Friday, 25 May 2018

Hill Tribe for Sikh Wars

First unit completed by the basing department. Fish and chips had to be employed in bribery. Still I got some too so no complaints.

First unit of Hill tribes for Sikh Wars is complete, all old Foundry Afghans apart from the officer who is a Sikh. I mentioned before that I am thinking of these as the Muslims tribes on the North West Frontier of the Punjab, Jalalabad and also Kashmir and Jammu, rather than actual Afghans.

Flag as usual from virtual armchair general.

I have purposely tried to make them irregular on each base rather than strict ranks to add to that tribal irregular feel. Not that easy though on a 40mm square base.
Fairly subdued colours with a bright splash here and there. You will notice I seem to have quite a few of a couple of the figures, but painting them all different seems to disguise them a bit. Another of these in the Pipeline along with Sikhs with melee weapons. This gives me 5 completed foot units for the Sikhs and 2 part completed. A few more company troops and I might have enough for a very small game. Must do a review when some more are done.

I quite like how the lighting has worked in this last lot so I may try and replicate it next time.


Sunday, 20 May 2018

El Cid at Partizan

First of all apologies, the eagle eyes amongst you will have noticed that I managed to press Publish instead of save yesterday on this post. So lots of nice pictures of our game at Partizan with no narrative at all. You may even have preferred it that way, sorry!

So for Partizan we put on a game based around the Spanish Reaconquesta at the time of Rodrigo de Vivar or El Cid. We had played this game a couple of months ago and decided it would look good at the show, so with some minor amends (mainly using terrain of Andy and Rich from Legendary Wargames) we were off.

I did the armies list and lay out etc last time here so I wont go through the whole thing again, just give you the briefest of overviews and leave you with the pictures.

With different commanders and last times participants all on different sides I expected things to be a bit different and they were. Chris C commanded the Christian forces and opted to put most of his mounted knights on his right wing under Andy, with heavy foot in the centre and his lighter troops from Asturias on the left supported by a smaller conroi of Knights under Chris Flowers.

The Muslims had the majority of their heavier foot troops in the centre too hoping to close the gaps around the ruined fort and fill the ruins with missile troops, Ru=Richard H was CinC and commanded the centre. The rest of their foot was on their right facing the Asturian lighter troops and hoping to hold a hill flanked by woods and block the Christians. Mark held the left with the light cavalry and a smaller force of heavy cavalry against the massed Knights of the Christians. Neither side had much idea what the other had or where until it was far too late.

I particularly likes Chris C's Berbers with Giraffe Hide shields in the second rank above.
On the Christian left Chris F's Asturians forced the Berbers behind the hill and both sides were then content to sit on their side of the hill hurling insults at the other "Come and have a go if......etc etc"

In the centre Richard seized the ruin but poor command dice prevented him linking his forces up in a solid line and Chris C's heavy foot ground forward towards the tents of Ben Yusuf.

Meanwhile Mark managed to drive back Andy's three units of light Christian Cavalry destroying one in the process but his lights stood little chance against the column of Knights who gradually ground him and back and broke unit after unit.
Even with Ben Yusuf calling the faithful to battle atop a pile of severed heads there was not going to be any stopping the Knights.

As the Christian Knights forced the Muslims back and the Christian heavy foot had success at the right of their line, the Muslim battle line was forced back like a door on the hinge of the Berber right flank. As the battle drew to a close the Moors were almost entirely without horse, although not without teeth as Chris found as he closed with the Black Guard around their commanders tents who drove them off in disarray.

A lovely game with an entirely different outcome to the last one despite the same terrain and forces being involved. Thanks gents, it played well and seemed to be well received by the punters on the day.
Apologies again for my mess up with the Publishing, if you came to the show I hope you enjoyed our game (It was in very good company, there some brilliant games on show) look forward to seeing you again soon.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Sikh Wars Irregular Colonial Workbench

The long neglected Sikh Wars project had some long awaited attention this week. I decided to crack on with some of the old foundry afghans I have. Although the afghans did take part in the second Sikh war I am thinking of these more as Muslim hill tribes. The sort of irregular troops fighting for the Sikhs who lived in Kashmir and Jammu (although Gulab Singh and Imam Ud Din their rajah's sensibly kept most of these at home with his eye on keeping power when the British and Company troops eventually won, a shrewd move as it turned out for Gulab who became an independant Prince but not Ud Din). The North West Frontier was at this time in between the Punjab and Afghanistan so it was with the Sikhs that the Pathans of this region fought and allied themselves before it became the North West Frontier province of British India.

Apologies for some of the photos I have been messing about with what works best after my large lamp snapped. Still using it on some of these but having to balance it in one hand whilst taking pictures on my tablet with the other! In the later pictures you might notice the green matt is a bit crinckled as my lamp got too close when I wasnt concentrating and slightly melted it!

I have decided with this one to photograph them in the batches I paint them in. A quick technique for painting I use is to use batches with limited colour palets, two main colours usually across 3 -6 figures, eventually I end up with 5 or 6 batches I can then mix together for a very irregular look. This first picture actually represents two batches with blue/grey and beige predominating one and red with a brown/grey that I use foor Russian greatcoats the other batch.

I am posting these as I paint them in batches, you will see that each lot has a similar colour palet to make it easier, they will all then be mixed up on the bases once I have enough for a regiment. The red brown with this lot was quite nice. I cant help feeling that the officer is very Sikh looking in Greens and yellows.  I may use him with a Sikh unit and paint another of the same figure in more muted tones for the Muslim troops. I think that the Muslims avoided green generally as except as a holy colour on flags. He does look snazzy though!

This next lot had mainly grey/blue or ivory as the main colour schemes. The blue/grey is one of my favourite paints from colour party (sold as field blue)

More white and buff with the next lot. Nothing too exciting.

For my company native cavalry I will mainly be using the lovely Iron Duke figures (although I may also have some of the Studio miniatures Bengal Light Cavalry in shakoe's for Governor Generals body guard) These are easy to paint figures and do come out very nice indeed. The horses are particularly nice and different to the usual ones other manufacturers seem to use. Officer and Sowar to start with.

My army will need a lot of irregular cavalry, here's three more to add to the Sikh forces. I have a mix of Foundry Afghans again with Foundry Sikhs and Perry Afghans, I am mixing the different makes riders and horses to add a bit more variety.
 I am using a daylight bulb for lighting the next few, funny how entirely different the grass colour is! I think I prefer this lighting so will try it again. Three more Iron Duke Bengal Irregular cavalry. Lovely figures more on the work bench, dispelling the myth that "red and green should never be seen". These are the 12th Bengal Irregular Cavalry. I had thought to do some of them with lances but bought the figures before Mike released the open handed ones.

Another three hill tribes men. This time I have added a khaki colour which should mix well with the other colours, the red contrasts well with this colour. Think I need a bit more white overall, lots of buff on the figures so far, white will lift the other colours I think and contrast well with the desert type basing.

I know I said white but this lot ended up with sky blue and washed out madder red. White next I think. Again I do like the contrast of the red and beige it works really well. The sky blue adds a splash of brightness too. The musketeer might get mixed in with my Sikh troops rather than my hill tribes, slightly short on the Sikh irregulars and pinching a couple of spare Afghans who look slightly Sikh in appearance might help me out a bit.

Another Bengal Irregular, rooky error here, I have varnished this but not finished it I have undercoated white for the socks and nose of the horse in light grey but not put a white highlight on, Doh! Never mind resolved the issue after loading the picture.

And there they are, a few more Hill Tribes in mainly white or off white. The mix of the two is nicer than just white in isolation I find.

To be honest I have had to give up the painting after gettig these over the line for a few days, my gut is giving me some gip after doing far too much painting over the last couple of weeks. The basing department is home for the weekend so I will put the brushes aside, glue these lot to bases and she can crack on with them whilst I take the El Cid collection to Newark in the morning for the Partizan show.
And here is whats done so far that needs basing, not all over the last week or two of course but much of it has been. You see my OCD kicking in lining the same castings together for when I come to do the basing and match them up. Hopefully see these based in the next week or so.

Thanks for reading and if your at Partizan feel free to pop over and say hello..