Sunday, 20 January 2019

Empire in Peril

While I have been busy painting it has mainly been for other people's collections at the moment. However in the early morning commute I have been catching up on my historical reading.

A thumping good yarn!

Long inspired by the old school games of Ross (and others) I have finally taken the plunge. One of  my projects for 2019 will be Spencer Smith's "Little Britons" range of 42mm toy soldiers and using the web available "Gentleman's War" rules. Here's my first rosy cheeked test figure:

Moustaches to be the reserve of officers and NCO's.

The author William Le Queux generously gives us a choice of French, Russian and German adversaries. Choices, choices, choices!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

20mm 1914 German Infantry

Incredibly it has been over 4 years now since I added to the Battle of Mons collection. I had 19 remaining German infantry which as you can see are now complete.

I still intend to use the "Crush the Kaiser" rules which I have played a couple of times now. A new order has been placed with Tumbling Dice for the outstanding infantry figures to make up a whole battalion, plus limbers for the already complete guns.

"Small" 20mm figures from Tumbling Dice

My most important purchase for 2019 however is a new lamp so that I can improve the lighting on my photographs! It should arrive next week.

I am quietly confident that 2019 will be a better year for figure output and even some games (I  only played one in 2018) due to a transfer of departments planned for April. Mainly office based, working office hours and weekends off. Just like normal people.

Wishing you all the best for 2019,


Sunday, 16 December 2018

2018's Last Post

I have drawn a short straw this year and after today I am working all the way through to the New Year (including the big days), so this will definitely be my last post for 2018. It should have been posted much earlier but I cheated and used a spray varnish with that awful white clouding as a result. 

They are now sitting under several coats of gloss then matt varnish and while they look better than they did they are far from perfect. Essex Miniatures 15mm Prussian figures - a second battalion is undercoated but going nowhere soon. I have also been catching up on the 20mm early WW1 figures but again nothing showing until 2019.

Just remains to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all!

Saturday, 24 November 2018

First Phase 1870 French Army Complete

Well it seems to have taken forever but I have finally finished the two outstanding French Command bases. Apologies for the fuzzy images...

Mainly Old Glory 15s with a couple of Essex Miniatures foot figures for good measure.

I am now going to turn my attention to the German forces, starting off with some Prussian infantry. Hopefully the output rate will  improve!

I also need to get moving on some buildings and general battlefield clutter.

Monday, 6 August 2018

33rd Regiment of Foot (First Yorkshire West Riding)

With apologies for the lousy photography (I am using a back up camera) the Airfix Battle of Waterloo Project takes a small lurch forward.

Photographic special effects for that true 1970's look!

My period of being too busy with "stuff" should be over in the next couple of months so hopefully there will be a marked increase in output.

Next post should be the command bases needed to complete phase one of the French FPW army.