Monday, December 23, 2019

Painting Challenge... result!

Today ticks over the deadline for a small painting challenge I have been participating in and, despite it being a near-run thing, I managed to scrape in.

 Here we go, another French unit for d'Erlon's third Division during the 100 Days.
And it's part in the greater scheme of things.

Friday, December 06, 2019

General de Brigade

A couple of Zvezda johnnies. M. le General peers with his spyglass whilst his eager young ADC prepares to fly off with instructions for some lucky Chef de Bataillon.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Le 45eme de Ligne

 The 45th of the line which famously lost it's eagle at Waterloo to Sgt Ewart of the Scot's Greys.
 Zvezda Command - the figures work together very well with the Waterloo 1815 rankers in my opinion.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

les Bleus, redux

 In Line... Skirmishers out.
 In Battalion Column, Skirmishers out front
 In Square, Skirmishers in.
In March Column.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Les Bleus

Just while I am waiting on some Vietnam kit to arrive, I'm off and painting some French Infantry for the 100 Days.

Waterloo 1815 figures with something of the feel of the old Esci/Italeri figures. The base is 50mm/2" wide. I am intending eight figures per base and four bases per unit.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Saddle up, time to go on patrol

 A pair of M113 ACAVs rolling out on patrol from Firebase Freddy.
Looks quiet out there.

Too quiet.

Keep your eyes on the road, trooper.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

The Vietnam War

Over the past week or so I have found myself drifting off to thoughts about the Vietnam War, so of course it was time for a dive into the Stash!

JB Models M113 ACAV
 As with most things, my interest was sparked by an article in a wargames magazine, in this case the Winter 1989 issue of Practical Wargamer with a couple of these kits assembled and painted by Graeme Green of Special Forces  - one of the premier painting houses of the time.
Commanders for same
The images were inspirational and I've always remembered them, so this little collection will be my tribute to those wonderful figures.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Grenadiers of Nassau

First the front side

Then the back side
Drying varnish gleaming in the early morning sunshine...

Thursday, October 10, 2019

What's the latest?

The first batch of French Dragoons of course! Whatever else?

Napoleon, in the Rhineland with some Dragoons?

Saturday, October 05, 2019


And I just finished off a unit of NaT Nassauers.

Nice figures and because of the way they break down in the box, you could build a few options with just a couple of boxes. Full marks to HaT on these little gems.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Oh yes, the rest of the Curassiers

Oh, a Dutch Battery appears to be about to either deliver some mighty stick or be completely overrun.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

What I did on my Holidays

 An Emperor and a personal attendant
 A Cuirassier and his flag
 Redux... Yes, there is a complete unit of Cuirassiers. He's no Nigel no-mates.
And Hurrah for the RHA! Spanking chaps and I am sure Captain Mercer would be proud.

Currently working on some Nassau infantry and am putting the finishing touches on another pair of RHA 6pr guns.


French Dragoons, I think.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday, May 03, 2019

That article

My first Tommy. Still a work in progress as he needs a few highlights here and there, some violently dark green on his base and a good coat of gloss varnish. Still, I am jolly pleased with him. One of Stadden's fnest. 

Thursday, May 02, 2019

And the production line creaks into life

With their varnish still slightly sticky and their bases unpainted. Stadden's very handsome 30mm Great War German infantry

Monday, April 29, 2019

More test figures

I think I have nailed down the look for my German troops now.GW Death Guard Green all the way!

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Luftkreitskrafte

The Herr Rittmeister waits impatiently for his kite to be made ready
 Every Funny Little... project needs a dinky old aircraft right? And a ground team.
I swear it was here a moment ago..!

As this is as much a paint test for painting Field Gray, 1914-style, any feedback would be gratefully taken on board.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

And now for something completely different

Just looking for trouble
From the Warhammer Conquest range - not the magazines themselves, just the sample from the book.

Yes, I have subscribed. 

Monday, April 01, 2019

Finished the charging Mamluk

Ahh, finished at last. The varnish is still sticky.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Charging Mamluk...

...with apologies to GĂ©ricault  and the French Romantics.
The fairly familiar Willie figure with a few gentle bends and twists. I just need to bash out some wire for a scimitar. And prop up the horse with some brass wire so it doesn't sag to the ground under it's own weight.