Thursday, April 20, 2017

British Guards

I have finished my latest installment of Victrix figures. This batch included a French 8lb  battery, a British 9lb battery, two battalions of the Confederation of the Rhine, and a battalion of British Guards. I always enjoy painting these figures.

Here is a link to a video of my German battalions.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Victrix French as Italians

The last installment of this batch of figures was two battalions of Italians. I painted them as two different regiments for the sake of creating so variety. I like the combinations of reds and greens over the white uniforms.

I have also rebased my command figures on round bases to make them stand out better. I'll post some pictures of them soon.

Victrix offers free shipping every now and then. I took advantage of this latest offering to order four more boxes. I am going to paint up a French line battery, a British foot battery, a battalion of British Foot Guards, and the 5th regiment of the Confederation of the Rhine.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

More Victrix Models

My latest project has been to add some infantry and artillery. I am 3/4 finished with my endeavor, having finished two battalions of Spanish infantry, two battalions of French Old Guard Chasseurs and then a battery of four guns of Old Guard 12 pounders. I also added a third gun to my Spanish battery.
Here is how they turned out.

Spanish battery, Irish battalion, Barcelona battalion

Old Guard 12 pound battery
Old Guard Chasseurs

Both battalions

Today I will begin working on two battalions of Italians. I did the hard part last night, which was assembling the 60 figures. I got them primed this morning and will be able to start painting them later today.

Monday, February 20, 2017


I was fortunate to pick up a nice collection of Seven Years War figures at a very good price. I wasn't sure what to do with them at first, but in looking at the variety of figures, mostly Austrian with some Prussian mixed in, I thought I might be able to transform them into a nice portion of the Reichsarmee. Now this force was a pretty poor one, based on what I have read, but they fought along side of the French in a couple of battles, so they will lend some weight to my French army. They are also quite a colorful army. It took an afternoon to redo some of the paint jobs, mostly facing colors, and another afternoon to rebase them. I am quite pleased with the result. I even had a small brigade of figures to paint up as a Swiss contingent for the French and an extra Hungarian regiment for my Austrian army.
This is the entire collection
Mostly Saxon brigade of the Reichsarmee

a second Reichsarmee brigade

some heavy cavalry

The small Swiss brigade. It has a battalion of the Royal Plogne.
Not sure when they will see some action, but they are ready when needed.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Colonial Collection For Sale

My number of collections of miniatures has grown to the point that there are several that I am sure I will not get around to gaming with much in the future. One such collection is my colonials. It is incredibly difficult to part with it, but it may be that they could bring a lot of enjoyment to someone else, so here it is.

Colonial Miniature Inventory

Zulus                                                      441
Zulu casualties                                     39

Natal Native                                          40

British Inf. (In Red Coats)                 204
Casualties                                             32
Individually based NCOs                    8
Mounted Officers                                  4

Highlanders in Khaki                          48
Individually based NCOs                     3
Mounted Officer                                    1
Casualties                                               9

British Lancers                                     16

Sudanese Infantry in blue                 60
Casualties                                              6

Egyptian Infantry in white                60
Individually based NCOs                     2
Casualties                                             12

Egyptian Cavalry                                16

British Artillery guns                            3
Four horse limber                                   3
Crews                                                     12

Egyptian/Native Artillery guns          4
Crews                                                     16

Beja Warriors                                       200
Beja Casualties                                    43
Individually based leaders                   3

Ansar Infantry                                     200
Slavers                                                   40
Casualties                                             43

Bazi Bazouks                                       40

Ansar Cavalry                                      46
Ansar Camelry                                     28
Mounted Leaders                                  6

Wagons w/4 horses                               2

Pack mules w/2 mules, 1 guide         6

Roark's Drift painted set
Sudan scenery and buildings

I'd prefer to sell the lot all together for $2,100 plus postage at my cost to anywhere in the US.
But if anyone is interested in parts of the collection, let me know and I can give you a price.

Here are some pictures to give you an idea of the quality of the painting and basing.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Latest Additions

I just finished up a couple more battalions of Portugese.  That gives me four line regiments along with a small battalion of light infantry.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sharp Practice 2 AAR

I finally got round to clearing up my gaming table so I could get my new AWI figures on for a go. While tempted to go all out and put out as many units as possible, I controlled myself and settled on a rather small affair so I could get a better handle on the rules. This was a wise move on my part.

The objective of the engagement was for the American force to keep the British from crossing a bridge at their end of the table.  They had three different formations to accomplish this: one of three groups of Continentals and a medium gun, one of two groups of State Line troops, and the 3rd was a group of light infantry. The British force was identical, except it didn't have a gun. It did have an extra officer to help out with its regulars, though.

American main entry point

American secondary entry point

British entry point

Overview of the table
It took a bit for things to get rolling, but soon all six formations were on the table and things picked up quickly.  The British regulars were the first to arrive and wasted no time in marching toward the bridge. This proved to be very important as the Americans found themselves bottled up at the bridge with little room to maneuver.  The American light company picked its way through some woods to harass the British flank, but the regulars had already passed by the time they made their way to the forest's edge. They had to settle for taking some shots at the British auxiliaries.

Once the two sides were within range of each other, the British had the good fortune of having their chip come up first. Two groups of the regulars unleashed a first volley at the state troops to their front. 21 dice were rolled and only ones missed. Despite this fact, when the smoke cleared the British commander was dismayed to see only two casualties inflicted along with two point of shock on each group. The Americans leveled their muskets and also fired a controlled volley at the disciplined ranks before them. One dead, two points of shock on each of the two groups.

The Americans inflict some damage

Behind this action, the American light company fired at the provincial companies, but only managed to ring up one point of shock on each.

Firing at phantoms in the wood
As I wrapped things up for the day, one group of British regulars broke off with its NCO to work its way around the American flank. The British light company was trying to make up some time and was hurrying to join the battle. The American Continentals were having a very rough time getting into a position where they could make a difference.

The British lights survey the action from near the church

Confusion at the bridge.
It was good to see all of my hard work in painting these figures finally pay off.  They look really good on the table.  My scratch made movement trays worked out rather well. I left the table with some questions to look up in the rule book, but for the most part I think I had a pretty good handle on things. Initially, I was afraid that with so many dice being thrown in the early volleys that formations would be blown off the table.  But having to roll saving rolls proved to make inflicting damage much more difficult than it first appeared.  I will need to pay closer attention to the use of the flag tokens as well, as they can make a huge difference.

All in all, it was a fun little skirmish and I am eager to move on to the next one.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sharp Practice 2 AWI Figures

I am just about finished with my Sharp Practice 2 collection of figures. The vast majority of them came from the Warlord Games Liberty or Death set. I purchased an extra box of Indians and one of American militia to round thing out, and I have a box of British infantry on the way and a British gun and crew to paint. Further down the line I may pick up another box of Hessians, but I am sure I have more than enough figures to play out just about any scenario I'd want to.

I have uploaded a couple of videos of the collection to YouTube:

The British:

The Americans:

It took me awhile to get the hang of how to assemble them. There are some very small parts that proved to be a challenge, but I eventually figured things out. I am pleased with the look of them and I enjoyed painting them. The basing is rather simple.  I used the plastic squares that were provided and just added some Woodland Scenics ballast. I primed them flat black and then dry brushed with a dark gray. I made movement trays for each group, using artists' board and match sticks; very inexpensive but very useful. For some of the officers I had some extra round discs I bought at Joann's. The fences in the picture were all included in the Liberty or Death set.

British General

British gun and crew

Full British regiment with three line companies, a grenadier company and a light company.

Hessian contingent including two line companies, a grenadier company and a unit of jagers.

A loyalist unit

One of two warmands

American gun including Molly Pitcher figure

Continental regiment

Five companies of American militia

American riflemen

1st Maryland

Virginia Regiment
I had some Perry AWI figures that I had painted up and I hoped I might be able to include them, but they are clearly smaller than the Warlord Games figures and don't mix well at all.