Tuesday 29 November 2016


A couple of units of Thracians, 15mm figures from the Forged in Battle ancients range War & Empire. These will add a little variety to my Successor armies. The figures were bought as part of a Kickstarter pledge, and they are nice clean castings. The painting style, like all my 15mm ancients is quick and simple with the sole aim of getting armies on the table.
I'm really enjoying painting 15mm at the moment, progress is very quick so I get a nice feeling of accomplishment. I don't think my 28mm painting has suffered too much as a result, in a strange way it's given me extra enthusiasm. My mind does keep wandering back to thoughts of 6mm as a consequence, just a case of picking the right project (something to ponder for the new year).

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Sunday 27 November 2016

GrandManner Spanish Peninsula Building

The start of the latest batch of GrandManner buildings, this time as part of my Sharp Practice Peninsula project. All the pieces I'll be painting up were part of the discontinued sale run earlier in the year, and as I have plane for several Spanish/Mediterranean projects they were a must have purchase even if a little unplanned at the time. My first thoughts centre around the Napoleonic wars in the Peninsula, though I also have a hankering to do Carlist Wars and the Spanish Civil Wars (but not for some time yet).

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Friday 25 November 2016

Pompey's Legions

More 15mm Caesarian Romans from Baueda Wargames. These will form part of Pompey's Legions.
I've added pictures with the Romans from the earlier post so that the armies can be seen as they grow. Although initial thoughts are to create two armies to fight the civil wars, they can and will be merged to face Rome's external enemies, lots of figures and big battles.

Each base represents a single unit for To the Strongest, I'm even thinking of Big Base DBA.

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Wednesday 23 November 2016

1866 Prussian Jaegar

Finally finished the 1866 stock pile, though I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be more in the future, especially Austrian artillery.

These figures are 28mm Prussian Jaegar from the NorthStar 1866 range, painted up in a simple style with a gloss varnish finish.
There will be a new Nineteenth Century project in the New Year to supplement my other ongoing projects, details of which will be released at the later date.

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Sunday 20 November 2016

Static Grass

Regular viewers of my blog might have noticed that I'm very slow when it comes to finishing off bases. Part of the reason is time, but mostly getting myself organised to sit down with a large bag of static grass, apply and blow on each base, something I find really tedious. So in an attempt to make life easier for myself I bought a static grass applicator from WWS, War World Scenery Manufacturer http://www.war-world.co.uk.

I opted for this version of static grass applicator as I want to use it on figure bases and make my own tufts. The unit is battery operated, simply attach the clip to your base, place static grass on the plate, hold inverted base over the plate and flick the switch, simples...

Well yes, once I got over the first 20 or so static shocks, I managed to work out a method that was more user friendly. I applied the static grass to the bases in the previous post, and below can be seen my first attempt at making tufts. The one thing I would add is when using this box it's best to lay a plastic sheet on the table, or place in a large box so that unused material can be easily retrieved for reuse.

All in all I'm really pleased with the results, WWS are excellent to deal with, lots of useful videos on their site as well for budding terrain modellers.

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Friday 18 November 2016

Caesar's Legions

Time for something a little new to start the weekend. These are the first of my Late Republican Roman units for my Caesarian army. The figures are 15mm from  Baueda Wargames. These are a brand new range funded through a recent Indiegogo campaign.

I intend to paint two armies one for the Caesarian forces and the other for the Pompeian faction in the civil wars at the end of the Republic. Combined as a Republican Roman army to face Seleucids and Pontic armies, and I'm tempted to build a Numidian army as well. I've always loved this period in history, with fabulous characters Pompey, Crassus, Sertorius, Marius, Sulla and Julius Caesar of course; as well as fantastic opponents in the shape of Vercingetorix, Mithridates, Spartacus and my favourite Jugurtha amongst others.

The figures are based for To The Strongest ancients rules, and I'm using a 100mm grid size. They are also perfect for Hail Caesar as well.

More ancients to follow......

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Wednesday 16 November 2016

Ghosts of Gaia Kickstarter

Just a quick plug for Bad Squiddo Games Kickstarter - LIVE NOW.

It's already reached the funding target, so this is to help spread the word about some fantastic miniatures that will fit into many SCI-FI settings, I'm thinking alternate figures for Gates of Antares and the new offering from Osprey Publishing - Rogue Stars.

Tuesday 15 November 2016

Spanish Fusiliers

More of the lovely 28mm Spanish Napoleonic miniatures from Eagle Figures. This time the first batch of Fusiliers and a Spanish Officer.

Below I've also included a group shot with the Spanish Militia that I showed in a previous post, so that my forces for Sharp Practice can be seen together as they develop. I've also included the promised group shot with Warlord Games Portuguese and Wargames Foundry British, although there is a size difference I feel when viewed from a  height this isn't really as noticeable. In any case they will be fielded as separate forces in Sharp Practice.

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