Sunday, November 28, 2010

69th New York at 1st Bull Run.

Here are some 28mm Redoubt Miniatures painted as the 69th NY at 1st Bull Run. The flags they are carrying are the ones they carried at that battle. The Green flag is the "Prince of Wales" flag presented to the regiment for refusing to parade in honour of the visiting Prince of Wales during his visit to NY City. This was similar in style but different in detail to the flags later carried by the 69th NY and other members of the Irish Brigade. During the battle several color bearers carrying the POW flag were shot down and it was ordered that the flag be furled as it was attracting undue attention. The order was refused! At 1st Bull Run it was a very hot day and the regiment had ditched its coats and gone into battle wearing shirts or even bare chested. Finding a figure to represent a bare chested soldier is a challenge, but I would like to find, or even make one.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

None Can Resist the Highland Charge of Montrose's Highland Rabble and Gentlemen!

Here are some images below of the highland lads who joined with Montrose to give him a hand defending the highlands (and lowlands) from the protestant Covenanters.  These boys probably were'nt worried about religious differences as much as taking up the opportunity to give the Campbell Clan a good kicking.  Armed with an array of weapons, both improvised and manufactured, the sight of these wild and hairy men bearing down upon you with their lochamber axes, claymores and anyting else at hand would have made the most stoic of faith question their convictions to the cause!
Old Glory Highland Rabble.
Wargames Foundry Highland Gentlemen
There's nothing 'gentle' about these lads though!
Stop! Stop! -you brutes! This Foppish highland fodder is made by Essex  with a Warlord plastic mount.
*On the painting table- My Montrose Scots army is coming along well (now that I am back from the USA)- The Irish Brigade are near completion along with Some Scots Lancers.   

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010


In 1983 I started pottering around with Milliput and made some masters for 35mm early C18th infantry. I then made some drop cast moulds and cast a score or so figures, painted them and then for the next twenty or so years did nothing more. In late 2008 I decided to finally do something about this, dug out the moulds and started casting again. I now have eight 32 figure regiments, four Allied and four French. This is an ongoing project. I am currently working on remastering the infantry and have the beginnings of a mounted cavalry man. I need to make gunners for the Price August guns I have. Once these new masters are done I will make drop cast moulds for them and cast them myself. It is an excellent way to recycle all that useless unpainted lead we all have. I must admit I do enjoy doing this. It is one way to be completely independent of the hyper commercialized fad driven 'industry' the hobby seems to have become today. I have been accused by some of being 'obsessed', I have no arguments with this so here are some pictures of my Glorious Obsession.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Very British Civil War

Played a game today at the Goulburn Valiant Stormers club using the Very British Civil War rules. The scenery was very good as were the models used. Here are some photos.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Defending the Fence Y'all!

Here are some of my 54mm Rebs defending their fence-line against the oncoming Yankees. They are actually in my display cabinet but the photo looked so good I had to share it. The fence was scratch built for another project, but stands in nicely as a Civil War prop.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lupi Tupis

If you feel like running through the jungle naked painted half red and half black these are the guys to do it with! I Have been unpacking and found these fellows tucked away. I had forgotten I had them and now remember I have another thirty or so I have yet to paint tucked away somewhere.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Last Earl of Montrose,A Very British Civil War
The Goulburn Valiant Stormers present a Pulp Game on Sunday the 21st of November , at Goullburn Soldiers Club, corner of Sloane and Market Sts.

The Earl of Montrose is travelling through the border country;

Is he an Royalist?
Socialist ?
Or does he have his own agenda?

He reaches the little town of Upper Wuthering ......

Bring suitable minis if you have them? Otherwise I can supply,if you have your own ideas ie 'I would like to be an anarchist' let me know I can write you a spot into the narrative.
This will be a skirmish game of maybe 50 figures,assorted armoured cars,'planes et cetera and will be scaled at 1to 1 for realism

See you there

The Lord High Archwolf

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

25mm Tigers!

Well here it is at last, all twelve stands of Wheat's Special Battalion Louisiana Volunteers complete and ready for action. I really enjoyed researching the uniforms for this battalion -each company wears its own uniform- and painting the figures. I have based them as per Regimental Fire and Fury and am looking forward to getting them on the table. Y'all better watch out...the Tigers is a comin'!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Praise be to the Golden Angel!

Here they are the good Brothers, all to a man quite mad, hauling through the lands the graven image of the golden angel. Eureka cultists with an added beard. The angel I purchased in Sydney a couple of years ago, can't recall who made it. The cart came from the spares box. It is guaranteed that the presence of this holy relic on the table automatically increases the chance for the average d6 to roll a 6 by an unholy factor!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


24 stands down - 226 to go!

25mm Wheat's Special Lousiana Battalion

Here is my 25mm Wheat's Special Battalion Louisiana Vols (The Tigers). The figures are a mix of Sash and Saber, Redoubt with some Foundry and Dixon hidden amongst the ranks. I have based the figures on 2" x 1" bases for use with Regimental Fire and Fury. I enjoyed painting this battalion as every company wears its own uniform - very early war. The only company to wear the famous Tiger Zouave uniform was Co. B. The rest wore a ix of red Garibaldi shirts, kepis with havelocks, slouch hats with one Co. wearing grey shell jackets and grey kepis - they left the battalion after 1st Bull Run, obviously overwhelmed by the sartorial splendour all about them! Now this photo has been subjected to Mr. Photoshop's attention and there are in reality not quite as many lads on the ground as the image portrays, but it looked so good I could not resist sharing it with y'all! By the way that is Roberdeau Wheat himself out the front, all 6' 4" 252 pounds of him!

Friday, November 5, 2010