Sunday, 28 May 2017

General Waldebeck reviews the cavalry ...

Prior to travelling to take up his post as the Governor of the Zinzendorf province General Waldebeck reviews the cavalry regiments which will form parts of the forces at his disposal ...
With the peace treaty having been signed with Sax-Jarslberg recently, these units will soon be on the march, joining them will be Hofler's pandours and the Kings Jagers. The Friekorp infantry have been formed into a new regiment and will form the garrison of Vanderhof; all the rest of the regular troops will return to barracks in their home provinces.

General Waldebeck will also have under his command troops currently stationed in the Zinzendorf province plus the local 'Free-companies' raised by the burg town guilds.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Brother James makes a new friend ...

Gerald was not happy living in the Sackwald forest. He didn't fit in, not looking like the rest of his family and relations. So he decided to leave for a bit and explore the world outside the forest...

After travelling about for a few weeks he ended up at Wittenberg palace. He walked up from the main gate and towards the entrance, he stopped to say hello to the palace cats ...
then he went up the steps and into the main hall, the doorway with guards looked interesting ...
 He waited for a bit and then when some people went through the doors he walked confidently through behind them.  He wandered about a bit exploring the rooms ...

The King and Brother James were in the library, examining and putting away new acquisitions. Brother James was looking for the right place to put 'Codpieces in History' by Iver Biggen. The King was somewhat distracted by a shimmer of light by the window.
The King wondered if it might be an invisible of some form, he relaxed and squinted somewhat at the shimmer (as he had been taught by his great Aunt when he as a youth), concentrating hard for a minute or so he started to see something and then shimmer changed into something visible.  The King said 'Good Day sir''. Gerald was somewhat taken a-back, people could only see him if he wanted them to or if they had the sight.  He hesitated for a moment then introduced himself ..

Gerald told the king of decision to explore the world outside the forest. Gerald explained that he was from a family of pooka's who traditionally took the form of a 8ft white rabbit when they made themselves visible; however he was unable to do so and always ended up looking something like a snowman (some say it was because there was a strand of ice-sprite in the family)

After a long friendly chat with Gerald the King decided that he could stay about the palace provided that he did not cause any mischief. He introduced him to Brother James and put him in his charge, with the proviso to be invisible to all but the King and Brother James.

Gerald went with Brother James to his rooms where they had a good chat and a glass of sherry; they got on famously, so they decided to go into Wittenberg for the evening ...
where they had a great time. Gerald enjoyed himself and decided to stay around and spend some more time with his new friend Brother James .......

Friday, 5 May 2017

Working on a pottery building ...

I picked up a pottery building in a local Charity shop a couple of months ago. A bit large but suitable for 40mm, and to provide roof-age in a town for 28mm
I've been slowly working on it so that looks better suited to the gaming table as a scenic item. I used a hammer and screwdriver and 'carefully' knocked off the thick base. This leaves uneven edges and bits that break off, so you need to stick all the bits back on....
 Next to give make good the walls I used some cork tile in strips and then stuck it down onto a mdf base.
 After that it was necessary to fill in the holes and make good, using modelling clay. I kept the water wheel piece separate so it can be a mill or other building. The doors on the front were covered with card and the overlarge flour bags covered up.
another item to add to the painting queue :)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

40mm: Trial paint of Marching Musketeer

Did a 'quicky' paint-up of one of new 40mm 18C marching musketeer home-casts...
have cast enough of these to make up a small unit.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

progress with 40mm home-cast figures ...

A lot of time recently has been taken up with finishing masters and getting some moulds made. I've completed the moulds for the draught horse and marching musketeer... and I've been doing some trial castings - I'm pleased that they've turned out nicely



that marching musketeer mould is going to be busy, I'll be converting some of the castings to make new masters for Officer, standard bearer, NCO, drummer, grenadier and fusilier.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Peace with Saxe-Jarlsberg...

The King of Wittenberg meets the Herzog of Saxe-Jarlsberg at a country house near Marianstadt in the Hoflandt.
 Here they will sign a peace accord, wherein Saxe-Jarlsberg recognises the Hoflandt as a sovereign part of the Kingdom of Wittenberg. In return their merchants will re-gain trading priviliges in Vanderhof and the trade routes through to Saxe-Jarlsber will re-open. In addition the two countries agree to work together to meet the rising threat of Begovia from the south.

General Waldbeck commander of troops in the Hoflandt is to become the Governor of the province of Zinzendorf which borders part of Begovia; troop re-deployments are pending ....

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The mule train .....

Captain Scharfe and a detachment of the king jagers are taking a mule train carrying the money to pay the border patrol troops via a backroad ...somehow the information about the money transfer has reached the ears of Serrani's maurauders who have decided to intercept the mule train .....

---oXo---

The jagers with the mule train move along a drove road ...
 Serrani's maruaders work their way up the road .....
 Serrani with the lead group takes up position behind the hedge, having seen the mule train; more of his men work their way across the fields ...
 Serrani and his men open fire, the jagers return fire and start to move the mule train into cover as best they can ...
 Serrani and his men move forwards as the jagers hug the hedge line, both sides exchange fire...
However the jagers are not on their own, the grey rider and some mounted jagers are nearby and hear the gun fire, they set off down the road ....
 also parallel and a bit further along are Mademoiselle Givenchy's Irregulars, who move quickly towards the road coming up behind the rest of Serrani's Marauders ...
 The mounted jagers arrive and catch Serrani and some of his marauders in the road ....

The Irregulars deal with the rest of the Marauders .....
 who eventually have had enough and make a run for it .....

 Serrani has been captured and is lying down wounded in the road under guard ...
 meanwhile the Irregulars chase off the last of the Marauders ...
The Grey rider, Captain Scharfe and Mlle. Givenchy meet up to discuss the capture of Serrani and the dispersal of his marauders...

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The King and Queen go for a walk round the palace gardens .....

Its a lovely sunny day and the King and Queen have gone out to see how the palace gardens look now it has all been planted up.

The King and Queen wander down the lime walk towards the orangery....
 Diligent work by the head gardener has born fruit - the first oranges ....
 The head gardener shows the King and Queen the pinery, the pineapple plants have survived the winter and he his hopeful they may produce something this year ...
 The King and Queen have a walk on the terrace ....
 and take in the view of the park landscape ...
 they then move down towards the centre of the garden, past the pavilion where the palace musicians are playing some music ...
They stop to admire the centre piece .....
a final last look at the borders before they head back to the palace ....



---oxo---

an overview of the palace gardens .....




Sunday, 19 March 2017

28mm Transport Barges for the River Oudear ...

After finishing work on the rowing boats, before getting on with the painting I decided to build some transport barges....

I started off by making up an outline on a piece of card and arranging the figures on it. I decided to have 6 rowers and be able to hold 12+ figures.
The construction method would use the same scheme as for the small boats I made for use on my 17C bridge of Boats. 

I made the base out of thicker cardboard, with a spacer from foamboard and a deck from cardboard.
 seats added (foamboard strips with thin card on top), with converted rowers from Britannia miniatures naval landing boat
 sides added using Daler mounting board, and a test with a typical load of 12 figures ...
also I wanted to allow for an optional removable centre mast. A suitable hole was made in the right position in the boat. The mast is made from an old paintbrush handle and a spar from a wooden hibachi skewer. The spar attachment is done using a piece of wire, which allows swap of furled and open sail configurations
I made three barges, here they are painted with masts in position - two with sail furled and one with the sail unfurled...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

making a list ...

The head gardener is working with his assistant to make a list of the plants needed to fill the remaining empty areas of the garden...
[ the hedges were made from strips of thin plastic sponge painted green]

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

at work in the garden .....

while a gardener is busy tidying up the borders...
the head gardener checks out some of the plants from the orangery which have been brought outside ...
[ new garden items: border plants - mix of old bits of trees and foliage clumps on painted card bases with flowers added using some dabs of paint; orangery plants - bits of plastic aquarium plants in dolls house flower pots]

Monday, 13 March 2017

The King takes a break ....

The King has taken a break from catching up on paperwork and has gone for a quick walk round the garden, he is pleased to see the pavilion has been put up and the borders surrounding it planted. He stops for a while to have a chat with the head gardener ...

Saturday, 11 March 2017

28mm Rowing Boats for the River Oudear (WIP)

I've been planning some improvements to boats etc for use in games. I decided to make up a small rowing boat and I wanted a larger boat for transporting troops for small raids etc. 

To start with I bought a Britannia Miniatures royal navy landing boat with crew (code BRW4); this gave me 10 rowers and some seated figures - these are napoleonic naval figures so they need some conversion.

I made up the small rowing boat first, by making an insert to fit into one of the boats I made for my 17C bridge of boats.  The insert is just smaller than the base of the boat and the seats are made using
foamboard strips with Daler mounting board on top
The Britannia Miniatures were modified: the marines had their heads swapped to ones with tricornes and the rest had their hats removed and altered to be bareheaded. I altered the tiller man to have a tricorne as well.  In addition I made up two officers by converting two cart driver figures from Colonel Bills.

The small row boat ...
the resin landing boat from Britannia with the rest of the figures ....
to allow for better use in games, I made a deck insert for the resin boat
this will allow the use of 4 rowers and a tillerman,  with figures standing on the planked deck (saves me having lots of sets of seated figures).

now what about transport and landing barges ? hmm ... more work for the shipyards 😀