Monday, 24 November 2014

AWI progress.

I'm amazed how quickly this little project has come together over recent weeks, to be able to sit down and paint a full base of 24 figures in around an hour is a major attraction of 6mm scale painting. I think I have turned out a base each day with no problem at all so far. I'm not going to make a big issue of this project, as we all know where most of my stuff ends up going, but I have decided these will definately NOT find themselves on eBay as I intend to keep going. In hand I have several battalions of Hessians - musketeers, grenadiers and jager etc - plus several more battalions of Continental troops - formed militia, more hunting shirts, cavalry. Around the 1.000 figure mark should see this completed.

As you can see I have started on buildings with more to follow. I'm waiting on the arrival of more scenic materials to produce woods, fields, rivers etc. I intend to enjoy myself creating non hex terrain for my planned games. Tony at East Riding Miniatures supplied some great mdf 'terrain templates' that I will be using to build my woods and fields.

I'm also working on more 20mm Spanish Napoleonic infantry, progress has been slow but they are coming along well. This unit will be Regt. Irlanda, with deep sky blue coats and yellow facings! Pics will follow shortly.

Pics not great, but the mass effect of 6mm scale is well illustrated I think.

Crown forces.


Monday, 10 November 2014

More 6mm AWI units.

The first couple of continental line battalions are painted, one in hunting shirts and the other in blue coats faced red. Both are of 44 figures which I think gives a good representation of a battalion in line. The third unit is a 24 figure rifle battalion in loose order loading and firing, and no doubt trying to pick off the British officers!

These units are quick to paint for me, I can do 44 figures in a couple of short sessions plus time spent on the basing. All are of course Baccus 6mm and I have to say these are some of the best Baccus figures I have painted in terms of quality of the castings, the detail is amazing. Looking along the ranks of the line units you can see how well proportioned these tiny soldiers are, no overscale blobs here.

I added a few buildings from Timecast for good measure.

PVA glue still a bit wet on a few bases here, they will darken down once dry.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A few 6mm American War of Independence shots.

Photos not as crisp as I had hoped for so I may replace these with some taken on my daughters galaxy phone later, it takes amazing pics. This is my British/Loyalist Army so far, foot battalions of 44 figures, light infantry 24 figures and cavalry of 24 figures! This is the effect I have been wanting in this scale. I need to expand the 2 units at rear (Grenadiers and Scots) to bring them up to full strentgh.

I'm doing some Americans now, militia units.

No hexes for this project, I'm thinking of a return to Loose Files & American Scramble again (with amendments) ..... that if I get that far of course!

Flash ON for a change.

Foot Guards, no colours carried so denote elite status by adding a mounted officer.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

But on the other hand .......

........... (Following on from this mornings post), it's certainly not all gloom and doom here, some lovely distractions.

Shame they don't do one called 'Old John'.

Latest addition (please don't ask!) introducing'Poppy', Jack Russel x Springer Spaniel and at 14 weeks shes a fiesty pup, that's for sure. House training going well, nearly free of the disposable rubber gloves stage. House is mayhem though as it is with young pups.

And yes, I have been dabbling a bit with those 6mm figures again of course, just struggling to find any enthusiasm for it, but the big 44 figure infantry units could look very nice. When I'm in the mood for painting I can knock off a couple of these units in a couple of short sessions, I know excatly how to paint these as almost second nature, just where to put the dots of paint and where to leave black etc. But is it worth one more go? Probably all end up on eBay in  a few months and sell for less than the price of the bare metal, but you never know!

Not much to report.

Once again painting has slowed to a near stop, barely had the enthusiasm to pick up the paint brush. I'm not beating myself up over it though, just getting on with all of the other things I need to be doing. Could possibly be a seasonal thing as it's happened before, or maybe I'm just suffering the same general malaise as Steve the Wargamer. Whatever it is it represents a major 'block' to my own painting 'mojo'. I'm sure it will pass as it usually does, In the meantime I'm busy with family life, pets, house and garden maintianance etc.

From the perspective of my own hobby I think I have burnt out from project after project that loses it's appeal far too quickly. After 40 years of painting figures my own figure collection = zero figures! Somehow I'm trying to build enough motivation for one final go at the American War of Independence in 6mm scale, breaking away from hex grids and returning to more authentic terrain, something I have always enjoyed in the past.

 Music has always been a big part of my life, and I listen to stuff every day, very much dictated by mood. I still enjoy hard rock from the late seventies and eighties onwards, currently I'm revisiting my old Rory Gallagher albums, and I remain a massive fan of AC/DC who never fail to deliver explosive live performances despite the band members now being in thier sixties! Pink Floyd of course also remains my favourite painting band.

Found this one again recently, had not listened to it for probably 25 years, but it immediately caught my mood prefectly and gave me a boost. For the old tingles down the spine this is hard to beat and I'm sure it will remain on my playlist for some time to come again.

Hopefully back soon with more painted figures!


Sunday, 5 October 2014

Painting progress.

Had a good weeks painting this week, got a lot done and I'm pleased with all of it. Firstly I got to finish off this 55 figure English Civil War unit, the third I have done so far for Graham. The deep red works well with the green lining showing at the cuffs. 16 pikemen flanked by two blocks each of 16 musketeers plus 7 command figures. 20mm SHQ Miniatures, very nice figures to paint although I had to drill out all the pike hands otherwise the pikes won't fit through. I'm pleased with these.

Next up are these 20mm plastic Crimean Generals for Mr. Kinch. I think they are by Strelets and are fine little sculpts. Once undercoated black you can see some real character. I'll enjoy painting these.
To follow are more Early Spanish infantry for Tony then back to Old John!

Now, as I always have to be doing something 'for myself' on the side (even though it will probably end up on ebay a few months on!), I decided to have another go at 6mm, just to see what I could still do with them. I ordered an AWI British Army pack from Baccus and  is the first weeks output is shown below, 2 line battalions, a Grenadier battalion and light infantry. A most enjoyable experience again. I'll just paint these as and when I feel like it, in between the other work.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Moving on.

The great 28mm AWI distraction is now sold off and it's time to refocus once again. I never have regrets when I sell off figures as I know they will actually be used as intended, for playing wargames. I get my gaming pleasure from Commands & Colors Napoleonics (see below), something about those neat wooden blocks just works for me and the scenarios never fail to give me enjoyment.

So what next? Well, the main focus will be on commission work for a while now as I try to catch up, but I will also paint up the odd Fife & Drum figures, if only for display. I do have another small project in mind, much less time consuming than 28mm figures, but more of this in due course once something is painted.

I took a few snaps of the few F&D's already painted. I rebased them and they look much better. The detail is so crisp on these castings, and they lack the annoying casting worms left on the Perry figures. You can see how anatomically correct they are, tall and slim with long muskets and strong bayonets.

Borodino scenario.
I'm currently playing through the Borodino Village scenario from the C&C Russian expansion.


A strong early attack against the Russian Guard Jaeger defending the Borodino hexes has driven them out as French line infantry storm in. The attack was supported by close range artillery fire. Eugene's Corps conducts a general attack against the Russian centre whilst watching the Russian Cavalry under Uvarov who begin to advance against the weak French left flank.

The French are hampered by lack of centre cards now while the Russian hand is strong. Seeing the Russians reform for a counter attack Eugene has no choice but to throw his heavy cavalry forward to pin Russian infantry in square and reduce the command hand by two cards. It's classic C&C game play, both sides having to pull back reduced units from range while trying to feed forward fresh troops, frustrating for the French who still have no centre cards to play. At this stage its all to play for, one good card could turn the game either way now.