Monday, 23 May 2016

Something for the woods ...

A nice find at the local Toy & Train fair yesterday - a Britains Oak Tree. It was missing a few bits, but managed to fill in with some spare pieces I had.  Shown here assembled with some 28mm figures (perhaps more suitable for use with my 40mm)

Sunday, 22 May 2016

slow, oh so slow ...

Everything seems to be going slowly on the hobby front - lots of stuff on the go, but not much finished...

My main gaming project at the moment is 17C Pike & Shot sculpt and cast in 40mm, while I'm doing this other things are moving along in the background
- I have some 18C civilians on the go, getting close to finishing these.
- for my dark age Saxons I have about 15 civilians and 15 fyrd on the painting table
- some WW2 vehicles, plus a bofors gun - mostly made up from Airfix kits (and a few other kits to build)
- I've been busy sorting out my garden railway for the summer running season, just the track to clean so I can run my electric powered locos.

Monday, 25 April 2016

40mm: infantry regiment Von Romer

In the province of Zinzendorf, the second of the two infantry regiments to be sent to the Hofland to has been mustered and issued with new uniforms ....

 It passes inspection and the next day its sets off on the march south-west .....
[figures used: bulk of regiment Creartec home casts with Sash & Sabre heads; drummers Front Rank; officers mix of Sash&Sabre, Front Rank and Irregular]

Friday, 15 April 2016

40mm: infantry regiment Von Allpneck

In the province of Zinzendorf, two infantry regiments are being prepared to be sent to the Hofland to re-inforce General Waldebecks command.

One of the infantry regiments, Von Allpneck, is ready to march ....


[ New regiment using Irregular Miniatures 40mm austrian figures; officers a mix of figures]

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

40mm: Jagers try out their new guns ...

While Captain Scharfe is away in on special duties in the Sackwald, his battalion stationed in the Hoflandt have received some new equipment to give them extra firepower

An amusette for potential siege works ...


and a light gun ....

[New items: completed amusette and light gun conversions shown in previous post]

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Get the Cardinal to Safety ....

Captain Scharfe of the Kings Jagers had thought he would be off back to the Hoflandt to re-join his battalion; but just as he was about to leave he was given a new task. Cardinal Meinser (a member of the Wittenberg Royal Society) had got lost in the Sackwald forest whilst out studying butterflies and insects.  Scharfe went into the forest with a detachment of jagers and with help from his old friend the Woodsman he located the Cardinal after a couple of days. Now all that was left to do was to get the Cardinal and his small entourage to the safety of Runtsdorf where there was a dragoon outpost .....

--oXo--

The Woodsman, Scharfe and his men along with the Cardinal, his assistant and jester leave the gloomy woods of the Sackwald and onto the road towards Runtsdorf....
 Lurking in the woods are brigands (led by the Hook) waiting to pounce on the unwary on the road to Runtsdorf...
 Scharfe and his party pass through a small hamlet, which is deserted; they are now on their guard...
The brigand Black Jack (still working with the Hook) leads his men out of the forest and one of his men opens fire on Scharfe's party ....
Scharfe and jagers respond forming up and firing off quickly taking down one of the brigands
The Woodsman leads the Cardinal along a side path which he knows with support from a couple of jagers; while Scharfe and the rest keep up a brisk fire, but jagers are getting hit.....
While the Cardinal is led to safety, Scharfe and his men continue the fight including the Jester who thinks he can help by taunting the opposition and jingling his bells .....
In Runtsdorf the sound of musket fire in the woods is about to be investigated, some of the dragoons have mounted up .....
The Cardinal's party emerge out of the woodland and in sight of the road....
The brigands close in, Scharfe and a couple of his men manage to hold them off (the jester has been shot...)
The dragoons arrive and are directed at the brigands moving up the road ....
Scharfe turns to see the dragoons charge down the road ...
 The dragoons lay into the brigands scattering them into the forest and cutting many of them down ...
The Cardinal and his assistant in the company of the Woodsman and a jager reach safety at the outskirts of Runtsdorf ....

--oXo--

Another successful mission for Scharfe; although wounded in the fight with the brigands he will be ready to travel in a couple of days. The Cardinal laments the loss of his jester, good jesters are hard to find. The brigand leaders Hook and Black Jack escaped form the fray with some of their men and have to decided to move to another area .....

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

40mm: Jagers to get some extra firepower (figure conversions ...)

This post shows the conversions I have done for the last of my 'special' items planned for my 40mm Wittenberg Army. The jagers will receive some extra firepower,
  • an amusette like the ones from Perry 28mm AWI range
  • a piece of light artillery being pulled along and also being fired
The amusette was the easiest to do, so the figures have been done by converting the kneeling poses from the S&S AWI jagers pack- and a spare large musket from a 60mm figure which was suitable.
Chap firing 'long musket' and his assistant...
 
with a mantlet made from card, hibachi skewer and plastic wheels ...

I made up a light gun, with parts from the spares bits box and some wire.  I converted two figures for crew when deployed and a chap to pull the gun along with his hands drilled out so the gun can be slotted in and removed.

Being pulled along ...
Ready to fire ....
better get these painted !.....