Jul 28, 2016

Civilians? On Random&Creative?

And by that I don't mean the recent surge of hits from Russia.
It's been a while since I purchased this set, I think from Drum&Flag on ebay, but only painted ten or so figures. The figures are all from the same IMEX 'Pilgrims' box. With the recent Formaggian villa build I thought I could paint some more, so here they are, doing various tasks around their two scratchbuilt cottages, the latter sort of just happened to be assembled and painted in an afternoon's work.

Jul 25, 2016

More Swedes

Another Swedish foot unit is complete, this time on big bases and with a mounted officer or stray dragoon. They wear the generic blue uniform with yellow turnbacks and stockings.

Trying to fight a bigger battle with single-base figures made me realize that it's just not feasible, so I'll be stocking up on movement trays.

Jul 22, 2016

The Formaggian villa

I'm reversing the order a bit as this is the piece I have completed the latest, with some more tricorn troopers and civilians already done. This is a scratchbuilt villa made from cardboard, blue foam, decor rubber, Tesco jenga sticks and whatnot. 
The problem with 1/72 battles is that the conversion of figure per IRL troopers must be higher (in the Calvacasa campaign it's 1:10), so one cannot add entire towns to the battlefield like one would do with 6mm. This walled garden and single building is an elegant way around this problem.

Jul 19, 2016

First MDF troopers

I thought the next 6mm army should be cost-effective so I ordered some infantry and cavalry in bicorne hats from Commission Figurines. This has been planned for a long time, and I can safely say I don't regret purchasing them.
These would be ImagiNation figures suitable for games with other 6mm armies or proxies for SYW/GNW Russians.

Jul 16, 2016

RJW Japanese light ships

At least it looks like I've made some progress with the Japanese fleet, although in fact I did not. Twelve torpedo boats and four more destroyers, made from match sticks. I have two more destroyers assembled and two painted, and will have to complete eight more.

Jul 13, 2016

Coal and Steel playtest

While the Japanese are still WIP, I've had six ships at the ready and complemented them with two older warships of mine so that we could play some naval action. 
Both fleets had two squadrons, one with 4 Gunnery and Armor ratings and one with G[3] A[3], and the Japanese had a group of four destroyers with a cumulative Gunnery score of 4 and 1 Armor. Every ship had a Crew rating of 2. 
To make range finding more difficult for the opponent, we wrote our target ranges down, hidden from each other. This requires some honesty but makes the game more intense.

Jul 10, 2016

The battlefield of Győr/Raab

I have visited a friend who lives in Győr, and while I was there I made sure to visit the site of the only battle fought on Hungarian soil in the Napoleonic wars. We took the bus on Saturday afternoon and were on the field in less than twenty minutes.

It was a bit confusing to find the landmarks at first, but comparing all the available maps and some navigation with Google Street View helped me locate these.

Jul 7, 2016

The Russian fleet at Tsushima

That's nine destroyers, eleven battleships and coastal defense ships, six auxiliaries, two auxiliary cruisers and eight cruisers, thirty-six ships in total.

Jul 5, 2016


I present you the twin ships of the US Navy's Wyoming class and a Tegetthoff-class Austro-Hungarian battleship. They are part of the 1/2000 scratchbuilding project.