Sunday, 15 January 2017

Ten years of blogging !!

Is it really that long? I originally started as a bit of fun and to provide some focus to my painting and modelling. On that simple basis it has been quite successful as it forces me to clarify what I'm trying to achieve on both a long and short term basis. it's also a lot easier that when I used to do it at work when I had to fit in with everyone else's plans. But blogging has had some useful benefits like a quick reference back to how I painted something, plus a means of recording various shows and interesting military sites I have visited.

As for the two vehicle featured in my first blog entry I'm pleased to report they are still doing well.




Finally a big thank you to all who have commented over the years, your encouragement has been greatly appreciated.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Swiss artillery

These will provide a bit of support for my late medieval Swiss, even though the costume is slightly later

I was slightly worried about the amount of flash on these Redbox figures but they cleaned up OK

Friday, 13 January 2017

Stradiots

The first figures finished this year and the beginning of this years Renaissance theme

The figures are mainly Redbox with some rather poorly sculpted horses, but they are not so noticeable once painted. Hidden among them are a couple of conversions by Richard C, which allow me to create a command stand. Basing is now my standard for skirmishing cavalry 40mm wide by 60mm deep so they can be deployed in either close or open order.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Production lines are running!

Just finished assembling all the contents of the PSC Quad and 25pdr boxes, plus the RSO. Roofs on the quads have not yet been glued as I need to paint and insert the crew first. I've almost sorted out all the crews and found some suitable wheels for the additional guns.

Meanwhile my renaissance cavalry is underway as well with the Swiss artillery and Stradiots ready for basing.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

On the workbench - January 2017

And straight into the theme of the year, Renaissance, and switching over to mainly painting cavalry for a change. However, my PSC kickstarter has just arrived as I wrote this, so I can start work on it as well.


  • Four (6 figure) units of Stradiots
  • Two (9 figure) units of Ottoman Sipahis
  • Four units (6) of Ottoman Ajinkis
  • Swiss Artillery
  • French mounted musketeers
  • Bailed US tank crews
  • Strelets Lawrence of Arabia

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Plan for 2017

Another year, another plan. Looking back at last year's successful performance, I do wonder how I achieved it therefore I'll plan for this year at my more normal level of output. No big Rapid Fire games have been planned so far, but some more winter terrain may be needed for the SOTCW game at Gauntlet. So onto my plan, the main theme of which is Renaissance:

Painting/Modelling - moderate sized projects
  • Renaissance - sorting out and rebasing all my Thirty years War figures. This will involve deciding how to restructure my units and then painting any addition figures needed to make the units up to strength.
  • Napoleonics - I've got quite a pile of figures (mainly cavalry) available to replace/upgrade some of my oldest units.
  • WW2 - extending my coverage to US and German for the Ardennes
  • Scratch build some small renaissance galleys, probably a pair each of Ottoman and Venetian to go with the guns and crews I received at Christmas.

Smaller projects
  • Work through the Plastic Soldier Company Kickstarter kits once they arrive.
  • Adding another medieval Swiss pike block
  • Various renaissance units to cover war in the Balkans, Stradiots, Sipahis, Ajinkis, etc.
  • I need some desert sand-dunes/wadi sides so I'll get on with them once the weather warms up
  • Various houses to add to my Eighteenth Century town, including a model of my daughter's house
  • Two or three units of Vikings to add to my Dark Age armies.
  • More Swedish cavalry for the Great Northern War.
  • Plus a number of bits to fill in odd gaps in existing armies

Gaming
  • Continue to support the Lance & Longbow Society games at various shows
  • Vaasgo 1942 is planned to be the SOTCW game at Gauntlet

  • I need to organise one or two large games, one SYW and another to be decided.

  • Try to get to Crisis in Antwerp


Finally yet again I'll continue the attempt to reduce the size of my stash! Hopefully down to four storage boxes and less than 6,000 items!

Monday, 2 January 2017

Review of 2016 - part 2

Having looking at progress against my broad plan. here's a breakdown of the 2,273 items I worked on this year.

Breakdown by period:
Period
Total
Ancient
725
Medieval
610
Terrain
319
WW2
256
WW1
203
AWI
129
Colonial
15
SYW
12
Napoleonic
3
Revolution
1
Grand Total
2,273
  • The dominant theme for the year was ancients, really dominated by the upgrading of my Ancient British/Gallic/German forces.
  • Nearly as big is medieval, where I concentrated on minimising the stash by working on the Crusades, Hundred Years War and Wars of the Roses
  • Terrain, comes in a surprising third place, due my diversion into winter terrain.
  • WW2 was a lonely fourth. I worked on my partisans and winter Russians & Romanians plus a smattering of other odd items.
  • WW1 was mainly Germans for East Africa, I probably ought to think about upgrading their opponents.
  • I mainly painted Indians for the AWI/SYW long with Rogers Rangers

Breakdown by category:
Type
Total
Infantry
875
Rebasing
562
Terrain
327
Cavalry
203
Misc figures
104
Commanders
64
Engineers
29
Gunners
27
Vehicles
21
Equipment
20
Riders
12
Tanks/AFV
12
Artillery
9
Wagons
4
Limbers
4
Grand Total
2,273

Infantry as usual is top, spread across all eras. Rebasing sounds an easy task, but at times it's quite an effort as figures have to be repaired/touched up. I know I'll need to do more in 2017 and beyond as I upgrade my armies.