Saturday, 21 January 2017

My Wargaming Week, 21st January 2017

Hi all. This week has seen a fairly standard hour or so of painting each night and a couple of hours at the weekend.

I have finished the 52nd Foot as part of the Boston 1775 army:



The buff colour is Vallejo german cammo beige. The red uses GW wazdakka red and Vallejo dark vermillion.

I also painted the figures for the light company of the 18th Foot (Royal Irish). The cap design is speculative based on the grenadier mitre design from earlier in the C18th and on later cap-badges. It's a harp with a crown on top:

Finally, I got up early this morning to prime the figures for the 5th Foot. I'm currently using the Vallejo grey primer (74.601) which comes in a 200mL bottle. It can be airbrushed but I just brush it on. I've now used it on quite a few figures and I'm impressed so far.

Next week will therefore be all about cracking on with the 5th with their gosling green facings. After that there will be the 47th, the light infantry for Pigot's wing and more of those Old Glory command figures.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

My Wargaming Week, 14th January 2017

This week I have been painting the 52nd Foot for Bunker Hill. Hopefully I'll finish them in the coming week and post some pictures next weekend.

I have also finished the basing on the grenadiers and light companies. There are still a few more light infantry to paint-up but the bulk of the flank companies for 1775 are now done.

 I also based-up those Old Glory dismounted high-command figures that I painted a couple of weeks ago:


Friday, 6 January 2017

Breed's Hill (8)

The redoubt and breastwork are finished enough to be manned!


I still need to finish off by adding some tufts and patches of static grass but progress seems good. I expect I'll add some grey rock patches to the bare ground to match the fortifications too.

My Wargaming Week, 6th January 2017

Oh dear.
In the UK the latest trend is a rather nasty cold virus, and being such a close follower of fashion I have succumbed to its malign influence. I have been struggling along since Boxing Day and have managed to get to work but I'm now rather fed up of the whole thing.

Fortunately I had today booked off to use up some annual leave so can feel sorry for myself with the house empty of family.

Painting has proceeded in fits and starts. I have begun work on the 52nd Foot for Bunker Hill, having received the castings for the final 3 British battalions as part of my Christmas presents. I have also finished 9 of the 10 companies of light infantry for the right flank battalion. The last blister I need of light troops dropped through the letterbox yesterday so the end for that unit is in sight. This is good as it isn't exactly the cheapest formation I have ever put together. The Foundry blisters contain an unhelpful mix of firing/reloading and advancing figures. I don't need many of the latter so each £12 blister only provides 4-5 useful figures...but the finished effect is lovely. Some of the left over figures will appear as part of the "other" flank battalion but I suspect they won't look half as good so I might end up biting the bullet and buying more blisters to get firing line figures in chain helmets - but this means £60 to get a unit of 18 figures completed (and no I don't want to use Warlord plastics instead before anyone asks). The whole point of my 7-8 year plan to build-up my AWI armies is about minimising the compromises so ultimately I will do what gives me the units I am happiest with even if it costs a bit more and takes a bit longer.

Some of the above might get a roll-out at the Cannon show in Retford in April (or I might do a 1777 scenario) and I hope to have the Bunker Hill project pulled together in time for Partizan in May. The hill itself is nearing completion, so I'll need to start on the beach soon.

Today I have been taking photos to accompany an article on the 1777/8 Philadelphia campaign that I have written for the next issue of Wargames Soldiers & Strategy. Some rough shots are shown below:

Not bad for a kitchen table and an iPhone.

Saturday, 31 December 2016

2016 Final Score

I've just totted up my painting for the year and I seem to have churned out more than I'd have thought.

Putting aside a couple of 15mm WW2 vehicles most of the output has been 28mm AWI for which I painted or repainted 606 foot, 20 mounted figures, 7 guns and 2 limbers/horses. I also finished a model of the Chew House and have nearly completed Bunker Hill. This is despite a long summer break for holiday and new carpets being fitted. 

I also painted a Division of 6mm Napoleonic Bavarians.

Oh, and in August I got promoted at work.

The rest of 2016 has been a bit screwy for the world but the paintingshed output has been OK.

Best wishes for 2017!

Edit: I forgot that I also painted 24 British AWI artillery crew so the totals are 630 foot, 20 mounted (and one extra horse), 7 guns and 2 limbers with horses. I have just cleaned-up the first 20 figures for 2017...

Breed's Hill (7)

Slow progress, but it is all taking shape.


The breastwork has now received several coats of glue and sand. Once the latest has dried it can get a thick coat of the textured paint that I used on the rest of the hill and redoubt. 

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Breed's Hill (6)

A little more progress.

Green fence paint applied and the breastwork construction has commenced. Both this and the redoubt are removable which means I can use a piece of cloth, etc to turn this into a more mundane hill.

I'll leave this for a week now to dry/harden.