I've finally had the spirits and determination to push through a pile of plastic again, and have completed ten Zvezda SYW Hussars, sixteen Swedes as WSS Austrians, a similar number of Strelets foot as WSS French, and eight Strelets horse as Saxon Guard horse.
May 6, 2016
May 3, 2016
May 1, 2016
Apr 29, 2016
Apr 26, 2016
As I've said in the previous post, I'm back to building 1/600 scale warships (and might have a ruleset that suits them in mind, too): this is the protected cruiser St Louis, not so great, but very white.
Let me explain my prejudice against this particular model: while building and painting her, she fell off the table and was knocked over multiple times, and I had to reinstall the masts at least three or four times before the final coat of varnish was added.
So the lore behind all of it is that after the class ceased its service in the US Navy, this particular ship was sold to Ortosilia, and became the flagship of the fleet. She was to be renamed OIS Debilitador, but during the ceremony, Prince Arturo of the House of Ortosilia made a mistake, and to cover it up, the ship became Debilitación.
Because I have also built a ship that was designed much later on (and has a strong relation to Hungarian history; people guessing right in the comments below will receive an online pat in the back), I have changed the dates a little, and instead of the late 1890s, the South American naval war would be set after the end of the Great War, so the belligerents could lay their hands on various vessels of the age at a discount. It is a much more glorious fate than being sold and scrapped.
Apr 23, 2016
A bunch of Heroics&Ros figures, three units for the British Empire and four for the Ottomans. These latter you could see in the previous post, now they are based and ready for action.
Apr 20, 2016
A handful of assorted Strelets figures, still from the Tsar Peter I big box, mostly artillery crews, officers and pikemen without pikes.
They will be used for various sea-going actions, but right now I'm stuck with the corvette as I couldn't gather enough courage to continue painting it.
Apr 17, 2016
Apr 14, 2016
I've been tinkering with my Ancient/Fantasy rules Battles of the Riverland for a while, and also playing with the 1990 computer game Centurio: Defender of Rome. The love child of the two is Hex Conquest, a small 11-page PDF.
I have also created five sets of printable "armies", or to be precise, one type of unit in five colors. These can be printed at a thick card, or normal thin paper, then glued on some sturdier piece - the idea is much alike that of the printable Napoleonic armies produced earlier.
Here's a Blue battle infantry unit for a teaser:
You can access both the rules and armies from the links below, and from the Rules page:
Hex Conquest rules
Hex Conquest printable armies