SAGA Anglo-Danish Warband

 

Hi everyone, it has been quiet for some time. At least on the blog, but not at home – my wonderful little doughter not only transforms the night into day, but also keeps me from painting and posting. But there is the strange thing – as soon as she smiles at me, everything seems more than worthwhile. It seems nature knows what she’s doing afterall…

Well, anyhow I have now finished a 6 point Anglo-Danish warband for SAGA. This wasn’t much of a challange, since I already had most figures, but they were based for DBx (or not based at all) and so they had to be rebeased and polished up a little bit. The same goes for a warband of Normans, Vikings and Welsh which probably will be seen here in the not so distant future.

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

First unit of warriors (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

second unit of warriors (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

unit of bow-armed levy (slings added for variety - Wargames Foundry figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

unit of hearthguards, armed with Dane-axes (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

second unit of hearthguard (GB figures)

 

Anglo-Danish Warband for SAGA

third unit of hearthguard, and the warlord himself (GB figures)

 

As the year is rapidly approaching its collision with 2012, it is a good time to contemplate the ups and downs of the hobby this year. It seems it was a rather good year – apart from the obvious progress I have made in many projects, I have sold tons of unused lead, using the revenue to finance several professional painting services in order to complete even more projects. I have finished my long planed custom made gaming table and also have made quite a few gaming mats for it. So yes, it was a very good year. Alas I certainly have not gamed as often as I would have liked, with many business-trips coming in the way even of our regular club-evenings in Ulm.

As for the projects, the year 2011 saw me entering the Napoleonic period with a vengance. Lightning struck at Salute 2011, where I saw the Perry Napoleonic Russians and I knew I was hooked and my long pledged vow to stay in the Ancient and Medieval era was forfeit.

 

It is all their fault! Perry Napoleonic Russians (photo property of Perry Miniatures)

 

Since it was some time to the Russians release date (and still is), I wanted to start with a French army as an antagonist – and then one of the big things happened that always seems to happen when I plan to think small. A very, very kind person decided to part with his huge Napoleonic collection and sold his French and British troops. after akquiring some of his figures via Ebay, I plunged in and gave him an offer for his complete collection – which he accepted. And then I was swamped with beautiful painted troops which I have akuired for a very fair price. They were all based for another system and organized into much bigger units, so it took some time to convert them into the Lasalle system. I also needed to paint additional command figures and additional soldiers in order to reorganize everything, but now – as you have seen in my last post – the British core army is completed and the French will be theses days (given a few hours of painting time, which I cannot guarantee these days).

I have to say I surprised myself. Normally I’m a well-established wargames-butterfly, hovering from one project to the next – but this time I stayed firm from May until now. Admittedly, I fitted in some Ancients for my DBA tournament in October and I also rebased some figures for SAGA, but apart from that I have stayed focused. It seems this little blog has helped as well. Come to that it is also one of the good things of this hobby-year. It seems my blog has been well accepted with well over 1000 “real” visitors (in delimitation of automatic web-traffic) and even if the commenting function is not used very often I got quite nice feedback from people all over the world, and I’m grateful for that. The blog works for me, it is a nice form of “show and tell” and also a good instrument to stay in contact, so thanks to you all for your visits, interest and kind remarks.

Finally, what do I plan for 2012? Since it possibly is the last year at all (should the Maya calendar be in better shape than my own one) first it seems quite important to take all the disposable holiday early. I mean it would be quite sad if the world would end and ones last thought was “and I have given my employer x days of precious holidays!”. On a more sincere note for me it would be prudent not to plan to much for next year. For several real-life reasons this will not the year of big hobby projects. But I plan to finish some of the longer going projects, adding some selections to my new Lasalle-armies and possibly doing some painting for Skirmish games like SAGA, which I like a lot. There was a lot of basing and rebasing of acquired figures this year, next year I want to re-shift the focus to painting my own figures again.

OK, that’s it then for today. I wish you all a good time and I will tune in again around Christmas.

 

 

 

 

The British Lasalle Core Army

 

In German there is the proverb “was lange währt wird endlich gut” – meaning “what took long is now finally accomplished”. Indeed I have worked on this project since May, and quite continously so (at least for my standards). Now the Bristish core army for Lasalle with 6 Batallions (each consisting of 23 soldiers including command and 2 seperate skirmishers), two additional Bonus-Batallions (should the army take the role of the attacker), a battery of Royal Artillery and 3 commanders including the C-in-C  is finally finished.

 

Perry British Napoleonic Army

Perry British Napoleonic Army for Lasalle

 

While a good part of the army was complete quite a while ago, there were still 4 elements of skirmishers missing, and I just couldn’t bring myself to paint them. Now that this is finally done the Army is finished and stands in waiting for the first French columns to arrive.

 

The army consists exclusively of Perry Miniatures, with one notable exception of a Victrix kneeling skirmisher. My plan is to give it two support-selections: One a Brunswick division and one a cavalry choice (possible light cavalry, now that the Perry British Hussars are due to arrive). These support choices will take some time yet – but hopefully not too long since a great part of the Brunswickers is already finished.

 

Have a nice weekend and thanks for your visit.

 

 

 

Two French regiments

 

It’s quite probable that I won’t have too much time for my hobby in the next few days, so it’s fine I have finished the core of my French Lasalle army at last (except for the additional attacker-bonus and the artillery). Here it is in all its glory:

Perry napoleonic French regiments

Perry napoleonic French regiments

It consists of two regiments, the left of which you already know. The right one is something special for me, because the first batallion consists of the first napoleonic figures painted by me (back in May), marking a start in this new hobby-era.

Perry napoleonic French
The mounted commander was painted by Jim Bowen, how also painted the Artillery (to follow soon).

That’s just a quick update, just to show that the project is going along nicely. Have a nice evening and thanks for your visit.

Perry napoleonic French regiments

Building Houses

 

The time since the last post has been very busy. Important family events cast their shadows ahead, and so I have decided to limit the number of my ongoing and planed hobby projects – which seemed to be legion. In the process I “downsized” a few armies, that were originially intended for DBMM or FOG projects and shrunk them to DBA (or SAGA) size, selling all of the other figures I don’t need any more (well, you got me there – not all, but many). That way I litterally sold hundreds of figures these last days, and while I still own more figures than I can’t possibly paint before other, more interesting figures are released, I shipped out at least ten kilos of metal. Now I feel relieved and I also feel a renewed sense of focus – which won’t last long. So I’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

Apart from sorting, bundling, fotographing and packing figures I also build some houses. In the SAGA forum I have discussed the idea of how this great rulesystem can be adapted to the age of crusades (see http://studiotomahawk.freeforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=371), and while I already have a lot of figures for this era (which, as you already have guessed, need to be based) I still need some more scenery. Following to the new sense of focus I decided to use what I have, and so I used some mediteranean houses which I bought at ebay some time ago (first picture, without roof) and built some extensions to them (second and third picture). Here you can see the process:

28mm near east houses

  I did a similar conversion with another house, now I can use the same houses as well for a napoleonic setting in the peninsular war and a crusade scenario. I like the result and did some test-shots to see how it works.

 

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

Now I’m going to test the rule modifications I have proposed in the forum. I like SAGA were much – in fact I have played it at our local club at the weekend, and I’m still fascinated how so simple a ruleset can turn out to be so interesting. With the adaption to the crusades as one of my favorite wargame areas I’m sure I’ll like it even better.

28mm Perry Miniatures Crusaders

Also on my table is the finished heavy cavalry option for the napoleonic French Lasalle army ready to be based. Well, so much for focus. Flip flap, says the butterfly. Have a nice week.

Some more French Napoleonic’s

 

Well, real life has been busy again, but I want to post a little update on my French project anyway. As you can see I made some progress with a complete new French regiment as well as a squadron of Carabiners.

 

a French napoleonic regiment (Perry Miniatures)

a French napoleonic regiment (Perry Miniatures)

 

In contrast to my British regiments here I did not want to replicate an historical unit. Indeed I composed it as a rather ragtag unit, giving it no battle honours whatsoever on its colors – so I can use it either as a recruit regiment for the peninsular theatre or as a battle-weary unit on any other battlefield.

 Napoleonic French (Perry Miniatures)

The second and third batallions carry an unofficial fanion, the second variant from GBM.

Napoleonic French (Perry Miniatures)

Last but not least here are the Carabiners. As you can see, I have decided on heavy cavalry as French selection for the Lasalle rules. The second heavy unit, a squadron of curassiers, are on my painting table right now.

French napoleonic Carabiners (Perry Miniatures)

French napoleonic Carabiners (Perry Miniatures)

 

 

 

SAGA

 

So much for continuity. Well, I haven’t abandoned my Lasalle project, and indeed I was even able to squeeze in another great game of 15mm Lasalle with Marios last week at our club. Also the basing of my 28mm army continues. BUT – I just could’nt resist testing the new SAGA rules. And I have to say they are very, very promising.

A SAGA battle ready to commence

A SAGA battle ready to commence

After reading the rules (which are written in an entertaining style quite pleasant to read) I’ve played a little test-game in order to see the game mechanics in action. It worked quite well, gave credible results and overall appeared to be a system that is at the same time easy to learn and still hard to master. And since I like skirmish games so much that I’ve even started to write my own ruleset (which will now disappear in the cupboard – at least for some time) I’m glad that SAGA seems to fit the bill quite well.

Part of my Anglo-Danish Warband (figures by Gripping Beast)

Part of my Anglo-Danish Warband (figures by Gripping Beast)

I have 4 point warbands ready as well for the Vikings as for the Anglo-Danish factions, and I also have enough figures for a Norman warband the same size that only need to be rebased. I’ll do that and try to persuade the members of my club – and maybe I’ll even visit some international tournament events. I always wanted to visit the GB-headquarter, but WAB was never really my system. With SAGA – who knows, maybe I’ll go there for one of the announced gaming weekends.

 

A SAGA battle in progress

A SAGA battle in progress


You’ll probably read some more about this project on this blog. I hope you’ll keep tuned – have a nice week.

 

The French are coming

 

Well, it’s about time. I’ve so often anounced that they are nearly ready, that I’ve started to believe myself. I only have to base them, I hear myself say. Well, right. With basing, touching a little color here and there, correcting some mistakes, adjusting the pompons and giving them a new coat of varnish it took me some time, but here they are: The first two French battalions.

Perry Napoleonic French battalions

One of the first decisions I had to made was how to depict a French batallion for Lasalle. If a batallion is depicted with 36 figures, that is an easy question – you use one base each for the grenadiers, voltigeurs and the other four companies, one containing the command. But with four bases one has to decide. What I finally decided on is the scheme you see above: I’ve used four figures each for the grenadiers, and the four companies with green, blue, orange and purple pompons (the little dots on the shakos). I left out the voltigeurs and used them as seperate skirmish bases, and I depicted the command as an Officer, fanion-bearer and a NCO. The drummer got an orange pompon to make up the numbers.

Perry Napoleonic French battalions

As in 1812 the fannions for the batallions were officially abolished, I gave them the non-regulations fannions from GMB Designs. So these two are the second and third batallion. I hope I’ll finish the first with its mighty eagle this week.

Perry Napoleonic French battalions

Also this week I’m going to assemble some figures for the new SAGA rules that have finally arrived. The wargame butterfly is flapping its wings… and may cause a storm somewhere…

Perry Napoleonic French batallions

One final word: Mark from “over open sights” was so kind to paint some French Artillery for me (for the Cavalry). He also did some conversions in order to put some variation into the Perry napoleonic French horse artillery. I can’t wait to have them here – but the other units have to be ready by then. A very good reason not to become distracted by SAGA right now.

DBA in 28mm

 

The last two weeks have been very busy, as well in “real life” as at the painting table. I had to make last preparations for our annual DBA-event in 28mm, and this is what today’s blog will be about.

For several years now our Wargame Club in southern Germany, the “Ulmer Strategen“, is organizing three annual DBA events. The first is a spring tournament that is held in 15mm scale, the second is the DBA 28mm open in October and finally the third is the Advent-DBA in December. You can see pictures of all those events at our website http://www.ulmer-strategen.de/DBA-Events.htm – the text is in German, but I think most of the pictures speak for themselves.

 

 

While DBA is a great mixture of simplicity and game-depth as well as a good opportunity to field all those armies you are interested in, in Germany it also is sort of an island that helds the wargamer-community together: DBA, that has existed bevore the Barker-Scott war and the breakup of the DBM-community into FOG and DBMM, is now a welcome platform where old friends can meet regardless of their main ruleset preference.

 

 

Apart from that the fact that DBA is a masterpiece of reduction to the essential and works very well with only 12 bases or units, for the very same reason it allows for the use of 28mm figures that usually take longer to paint and therefore slower to field than 15mm armies. I like this eye-candy scale very much, and regardless of the fact that wargaming in Germany (apart from the single-based WAB-culture) is strictly in 15mm scale, about five years ago I’ve started to build DBA armies in 28mm. I needed many of them because only few other players had armies in this scale, and for the first tournaments I’ve organized I  provided nearly all armies present.

But the time when the players arrived with only their personal dice cup is long over – given the opportunity of regular events in 28mm, now many players have fielded their own beautiful armies, and with every tournament the number of armies I have to provide goes down steadily.

 

Successor armies clash

Marius' Seleucid army was the winner of the "best painted" award last year

 

Last Saturday 17 gamers met again to field their 28mm armies, and it was a beautiful day. In 48 games the struggle for dominance on the field was fought out with dice and lead, and finally we had a winner – but most of all many happy gamers. Pictures of the event as well as a table with the final scores can be seen here:

http://www.ulmer-strategen.de/DBA28mm_2011.htm

I want to use the opportunity to thank our sponsor Warlord Games, who has kindly provided us with prices of their beautiful figures. So it is only fitting the the prize for the best painted army this year went to Norbert with his Warlord Games Imperial Romans:

 

These two DBA armies of Warlord Games Early Imperial Romans belong to Norbert and his son Noah, winning jointly the "best painted" award this year

 

This year six of the 17 armies present were from my own collection, and as many players that used them already have started their own projects I’m quite sure next year there will be even fewer lending-armies present.

On a personal note, this was my best tournament ever. For organisational reasons I was only able to play four games, but I’ve won them all with my Hunns. This has never happened before – I think because of all the tasks that go along with the organisation of such an event I simply didn’t have enough time to finetune my usual mistakes, causing me to win all those battles. There’s probably a lesson hidden in this, but maybe it’s just the army with all its horses and greater mobility in contrast to all those pachydermes and heavy pikes that dominated the battlefields.

 

 

And now – to something completly different. There are a few casualities of war on my table right now. It can’t be avoided – spears and shields get loose and there even was a unhappy accident of a general falling literally from the edge of the world (meaning the gaming table). As soon as these are repaired, I’ll get back to my Napoleonics. The British are ready and eager to fight the French, and all I have to do is give them shiny new bases…

 

 

G3

 

Hi there,

as you can see from the (rather minimalist) title my new camera as arrived. I’ve finally decided for the Panasonic G3 and it is really fantastic. the only thing I’m not happy with is the color of its body – when I choose “chocolate” I did not have in mind a color like an aubergine.

Well, I guess some designers really have to learn the difference between brown and red. Apart from this rather annoying casestudy of color-blindness the camera really is amazing. I still have to learn to master the finer secrets of its many calibrations, but as I’m not a very patient man I happily clicked away and took all the photos I wanted without much consideration to white balance, ISO-setting and shutter speed. That may explain why the photos are not what they had the potential to be, but I like them anyway.

So here are the photos I have promised you for some time now. First of all the 32nd regiment of foot. I did not have much work with this one, as I have acquired it from Ebay and only have painted the odd figure. The painting style varies a little from my other regiments, so maybe I will replace it in the future with a version of my own painting. But for now speed is at the essence, I really want to get gaming!

Napoleonic British 32nd regiment of foot from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British 32nd regiment of foot from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British 32nd regiment of foot from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British 32nd regiment of foot from Perry Miniatures

As you can already see I have also finished the high-command, general Picton. No Ebay here, I really enjoyed painting and composing this little vignette.

Napoleonic British general Picton from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British general Picton from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British general Picton from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British general Picton from Perry Miniatures

Finally the Royal foot artillery is also finished. I like the dynamic of the result.

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

Napoleonic British royal foot artillery from Perry Miniatures

 

On my painting table right now are the last 4 skirmisher bases – after whicht the British core army is finally finished (*sigh*)! In addition there is some scenery, as I really need a little break before I finish both the Brunswickers and the French.

Have a nice Sunday – and thanks for your visit,

Tobi

The 73rd and the 5th Brigade

 

Well, the English core army is rapidly approaching its completion. Today I have finished the 73rd and with it the 5th brigade. As the acquired collection is incorporated into the new army, with each regiment more work has to be done. In addition to the painting of heads with the Belgic shako here I had to paint the soldiers of the flank companies and, most important, the command base. For this I have used the Perry metals.

Well, inspite they are as usually great figures, I have to say I like the plastic command better. Not only is the detail there more crisp, but there is also much less cleaning required. The typical thin metal tubes you get from the air ducts of the casting mold are really an issue here. I don’t know why no other manufacturer has these, but with the Perries you find them in excess. As much as I love painting their figures, I really hate cleaning them, and often enough I find another metal strip in some difficult to reach area of a figure, just when I have applied the paint. I wish there would be miniature cleaning- and priming services available – I’d be glad to use them.

Well, back to the main topic. Here is Pictons 5th British Brigade in all its glory…

… and to the right of it the 73rd Pertshire regiment of foot:

Now only one regiment, the high command and some skirmishers are left. And, of course, the Brunswickers. On the one hand that seems a lot to do, on the other I’m quite pleased with the progress of this project. If I can keep up the pace, I should be able to finish the army in early October.