Saturday, 16 July 2016


I've been slowly working my way through plastic animals from various sources.

28mm Mule Train

 I bought the 1/48 Pegasus Gold Miners set, the mules in the set are suitable for 28mm, whereas the figures are about 38mm in height and I'll make use of those later.  I decided to make up some sabot bases for the mules so their handlers could be swapped out. I cut some card board bases out and used some thin clear plastic for the underside
varying handlers for periods or sides means I don't have to make a mule/pony train for each
 shown here finished with some 18th civilian handlers
or military handlers...
Pegasus also do a 1/48 farm animal set which may be useful.

40mm Calves and Foal
 The animals from the plastic tubes (see previous post) were rather variable in scale; so the larger ones have been used to represent younger 40mm animals

Two were just about the right size for calves
 and one for a foal

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Useable toy animals ...

Picked up a couple of tubes of toy farm animals today,
 tube contents ..
at £2.99 a tube worth it even though some are out of scale for 28mm but usable with my 40mm or 54mm. The donkey, cows and horse will be used with the 28mm, bit of basing work to do though.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Saxon Army Uniform Reference 1730's

If you want information on the army of Saxony in the early 1730's then this book is the business ...
Book Info: Die Armee Augusts des Starken (the Army of Augustus the Strong), by Reinhold Muller, ISBN 30327-00229-0. (size 22.5cm x 20cm, ~115 pages).

The book covers all the units and organization of the army. There is an illustration of the uniform of each unit. Although written in german you can find the info you need reasonably well. A quick peek at the content (not the full illustration).. infantry regiment Sachsen-Weimar

I got the book yesterday and have been avidly perusing it; with the infantry and cavalry in red coats they could be just right for my project to re-build the army of the Duchy of Fenwick (the friendly next door neighbours to Wittenberg).

Friday, 24 June 2016

Wargame Table ready for action ...

The table is now ready for action after having spent some time this morning sticking on the rear backscene papers.   I put some scenic items on the table to get some idea of how things look, the hill sections although a little faded help with transition to the backscene.

Mars, god of war, inspects the table and gives his approval ....

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

New table surface (4)... getting near the end ...

I have managed to get the table surface done, the underlay and the surface cloth were stretched over the frame and secured with upholstery tacks. The backscenes arrived in the post today so I have made good progress....

Backscenes (from Guagemaster), laid out so I could decide what goes where
 Fixing the backscene boards, they have some small screws to fix the boards into the correct position and then a piece of wood to hold them tight to the table frame and provide extra strength ( the backscene boards were re-used from the old table and are veterans having been used on at least two model railway layouts as well)
just have to get the rear backscenes stuck on then the table will be ready for action again (hoorah ! :) )

Monday, 20 June 2016

New table surface (3)...

What I thought would be an easy job, turned out to be a lot more work. The old table top made from Contiboard rested on a wood frame;  once I started dismantling it I found the frame and the board sections held each other together ! (I made it quickly 9 years ago, what a bodge :) )
 I was left with part of a frame which was useful, so yesterday I had to add to it to get a decent frame for the table ....
Today the frame was made a bit more robust and the top skin of 3mm MDF is going on...
In the next couple of days I plan to cover the table with an underlay of felt and then the new playing surface on top of that ....

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Wittenberg is 10 Years old this month - Hoorah !!

His august majesty King Leopold ascended the throne 10 years ago (or there-abouts).

I found my old web games diary which started its first entry in June 2006. Gosh doesn't time fly !

I joined the blogo-sphere in January 2007. The gaming table I built in January 2007 is now undergoing refurbishment;  the first small palace diorama was completed in the same month.  So much fun since then - games, modelling, painting .....

Something form the archive, the king reviews his guard troops after his coronation

So some special events will have to be planned to celebrate the Kings 10 years on the throne......