Friday, 13 July 2018

Warfare Swedish Cavalry

So I came home the other day to a parcel waiting. Nice and heavy which always makes me smile, got to be lead inside there!

After a long old wait, with a fair few technical issues and set backs for Warfare, the Swedish Cavalry are finally here. I do still have that child like response to boxes of new figures, getting them all out for a good look and drool.
4 different horses and a fifth that is the same as one of the others but with a bit of officers edging to the pistol covers. These a lovely horses, I do however have a clear favourite and a clear least favourite!
Two packs of troopers with swords shouldered and cast on.
Two packs charging with separate arms to add variety. Lot of character in the these in particular.
Two packs of cavalry command and two of Dragoon command, same figures with different musicians. Separate arms for one of the officers and drummers. Again lovely figures with some clear favorites for me including the charging drummer.
Heres the first lot with the arms I have chosen, no flash on the figures so barely any cleaning up to do at all. Enough here to finish my two units of Lifeguard and the Livonian Adelsfana.
The first three with arms glued on and scabbards, the one in the middle has a wee gap I will need to fill with liquid green stuff. My fault nothing wrong with the casting.
Heres one of the Livonians glued to his horse, I only do this at bare metal stage for black horses as the rest are oil painted separately. For blacks I use grey dry brushing.
Primed in black and first layers of block painting applied with a dry brush of grey over all the black areas.
The Livonian has a lot more black to dry brush and a grey coat too.
The horses for the Livonians are primed white and a base coat of acrylic added prior to oil painting. The lifegaud horses have been done for 18 months so just need a dust off.
First three sat on horses to see how they will look.
Starting to add some colour now, buff trousers and webbing, some brown hair and highlighting the jackets in my new "fog grey" and paiting the facings an ever so slightly brighter sky blue.

The Livonian is also taking shape as we add colour, I particularly like the yellow saddle cloth on a black background.
So thats 4 Lifeguard and a Livonian painted, really happy with these, particularly like the chap with a bandage over one eye. he ever so slightly brighter turnbacks, cuffs and collars also seem to have worked well.

Here are some I already prepared (wheres my Blue Peter badge please?) I will mix these with the new ones for the Lifeguard and the Livonians, although as mentioned all the Livonians will be on the new style horse which sill need to be finished.
Four Livonians so with the new one painted I am well on the way with this unit too.

The horses for the Livonians are drying on the window sill in the glorious sunshine. Darker oils slapped onto the acrylic base then wiped off to get the shading around the muscles etc.
So here they are the first 9 for the Lifeguard and the first Livonian, all the Lifeguard on old style horses, the fit is OK rather than great as they were designed for the new style horses, but I am happy with the final outcome.
And here they are glued to bases in their distinctive chevron formation and ready for the basing department to pick them up and do her thing with them Hope to have shots of the completed unit in a week or two.
There you go, more cavalry and foot coming soon and a mini review of the Helion book, we also have at least one GNW game on the cards in the coming weeks so keep popping back for updates.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Its All About The Swedes

Just to be clear this has nothing to do with football, although I did finish writing it in the build up to the quarter finals. These are the Swedes who rarely got beat!

So after a bit of a break we are back to the Great Northern War project with quite a bit happening all at once. And its all about the Swedes.

Firstly I have got stuck into the Jonkoping regiment. The Warfare Swedes standing in Karpus are perfect for these as they have a band around the front plate of the cap which Jonkopings had in the early part of the war. This unit will be entirely made up of Warfare figures, one of the few foot units all of one manufacturer (although I have another to do)
So with 10 of these chaps done, only 8 to go, although the cavalry might force me to put these to one side for a wee bit when they arrive.

The extreme close ups are not very forgiving and I do find the delicate features of these guys difficult compared to other manufacturers, they are lovely but just dont particularly suit my painting style.
The pike and command came out much better.
I have also finished an Ebor Swedish General. I dont have enough of these guys and this is the last unpainted one so will need a few more. I may pick up the pack of three Swedish Generals Warfare do at some point as I am sure I will need a few more.

This month also saw the release of Helion's new book on the Swedes, so of course I had to have it. At first glance it looks great, good value with loads of colour plates. I am only half way through and there are a lot of errors but a good read non the less. I will do a fuller review when I finish it.

Lastly, and by no means least, Warfare have released the long awaited (by me at least) Swedish cavalry. 8 codes each of 3 figures. You may remember that to give me a head start I painted up quite a few of the single Swedish test figure and soem generic command and hatless troopers quite some time ago. I also have these 9 horses painted and waiting for riders. So Jonkopings can wait whilst the Swedish life guard til hast get finished I think. Watch this space I hope to get them finished in a fairly short period of time.

So, a follow up post on the Helion book and another on the Warfare Swedes to follow. Great Northern War project is back on track folks.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Second Unit of Muslim Hill Tribes

So I have the second of what should eventually be three units of Hill Tribes for the Sikh Wars project. Of course they do lend themselves to what they were designed for, North West Frontier, so may do double duty in our Third Afghan War project at some point.

I found a new paint colour when doing these, fog grey, which is a mildly blue grey from Warpaints. A few of these figures you can see have had a bit of this applied and I like the effect. Again quite a subdued colour, giving a feel of a very washed out light blue.

The flag is again from Virtual Arm Chair General and the figures are all from the old Foundry Afghan Range except the officer who is a Foundry Sikh, I decided not to use the old glory pathan in this unit, not my favourite figure, I have some Sikhs from Old Glory, I find that the Sikh Wars range is one of the better ones in terms of quality and available figures but still not as good as the old Foundry range.

As with the last unit of Hill Tribes I have painted these in batches, allowing me to keep a limited pallete of colours for each batch. I find this works really well for irregular units.

So this gives me almost enough Sikh and Muslim troops for a very small game. Unfortunately the Brits are still way behind. Best get a few painted really! If I crack on with some Bengal Native Foot I could get a Brigade done. Add a unit of Bengal Light Cavalry and a small test game might be possible so perhaps something we will see on table in a few months time. You never know.

See you soon.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

More Elizabethans

So urged on by the progress of Simon and Stewart's early Tudor Irish project on the lead adventure forum and having a couple of reivers to finish of for chum Andy, I thought I would squeeze a few more of my own Elizabethans in.

So five pike, one shot and a pair of Irish to share.
The Irish are OK, both Claymore figures. The Gallowglass has an old fashioned helmet, the original figure was pointing with a spear which I cut off and replaced with an axe. His Kern is a lovely figure, not sure I have done this particular one justice,you cant win them all I suppose.

The Graven Images Pike are really very nice, in the first pair I like the chap with the Elizabethan cap in particular.

The two below are two of my favourite helmeted figures and do definitely look the part I feel.
The last two include a caliver man of which I have another 4 to finish. Not quite as nice as some of the others, but nice figures just the same.

So the Elizabethan box of figures is pretty much full now, I will need to figure a better way of storing them before I go any further.

With the arrival of the Helion book on the Swedish army of the Great Northern War and the imminent arrival of a shed load of Warfare Swedish Cavalry I think the next couple of posts will have a decidedly Scandinavian feel. Probably a review of both the book and the figures and hopefully a painted unit or two to share.

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed the brief interlude and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Elizabethan Irish

Also recently back from the basing department is a bunch of figures for Elizabethan Ireland.

Another longer term project it gained a boost recently with the release of Irish for the Wars of The Roses by Perry, beautiful figures which will fit perfectly with the Claymore Islanders I have committed to paint a load of what I have before buying anymore.

I may decide to stick to these two makes for the Irish, for the moment though Graven Images are the majority of the English along with some of Mark Owen's Foundry Swashbucklers. Chum Andy is also doing Garrison troops to add to his border Reivers which will make an excellent addition to these for bigger games.

As the Irish Gallowglass each had a servant who also skirmished for them I thought I would photograph them in pairs. This first Gallowglass looks rugged with his bare shanks and his Kern has a hole in his knee too.
The second pair are less well off, the Gallowglass has an old round helmet and the archer no jacket at all.
I have added two more English to the range and I think these two give you an idea how much more chunky the Graven Images figures are, although they still have stacks of character. More of these guys on the workbench
This chap is getting a bit more stuck in, these Claymore figures have loads of character, although the axe took some getting into the gap in his hands (axes are cast seperatly).
This pair are my favourite. as a senior Gallowglass this chap has ring mail over his Aketon which is dyed a dark red and his Kern is also his personal Piper. Beautiful figures both of these. I particularly love the Piper.
I wont pick any Perry figures up just yet, I really should finish what I have bought first, I still have a dozen Claymore figures and 10 or so Graven Images English. I think 50 or so per side will give me plenty to game with so even these few make quite a dent in that target. Armies in Ireland tended to not be that big and smaller scale actions are more what I have in mind. Tempted by either Pikemans lament or Sharp Practice with amends.

My next challenge with the Irish is to bring them up to the late Tudor period with the addition of some more modern Helmets. The odd Morion and Burgonet mixed in for both the Kern and Gallowglass will sort that out. Really not sure where to get these from at present though short of buying whole figures in order to remove their heads.

Picked up some Morion helmets from Warlord I will try modelling on and considering the Landsknecht head sprue from mailed fist which has a couple of helmeted heads on. I have some earlier dark age and medieval Kern and may try some head swaps on these to give the overall force a more Tudor appearance.

I will give it some thought.

Thanks for reading, see you again soon.