Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More ECW Artillery and Cavalry

 Here are some pictures of my latest additions to my ECW retinue.  First up is the 'big gun'.  This stand is a hodge-podge of makes. The gun is made by essex, the wheels are GW plastic cart wheels and the crew are from the Warlord Mortar kit.  It all came together nicely and the sculpting of the crew makes the painting of them an absolute joy!

Here we have some other conversions.  The figures are based upon the Warlord Royalist Cavalry kit.  The horses are untouched other than some green stiff to fill the gaps.  The riders were originally a bit small for my liking, especially when compared to the excellent Warlord and Redoubt metal figures I have already.  Using some excess Redoubt heads I was able to make a swap and add some height.  One figure has a 'fancy' sleeve employed from the spares box, left over from the infantry box set and the other arm was made from green stuff.  The carbine was in the original box.  Overall, they came up quite well and shall add some variety to my cavalier units.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Plastic Perry Burgundians

or something like that .
These are for my chum Fieldmarshall
an example of my 10 buck paint job , the new camera on an AV setting , the newer smaller, light tent and the  excellent freeware  graphic program that David , of NBA , out me onto ..all coming together .so far

Plastic Frogs all Together

The same 28mm plastic fellows you have seen before, but this time all together. Vive le Revolution, Vive le Republique!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

"By the Right ... Right Dress!" ACW 54mm

Some home cast 54mm Rebs I've just finished painting. I will add these to the ranks of my growing 54mm collection. One of these days I am going to put these fellows and their mates on the tabletop and play a nice BIG wargame with them. Until then they will just show themselves off in my cabinet.

Some bay horses ...

as how I do them..and a not bay horse ( a black) with an Italian brigadier riding him.All done in Acrylics with a bit of washing in between coats. the cuirassier officer is actually on a buckskin, which is a pale bay..

Thursday, March 24, 2011

some ECW,or TYW, commanders

 A mix of metal and plastic..based for my   A Forest of Pike project
This  group and  the two others are actually for sale  and can be seen in their glory at


Mick has been lurking on the fringes of the Blog for quite some time. He has asked me to post some of his 28mm painting efforts for everyone to enjoy. Mick wanted to point out the Fredericus Rex flower packs he has used for the bases - a nice touch that I will have to use myself.

French Cuirassiers - Vive le Empereur!

French Dragoons the 13th Regiment

Austrian Hussars, the 5th Regiment - Vorwarts!

Monday, March 21, 2011


Some more 28mm Victrix hard plastic French infantry painted as Revolutionary War era troops. The red cap is my addition.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Royal Blue Regiment

Here is the beginning of my new project.  A FOG Early Royalist ECW army.  The reason I have selected this army is because Charles was not adverse to sending his boys to the continent prior to the English Civil War, so they could double as a 30 Years war army as well.  Also I wanted to paint up some more cavaliers!

The figures are a Warlord plastic kit, supplemented by the outstanding Warlord metal command pack. I intend on repainting the flag when I arrive upon a suitable motif! The bases are made from Laminex sample cards- a good mate put me on to these and I am eternally grateful.  They are thin and easy to cut down to size.  On top of that, they are durable and if you place the laminex side face down, you have a smooth surface to move across the table and a wooded surface ready to take the glue for basing. I almost faltered and lost my ECW painting mojo and fell into the trap of diverting to another period (being my Norman project).  Luckily tigerzouave set me straight, and I am painting again with a vengeance!
Next up on the painting table is the "red" regiment and another Saker Cannon.

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Here is a Photoshop enhanced picture from a WW2 Kokoda Track game I played yesterday. The figures were all metal 28mm and the scale of the game was 1 figure equals one man. This was the second part of the battle of Kokoda when the Japanese were attacking a smaller force of Australian militia. It is part of an ongoing campaign. The fighting was all supposed to be happening at 0200 hours in the mist and rain, hence my enhanced image. The figures in the photo are those that were on the table. The jungle is aquarium weeds and looked quite effective. The Japs won the game convincingly. There will be a game in this ongoing campaign about once a month. I will post photos after each one.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Here is the first batch of Victrix 28mm hard plastic French 'Napoleonic' that I have finished. I have painted these as troops for the Revolutionary Wars. Nice figures, very well detailed and offering multitudes of variations limited only by imagination. The ripped trousers and patches are my additions.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Another Zulu War conversion from 28mm Perry plastic ACW cavalry. This one is the Newcastle Mounted Rifles, 14 of who were at Isandlwana.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Immortal Greeks

Below is a picture of my efforts of painting the plastic kit produced by Immortal.  They are well proportioned and there is plenty of parts to create variations.  These gents are meant to depict the period of the Persian Wars.  The water slide transfers are very nicely done.  You need to cut close to the image though to ensure that there are no bubbles or creases from the curve of the shield.  They should blend in OK with the Foundry and Ral Partha figures I have already, although their shields are slightly larger.  The box contains an excellent pamphlet explaining the weapons and armour of the different periods of Ancient Greece.  The only figure I didn't use was the piper, although a wonderful figure was just a bit small and looked too adult for my liking.  Overall, they were great fun to paint and look even better in formation.  
Immortal Greeks


In addition to a squillion Zulus I need to put together the much less numerous British lads for the fray at Isandlwana. I have begun to paint up the mounted fellows. Using Perry 28mm hard plastic ACW cavalry and Wargames Factory Zulu War British infantry I have put these fellows together. Once again converting hard plastic is so easy.

Natal Carabinier - 29 of who were at Isandlwana

Natal Mounted Police - 34 of who were at Isandlwana

The converted master for the Newcastle Mounted Rifles - 14 of who were at Isandlwana

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Here are my latest plastic Vikings. I must say I am enjoying painting these.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I have been continuing to rebase for FOG pike and shotte rules the 25mm ECW army I inherited from my friend Paul Johnson. I am nearly finished. I now have six Troops (12 figures each) of horse and five Regiments (20 figures) of foote. I have stuck with Paul's original fist motif for all the infantry flags and used basic coat colors to identify the infantry regiments. Here then are Johnson's Buff Regiment of Foote, Blew Regiment of Foote and Yellow Regiment of Foote. Not pictured are the Green Regiment and Red regiment. I now need to do the artillery and the dragoons for which there are numerous figures and models. If there is a wargamers heaven hopefully Paul is enjoying watching the reincarnation of his army.