Tuesday, 27 September 2011

A spot of tiffin ....

Newly finished denizens of the palace feature here: Foundry painter in library and Jacdaw civilian pack LWC01 in the main hall

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The King is having his portrait painted ...
Tiepolo (artist): You seem in good cheer today your Majesty ?
King: Yes, I received good news today - the Monrovians were defeated at Pomery in Zomeverre

The Queen is on her way to the royal appartments, accompanied by her ladies in waiting ...


Servant: Excuse me your Majesty, the Queen is on her way
King: That'll be all for today Tiepolo ..

The King and Queen enjoy a nice spot of tiffin ....

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Raid on Swanhonloe ...

In Monrovia, across the border from the newly acquired Hofland (taken from Saxe-Jarslberg during the 3rd Belgravian Wars), lies the town Swanhonloe. Reports of supplies being stockpiled there have raised concerns that Monrovia is preparing an attack.  So a raid is planned ....

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Men from the Kings Jagers, mostly in civilian dress (masquerading as brigands) assemble by the abbey of Alt-Liebstadt..
They move carefully towards the border to ensure they avoid the Monrovian border patrols ...
They cross the border successfully and pick their way through the marshes towards Swanhonloe
One party of jagers has seen off a Monrovian border patrol, some mounted jagers commanded by the 'Grey Rider' moves up to support the raid ..
The jagers engage the Monrovians garrison patrols at the edge of Swanhonloe ...
The rest of the garrison of Swanhonloe is called out in response to the attack ...
The jagers make good progress into the edge of the town ....
The garrison gets into position ...
The jagers move in closer ...
A firefight develops, while the jagers prepare to set charges/fires to destroy the buildings and supplies
The jagers force the garrison back down the main road and successfully set fire to two of the buildings and the supply stockpile ...both sides fall back due to the heat and the explosions ..

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A successful raid, the Wittenberg forces destroyed two out of the three warehouses and the supply stockpile - hoorah !!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

40mm: Bits and Bobs

I've been cleaning up a load of Prince August catsings this weekend, two battalions of infantry and a regiment of dragoons.The musket of a couple of the dragoon castings didn't quite come out right so I converted them to one holding a pistol and a farrier with his axe.

I stumbled across http://www.lead-toy-soldiers.com/ in one of web searches recently - nice website and good range of items (a tad expensive though), I bought a couple of samples. Shown below are two mounted officers and a drummer with some figs from other manufaturers for comparison [Prince August (PA), Creartec, Drabant, Sash & Sabre (S&S)]

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Making some marshy, swampy, pond bits ...

For some time I've wanted some scenic items to portray marsh/swamp/ponds. My friend gave me some spare resin tree stump castings - which set me off trying to find a use for them. I spotted the 'Battlefield in a Box' Swamp set online - just the thing to act as base I thought. So when it arrived I unpacked - two ponds with four islands, nice but for me not useable straight off, I got all my spare bits and some scenic material out ...
I wanted another larger area of marsh so I made up a group of four marshy ponds on a piece of MDF, here is the main basic buildup with the resin tree stumps
and terrained up with plastic wood ...
I bulit three small ponds on circular bases, kept three of the 'Battlefield in a Box' islands and added a couple of tree stumps to the two ponds.
The bases and tree stumps were painted dark brown and the foliage clumps added to the tree stumps to make stunted trees ...
The pond areas were dry brushed with some browns and a bit of greeny blue and varnished using lots of Humbrol satin varnish. Then I applied a static grass mix and some Army Painter grass tufts to finish them off ...
A low level shot to get that marshy feel ...
Hey Hans did you here a hound barking ???

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Abbey church completed ...

It's taken me some time but I finally finished and settled on how to use my Pegasus gothic building sets (see here for initial build attempts). I ended up with a small abbey church. I made up some half pieces from 3mm mdf to create side aisles. Roofs are of cardboard/mdf and are removable.

I sprayed the whole thing up using Painters Touch Fossil spray paint, trial assembly of sections on basic base - 3mm mdf, card stand for abbey and cut up Citadel gaming mat for grass surround.
Interior of abbey paved using printed paper sheet and exterior flagstones marked out a using pencil ....
All assembled ....
One side aisle is removable (plus all roofs and second story) allowing for placing figs in the interior
Trial closeup shot of interior ...

Pesky paint pot lids ...

The new style GW /Citadel paint pots were really annoying me. I could not get the lids to stay open, I tried bending the hinge back etc no joy - so I deployed a small piece of wood dowel to keep the lid open .
Hah ! close now you £$*£^%£$....

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Zomverre V Monrovia: Battle of Pomeroy (part the third - finale)

the battle continues ....
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The Ducal cavalry engage their Monrovian counterparts, the Ducal curiassiers break their opponents and pursue cutting them up ... 
The beleagured Monrovian right flank just holds off the the attack; they fight hard holding back the Fenwick grenadiers, while their musketry stalls the advance of the Ducal grenadiers, a second battalion of  Fenwick grenadiers has swung round and started to pour file into the flank of the Monrovian battalions ....
The Ducal curiassiers have rallied from pursuit and crash into the rear of the Monrovians who had been holding their own ...
The Monrovian battle line had been moving forward slowly, man-handling their artillery. The Ducal artillery moved the focus of the their fire to Monrovian centre. The Monrovian Irish  battalion breaks under the bombardment, the gap in the line will be filled by the Regiment de La Reine ..
Meanwhile the Ducal cavalry have routed the remaining Monrovian cavalry and have set off in pursuit, their supporting Fenwick cavalry move into position to encircle the Monrovian flank. The infantry on the Monrovian right flank are struggling to hold their position ....
The Monrovian infantry finally break (the light is starting to fade as the sun sets) ...
Field Marshal Stricknein orders up his reserve, two regiments of cavalry and the grenadier guards to prop-up his flank ... 
Some of the Ducal cavalry returns from their pursuit, while their Fenwick allies move forward ...
The Fenwick cavalry is held off by the fresh Monrovian cavalry and the musketry of the Monrovian infantry holds back an attempted attack by the Dcual forces.
The Monrovians disengage and retreat, leaving the battlefield under the cover of darkness, back through Pomeroy and towards Hohenloe.

A great victory for the Duchy of Zomverre and her Fenwick allies.

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Sunday, 4 September 2011

Zomverre V Monrovia: Battle of Pomeroy (part the second - into contact)

The battle continues ....
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Fenwick grenadiers advance with Ducal and Fenwick  cavlry in support towards the Monrovians right flank ....
On the other flank the Ducal forces have move forward slightly .....
Von Messing directs the attack, Fenwick grenadiers move-up, with Ducal infantry on their right ...
Fenwick Grenadiers and Monrovian infantry exhange vollies ...
The first line of the Monrovians rout after receiving a galling volley from the grenadiers who charge following through into the second line; the cavalry have charged home

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 All hangs in the balance - will Von Messing's gamble on attacking pay-off ?
 to be continued ....