters.(1pt)

* rebased an army for a different rule set
Oh yes! Still searching for the best approach to basing to avoid this problem and keep changing my mind!.(1pt)

* inflicted a whopping defeat on an opponent

* suffered an embarrassing defeat due to a stupid tactical decision
Yes indeed!(1pt)

* joined a wargamers club
I've been a member of one for many years, but find myself drifting away a bit partly due to parting interests in gaming(I prefer historical and the club more fantasy/Sci Fi) and since having my own gaming room and thus able to invite others more interested in the type of gaming that I am.(1pt)

* bought a ton of lead that remains unpainted
Yes as my drawers and shelves will easily point out my vast and I do mean vast total ineptitude at self restraint and pragmatism to collecting miniatures.(1pt)

* been to a wargamers show
Yes, but nearly as much as I'd like too. This is something I'd like to do much more often so as to meet more gamers from the forums and blogs I've come to know.(1/2 pt)

* have more dice than is logical or necessary to own - and have used most of them
Yes I have more then I'll ever need and like unpainted miniatures will of course just add more!(1pt)

Have taken boxes of your troops down to your club just to show them off to your mates
Since for me painting comes first then gaming second then I must confess that I'm guilty as charged of this indulgent self promotion , horn blowing activity.......oh and as one can see that wasn't enough for me so I had too start a blog too! (1pt)

* You have reference books on each period / army you play
Yes and mostly more then one for each.(1pt)

* Having played so many different games you confidently quote rules for a totally different period, scale or ruleset to the one you're playing at that moment
Yes I sure have. I often get confused. (1pt)

* You have lied to your partner / spouse about how much you've spent on the hobby 
No I have not and not because I think she may read this which I seriously doubt, but because I don't need or want too. My wife while not completely understanding my addiction does support me and we have a mutually agreed budget that I use for wargaming and as long as I don't go way,way over the mark things stay calm and has worked well for many years now which basically makes lying not only pointless, but unnecessarily destructive.(0pts.)

* You get genuinely excited when a package arrives in the post - then hide it upstairs quickly before your partner sees it.  If your partner finds it first, you lie about the contents.
Yes I get very excited....don't we all:-) and no I don't hide it. Read above please for why. (1/2pts.)

* You have joined a re-enactment society (5 points for this one!)
Sadly no. If I lived back in the states I'd almost for sure be part of an ACW re-enactment society. I'm still thinking of joining one over here(Either ACW,FIW or AWI).(0pts)

* You have played in an unsuitable venue
Yes/no. I've played some small events where the venue could have been better, but my expectations where not overly high so not overly disappointed. No large event has been unsuitable that I've been to as of yet.(1/2pts.)

* You continue to search for the perfect Napoleonic / WW2 / Ancients / ACW etc. rule set (knowing that it doesn't actually exist).
Yes of course, but fortunately I've played enough systems that I like that I don't feel unhappy.(1pt)

* For that reason you have developed your own house rules for certain periods.  And think them far superior to the original author's efforts.
No, I don't like reading rules all that much so writing them is diffidently out for me, but I do like adding some house rules here and there. (0pts.)

* You have returned from a wargames show and sneaked upstairs to hide the stash.
No for same reasons I gave for packages and spending.(0pts)

* You have an irrational aversion to some genres and vow never to play them regardless of how much fun they look.  Like Dystopian Wars, 6mm Napoleonics, Warhammer 40k, Malifaux etc.
If it looks like fun I'll probably play it, but I do have an aversion to playing anything say after Viet Nam as it's too close to real life. I served in the military and am a vet and so no need to play what I lived. I like my wargaming to have some mystery to it.
Another thing is a question of scale where I may like the figures but I'm undecided if they are too small like 10mm for example.I know anything 6mm or under is too small both in painting and visually and things over 40mm is too big. I say 28mm and 15's are my comfort zone and I'm reluctant to leave this with only 10mm and perhaps 20mm giving me any serious thoughts on expanding beyond.(1pt)

* You have made your own wargames scenery.
Yes I 've made whole towns and I'm now working on some scenery. However, I admit while it is cheaper it is also very time consuming so often I just buy it and paint it rather then build it to save time.(1pt)

* You have reached a painting 'wall'
Yes in way. I don't really just stop painting, but I'll slow down time at the desk or jump between several periods which I do with unrelenting frequency which exacerbates my butterfly wargaming habits.(1pt)

* You have lost - and regained - your wargaming mojo.
Yes/no. Kind of like painting where I'll slow down for a small period and then pick up again, but not completely stop. (1/2pt.)

* You have the occasional (and short lived) sense of guilt with your wife/children when complaining to them about the money spent in clothes, shoes or toys/Xbox games when you have £200 of unpainted metal stuffed in an upstairs drawer.
I've been a hypocrite at times on this, but not often and usually snap out of it soon.(1pt)

* You have done armies in different scales for the same period
Yes and I'm doing my best to stop this and keep only one scale per period, but as of yet not completely successful.(1pt)

* You have jealously coveted someone else's troops 
Sure every time I look at the blogs and magazines.:-)(1pt)

* You have laughed (secretly or otherwise) as someone else's paint job
Bare metal is the only true funny thing on a table which I have to my shame done in the past(happily I can say I no longer do so). While I may find some paint jobs less the stellar or even an eye sore I where I think oh dear paint splash on figures I at least somewhat to my credit respect the fact they have painted their army which I recognize is not that easy and something to be proud of.(1pt)

* You have provided a piece of useless trivia relating to the troops on the table to show off your wargaming knowledge.
Yes I have and also been proven wrong on some of the boasts to my deserved humiliation.(1pt)

* You have contradicted someone elses' trivia - demonstrating your superior knowledge and giving you a warm glow inside.
Yep, I've been a smug ass at times and like I said also been proven wrong eating my boastful words!

* You have caused a major disaster on a wargames table 
Almost a few times, but luckly always managed to catch my balance preventing a gang beating.(0pts)

* You have cheered when an opponent's dice lets them down at a critical point
Yes, my emotions get the better of me too often and too my shame I have indeed done a dance in celebration of my opponent's misfortune. However, I at least accept when the same is done to me without malice. However, this is a behaviour I'm correcting both consciously and naturally through age . It also depends how the cheering is done say if you cheer them as well as yourself because it's an exciting event in the game and not out of personal satisfaction then I see no problems with it.(1pt)

* You have lied to your partner about going gaming. 
No. I think I've explained this well enough.(0pts) 

* You have lied to an attractive woman (man) about your hobby. 
Perhaps I might have in my younger days, but now I could care less so I'd say no I do not. Truth be told, they often are interested as geeky things are not so shall we say taboo as they used to be.(1/2pt)

* You have made an opponent cry.  It doesn't count if they are under 8 years old though.
Not that I'm aware of and hope not!(0pts)

* You have painted the same army in the same scale more than once 
Well kind of and if not exact then similar. with ACW and WWII, Vikings being the prime offenders.(1/2pt)

* You have reference books on armies you haven't even got (I have books on ECW, ACW, SYW, 30YW yet not one solitary figure for any of these periods).
Yes I do. (1pt)

* You have bought figures for a period you have never and will never play - because they were cheap.
Yes with plastics often the case. I usually buy and sell them as I prefer metal almost every time. This hasn't stopped me from trying to keep warming up to plastics! (1pt)

* You have inflicted grievous bodily harm on a dice that has let you down. 
Yes,enough to make a base ball major league scout take notice, but I can't remember the last time. Fortunately, dice are very forgiving and still let themselves be used.(1pt)

* You blog or have a web-page about your Wargaming activities

Yes, I've been indulging for a few years now.:-) (1pt)

* Your book collection is almost all war and wargames related

Not sure I'd say quite all as I like quite a few subjects, but it sure has the dominent portion. (1pt) 

* You critique 'war' movies (especially Hollywood war movies) for historical accuracy 

Yes, but I would say I'm not overly critical and still manage to enjoy most for what they are trying to do and really appreciate the ones that do it even better.(1pt)

* You spend car / train journeys checking out the lie of the land - considering which way you would attack from and whether it would make good wargaming terrain.

Way too often and have almost put myself in a very bad spot because of it!(1pt)

If my terrible math is correct and I gave the proper points then I guess that gives me 40 out of 56 which I hope makes the cut.:-) 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Picking up the tomahawk or so finally begins my FIW project

The French and Indian War skirmish element has been a dream project of mine for many years, but until now I wasn't quite sure how to start and so after spending far too long procrastinating I decided to get on with it and jump in! What better way to start the project off then with the iconic Indians who add so much colour and give that special look we all have come to associate with the period.

These Indians are from Redoubt and I just really like them! The figures are quite large with a lot of character which is a big plus for me. Most of their packs are very good indeed, with a few not of the same quality so check before buying.

I'm playing around with backgrounds as I need the practice and the period really just asks for that so I hope you like it! I also included white background close ups pics for those wanting to seeing the figures in more clear light. They are on a scouting mission looking for an good point of ambush is the storyline behind the photo.

The rules I have in mind are Muskets and Tomahawks and This Very Ground. I don't like square bases for my skirmish figures so I'll simply state the middle of a figures chest is his facing which comes into play in the former rule set.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company-Redoubt Miniatures

I also want to give a special thanks to Ray for sending me the very cool and prized Posties rejects dice I won in a draw on his super blog which I of course suggest you visit.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Some more Fallschirmjäger

Operation Squad is running very hot these days within my gaming circle(I'll give a review of the rules one day time permitting). In summation we love the rules!!
I noticed that I had too few Fallschirmjäger to play them properly the way I wanted so I've painted up a few more.
What I had forgotten was how darn hard they are to paint with several hours at least for each figure! However, I'm pleased with results and looking forward to adding them in my next game.
All are armed with Kar98's and in jump uniform.

From left to right:
FJ in Sumpmuster 44' smock, FJ in Sumpmuster 43' smock, FJ in Splinter smock
Miniature Company-Artizan
Thanks for viewing!:-)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What a commander really does most of the time

Ever seen a model and knew you had to have it? well this was one of those times. I just really like the look of it as one can see what a commander is often really doing and not always charging with sword drawn down the glory road(which I like too). It's probably my favourite ECW figure and comes from Redoubt.

I was very excited when it came in the mail......until I saw all the clean up on it which was nasty indeed! However. after that was finished I was quite pleased with how he turned out.

For now he will be the commander for my Irish Brigade, but I'm not sure if he will remain so as I have the actual figure for that. Good chance he will as I like miniature so much.

Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Redoubt Miniatures

Thursday, October 11, 2012

More Montrose Irish

Here is my second regiment of Montrose Irish this time advancing and loading. The figures are once again the fantastic Bicorne ECW range. The flag is from Flags of War where the generous Ian sent me free enlarged ones to replace the smaller ones I had. The old ones were very nice, but the new ones are even better both in quality and size. Thanks again Ian if your reading!!

The principle behind this regiment is the same as the other one I did in that I took quite a few liberties in my impression of the hard fighting Irish Brigade and thus is not an attempt on a direct reflection of what they looked like, but I still hope it comes off looking if not exact then somewhat believable.

I'm looking to shift into the Scottish portion of the army soon with Renegade and Redoubt figures making up the lion share of those regiments, but I probably will come back and do a third Irish regiment at some point. I'm not sure if I want to paint tartans on my Scots as that's horribly time consuming!
Thanks for viewing!:-)
Miniature Company- Bicorne