Monday, 15 September 2014

Perry Miniatures Foot Knights


I painted these up at the weekend. My first base for my late 15th century Venetian army.  
 All the figures are from the latest Perry miniatures plastic box set, with a couple of slight conversions and some extra bits taken out of the previous medieval boxes.
I have to say these were a real joy to paint and a welcome break from all the Napoleonic miniatures I have been painting lately. The men at arms go together real easy with lots of variety and options. One point I need to remember on the next batch, is to make sure I have cleaned up the mould lines properly. There are very few and the casting is excellent, but due to me being impatient and rushing I missed some obvious ones that didn't stand out until I had started the highlights on the armour.
 I have varied the metal quite a bit from dark unpolished to bright silver to add variety and show the more successful condottiero. Although i'm not sure you can tell in the photo.
 I have also tried to show a lot of movement on the base, something basing for Impetus allows you to do. The base is 120mm by 60mm. With the charge being lead by the chap without a helmet. Whilst the knight wearing the tall plumed helmet points out a worthy adversary in the enemy ranks and calls out a (somewhat muffled) challenge.
chap on the right has blued armour. 
 I have painted 14 altogether so far, as that was what I was planning would look right and give the base some weight. In the end I decided to stick with the 11 you can see in the photo, which means I now have 3 finished for the next base!
 But first I have hundreds of LotR dwarves to varnish and some GB Mongols to finish off.

I will post more on my thoughts of my new collection over the weekend. Just need to decide whether to do it in its own blog or keep altogether here...

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Bavarian high command

just another pic of the new Bavarian high command I painted for Perry Miniatures


I have these to do for myself now as part of my future little army!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

28mm Napoleonic Bavarians by Perry miniatures!

Well i must admit i've been eagerly awaiting this release and here it is. Or at least the first 16 packs of what will be an extensive range!


My initial plan is for Deroys 3rd Division in the VII Corps in the 1809 Danube campaign. This unit consisted of the 5th, 9th, 10th, and 14th Infantry Regiments, the 5th and 7th Light Battalions, the Taxis Dragoons and Bubenhoven Chevau-légers, and 18 pieces of artillery. So 8 line and 2 light battalions, 2 cavalry regiments and 3 batteries of artillery. So a pretty well formed wargames army in its own right. and what with the very colourful units in the 3rd it should look great on the table top. 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

28mm Napoleonic

My good friend John brought his toys round last weekend. So we finally christened my enlarged table.
12'x6'
 We played David Browns General de Brigade rules using the points system. 1000 points aside plus command. To add a bit of suspense, The commanders abilities were rolled for. Luckily we both rolled high giving us the much needed excellent CnCs. The scenario was basically seek and destroy. I was intending to write a detailed battle report, but as its been at least four days and my notes didn't make it past round one. This will have to be an overview with lots of pretty pictures.
French left

British Right

Scots march to their positions as the French roll forward 

6th Hussars and Polish lancers

more French 

British centre 

awesome figures those lancers


British heavy brigade


The battle opened with John lighting the fuses on his rocket troops, then he must of fallen over them. As he rolled DOUBLE ONE!! resulting in the whole troop disappearing under the smoke, which panicked the Household cavalry regiment standing next to the rockets. They shouldn't of stopped running until they reached the sea. But after we'd stopped laughing (or more rightly i'd stopped laughing) we decided that was a little unfair to lose so much with the first roll of the game. So we allowed them to roll every turn to rally and come back on at the base line.









run away!!!


The first two turns so the armies maneuver towards each other. both trying to occupy the small town on the French right whilst trying to gain the best position for their artillery. On the other flank the generals were a little less cautious and immediately  sent the cavalry to see off their opposite number. 
Against the odds the French light cavalry out fought the British heavy cavalry forcing them to retreat, The Polish lancers eagerly chased them down refusing to stop and leaving the battlefield in their dust. Luckily the 6th Hussars managed to keep their discipline and return to their lines. This left a huge gapon the British right so i brought on my cuirassier brigade with the intent of rolling up the British thin red line. 



 The battle for the town heats up with the French taking mounting casualties form musketry and artillery fire whilst the 95th rifles take the buildings.
  In the centre the French chasseurs supporting the main infantry brigade, begin to get whittled down by accurate musketry from the British lines.
The infantry form square aware of the danger of the victorious French cavalry. Whilst now recovered from the firework display the Household cavalry try to fill the large gap left by the heavy brigade. 






As the day draws to a close, the French cuirassier brigade marched forward to outflank the British right only to be blocked and then smashed by the Household cavalry regiment! 

Well it was a great game and i'm sorry i didn't take more notes. We decided to call it a day after six hours of battling and i claimed a small French victory (it's my blog after all ;). 
lessons learnt
1. Do not brigade your elite cavalry with a troop of rockets! 
2. Do not park your chasseurs a cheval in front of a British line
3. If the enemies elite guard cavalry flees in the first turn DO NOT feel bad about, just laugh and mock until your ribs hurt. Then go on to smash the rest of their army without quarter! otherwise it will come back to bite you in the butt (see last pic). 

We are now hoping to do a campaign, so i best paint some of my own figures steadily climbing the mountain as all these figures you see in the pictures are from Johns collection. 






Tuesday, 22 July 2014

28mm Jomsviking



Number 8 makes the finishes the first rank in my Jomsviking warband. Another 15 to go and they will join the right of my Viking armies shieldwall.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Sunday, 20 July 2014