Jul 21, 2018

Purchase history, July & Progress Report

Most of it is not hobby-related as I bought a used car and a pair of synthetic rapiers.
I have a new laptop with an SD card reader, so I only have to take new photos of the two hundred or so figures not yet shown here.
There was a -25% sale in a local modelling shop so I ordered a mixed bag of figures & Vallejo paints:
  • Caesar WW2 resisters and zombies (for modern fun games)
  • Waterloo1815 Anglo-Egyptians to be used as various colonial auxiliary forces
  • Heller's Le Superbe in 1/150 scale, a kit I've been drooling over for a while now.

The 1806 Prussian army's core is almost complete, I need to paint one more line infantry unit, then purchase some elites (grenadiers, Jäger, Schützen). They're going to have two units of Cuirassiers, three Dragoons, two Hussars, six line infantry, two or three Fusiliers and then the rest. I've completed some Austrians and various Rheinbund units as well, if time and the weather allows I'll start uploading the results soon.

Jun 23, 2018

Purchase history, June

So this month has been somewhat of a spending spree, with a huge expansion of my 1/72 Napoleonic collection:

Three boxes of Italeri Prussian cavalry (to be used as Austrian dragoons and Prussian line cavalry)
One box of Italeri Austrian&Russian staff (for the helmets and 1806 Prussian staff)

Two boxes of HäT Austrian infantry
A box of HäT Austrian cuirassiers

A box of Hät Cossacks
A box of Zvezda Russian Guard artillery (re-issue)

A box of HäT Württemberg Dragoons
A box of HäT Württemberg artillery

Two boxes of HäT 1806 Prussian infantry
A box of HäT 1806 fusiliers

A box of HäT Spanish grenadiers
A box of HäT Spanish light infantry

Right now I'm using a reserve computer as my main laptop failed, and it had all the pictures on it, so I'm not sure when I will be able to update the blog again. Also I've started looking for a new used car.

Jun 11, 2018

Tiny Eckmühl

Scenario with orders of battle here
I have just finished reading the first volume of Thunder on the Danube, and for motivation and honestly a little bit of change I have thrown together a small scenario for this historical engagement. It's for my own rules and has limited time and space as a priority. We finished the game in about 1,5 hours. 
On the picture above, the French had finished deploying, which the Austrians observe with some concern. The Emperor chose to bring forward the heavy cavalry instead of the lights.

Jun 7, 2018

More men-at-arms

With this, 11 of 12 Perry riders are complete. They are very fun to assemble and paint. I believe this time there are no mis-matched left and right arms as well.

Jun 3, 2018

Landsknecht Command

Here's a sample of what I have been painting recently: a bunch of various Renaissance characters. 28mm figures take more time to paint , but hopefully there is a return in the quality.

Jun 2, 2018

The next project - 1806 Prussians

I already have two obscure armies for my 1/72 Napoleonics, early Spaniards and Ottomans, and I'd like to continue the tendency, so I started assembling an 1806 Prussian army:

  • Generals will be made out of Italeri Austrian officers.
  • HäT sets actually run at very low prices, like 5£ for a box, so I bought three boxes of infantry, two line and one fusiliers (that's nine units of 16 figures each).
  • Also laid my hands on three boxes of Italeri Prussian cavalry, of which a dozen will be Austrian dragoons with head swaps and the rest Prussian cuirassiers and dragoons as well.
  • I have some gunners left from those I used for Spaniards, and the Spanish crews and guns can easily be used.
  • Revell SYW Prussian hussars will do just fine as their 1806 counterparts, I'm painting up two units of six riders each.

I also stockpiled more Napoleonics in general, including more HäT sets, some French foot dragoons and a few more Ottomans.

May 24, 2018

Ottomen on the Horizon

(For the less linguistically inclined, Ottomen is the plural of Ottoman.)

I have not been as idle in recent times as the lack of updates suggests. I suspect mainly the fact that the camera is still broken deters me from taking loads of pictures. Anyway, the Napoleonic Ottoman army is almost complete (which army ever is?), so I thought I'd take them out to the sun and show them to the world.

May 18, 2018

A talk in the park

The Ultima Ratio French musketeers set has eight lady figures, a pair on each sprue, which is quite excessive, so I painted up this two and gave them away.

Not much to tell, they were quite nice to paint. The base is 2mm plasticard sanded to an oval shape, the rocks are real pebbles and the bed of the stream is made of natural white sand. Also, sorry for the grainy pictures, I can't always use natural light to do this.

May 6, 2018

A Practice Pollaxe / Polehammer

We (or more precisely I) have been ordering synthetic sparring weapons from The Knight Shop, and we now have a decent array of them. However, nobody makes a synthetic polehammer, so I made one from wood, and why not go for the looks once I chose to do it?
I really like the pattern on the metallic bits, which was achieved with a drybrush and then a dark metallic wash.