Friday, August 10, 2018

Sparrow Innovations Rounded Huts and Pagoda

I found these at Michael's last year - these will serve as the "Before" shots and is basically how they come, which is not too shabby. Working on the "After" shots now ...

Stay tuned ...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

1/72 Scale Pegasus Hobbies Russian Buildings & 28mm 4Ground Weathered Wood Picket Fences

I still have the chimneys to do, but couldn't resist setting up a scene. Visible are the two farms houses (R fore and back), the 2-story log house (center), and two log houses (L). I'm not going to snow cap these so they are otherwise completed.

The logs and fences were first primed a very dark brown (Rust-Oleoum Camouflage brown), followed by a slopped on coat of Americana - Mississippi Mud, a heavy dry brush of  Folk Art - Mushroom, finished with a light coat of Folk Art - Barn Wood.

Thatch: same dark brown undercoat, "Citadel" Graveyard Earth (I had this made into a quart at Home Depot), followed by a drybrush of a Graveyard Earth and Khaki blend (50:50), finished with straight Khaki.

Old Glory Renaissance Cossacks in the yard, Converted Foundry Cossack gun and crew to the left and Eureka looters in the back.

I still have the Old Glory Steppes Farmstead as well as the Hovels Russian stuff too and I should have enough for three small settlements on the table or one good sized town.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

28mm Goblin Factory, Heavy Armored Goblins

I had done up the command for these back in 2011 and luckily taken good notes on the colors and mixing recipes I had used, so I was able to finish the warband so that they fit in seamlessly.

A few years before, I was lucky enough to have befriended Don, the proprietor, at some HMGS con and was able to get basically "one of each" rather than any specific pack and thus I have exactly 39 figures in Heavy Armor seen below with no duplicates. (In retrospect, I suppose I should have taken one more .) Over the intervening years Don released more goblin forces, both "Lightly armored" and "Unarmored", as well as similarly equipped units of goblin cavalry on wolves. Each time I was able to pick up "one of each" of whatever was new giving me a tremendous variety of models.

But being an active duty serviceman, I believe Don's deployments and other issues prevented the Goblin Factory from fully prospering and I note that only small portions of the line remain available at I consider myself quite lucky to have collected nearly all of what I'd ever need and am grateful that I posses perhaps the finest range of goblins ever made, with almost 200 one of a kind models. They are ol' fashioned in that they are not encumbered with tons of flashy details, yet they have extraordinary character, animation and variety. They look hungry, grovely, with gibbering and hooting faces, but also very dangerous. Hats off to designer Mike Broadbent!

I do need a break from goblins for awhile so will finish up the army command, which to the best of my knowledge is totally unavailable today, then call it quits for a bit here.

I'm also certain there are many figures below that are no longer available, so enjoy!

The Command again

The archers

The Pole-Axe

Axe and shield

Two-Handed Axe  (those horns bug me - both in their sculpting and in my painting. I may go back in and add some more transition in there.)

The goblin in the middle has hair! The only one!

The halberds

I made a point of rusting up the armor on every model though I mostly left the chain mail alone.

Swords and boards: I "sharpened" all the blades by running Mithril Silver over the top most edges.

Shield details

All have glowy eyes

More bronze shields. I tried mixing in dark brown in with the gold for the base coat to mixed effect.

The only goblin wearing gloves is the one at right.
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Friday, August 3, 2018

15mm Napoleonic, Peninsula War, Pot Pouri

Another post featuring old figures from the vault. First are Battle Honours with a pair of shots featuring what they call "Insurrection Guerrillas". Based and spaced for Empire, these are among my early serious work, completed in the early 90s.

Next are parts of a supply convoy - a drover and some cows - I believe these are all Minifigs.

Normally I would balk at the wooden wheels. but it is Spain in the early 19th century after all. To get the oxen I don't think I had a choice here.

Powder or rum depending on who is defending this one.

To navigate the steep and treacherous trails of the Pyrenees, these mules and donkeys go single file. Donkeys at left are Minifigs, at right are Essex. Handlers are Minifigs.

Minifigs? Mule train from a different range - not sure which.

The ubiquitous 95th rifles - as for the Russian campaign stuff I had decided to double up everything, so by Empire standards, this is far more Rifles that ever served in one spot.

I also did up a units worth with skirmish order spacing, whereupon I would replace stands rather than spread out the close order stands.

These definitely could use another highlight as well as some Dullcoat.

Finally, the other regiment in the light brigade: the 71st. I didn't know then that the officers didn't have the tartan bands I meticulously painted around the base of their shakos.
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018

15mm Old Glory Napoleonic Württembergers

Throwback Thursday! First a pair of Historical entries followed by a pair of Fantasy ones.

Completed during the 90's sometime, these were created for Empire and as I did then, I decided to double up the numbers as I didn't care for the anemic strips of single ranked figures. This is in actual fact a brigade comprised of the First and Fourth Wurttembergers with the requisite brigadier. Nobody made Wurttemberger light infantry or Germans of any kind in greatcoats so the other half of this brigade are actually French infantry in greatcoats (unpictured) that I doctored up to fill in.

I had hatched up a hare brained scheme whereby I would base all the French in white snow covered bases, the German allies in just brown fields, and the Russians in green grass fields so that they would all be easily identifiable on the table. Very silly in retrospect - and it was not as clear to me then that snowfall didn't occur until after the retreat was well underway.

I can't recall who made the flags - very possibly it was Old Glory too.

In these double up units - I used the NCO figures to command the second line.

My daughters love the pink facings
The horse artillery battery - those guns can double for French ones as well. The crews have 2 single figures and three stands of 2 figures - one in front, one in back that could nestle in between the gun carriages. I thought that was clever.

The foot artillery - as you can see, I was divided about how to base the guns. I think I prefer them with gunners on a single base like these

They become nice pieces in and of themselves with the gunners along.
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15mm Old Glory Napoleonic French High Command Vignettes & Miscellenea

Thowback Thursday number 2!

These were completed in the 90s sometime. I definitely would have done round bases with these and thought slightly more about the composition than I did here. Nonetheless, they are handsome pieces.

L'Empereur himself having a lovely chat with a curaissier general. Old Glory 15s continues to make these sets with various Marshals and vignette pieces. I believe I bought them all except for the trophies one, since I've locked in to Russia and the British/Spanish as the belligerents I'd collect, I had no need for all the captured Austrian flags.

I do think the Chasseur came out well.

Funny to think that there was a time when "tufts" were not a thing.
French general with his pair of trollops

I'm certain I could do these much better today.
French ADC surveying the scene

The cantiniere is Old Glory, but the French infantry officer is Minifigs. My bases have taken a beating over the years.

This is actually an Essex piece. I was confident I had the colors right when I painted this, but I have my doubts about this scheme now. I also would have done the olive green for the cart instead of the bare wood. Would my sources lie? [Edit- I've been helpfully reminded that this is an ambulance and that the colors are indeed correct. Thanks LF!]

 Also, my source was the Funcken illustration:

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