Monday, 28 March 2011

40mm: Ammo Wagon

A new arrival arrives at the wagon works, this wagon and horses was donated to me by a friend who picked it up at a local 'car boot' sale (cast Nürnberger Meisterzinn moulds)
The initial conversion: a new trail spike from a wooden barbeque skewer; a seat at the front of wagon and top made from cardboard; rider modified to be in a sitting position.
I added some hinges from plasticard to represent the 'storage bin' doors and painted it up ....
You can't have enough wagons, the ammo wagon joins a supply train (all the rest of my 40mm wagons and pack animals)...

Saturday, 26 March 2011

The King gets a new coat (of paint)..

I've given the King and the Field Marshall a re-touch/repaint, their kit was getting a little bit tired after the last couple of years campaigning, they were orginally painted with enamels and had faded out slightly  Anyway here they are refurbished ..
I've also painted up two figures to represent the King and Field Marshall dismounted, seen here with the rest of the general staff ....

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

40mm: Bringing out the big guns ...

A nice big mortar for siege work, from Drabant 13 inch Mortar (code DM1117), with crew from Irregular Miniatures..
Also a the big gun, a Call To Arms 1:32 ECW cannon,  but it looks OK with the 40mm gun crew cast from Creartec moulds.
The Gabions in the above pictures are from Irregular Miniatures (code LWA 20)

Saturday, 19 March 2011

40mm: Encounter at Toppenhof ...

Down in the Hoflandt - General Waldebeck and his troops blunder into the Saxe-Jarsberg interlopers near Toppenhof (an outing for my 40mm figs)
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The Saxe-Jarlsberg troops under the command of Count Pottsendorf emerges into the open ground north of Toppenhof ...
only to find the Wittenberg troops under the command of General Waldebeck ...
As both sides start their deployment the Boritzy Freikorps grenadiers have some ground to make up to secure the right  flank
The battle lines are drawn up ...
The Saxe-Jarlsberg forces advance into close musket range and vollies are exchanged ...
A firefight ensues, both sides hold their ground resolutely but casulaties are beginning to mount ..
The Saxe-Jarlsberg centre battalion loses it's resolve and makes a run for it ...
Another Saxe-Jarlsberg battalion breaks, they are in full retreat now, however their grenadiers fall back in good order.

 A close run engagement - a win for Wittenberg !

Sunday, 13 March 2011

40mm: Trouble in the South ...

Saxe-Jarslberg's troops have crossed into the Hofland and are threatening the border towns. The Wittenberg army forces in the south-west, commanded by General Waldebeck, are marching to engage them. 

The head of the column, the Boritzy Freikorps chasseurs plus some of the Kings Jagers (figures from my 40mm collection)...

Friday, 11 March 2011

Wolves and some bits and bobs ...

Finished the Irregular Miniatures wolves, tricky to get them to look different from each other but they sort of do (?)
An assortment of completed single figures, from the left militia drummer boy (front rank), Madame de Givenchy ready for a fight (irregular miniatures), old crone (foundry), court painter (foundry) and a cantiniere (Jacdaw)
The court painter awaits his clear base and of course an easle and a something for him to paint.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Monrovia - Regiment de La Reine

King Francis and General Stricknein inspect the newly mustered Regiment De La Reine (made up from Wargames Factory WSS plastic infantry - fiddly to assemble but worth the effort).

Cast away ..

No I'm not stuck on a desert island - just been busy today casting some more 40mm Prince August figures. I cast a few oddments up so that I now have enough for one battalion advancing and another battalion marching. The main effort today was to cast a regiment of dragoons; I'd already done some trial castings with the moulds and added in some airvents to improve the metal flow - I cast 16 more figures today to make the regiment -
These are the older Holger Eriksson moulds (no 12 Cavalry Man sword up for the officers and no 42 Cavalry Rifle up for the rankers) the dragoon horses have choice of front leg pose and alternate tail - they look a bit odd with three front legs at the moment. There's work to do to remove the flash and tidy the castings; I now have a nice big stash of 40mm figs to paint. .