Friday, August 30, 2013

Oh look, something shiny and new

My goldfish like mind has struck again.  After looking at a few of my wargame mags, I decided that gaming Napoleonic wars in 28mm was a good idea.  My dad warned me against this and said we should do it in 15mm, which he already has.  But did I listen to this sound advice, heck no!  I was able to get my dad onboard when I showed him the new plastic French line.  I ordered a box of Napoleonic British line co from Victrix when they 1st came out and a little later I finally got a box of flank co to complete the units.  We decided to game during the Peninsula campaign.  Here is the start of my first British unit.  So far it is only the Grenadiers and part of the line co, there are 3 more stands to round out the unit.  They are based for both Republic to Empire (the large base) and Sharps Practice (the smaller bases).  Unfortunately this is as far as I have gotten with them as motivation and new shiny things distracted me.  The bases just need to be flocked to be done. 

Medusa's garden

What do you do with half a box of broken Victrix plastic Athenians?  If you said make centaurs and broken statues, then you'd be right.  I've already shown the centaur in a previous post, here is Medusa's garden.  Failed attempts of Greek heroes trying to claim Medusa's head. 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

On the painting table

Just a quick picture of what I'm currently painting.  18 ancient Germans.  Most are from Black Tree Miniatures with 2 Foundry Germans thrown in.  I've had these for a long time and they were originally for my ancient German army that never got off the ground.  Now I might use them as generic barbarians for my Greeks to fight.  I got inspired to dust them off and throw some paint on them after looking at what people were painting at the Lead Adventure Forum.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

And now for something completey different

These have been my latest project, war gaming Greek Mythology.  After looking at some rules I decided to go with a variant of LOTR I found online.  I'm more familiar with the rules, but the new 7th Voyage do look nice.  I grew up watching the old Harry Hausens movies and these greatly influenced my figure choice.  I have many fond memories of these movies and I just recently got them on DVD.  Anyways, back to the figures.  For the Children of the Hydra I knew that I wanted my skeletons to look like the movie, a jerky kind of movement, so I went with some GW skeletons.  I really wanted some of the old ones but I couldn't get any off of ebay, but once I got the second gen plastic skeletons I was real happy with them.  I also had a box of GW plastic goblins that I wanted to use.  I asked the fine folks over at Lead Adventure Forum if there ever were any mention of a sub race or something like that to allow me to use the goblins and the Kobaloi were born.  I use them as a race of pre-humans created by the titans and the reason for their slumped posture is because they are tunneling to Tartarus to free them. 
For the Greeks, I was originally looking at the Foundry Argonauts, but the price was very steep.  Then Immortal came out with plastic Greeks but they looked very stiff, not like the heroes I wanted.  Then I saw Victrix's plastic Greeks and the gods answered my prayers.  When Xmas rolled around I asked for a box of them and I started to work on the skeletons.  When They arrived, the box they were shipped in looked like it got caught in a machine and was then kicked out.  Most of the figures were broken in half.  The people over at Victrix are some great people, they were contacted and sent the pictures of the box and I received a new box of Greeks.   I thought long and hard on what to do with my extra broken figures and then it hit me, Centaurs!  I then ordered some horses from Wargames Factory along with some Persians and some Nubians. 
The Greeks are mainly Victrix with some Wargames Factory and GW parts thrown in.
I'm looking to add some monsters and more Greeks, maybe as another crew on a different voyage.  I still need to name the Greeks.
On to the pictures.

The Golden Fleece

Hero with crew

Thursday, August 8, 2013

What's that on the horizon?

Hopefully I'll be able to finally photograph my Sudanese force.  Most of them are Old Glory with a few Perry's beja command.  At the time, many years ago, Old Glory was the way to go for getting a lot of native troops; however, they do come with the infamous looking over the shoulder while running poses.  Oh well, they are meant to be hoard like in their numbers so I think they get lost in the crowd.  Of course, Perry Miniatures comes out with plastic troops right after I finish painting mine.  I think I'll still get a box of them just because.  Here is a teaser pic of the leader of my beja tribe.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The New CSA

What happens when you see some figures that you want but said figures are for a period/scale you don't game?  You create any reason to include them!  When I saw Perry Miniatures plastic Civil War cavalry and Zouaves I just knew I had to have them, but I don't game the Civil War in 28mm.  After drooling over some pictures of them, a light bulb went off.  If my colonial forces fight in a fictional Africa setting then whose to say who is fighting there.  Just like that the New CSA was born.  This small country in Eastern Africa has been colonized by people who left the USA after the Civil War and other peoples from around the world who headed East to search for a new place to live.  The Zouave units are raised from French Creoles and people from France who wanted to start over.  The Cavalry unit will be played more like irregular cavalry.  I also have some Old Glory Pershing Expedition Americans that I'm going to paint up as regular troops in a butterscotch colored uniform.  I also have some American Indians to use as irregulars and also some cowboys to paint up as rancher/militia.  Well that's the idea at least.  Just want to apologize for the pictures, using my wife's camera and I don't have it down yet.

1st New France Volunteers

Test figure for the 2nd unit

Henry Reaper leading his "Grim Reapers"

I personally really like the flag :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

I know VSF isn't every ones cup of tea, but I had the figures laying around for years and I was happy to get some paint on them.  I think my dad got them for me and my brother when we went to the Armory in Baltimore way back in the day.  They have been painted as Space Marines, stripped, and then put away for possible Stormtroopers.  I then saw a picture of someone using them as VSF knights and I thought that was a good idea.  I now use them as British troops in hard suits.

Got some photos of my Colonial British and also found my old notes on the fictional units.  Most figures are Redoubt Enterprise and Foundry.  I'll be the first to admit that Redoubt wasn't my first choice for British troops.  I originally wasn't going t collect British as everyone has them, but I heard of a dealer getting rid of all his Redoubt line.  I took a look at what was left and thought, well since he is selling them so cheep I can but a small force.  Well after those were painted, I wanted to expand my troops, so I bought some Foundry figures.  Redoubt's Zulu line are huge compared to their Sudan line which work with Foundry and other lines.  However, they do paint up nice.  I still have a unit of Bengal Lancers to paint up then the British should be done....

These are fictional units for my fictional Africa setting and as with my Germans, I picked units that I wanted to paint.  Units are based for The Sword and the Flame.  The flags are hand painted.  Hope you like them.
General Sir Archibald Morley

The Bedingham Regiment

Captain The Hon. Arthur Humphries and senior NCO

I decided that the two large units would have their colors with them. This is for the Bedingham Regiment.

31st Frontier Light Horse (Fletcher's Horse)

Queen's Own Rifle Corps

Gun from the 8th Battery Royal Artillery, being directed by Lt. Angus Mctavish.

The Kempshire Regiment

North Waltland Highlanders

140th Bengal Native Infantry

Captain Alan Ludlow and Sikh NCO

11th Regiment, Gurkha (light) Infantry

Officer and NCO

Cavalry Officer and Colonel Edward Handcocks

Two Officers