Monday, May 20, 2024

Tweaking Mameluke basing.



I think this might do the trick. Not every horse-man will get his base so liberally garnished with followers, but ... enough will. Then there might also be a subsequent rank to reinforce the illusion.

I need to get my hands on some more 40x75mm Renedra bases to see how an entire unit looks.

What do you think?

Friday, May 17, 2024

Building Little Boats


Dhow are you?

The bits.

Still painting Frenchmen in Egypt, be reassured.

However, I was reading the excellent 'Napoleon in Egypt' by Paul Strathern and is starting to become clear to me that I would benefit from some watercraft, so wat could be more appropriate or more multi-use than an Arabian Dhow.

I well remember the templates available on the Major-Generals' marvellous website, so off I flew via the Wayback Machine ( and downloaded them.

The lead ship in her class.

In the photo above you can see the deck united with the hull. The smaller pieces are the fore and aft decks that will be raised a little higher then the level of the main deck by means of some shims underneath them.

The decks are heavy card with the planking drawn in black biro and then with the odd plank picked out with a wash of one colour or another. It's surprisingly colourful and effective. I'm kind of regretting using such strongly coloured paper for the hull - a manila folder seems a better option in retrospect.

Next comes the mast, yard, sail and some rudimentary rigging.

I am thinking three or four might be a good number for this flotilla?

Monday, May 06, 2024

Some Mamelukes

 Can I call them mamluks please?

Anyway. this is the start of the Mamluk cavalry horde.

The whole collection

I'm thinking this is the ranty army commander Angry Bey

The leader of the light cavalry. Murat Bey?

Breaking up the look of the cavalry with varied weapons &c

I’ve been looking at these figures and thinking a bit.

How does this seem – mount each horseman on a 50mmx50mm base and allow him two ‘followers’ on 25mmx25mm bases that can be placed behind him. They’d be the people picking up his discarded muskets and pistols for him. They might also be used (or re-used) as infantry in other contexts.

One or two might be equipped with banners to add to the spectacle.


Napoleon in Egypt

 Well, now. What to do when you are a little weary of painting tartan and your Prussians are yet to put in an appearance?

Why, you pick up the threads of an old project, of course.

Trudge, trudge, trudge. le desert mauvais... le cafard... les mirages

I painted three of these over the weekend - the thirds' base is still a bit of a WiP so he's not made the cut photographically.

They really are quite enjoyable figures to paint and I can get one done in about an hour without too much of an effort.

They will be joining the 9eme de Ligne in short order.

Using the Charge! organisation is something of a cliché with me, but, you know you pays your money and takes your choises.

The ultimate plan here is three Charge!-style units of three line and one Grenadier company, another unit of light infantry and two units (12 figures each) of cavalry - one of hussars and one of dragoon.

I have 3/4 of the first unit of infantry done and scraps of cavalry units and half the Light infantry.

Then there are the Mamelukes.

Monday, April 29, 2024

Filing in time


The 42nd
So, that was a fairly productive long weekend. I dipped into my new stash of Willie Highlanders and pushed out another half-dozen figures including the Grenadier you see in the right of the photo.

Despite the tartan and the separate swords and muskets, these are less of a chore to paint than the Arquebisiers de Grassin and I expect (hope for?) fairly decent progress on these.

I think they are quite a useful regiment to have as they can be used at both Carillion/Ticonderoga and Fontenoy with some companies also being used at Prestonpans of all places.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Small update

I just painted myself out of Prussians. IR 5 stands currently at eight figures.

I've put in an order, so watch this space.

In the meantime, a small order for the 42nd has arrived, so I'll get on with that for the moment. I've painted one figure and prepped another half dozen, so expect pictures soon..! :^)

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

There is nothing quite like...


...Stadden Prussians
A small follow-up as to what's been coming off the painting desk since my "What's Next" post of a few days back.

IR #5 has had a few minor additions with a few more yet to come. Then I'll be out of stock locally and will have to make a decision on whether I should order more in if I am to continue.

My question to myself is do I want to commit to painting another 50? At my rate of painting, they would take me about two months of my hobby time.

To ask the question is to have the answer.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

La poudre noire et les Guerres de la Révolution Française


This kind of works for me
So, where to start.

A few years back I had from John P. a couple of hundred (maybe a few more than that) very nicely painted Elite Miniatures French infantry of the Revolutionary period.

I started basing them up, 4 to a 40mm base because it seemed like a good idea at the time. That done, I sort of ran out of steam as I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do with them or even what ruleset I liked the look of. Besides, they were just the infantry and needed cavalry and artillery to be added to get them into some sort of fighting shape, so they got boxed up and put away. 

However, they always lurked at the back of my mind. 

Now, I'm not sure why, but Back Powder cropped up in some wargamey context recently and these fellows started jumping up and down and waving their bicornes and tarletons at me. "Choose us! Choose us!"

So I looked at them, laid them out. Took a good look at the BP unit organisations and thought, "Hm. This could do."

Then I slapped myself on the forehead with the realisation that this was a wargames army that really only needed the fun stuff painted. You know, the units and stands you use as motivation while you crank out the masses of infantry.

I always was a little slow.