Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Thirty Mahdists

Another project finished.  The figures have been in my possession since December 2014 when I received them as part of the post NWS Kris Kringle shuffle.

I started work on them in December last year, The Mahdists are Coming, so it has taken me just under three months to complete them. 

Flags came from http://www.warflag.com/flags/colonial/dervish.shtml

 A bit of over exposure.

Now corrected, but I liked the previous bright glare of the hot Sudan sun, 
so kept that photo in the mix.

 When I say complete...  Well, this base...

 Is different to this one.  In the previous base the figures are resting on an extra washer that gives then just that bit of extra height so their base sits better with the movement tray.

 For what is a simple uniform, the flesh tones took me the most time, then I put in some double work on the white tunics.  But the coloured patches were easy.  
It helped that I was working on other projects while doing these.

The flags, as noted, were images sourced from the Internet and printed, folded, crushed and glued.
Also, note on this figure that I have him sitting on a second washer which would be the next task if I decide to raise them all so they sit flusher with the sabot.

 It took me a few brain cycles to finally settle on how I was going to base the figures.  I am very happy with what I came up with as it was relatively easy to do, versatile and provides other opportunities. 

I had these 25mm slotted magnetic bases I was going to use and I figured doing a sabot that would then be affixed to a metal base was the way to go.  This failed as the base size for Sands of the Sudan would have only accommodated four figures (as it is the recommended basing is 7 to 10), but worse my 25mm bit meant it was all too tight to reliable drill out four holes (as can be seen above).  Plus the 25mm bases would have been a snug fit.  I then switched to 20mm plastic bases and a 20mm bit but that would also have been a tight fit as well and still left me with the magnetisation to do.  But then I found the miracle ingredient:

These washers were perfect, coming in at 18mm made for a decent fit.  I glued the drilled out MDF base to a backing of magnetic paper (actually one of those fridge magnets that are now prevalent in mailbox drop advertising material).  I painted the MDF first which made life easy.


 And here we have the thirty Mahdists swarming over my latest bits of desert terrain.

 I wanted ridges and cliffs.

 But more importantly I just need a bit more to supplement my previous production.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Burgundian Ordonnance versus (soon to be) Late Eastern Imperial Romans

In a club Impetus League game my Burgundians fought Brendan's Romans in what proved to be a very exciting game.

 Both sides deployed with their strength on their left flanks.
I was expecting more Romans, but what you see is what you get for 550 points.

 My bombard has a spectacularly unsuccessful first shot...1...1...1

 End of Turn One and both sides are advancing their left most commands.

 The Roman commander of the right flank goes up from Fear to Expert.
After a bit of banter I worked out he was Fair to start with, and that I had misheard.
As it was, his command would do very little in the battle except be used for target practice.

 End of Turn Two from the Roman perspective.

End of Turn Three.
Burgundian longbows have inflicted the first casualties.

 The Romans charge.
The longbow suffer, but hold, momentarily...

The charge by the genius commander of the Roman CinC and commander of the left most command was stopped with serious losses.  He would attempt to get away...

 End of Turn Four, from the flank where all the action has been.
The mass of Roman light cavalry is yet to get into action.  

 End of Turn Five.

A lot has happened.  The Burgundian knights have magnificently charged to the rescue after the line of longbow has collapsed.  The Roman genius commander has been lost along with his unit and another.  The light cavalry is trying hard to wipe out their opponents.

 Critical turn.  The Burgundians needed to win the command role.  The Romans, minus their genius general, rolled first and threw an 11.  The Burgundians came back with a 12, which also meant the Expert general was really a genius too.  Nice one!  (Sadly you can only have one genius in any army and the Burgundian CinC was a genius).

End of the game.

The Burgundian knights finish routing enough Romans break their big command which in turn breaks their army.  The Burgundian right hand command was just one unit short of breaking, but the Roman light cavalry couldn't quite do it.  Even if it had broken, being the smallest of the Burgundian commands, they still would have fought on.

Please note that a few of the above photos have been patched to cover up table litter, or extraneous background and unfashionable player body parts.  Such a great victory deserves the best in my presentation skills.

Interestingly for my games, only half of the units were engaged.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Fusiliers Grenadiers 1809

These have been waiting to be painted for a long while.  Now successfully completed and ready for battle. 

 Fusiliers-Grenadiers 1809

 Always love the variety of poses and headgear with Old Glory.

 Plus the animation.

The 1809 uniform doesn't have the jacket piping or some of the shako trim of the 1806 uniform.
I went for simplicity.

I originally posted about these guys four years ago.  At that time they had been in undercoated for eight years.  Hopefully won't have to wait too long to get them on the table.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Tiger Tiger

Today there has been a visit to the lead mountain, but I'm not sure what the collective noun for the accumulation of plastic kit conversions that now languish in various boxes and containers. 

In going through Military Modelling magazines I came across this article:

Then I thought, I did that conversion.  Do I still have it?  I was expecting to find it my spares box(es), but it was there with my other collection of Tiger Tanks (one Minitank that I'd painted up the same and three of the pre painted models you can get now a days, which includes one which is radio controlled - Dragon Armour I think).

 Hand painted tools as well as transfers.
Sadly barrel is needs a 90 degree twist.

 Some use of plasticard (very rare back then in Adelaide for a 14 year old).
Plenty of use of plasticine as Miliput and equivalents were also hard to get.

Don't know what happened to the Panther road wheels. 
 I don't think I had them and probably used something that I subsequently detested and ripped off.

The paint colour is Humbrol Khaki and probably way too dark for the yellow colour it should be, but I like it.  Some of that weathering is actual real dust and grim.

And as a supplementary, here is the Roco Minitank which I painted up to match.

 Okay, so I got the numbers round the wrong way.
But look, the hatch opens!

Beautiful model, pity it wasn't to scale with Airfix kits.

Waterloo movie from 1970 - Review from Military Modelling magazine Issue No 1

Following on from my previous post, Military Modelling isse No 1 had a review of this seminal movie that so inspired me (and still does).

I can't recall if I saw the movie before or after receiving the magazine.

Military Modelling Magazine Issue No 1

I remember mum and dad bringing this magazine home for me as a present.  Not sure what I'd done to deserve it, but it had a major impact on me, that's for sure.

Sadly I dumped my collection in a teenage funk in 1973, but recovered and collected them for the next ten years.  As previously related I had the good fortune to pick up the issues I was missing and can now travel down a happy memory lane, some of which I will be posting shortly.

Found on Lead Mountain

24 Prussian Musketeers 1806

37 French Light Infantry - side plume

24 French Line Infantry

4 French artillery pieces and 12 crew