Wednesday 30 December 2015


A small warband of 28mm Thracians from Wargames Foundry. Lovely figures, painted many, many years ago and recently rebased. Somewhere in the lead pile mountain I have more infantry and some cavalry to paint. 

The shield transfers are by Little Big Man

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Sunday 27 December 2015

WSS French 2nd Battalion Artois

The second battalion for the regiment Artois are finished. 28mm Front Rank Figurines with flags by Maverick Models, and based for Beneath the Lily Banners, though will also be used for Black Powder.
Will try and finish off the bases on the units I have painted, as I prefer to flock and add tufts on a production line basis, I probably have enough ready for completing to add the final touches. Once done I'll post pictures of the army as it stands. There's still plenty to paint, I'm currently painting a third battalion for Navarre and a battalion of the Royal Italien (just to break up the grey). Will make a start on another cavalry regiment as well, just have to decide which one next.

The buildings are from my collection of POP Enterprise models.

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Saturday 26 December 2015

Early Middle Ages - Terrain

In a previous post (Saxons 1066 - The Mustering of Fyrd), I included some of my terrain pieces as a setting. I thought that I'd show them in a bit more detail in this post.

All the buildings were from POP Enterprises, and were made as a special commission that seems a very long time ago now. Sadly Clive and Fraser (POP Enterprises) are no longer with us, but  I hope they're looking down and seeing that their exceptional pieces of modelling are still doing service and have graced many a table over the years and continue to do so.

The buildings include a number of dwellings, and a Norman Keep. The keep needs some minor repairs to the paint work where it has suffered some battle damage.

The wattle fences are Renedra plastics, great additions to any terrain collection. I chose to base mine on cut out pieces of self adhesive tiles (the flooring type), the usual wall filler, sand and pva followed, before they were painted. The fences were painted a dark brown, then drybrushed with the Foundry triage Spearshaft. The bases were then washed with 'dirty water' (dilute burnt umber) and dry brushed with Foundry triage Base Sand. The fences were left to overhang the bases slightly so thaat they can be joined up in irregular shapes for the field enclosures.

The figures beneath the Norman Keep are from the collection of Peter (aka armchairsaxon).

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Friday 25 December 2015

Nadolig Llawen and Frostgrave Wizards! ??? - by Tilly

Nadolig Llawen!

A special post for Christmas Day.

These are a couple of wizards that my youngest Tilly (7) has painted up. She decided that one Fire wizard and one Ice wizard was needed. I let her choose all the colours and then suggested she give them a wash with Army Painter Strong Tone Ink, it was her decision to add the white and yellow dots at the top of the staff for each wizard (which I must admit impressed me).
What was interesting was that on finishing she commented that what each wizard really needed were some soldiers to do all the fighting for them. I think she's going to be pleasantly suprised and pleased when I eventually unveil Frostgrave!

I've also been informed that a Roman (Centurion) like the one in Night at the Museum is what she wants to paint next. So time to scrabble around the boxes of unpainted lead and plastic...

Now I do have a few boxes of Zulus that need painting but I don't think her mother would be impressed if I let her watch the DVD yet...!

My eldest Maisie (9) is building her own SAGA Warband, I will take some pictures as it progresses.

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Thursday 24 December 2015

Early Achaemenid Persian Horse Archers

28mm Early Achaemenid Persian horse archers, these are plastic figures from Wagames Factory
I must admit that I haven't been overly impressed by some of the Wargames Factory plastic sets, however I was pleasantly suprised with these miniatures and actually think they're very nice with lots of options in the box to make up different types of cavalry. These should provide a nice mobile element to my Early Achaemenid Persian army. I've a couple more boxes to make and the rest of this box to finish. 

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Wednesday 23 December 2015

Saxons 1066 - The mustering of the Fyrd

My wargaming partner in crime Peter (aka armchairsaxon in forum land), asked me to paint a final (?) 48 Saxons to finish off his army and pictured below are the results.
The figures are 28mm Crusader Miniatures, it's the first time I've painted these particular figures, and they were nice to paint.
Sometime over the Christmas period they'll be marching off to join Earldorman Peter, for basing and hopefully fulfil their feudal duty.

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