Tuesday, 12 October 2021

40mm SYW new Prince Henri command base

I have just finished the command base for the Prussian army and, in the bottom picture, both High Commands are shown together, a rare event.


HMS Elephant

1:700 plastic from Warlord Games on her new base.


Sunday, 10 October 2021

28mm Wars of the Roses – John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford

Another Lancastrian commander but with greater longevity as he fled the disater at Barnet.

He was with the future Henry VII at Bosworth and survived through to his son HenryVIII dieing in 1513 at the grand old age of 72.


Saturday, 9 October 2021

28mm Wars of the Roses – Thomas, 9th Lord Roos and retinue

Lancastrian commander beheaded after the disaster of Hexham.


Wednesday, 29 September 2021

28mm 1st Carlist War-Carlists: 5th Guipuzcoan aka Chapelzuris (white hats)

Again a hotch-potch of uniforms as I think the Carlist might well have looked. This time a famous unit the Chapelzuris whose most noteable encounter was at the Battle of Oriamendi where the British Legion was defeated.


Friday, 24 September 2021

28mm Wars of the Roses – Billmen (3)

Three units of billmen using the same plastic Perry box (the Archers box) but with the bill arms. Blue and yellow livery.

Excellent bases from Charlie Foxtrot in the UK.


Tuesday, 14 September 2021

28mm Wars of the Roses: Archers (4)


Now three more units of archers – town or country militia with tawny livery.

Sunday, 29 August 2021

40mm WAS/SYW Karlstadter-Lykaner Grenz


This is the figure I had commissioned in the UK. I have added Sash & Saber's Hungarian command to fill out the drummer, officer and standard bearer. I will also be doing a second battalion in a light blue uniform for the Szluiner regiment.

The figure comes in three parts: the body, sabre and head. The only problem is that the prong on the head (which should insert into a hole in the neck/stock) is placed centrally and when you align them up you get a chap without a chin. I have experimented with cutting off the prong but that produces a weak connection. I will have to experiment further with the second battalion of Szluiners to see if I can get a better fit. Note that I have also done a grenadier company of four figures using Sash & Saber's grenadier heads.

It is unlikely that Grenzers carried flags in the field but Dave Morfitt, in his excellent blog “Not by Appointment”, has shown a speculative penant-type flag which is really too wonderful not to use.

I aim to do the Szluiner battalion sometime in September.

Saturday, 28 August 2021

28mm Wars of the Roses – Billmen (2)

More billmen, this time with a 'tawny' livery.


Monday, 16 August 2021

28mm Perry Plastics FPW 1870: Prussian battalion


I bought a box out of curiosity as soon as they became available. I had started an 18mm FPW project that I soon abandoned as I like the 18mm scale but did not enjoy painting the figures – I have realized that as I grow older so the figures need to get larger to paint half decently.

These Perry figures are very nice indeed. Each box has 39 figures – one command sprue of 4 figures, two skirmisher sprues each of 6 figures (one of which is a dead chap) and 5 sprues of line figures (each of 5 figures). That adds up to 41 and I suppose that includes the 2 dead guys.

I have done 24 figures in this battalion and will add 6 figures of skirmishers. Effectively one will be able to throw forward one company of skirmishers out of four. Unused in the box remains another 6 skirmishers and a sprue of line. The formation in the pictures is in column which will be murdered by the French chassepot so it may be worth painting the second skirmisher company as well.

Whether I continue with these is unknown. I will certainly buy a French plastic box when it becomes available. I should also mention that the painting guide included in the box is a great help as are the two flag examples, one of which I have used here. Note the lovely black/silver pennants which were battle honours and were of greater status than the flags themselves.

Sunday, 15 August 2021

Army for Sale


28mm Wars of the Roses – Billmen (1)


Three units of billmen using the same plastic Perry box (the Archers box) but with the bill arms, a nasty looking weapon. Red and white livery so can serve on any side.

Sunday, 1 August 2021

28mm 1st Carlist War-Carlists: 4th Guipuzcoan


This unit has the same uniform as the 1st but I have given them white trousers, summer wear, to distinguish them from their colleagues. As for the missing 3rd, I have no information about them.

Note the inclusion of a monk with a blunderbuss.

28mm Wars of the Roses: Archers (3)


Now three more units of archers – town or country militia with green and brown colour scheme.

Sunday, 18 July 2021

28mm 1st Carlist War-Carlists: 2nd Guipuzcoan

This is the 2nd Guipuzcoan with a variety of uniforms and civilian clothes plus the blue boina or beret. It's worth noting that the cleric is showing his political allegiance by wearing the boina as well as holding a pistol in his right hand. I really like the mix of clothing.


Friday, 16 July 2021

28mm Wars of the Roses: Archers (2)

Here are the next three units of 12 archers. I have added flags to the units done previously (the red/white livery) and the new units have yellow/blue livery plus flags. 


Sunday, 13 June 2021

28mm 1st Carlist War-Carlists: 1st Guipuzcoan


Here is the first of four battalions for this brigade. They wear the frockcoat and red boina although I have mixed them up with civilian type dress for variety. I have given them a cleric too for added fervour! I plan to do the 1st (red boina), 2nd (blue boina), 4th (red boina) and 5th (white boina).

Eighteen figures in the battalion plus 3 skirmishers. I think that Carlist battalions were likely to be larger than Liberal ones so I may well add an extra 6 figures in due course. My Liberal battalions will be 20 figures strong and 2 skirmishers.