Thursday, December 23, 2010

Failed my morale check!


I can't paint anymore Civil war. I just don't have it in me. oh well, maybe latter! Well the year proved to be somewhat good. I finished 100 Napoleonic, 40 civil war figures and Nursing school. Bonus to me. and since the new year is just around the corner time to plan next years goals. I don't think I am going to try and do more multi 100+ figure projects any time soon. My last really successful completed project was Rhodesia. So I am going to go back to a small project that can be completed in a reasonable period.
First 3 projects for the new year are as follows:
1)Korea at 100 figures per side this is the big project for the new year. more to follow on this one.
1)1980 cold war hot project that I have been working on for a while now
3) 1950 Malayan emergency project very small roughly 20-30 figures per side with a couple of vehicles. more to follow.
so with some modern themed projects on the table I will start with the first Korea.

Monday, November 1, 2010

First Figures

First figures are complete. 32 union figures. I have used just the sack coat figures for the advancing figures to represent the standard union uniform.
The firing figures are a mix of sack coats and shell jackets . this unit will represent a Illinois regiment with some of the troops in the state issue jacket.
I have been of a mix mind for union head gear. Generally speaking western troops are thought to use the hat more than the kepi and this appears to be borne out in photos. However since this is an early war battle I am leaning toward more kepi's to show a more smart appearance.
Interesting to see how the light effects the color of the blue . All pants are the same color and are not the turquoise blue of some of the pictures. Also all figures are 25mm perry plastics

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pea Ridge Project

When asked what I find appealing about war games my stock answer was always that I could recreate a historical battle and change the results. Now I know that's a little simplistic but it has always been a factor in my thinking.

But it never happens. and I mean never, In 23 years of painting miniatures it has literally never happened. when we play which is rarer these days it is always a hypothetical meeting engagement between 2 roughly matched foes. and one that only generally matches a historic order of Battle

well, it's time to change that. for my civil war project I am picking the battle of Pea Ridge AR. This is an important battle in the trans Mississippi theater and fits my criteria in most ways.
1) significant, keeps Missouri in the union and stops a confederate offensive under the general ship of Earl Van Dorn.
2) size, I can do all the forces for either wing realistically. using the frontiers scenario guide to guns at Gettysburg it is 15 union units vs 17 confederate units and that is including 5 artillery batteries.
3) interesting units, from Illinois infantry armed with colt repeating rifles to Indians to Texas cavalry there is a mix of colorful units.
I 'm going to give myself 1 year and 5 months to collect the figures and terrain and get it all painted up. so here is to playing the battle on 7 march 2012, the 150 anniversary.

A not so new period

It has been a long time since I lasted posted anything. The summer and fall have been spent finishing school. And I have not had any time to paint. Of course now that I can paint I am pretty much out of naps for the moment . So what to do ? Huzzah, a new period !

When I was a child the civil war (American) all ways had a fascination for me. I would pour over my copy of the American heritage civil war book by Bruce Catton and stare for hours at the pictures. Of course I never read it. I in fact still have that very battered book and the pictures are still pretty good and I still haven't read it. It is the one period I have danced around the edges of, painting a unit here or there but never trying to in fact paint a large force for.

Well, now is the time. I have references, I have ospreys and I have a copy of Gettysburg in the dvd player. Time to get busy.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Just finished this weeks batch. 12 artillery figures and 3 12lb guns. Old Glory figures and guns. I liked the figures and they painted pretty up easy but I used really thin paint for the undercoat and keep seeing specks of silver where I missed the primer. Annoying. I think I will have to go back with a magic wash to see if I can take care of the worst of it. oh well. For GdB thats 1, 6 gun battery.
11 weeks 84 figures. I'm thinking of switching gears for a while and trying some oppostion forces. first up the Saxons

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Regiment is finished.

Well, I did not get a chance to finish my 8 figures last week. But I was able to make up the difference this week and finish the last 8 fusiliers completing the 72 figure regiment. It is both satisfying and intimidating to think this is just the tip of the iceberg. I will probably paint different units from here on out. 1 week artillery the next a battalion of Saxons, or what ever. only to keep the interest fresh. I felt good about painting the same thing 56 times minus the grens and light troops. but I am worried about burn out. All together I liked how this unit came together. I read in Chandler that the French relied on Prussian stores for various restocks. That is why I painted some figures in the tan pants. to represent the Prussian campaign pants.
10 week total 72 figures.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Here are this weeks 8 figures. the regiments light companies of voltigeurs. These are 2 companies. for both battalions. 8 more fusiliers and the regiment is complete hopefully I will have time over the rest of the memorial day weekend to polish off the regt. then on to the next project. either artillery or Saxons! 64 figures to date in 2 months.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Here are this weeks figures. 8 Grenadiers. which makes both battalions grenadier companies. I really like this batch of old glory figures lots of animation and differences between figures. a total of 7 weeks 56 figures.

reinforcements have arrived!

First, how many projects start out this way massive outlay of money, diminishing painting returns and finally back of closet never to see the light of day. well this time is different because of 8 a week. 8 a week is my new wargame philosophy. I will just concern myself with painting 8 figures a week. If I want to paint something else, fine paint it. just finish your 8 a week first. It has both rewards and manageable goals built in. so will it last? nah, but let's try!

I have got a little of everything first round of 1806 Saxons, infantry, artillery and cavalry, more French infantry and a 12lb French battery. The Saxons I think look cool in white uni's and are also useful for 1809. The French are really good for the 1805-1807 campaigns but are perfectly useful for the earlier battles as well sans the eagles. But I am sure I well be using them for any battle we play.
And a thank you to my nephew the 25mm warrior. Josh for the French artillery for my birthday. And my wife who every year says "what do you want for your birthday?"and then "oh, you order it yourself".

Sunday, May 16, 2010

8 a week, that's all we ask

I have always had the attention span of a moth when it comes to painting. Even this blog shows my fluttering from one project to the next. but what if...

What if I could paint just 8 figures a week. in a year I would have over 400 figures painted. can you imagine such a thing. I might actually have enough figures to play a real game!

So here is my challenge 8-10 figures a week for the next year. I think I can do it. 6 weeks down only 46 to go! So here are this weeks 10 figures. more old glory Fusiliers. for a total of 6 weeks, 48 figures.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

This weeks figs

I am turning into a veritable painting machine! I have never had output like this before. in fact in the 20 + years, 24 to be precise, this is the most I have ever painted including 15's! So enough self congratulations here is this week's French. 10 more old glory Fusiliers for a total of 38 figures in the last month.
I think one thing that has really helped is painting while listening to podcast. These seem to work much better at keeping me engaged and focused than music. And what better podcast then the Napoleon podcast. There are 50+ episodes lasting from 1-1/12 hours long and while I don't agree with everything they say.( I find the hosts to be rather Bonapartists) they are lively and and fun discussions.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

1st battalion 40eme Ligne

First battalion is finshed sans the elite companies. with the pre 1808 organization of 7 line fusiler companies and 2 elite companies. a total of 36 figures.
I am going to do a historic organization and have chosen General (The future Marshal) Suchet divsion in Marshal Lannes V corps. A hard fighting corps that was in the thick of things at both Austerlitz and Jena it also was involved at Saalfeld.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

And yet more French

Something is wrong, more finished French, what is happening to me, I am actually painting! Here are this weeks 9 painted figures. in 3 weeks 28 figures painted, enough for a whole battalion. Crazy.

A score on Ebay!

I have been going to used books stores since I was a little kid. The fun of the hunt and the thrill of the not knowing what you will find has always been a great part of the experience. I have had lots of great finds but one of my all time best coups came today.

With the start of the Internet most things are a click away. the fun of mystery has been replaced with the knowledge that any thing I can think of is probably available if I want to spend enough money.

Trolling through ebay I spotted a copy of David Chandlers campaigns of Napoleon for sale. I have always wanted a copy but it is generally in the $30-60 range. I have been to cheap to pick it up.

so imagine my surprise when I found a copy on the buy it now list for $19.00! and today it arrived. a near mint first edition! with a great dust jacket. life is good.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

More French

Well, those that paint certainly know the dreaded doldrums when nothing is interesting and there is no motivation fora period. but I am having the opposite effect with the wind at my back and the excitement of painting is making it fun again. here are the latest finished figures. once again old glory 28mm French pre-1807. I really enjoy these figures. Great fun and lots of variation.
With all of the new Nap rules on the market it is something of a renaissance for Nap gaming. I am going to base these 4 figures to a base with what seems to be an emerging standard of 40mmx40mm bases. 1 stand per company. this will allow me to use either the rank and file rules by crusader or black powder of general de brigade. all of which I own. I will wait until the last 9 are finished before basing them. current total 19 figures done in 2 weeks. wow, that's something of a freakin record for me!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

In praise of Old Glory

I have seen a lot of postings on sites bashing old Glory by people that do not like them . First, I have to say to a large degree figure beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Anyone remember the old mikes models? They where definitely in the eye of the beholder. and if you don't like OG ,then you don't. However, I have to say I am generaly impressed with what I order. The Boer war line I felt was solid. Thier 1812 range I loved. Here are some napoleonic French pre 1807. When I first got these I was not really impressed with them and they sat on a shelf for the last several months. I finally pulled them out and am glad I did. they really painted up well and have a lot of character. I really love the NCO with the pipe in his hat and the bareheaded guy showing his war face ...ahhh. and in a day and age when 28mm guys are $1.90 to 2.30 apiece these are less then $1.00 apiece.

My long suffering wife ordered a small saxon army for me for my birthday. I have long wanted to do an 1806 campaign. so here are the first.

Friday, April 2, 2010

huzzah! a new period

Well, only sort of a new period. These are Helion miniatures Austro-Prussian war of 1866 figures. I bought them back in October but have just started painting them. This is part of a great line that should encompass all of the major troop types for this period. the figures themselves are on the big side of the 28mm size. lots of detail and a joy to paint. really I haven't had this good a time painting miniatures in awhile. crisp lines that make painting easy. very recommended.

The period it self is a little obscure even for me. but has a lot to offer a gamer. first a great mini line in Helion! plus a fair amount of books on the period also offered at their site. Second it has an interesting array of tactical possibles. Austria had Superior artillery combined with shock tactics for the infantry against Prussians with a superior rifle in the needle gun. I am already thinking it looks like it should have been closer than it was except for dismal Austrian command. Uniforms are mostly colorful with a different mid 19Th century feel about them.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

5th Lancers

Here are the latest figures for the week. Cavalry proved to be very valuable during the Boer war. scouting, finding, chasing the Boers but not so much the charge. Lances proved to be even less valuable and soon most lancer regts would forgo the lance for the remainder of the war. The lance was used to great effect at of the first battles of the war, when the 5Th Lancers charged the retreating Boer commandos at Elandslaagte.
These continue the old glory figures using the dip. These figures would also be real nice for northwest frontier figures which are gaining an interest for me.
This brings the year total to 15 infantry and 5 cavalry.

Monday, January 25, 2010

wargames factory

Here are some wargames factory British infantry. I finished last week. The army painter really makes painting quick but I find I don't enjoy the painting process nearly as much. I find I am much more satisfied with the end result when I layer paint.
The figures themselves are good, lots of different looks and poses. The assembly process is not too difficult and they paint up pretty well. There seems to be alot of Zulu war figures on the market these days. These figures are not the best I have seen and not the worst either. but for the price they are hands down the best value. I will buy more.
year to date total 10 boer war and 5 Zulu war infantry

Friday, January 15, 2010

2nd batch

Here are the latest from the work bench. 2010 has got off to a good start of 10 figures, not bad for me. just 8 more KRRC to go to finish up what I have for the battalion. Instead of doing the "dip' on these I used a paint brush to put it no them . I like the result better, less pooling on the figures and a more uniform coating. It's funny, I am already looking past the Boer war at what other period I can use for these figures I am definitely thinking of NWF somewhere down the line.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Kings Royal Rifle Corps

Here are the 1st 5 figures of the new year. Note the black belts and equipment and rifle green patch on side of helmet. 2nd five just need a dull coat and hopefully I will finish the last 8 this week. Figures are old glory 28mm figures which I like but with reservations. The helmet with pugree is not really correct for most units. Most wore a cover over the helmet which concealed the pugree. in case you don't know what a pugree is, it's that band in the middle of the helmet and was designed to help keep it cool. also I have seen a lot of pictures with the haversack worn on the back instead of the side. having said that they are good figures with a lot of character and poses are nice.
Having just criticized the pugree I noticed the picture on the front of the blog have it on!

new year part 2

Well, I meant to start a new theme year with a napoleonic army however,... I started reading a Wilbur Smith novel on South Africa and I was hooked! back to Africa for another year. so instead of starting a new theme which came mighty close I decided to return to my Boer war project and really flesh it out. I am still looking for a set of rules to use but have order the new set black powder so we will see how that goes. First 5 infantry for the new year are finished with a 2nd 5 just waiting on a dull coat.

Here is the planned order of battle for the British:
  • 3 infantry Brigades of around 20 figures to a battalion and 3 battalions to a brigade.
  • 1 guards , 1 Irish and 1 highlander brigades
  • 1 mounted infantry brigade of 4 battalions of 10 figures each
  • 1 South African, 1 Australian 1 yeomandry and 1 mounted infantry bn
  • 1 cavalry brigade of 1 lancer 1 hussar and 1 Canadian dragoons
  • 1 battery of RA and 1 of RHA

while I realize its not completely historical, it will give me a nice cross section of troops and nationalities and will help to keep my interest in painting. so far I have 1 battalion of Irish and am working on the second battalion plus 1 regiment of Australians. done. so hear 's to a new year.