Saturday, 26 January 2008

Work in Progress

I've got two jobs on the painting table at the moment, both for Wittenberg. A howitzer and an infantry battalion; these are in the final stages so hopefully I'll be able to post a picture of them finished next weekend.

Now then it's the end of the month and time to decide on my figs order for Febraury, bearing in mind I've got a bit of a backlog perhaps I should be sensible and not buy anything (?!). No chance so what to buy ? Maybe some foot staff/civilians ? Hhmm on with the thinking cap ...

Saturday, 19 January 2008

Wittenberg - the 'package' is ready for delivery

King Leopold IV (left) in discussion with Count Hermann of Munster (centre) and the Chancellor (right). Count Hermann of Munster has arrived back from diplomatic visit.

King: Did things go well ?
Munster: Yes your majesty.
King: Chancellor, did Munster brief you about his visit ?
Chancellor: Yes, thankyou for including me in the latest developments and letting me know what's going on.
Munster: The negotiations are complete, the recipient awaits delivery of his 'package'.
King: Then we must ensure the 'package' arrives safely.
Chancellor: I will make the arrangements.
King: Munster you will travel with the package. Chancellor - ensure there is a full escort.
Chancellor, Munster: Yes your majesty.

[figs in picture: King -Suren; Munster - from Black Cat pirate range;Chancellor - converted Irregular Miniature SYW prussian NCO]

Monrovian Artillery Update

Those dodgy Monrovians have got their howitzer into service first (don't worry the Wittenberg one is on it's way).

[Figs : Hinchcliffe 5.5" howitzer and SYW prussian crew + Irregular Miniatures Marburian limber]

Saturday, 12 January 2008

A Band of Brigands ?

Newly arrived some 42mm figs, in parrallel with building up my 28mm armies for larger engagements, I wanted to use 42mm for skirmish (at 1:10 ratio) and possible role play games. So first is a band of brigands, using Irregular Miniatures Marlburian and SYW figs, the officer figure who is the leader has been modified to give him a new head (Sash &Sabre), I'm going to try to give him a pistol as well. They'll be painted in due course. I going to have detached companies of infantry and local militia on raids, infiltrations etc.

I've got a bit of a metal hill building up and I better get the old paint brush going before it turns into a mountain. So some pics of finished items coming soon I hope.

Saturday, 5 January 2008

The Hills are Alive ...

The gnomes in the Wittenberg toy shops, after having their rest after Xmas, have been busy constructing hills for the wargames table.

I decided to make my own hills. I used layers of Foam Board, sculpting the edges at an angle. First a ridge feature to defend..

Some medium size hills,

One of the medium hills is a bit smaller so it can be stacked up if needed...

I also made some smaller hills from cheap mouse mats (not a good idea, I won't be making any more)
I'll have to paint the foam board hills later.

Mini-Review of Old Glory Marlburians

For my next Monrovian infantry battalion I decided to use some 25mm scale Old Glory Marlburian figures. I used the Infantry in Tricorn Marching with collarless coat - 10 Figures in a bag (Product ID: MW-02). I used three bags to make up my battalion plus some spare figs left from a bag of Old Glory FIW-06 French Line Command.

The marching figs come in assorted poses (3 variants). Below is one fig, undercoated to show the detail better :
These figs are 25mm, and do not mix well with the larger figs, see comparison with Front Rank fig..

Overall the figs are well sculpted and look reasonable. I have used some Old Glory cavalry for dragoons (Product ID: JBH-10 Fitzjames Horse with Command). The figures are in more 'animated' poses that other manufacturers.
Before buying you can look at the pics on the website, if you click on the pic you can see it larger size, I sometimes print this out and look at it with a magnifying glass. It's difficult to get an idea of the detail and the poses sometimes as the pictures are a bit indistinct.

Thursday, 3 January 2008

Monrovia : in the King's Council Chamber

The Kingdom of Monrovia is the rival of the Kingdom of Wittenberg.

At the palace, in the King's Council Chamber, the Chancellor and the King Francis III of Monrovia are in discussion ...

King: What's the current military situation ?

Chancellor: Our army is nearly fully mobilised and has undertaken some field manouvres. We have intelligence on the Wittenberg army, they have placed a corp of observation in Upper Belgravia, although we don't believe they are fully moblised yet.

King: When will our army be ready for taking offensive action ?

Chancellor: From the reports I have received it will be al least 3 months before they are fully ready.

King: We cannot threaten Wittenberg from the south as they border the Imperium, who have no interest in our squabbles, if anything they are likely to put pressure on us if we act when they are not distracted elsewhere. Do we have the support of Saxe-Jarlsberg and Hesse-Limburger ?

Chancellor: Yes, they have signed the usual treaty and have agreed to supply 2 regiments of infantry, 1 of cavalry and a battery of artillery.

King: We need to find out the intentions of the states to the north of Wittenberg. We can make no concrete plans until we know which side the Duchy of Fenwick is going to support or whether they are going to remain neutral as they have done in the past.

Chancellor: The Duchy of Fenwick is being non-committal in discussions with our ambassadors, they are always polite but always ask for extra assurances, more clarification of treaty points etc. I believe they are prevaricating. Their fortresses which control access through the mountain passes along their border with our country have been re-inforced.

King: What of their army ?

Chancellor: A small force of troops is mustering ready for foreign service although we don't know who for. They have already supplied a regiment of infantry and a battery of artillery to the defence of Tipplebruder; we believe the cost of this was paid for by the Kingdom of Wittenberg. As to the rest of the army it has not yet started mobilising. They are rumours that Prince Maurice of Fenwick is reviewing all current arrangements for troops in service with foreign powers and may be going to terminate some of his contracts or raise the costs when renewal is due.

King: Have we made contact with Stagonia ?

Chancellor: Yes your Majesty, our ambassadors have been well received and they are willing to discuss a treaty of alliance.

King: What about Saxe-Bearstein ?

Chancellor: They refused to meet our ambassadors, on the grounds we have been in contact with Stagonia. In fact our ambassadors were rudely treated and ejected from their country.

King: Thankyou for your time Chancellor, we will consider the information you have given us and I will talk further with you on these matters.