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)

 

 

 

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.

Scenery

 

Well, it is about time for some news – I know. But I had to paint a sky, and that took some time. OK, let’s tell this one by one. First I’ve painted some beautiful Grand Manner buildings to act as scenery.

Grand Manner Cottage

Grand Manner Cottage

 

The buidlings are really exemplary – well defined, well proportioned and a breeze to paint. The little stone walls in front are my own design by the way, assembled with little stones on GW biker-bases. Back to the point – I took some pictures but wasn’t so happy with the calendar-background.

 

What I wanted was simply a large piece of sky, but I couldn’t find a fitting poster or calendar-picture. So I sat down, took some oilcolors and painted a sky.

 

The process of painting with oilcolors was very pleasant, the only problem was the enduring smell and the fact that the sky needed the better part of a week to dry up (same outside these days I’m afraid – the summer is quite apparently over). Today the canvas was reasonable dry, and so I fixed it on two stakes and attached them to my gaming table.

The fear of the sky falling on our heads becomes reasonable - at least for the people on the table...

 

And voilà, that’s how it looks on the front. Of course the sky will only be attached when I’m taking photos, but it can be rolled up (the bar holding the stakes apart and giving tension to the canvas is plastic and can quickly be removed) and won’t be on the way when the battles are raging over the table.

Grand Manner Village

Grand Manner Village

 

I’m planning to use the scenery for a variety of periods – and for me it fits the bill:

Gripping Beast Vikings in Grand Manner Village

Gripping Beast Vikings in Grand Manner Village

 

Perry WotR

Perry WotR

 

Perry Napoleonic Brunswickers in Grand Manner Village

Perry Napoleonic Brunswickers in Grand Manner Village

 

At the moment on my painting table are some Ancients. This may sound as a severe case of the “wargaming butterfly syndrom”, but it has a reasonable motive: I’m organizing a big DBA-Tournament in two weeks time and for this I need some armies to lend to others who don’t own a 28mm DBA army or simply want to play with another army for a change. And since last time the army of Ptolomy was quite successfull, everybody now wants to play with successor armies. I have quite a lot of figures for this period, but some need to be finished – and that’s what I’m doing right now.

Very best regards,
Tobi

 

 

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.

 

Brunswick

 

I definitely needed some pause from red uniforms, so I’ve stalled  the British core army for a moment in order to start with the Brunswickers. Since it is not only the same project but really the same army I think this is a diversion I can allow myself.

Again my project seems to stand under a lucky star – the moment I had decided to do the Brunswick army a very nice bunch of figures came up for auction on ebay – and I really don’t know why, but nobody wanted to place a bid. So I got them for a more than fair price. Of course as always some minor amendments and repairs (and of course the inevitable rebasing) were due, but the quality of the painting is exceptional.

With this head-start I’m in the lucky position to have a unit of cavalry already finished. Well, here it is:


The Brunswick allied coningent in Lasalle consists of one light cavalry unit (now finished), two infantry units, one elite infantry unit and two skirmisher bases – one of them is now finished, too:

Lastly there is an artillery unit. Here I also was able to akquire two pieces of artillery:

As your skilled eye will certainly have detected right away, the right piece is horse artillery. Yet I’m willing to allow this latitude, as the Perries have only one variant each of foot and horse artillery, and it would look very dull to have three identical looking artillery crews. I’m now going to order a third piece and start on the infantry.

Have a nice weekend!

Finally – the 28th

Hello everyone,

now this took longer than I had intended. I had to go on a business trip for several days, and that did capsize my shedule. Anyway, now the sixth regiment of my army is ready. As you can see from the last but one blog, the 28th is something of a joker unit. Since it was the only unit that fought in the Waterloo campaign maintaining their peninsular uniform, it can (and will) be equally well used in both theatres of war.

As with the other units, again many of the figures were from the akquired collection, I “only” had to rebase them, add some figures and do some head-swaps (this time the other way round – removing the Belgish Shakos). They are not a work of art, but I quite like their appearance. As for the colors, this time I used one of the colors that come with the perry plastic miniatures. Alas I had to overpaint it a bit and especially had to adjust the regimental shield with the right numeral.

Now only two units of infantry, a unit of artillery and the high command are missing – as well as some more skirmisher bases. After that I’m going to have to decide what additional selection I’ll use. With Lasalle, an army consists of the core army (for the British that is 6 infantry batallions – 8 if the player is the attacker – and a battery) and additional selections. These can be organic (meaning they are deployed simultaniously with the core army), reserve (they will enter the battlefield with some delay) or alied. With the British, the alied choice seems to be an elegant one – because it can be used in both theaters of war. So I think I’m deciding on the black Brunswickers. They are an interesting army and shoul be easy to paint as well.

I’ll be off to buy some more black then. Wish you all a beautiful weekend and thanks again for dropping by.

Forward 95th!

It seems I was too optimistic regarding the planned painting output of the weekend, but at least I’ve managed to paint another command base and an additional skirmisher base. I like the dynamic of the little scene.

Next in line will be the 28th, but today a little parcel has arrived with my perry-order, so nothing stands in the way of finishing the other batallions also. Well, nothing but real life. It seems I have an awful lot to do and there’ll be familiy commitments at the comming weekend, so don’t expect any new post before next week. I wish you all a good time until then – and thanks for visiting my little blog!

 

33rd First Yorkshire West Riding Regiment of Foot

What a long name for a regiment!  Well, anyway now the fifth regiment of the core army is finished. This week is quite busy and “real life” tends to interfere a lot, so it is just as well that I didn’t have to amend much with this regiment (since it was part of the akquired collection of course). A few head-swaps, a little drybrushing and the usual rebasing – that’s about all there was to do. So here it is in all its glory:

So where does this leave us? With five regiments finished there are three more missing. Let’s take a look at my plan for the army:

As you can see I have decided not to do the 30th Regiment and restrict the 5th Brigade to 3 Regiments. This way I have two Brigades with each three Regiments should the army defend. Should it attack, I have decided for a Regiment of the Kings German Legion and the 28th – the last one because it used the Peninsular Shakos at Waterloo and can therefore double for a (later) Peninsular project.

I hope to finish the 28th and another commander over the weekend. The 73rd and KGL have to wait until my parcel from the Perries arrives, because with both regiments the command bases are missing yet. In this parcel, too, will be the artillery. I have to admit I had also experimented with the Victrix artillery – but as much as like Steve (of LBM and Victrix fame), I really can’t make friends with the style of the Victrix figures. So this will be a “all Perry” project then. Did I already mention I like those figures quite al lot?