Friday, 3 February 2017

40mm: Sculpt & Cast - horses ...

Two masters finished (converted from my 17C horse). Firstly a draught horse

and a horse for use with dragoons or cuirassiers
I've a couple more 17C items to finish before I make the new moulds.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Raid on Hinderhof ....

After the Monrovian raid on Raddenwitz, Duke Maurice of Fenwick decided on a suitable retaliatory action,  he diced to attack Hinderhof - a trading post for the lucrative furs industry.

A scratch Fenwick force of jagers, grenadiers and the river rangers sailed up the river Oudear and into a side channel to reach Hinderhof….


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At Hinderhof, traders go about their business. A small detachment of marines is based here and in the town is a company of regular troops. Since the raid on Raddenwitz a lookout is being kept, just in case of trouble ...
The Fenwick flotilla works its way towards Hinderhof ...
After having run aground twice the lead boat towing the grenadiers is under way again ...
The Fenwick attack force is spotted by the lookout and he fires a signal of two pistols ...
On hearing the signal shots, the Monrovian marines head to their boat...
A couple of the marines move into the trading area, with the militia on the far shore ...
The Fenwick troops start to land, the river rangers are delayed as they had to take a longer route round to avoid running aground in the narrows ....
The local militia take flight after being fired on by the Fenwick jagers ...
The Fenwick grenadiers form up and prepare to advance to clear the headland ....
The Monrovia marines have got under way and are heading for the Fenwick river rangers boat ...
The Monrovian boat moves in and hits the Fenwick boat side on, both sides take casualties from musket and swivel gun fire ....
Meanwhile the Fenwick Jagers are moving into the centre of the trading area ...
The grenadiers have cleared the headland of opposition and are advancing .....
The Monrovian regulars hurry across the bridge from the nearby town ....
The collision between the boats has pushed the Fenwick boat towards the shore and grounded it, both sides try to grapple and exchange fire ...
The Fenwick grenadiers continue their advance, as the Monrovians start to deploy ....
The Fenwick river rangers have won the tussle between the boats, and the Monrovian one manouvres to the shore ....
The Fenwick grenadiers charge down the road ...losing some men on the way ....
A furious melee ensues ....
The Monrovians just get the upper hand, but both sides have taken heavy casualties .... the Fenwick grenadiers withdraw while the Monrovians re-group...
The Fenwick grenadiers as they withdraw manage to set fire to some buildings ..... the Fenwick river rangers managed to re-float their boat and have moved up to fire at the re-grouping Monrovians ....
with part of the trading post burning, the Fenwick troops withdraw ....
the fire in Hinderhof trading area raged for a while and set the adjacent storage barn afire as well.... the traders stock of furs and pelts was destroyed ....

Saturday, 14 January 2017

40mm: Sculpt & Cast - initial master of march attack musketeer.

I've made a start on my 40mm 18C sculpt and cast project; the first master is done (apart from a few twiddles) - a march attack musketeer.

 this chap will eventually be used to make a mould and from the castings I make masters of other figures needed

Friday, 13 January 2017

refurbishing my River Sections

The river sections I had were made in three batches, they have all aged a bit and lost some colour, giving me mismatched sections ....
 The only thing for it was to redo them all at the same time. So I did a basic brown river bed with lighter brown wash on the sides, then a green for the river bank which is a closer match to the table surface .....
 Some green streaks were added to the river bed, then 6 coats of acrylic gloss varnish, followed by a few grass tufts on the river banks...


ready for another 10 years of gaming ... 😀

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Stream Sections ...

The 'Battlefield in a Box' stream sections I got for Xmas have been reworked to match in my scenic setup. Initially I made a section out of card to represent the start of the stream
 Then all the sections were painted to have green banks and a light brown stream bed
 After that suitable brown streaks were added to the stream bed and some green dabs and streaks to represent watery plants ..
 The bed of each of the stream sections was given 5 coats of gloss acrylic varnish; with a few tufts of grass added. A setup on the table....

With the stream sections now done I have to re-juvenate the river sections...

Monday, 2 January 2017

Duchy of Fenwick - River Rangers ....

Fenwick's newly formed river rangers have marched down to the river Oudear and are about to get some experience in messing about in boats ....
[figures: mostly RAFM french marines (which were very fiddly to paint) with a couple of Old Glory]

Friday, 30 December 2016

Plans for the future ......

Plenty of things to work on and games to play. Main things on the horizon are ....
  • More on table action with solo games - Monrovian v Fenwick trade wars to start with. Need to make up some more small boats for this.
  • Continue with my 17C sculpt, cast and paint project. Will be busy in the new year making moulds and casting - then onto painting the new units.... after that start the 17C campaign ..
  • Looking at a possible Sculpt & Cast for 18C in 40mm; initially will be a march attack musketeer (with possible alternate heads), initial stages of the 'green'..
  • Tidy and finish some secondary project items (WW2 tanks & transport, WW1 planes …)
  • Add a few things to my 54mm Romans and Gauls collection
  • Finish armies for Wittenberg's and Monrovia's allies (in 28mm) ---> Wittenberg's ally the Duchy of Fenwick and Monrovia's ally the Duchy of Noverre.
  • A new 40mm army that could be used in both the 17C & 18C - maybe something along the lines of a Polish or Balkan army. I'll be sculpting and casting for some the of fgiures for this, could take a while to get this moving.  For a start I have made up the commander and his escort for this army, using some Irregular Miniatures croats and a cossack on suitable horses..
Lots to do !  😃