Sunday, 5 July 2020

Another Sikh Wars Workbench

I have had the bit between my teeth a little bit with this project over the last couple of weeks and making some decent progress.

Just as well really with some figures beign released by a number of manufacturers soon I am goign to need the space.  Perry's plastic afghans in August, Studio miniatures re-launched Sikh Wars with Nick Collier next week and the forthcomign releases from Iron Duke as well, spoilt for choice, my wallet is aching already.

Here are the latest additions.

These guys are the majority of the 24th Bengal Native foot, four more figures finished this unit, nice mix of Perry, Foundry and Iron Duke figures.
A couple of horsemen, one Perry AFghan and the other a Foundry Akali who may end up mixed in with a bunch of Akali's on foot at soem point. A few more cavalry to do but not loads.
Irregulars, again from Foundry, particulalry enjoyed the colour schemes on these.
And the last of my latest Sikh regulars, these will finsih off the battalion.
Stuck to bases and ready to be picked up by the basing department this weekend.
Hope to have the Sepoys finished at the weekend and then I will makes a start on the next sepoys and the Bengal Europeans.

Really pleased with my progress here but I do need to make some room for all the incoming figures when the basing department has finished with them.

Friday, 3 July 2020

Sikh Wars Workbench

Inspired by figures coming back from the basing department I have cracked on with more figures for the Sikh Wars project.

I also decided to experiment wiht the potography doing some outside which didnt work well, I have included them anyway.

The first shot is of all 13 figures, in full sun, partial shade and inside with a daylight bulb.

I think irs fair to say that I may not bother with the outdoor photography in future.

Next I have 4 more sepoys for the next battalion, a mix of Foundry and Iron Duke.

Adding to the first base of 4 Sikhs for this regiment which came back a few days ago, here are the command for the same battalion,  I shall probably be cracking on with finishing off afew more of these this week. Particularly pleased with the flag.

Lastly are the irregulars, 4 of the Wargames Atlantic plastic Afghans, one with a Sikh Head and then one Foundry Muslim irregular sordsman.
The kneeling figure I dont like at all here, but the charging figure looks nice and the standing firing is probably the best pose I have found so far with the arms firing the jezail.
This plastic figure with a Sikh head actually works quite well despite the sunlight washing out most of the detail. These are WWII plastic heads, enough for 16 figures, possibly give me two units when I mix in a bunch of metals.

Then the Foundry sowrdsman, again the sunlight has done this figure no favours.
The whole lot look much better inside wiht the dayight bulb with the possible exception of the kneeling figure who still doesnt look great.
So I managed to paint a few more beofre I posted this so heres a few snaps of the rest. .
These Sikhs bring this battalion pretty near completion, just 6 to go. You can see the difference in the quality of the sculpts here between foundry and Old Glory but they still mix together OK.
Two Old Glory Sikh Irregulars courtesy of Colin thank you sir. Will mix these with Foundry and a few plastic Afghans with Sikh heads.
These guys I think I will mix in with the Muslim Irregulars, old Foundry Mutiny figures but still nice.
Lastly three more plastic Afghans, experimenting with different combinations. The middle figure works well despite having what looks like a rastafarian turban.
There you go lots of progress for this project just now, when we eventually get to game again should have a decent collection on table.

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

More from the Basing Department

A  bunch more figures back from the basing department to share with you, mostly for the Sikh Wars with some White Russians.

Firstly are two Indian porters to add to my small baggage train, I want this to be quite large eventually as the centre peice for a couple of games.

I have a heck of a lot of Sikh artillery, but then they did like their guns, here is another line artillery peice with Wargames Foundry gunners.
The gun is I think a Prussian Napoleonic piece with split trail. The Sikhs had lots of different peices of artillery, much of it quite heavy and they used it well. Still got a few more f these to do.
More Sikhs, these guys are the first base of my next regiment, two Foundry and two Old Glory sepoys. Thye mix well together an I quite like this blue and red mix of colours.
The return of these has given me a kick to make some more progress with the rest of the battalion so hopefully an update on those soon.
The White Russians I only painted a couple of weeks ago and they are complete already. These are to flesh out a new unit. Originally I built my Russian Civil War forces based on units of 12, however moving toTriumph of the Will has meant I have moved many of these to 8 man units with four left over.
So united with the other 4 figures here is the complete unit.Nice and ragged with a touch of colour in the caps and shoulder boards.

And finally a shot with the original unit so giving me 2 units of 8. The Russian Civil War collection is very near to complete now, just some odds and sods to follow including a Tachanka, more on that later.
The basing department now has a couple of other bits to be getting on with and I have started on some more figures for the Sikh Wars I will share with you soon.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Polish Pancerni for the Deluge

With the easing of lockdown the basing department paid us a visit and had some goodies for me which I immediately started to photo for you good people.

The first unit to share are these Pancerni for the Deluge, they can of course also be used for my Great Northern War collection which is nice.

As the weather was nice I chose to take the pictures outside, they came out OK.
Most of this unit have been given red shields with brass fittings, a popular addition for Pancerni and a colour scheme which most seemed to use.

Figures are a mix of TAG and Redoubt with one Foundry and one Essex figure mixed in and a mix of horses too. I think they all go together quite well.

These were the first unit with some nail art on the blankets and I hand painted soem basic patterns on a couple too. The officer has a basic pattern which came out OK.
This end horse has a strip of diamonds run across the blanket which I like.
Whilst its difficult to pick out the design on this yellow blanket is really nice. But only from close up.

The other unit is on its way for basing and that will be all the Pancerni I plan completed, having anything completed is a bit of a novelty to be honest.

Nice to be making progress.

Friday, 19 June 2020

Russian Civil War Red Tachanka

I picked this up from ebay the other week. I have been hunting for a Tachanka (Or Tchanka if you prefer) for some time. These were typically peasant, sprung, 2, 3 or 4 horse buggy's with a Maxim mounted in the back. Most forces in the Russian Civil War used these, mainly to support cavalry formations, with Makhno's anarchists having lots of them in particular. I wanted at least one for my Reds.

There are four options really in 28mm, Eureka have a lovely dynamic one, but its 25mm and looks tiny against the chunky Copplestone and Studio Siberia miniatures, I painted and based one but had to sell it as I felt it looked silly. Warbases do one, but I didn't fancy building it from MDF and I didnt like the crew in particular but also the horses. There is another MDF option which is really good, I bought it and put it straight back in the packet when I saw how complicated it was, I also need to source horses and crew to add to this, I might come back to it. The last option is the Warlord games one. A much sturdier afair with nice crew and horses BUT its a WWII one so the carriage is a bit chunkier than the traditional peasant ones and the crew need head swaps, its also a bit expensive.

I managed to find this one on ebay at almost half price and already built so jumped on it.

As it was already built the figures were already glued solid to the cart so not ideal either for painting or in particular cutting off heads, however with a bit of delicate chopping I got there in the end.

Weirdly despite making a great job of building it the chap who I bought it from had made a half start on painting bits without priming it at all. This did mean I had to be careful when I primed it not to paint out all the detail, that said I am really happy with the end result.

I was reminded of some of the lessons Ken taught me when painting horses, I used the same oils but different base coats to ensure that all three horses had slightly different shades of coat. Again I am really happy with the horses.

For the heads I purposely chose three different hats to increase the diversity of the look. The Budenovka cap (rod head as Dave calls them) is not quite as nice as the other two which are Copplestone spares bu it looks OK. The only thing I might have changed if I had thought about it is to make the uniform colours slightly more diverse too, but again I am generally happy with them.
The pink flowers are a nod to my daughter ( The basing department) who likes to add flowers here and there, the splash of colour does lift the whole model as well so pleased with that.

So overall really please and a pretty quick turn around with painting it too, pulling the whole thing together over a weekend.

I am now wondering whether adding a red flag to it might also add a bit of something?

I wonder when I can get it on the table?