Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Knights WIP

Here are five of the six knights needed for a Lion Rampant unit. They are Gripping Beast castings recycled from my abandoned crusades project and they fit well for the reign of King John. This achieves a number of aims: keeping down costs, finding a medieval army with the "look" I wanted with lots of heater shields and allowing a welsh element to any expansion as Llewelyn the Great was active at this time.
The knights are painted in the colours of Northampton RFC so expect to see dastardly enemies in the livery of Leicester in the future. I hope to get all six of these finished this week then to make a start on some infantry.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

AWI Commanders now on Ebay

I have put those AWI command stand on ebay, so happy bidding if you are interested.
I have enrolled in the international shipping program so lets see how that works out.

Officer with buff facings:

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

AWI commanders

These need varnishing and some decent photos then five of these bases are heading for eBay. I'll be keeping the artillery officer (front right).

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Irregular gathering

Today James, Martin, Dave, Matt and myself got together in Newark and played a big game of Hail Caesar. We brought along all of our late republican roman figures and played a scenario based loosely on Thapsus. We played to an honourable draw in around 4 hours.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Lion Rampant

The latest rule book from Osprey Publishing dropped through the letterbox this weekend. Lion Rampant is a set of medieval large skirmish rules written by my chum Dan Mersey. Dan's previous rules for Osprey were Dux Bellorum which remains one of my favourites.

Lion Rampant looks excellent. I have avoided medievals in the past but these look sure to start a project or two. Most likely seems to be Glyndwr's revolt with late C13th Welsh vs English/Flemish forces or an imagination Italian Wars setting with two rival city states pinching each others taxes and raiding each others borders.

The former project will probably wait upon the Perries releasing their HYW plastics, the second could be done with the WOtR and European Mercenaries Perry plastics.
...and there are also those 3rd Crusade figures I started and never finished...


Here are the two M8 HMCs I have painted up to support my US late-war infantry.
Quite nice little vehicles but these Battlefront models lack the fine definition of detail on the resin hulls that their earlier models (or plastic models) have.
With some conversion I suppose the turrets could be used on hulls from the PSC stuart tanks, but you would need to replace the bow MG with a second vision slit/hatch. Overall I'm not fussed enough to bother!

At least one of these is likely to grace a Chain of Command game in the near future.

The overall paint scheme is a 50/50 mix of US olive drab and US dark green (Vallejo). I'm not sure that this is absolutely accurate but it seems about right.
Weathering is as follows: drybrush with Anita's sand, then drybrush lower down with Anits's coffee then wash the lower details with GW agrax earthshade mixed with a little bestial brown. I find this "reverse" method of starting with the lighter/drier colours working to darker and wetter gives the more realistic effect.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Marder III M

Just putting the finishing touches to this 15mm Marder for my late war Germans. Model is from Battlefront. Quite a decent model.

Some extra weathering will be added over the weekend and I'll also be finishing off a couple of M8 HMCs.