Saturday, 23 June 2018

Sculpt: Ottoman style horse archer..

Finished a sculpt for an Ottoman style horse archer...
a modified Spahi style figure. The Begovian army will have some of these once I get a mould done.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Begovian Spahis ...

The first lot of Begovian spahis finished plus command stand...
One more lot of 16 to go, plus the last command stand.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

storage tidy - in progress

During a tidy up in the garage over last weekend, I sorted out some shelving space above my G scale model railway layout to use for my wargaming stuff. Two old warped shelves have been replaced with wider ones to hold up to sixteen 12L 'Very Useful' boxes.
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Today I've been organizing a better place to store my 'table riser' sections. All gathered together ready for storage...
I moved my Inet Router box to another location to free up the space between the end of the gaming table and the wall. All the table risers fit in nicely there, with some space for hill sections.
Next job is to sort through the gaming stuff in the spare wardrobe and a cupboard I took control of.....

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Road building .....

Part of the strategy for the defence of the Zinzendorf is the building of new military roads to improve supply routes.

A 'sketchy' Map of Zinzendorf province...

The first of these roads is being built from the more heavily populated part of the province out into Nastrovian plains towards the border with Begovia. The road building is already underway - The section from Pulverstadt to ZinzenStadt has been completed, the next section through the Scaden hills to Partoli is underway ....

 General Waldebeck visits the work in progress at the 'road-head'....
 engineers get ready to cut down a tree in that is in the way ....
 the surveyors go ahead marking out the line of the road ....

Monday, 4 June 2018

Out hunting (2) ..

The King is enjoying his hunting trip to the Sackwald forest. He is out again today...

Not much game has been spotted today, however late in the afternoon a wild boar scurried across in front of him
 - he makes a snap shot and misses... the wild board disappears into the undergrowth...

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Out hunting ...

The King has taken a break for the affairs of state and gone hunting for the weekend in the Sackwald forest. He has a small escort of jagers and a manservant with him ... somewhere in the outer woods .. the jager officer spots something...

 some deer in a clearing ....
the king takes a shot and hits one of the dear - venison for dinner ..

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Kings council meets ...

The King's council is meeting today, discussing the current military situation - including the increasing military build up by Begovians..

The King outlined the agenda, which was followed by the reading of the minutes of the last council meeting..
 the meeting was fruitful and General Waldebecke's plan for defense of the Zinzendorf province, which borders Begovia, was approved. In addition the protection of trade on the lower reaches of the river Oudear was discussed and it was agreed to draw up plans for a new class of river galley's.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Begovian army additions ...

Some more stuff finished for the Begovian army: a command stand
some heavy cavalry ....
additional artillery crew, can now service 4 cannon ....

Sunday, 29 April 2018

The King goes to open Parliament ....

The King has left the palace to attend the opening of the spring session of Parliament ...

The little procession consists of the guard foot band, drum carriage and kings coach with an escort of chevalier garde ...



[new item: Minfigs drum carriage - Wag 12, with a couple of front rank figs for driver and drummer]

Friday, 20 April 2018

Begovian Light Cavalry ...

Just finished these, the first lot of Begovian cavalry....


only another 40 or so to left to do 😁

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Begovian Army Commander, figure sculpted

A special sculpt for the Begovian army commander has been finished (sitting on a slightly modified Creartec horse)



Sunday, 15 April 2018

Begovian Provincial Infantry ...

Having run my new mould to get some heavy cavalry figs cast; while doing so I used some other moulds to make up some spare infantry figures - most of these have been used to morph one of my initial Begovian units into two provincial infantry units deployed in a more loose order; part of the change included 6 firing figures converted from advancing castings.




Thursday, 5 April 2018

At the market ...

Some of the locals have popped into Wittenberg for the market ......

[new items: 7 civilians: 1 Redoubt and 6 from Black Hussar, on clear bases (currently reviewing my 'backdrop' civilians and will be putting more onto clear bases).]

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Happy Easter ...

The King, his family and guests have had a hearty easter dinner and have repaired to one of the other rooms for an after dinner treat -
should be enough chocolate from the egg for them all ....😁

Friday, 23 March 2018

Improving picture quality ... New camera

My digital camera, a Canon PowerShot 710s, had given good service for the last 10 years, but was becoming more temperamental ( a bit like me 😉); so have bought myself a new camera - a Canon PowerShot SX540HS with oodles more megapixels and focus/zoom
test photos so far are much improved; better lighting and depth. Still there are loads of extra buttons on this one - I will have to read the full manual sometime 😏

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

pruning the tree ...

not another post about the palace garden ... 

Looking back through my blog history archive ( ~850 posts, over nearly 11 years) - there is a lot of dross - so it will be removed -  I will keep the best bits. The aim is to keep the game reports, posts supporting the campaign PDFs, key story lines and useful modelling stuff.

Update (22/03). Finished trawling through the posts; trimmed down now to ~720 posts; with labels applied as needed for Palace, Modelling, Game_Report and Sculpt&Cast. Spring clean ended 😀

Saturday, 17 March 2018

40mm Sculpt and Cast - Begovian additions...

With enough compound to make another mould, I decided to add a couple more items for the Ottoman style Begovian army. A heavy cavalry man with mail coat, modifying my generic light cavalry figure, which could be armed with sword or lance

An infantry figure, based on the advancing one, some type of balkan allied infantry; could be used in 17C as a dismounted croat as well
will be working on the mould over the coming week....😀

Sunday, 11 March 2018

More infantry for the Begovian army ....

More Begovian infantry have been finished; three more janissary units,  two in 'dress uniform'. Also the first command stand

having painted my way through my stash of infantry castings, onto the cavalry next ....

Friday, 9 March 2018

Zinzendorf provincial troops ...

General Waldebecke had been hard at work improving the forces available to him to defend the Zinzendorf province. The King had made extra money available to allow the provincial companies to be expanded into battalions; plenty of recruits were available from two disbanded regiments many of whom had served in the Hoflandt campaign.

The general has collected the bulk of his forces together near Pulverstadt for some field manoeuvres, forming up for line of march etc....
the little army on the move in line of march column...
 feldjager scouts out in front...
 jagers in front of the main column ....
 the regular regiment leads the column with uhlans on either side ....
 the four provincial battalions form the main body of the column with the artillery in the middle ....

 the dragoon regiment is at the rear of the column ....
absent from the field manoeuvres are Hofler's pandours who are on border patrol with the local militia companies.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Begovian cavalry ...(WIP)

Finally finished all the prep work on the 40mm ottoman cavalry castings for the Begovian army, 16 armed with sword (using Fronk Rank 28mm sabres); 16 Spahis armed with lance + a command stand


 these will be next in the painting queue; when all the infantry are done and based (3 units in progress: one to complete painting and two to have their bases done.)

Monday, 26 February 2018

Fenwick supply column .....

The Monrovia/Fenwick border war had seemed to pause with both sides taking no real action, pondering their next moves...

A Fenwick supply train for one of their forts near the border was en route ...
it had just been joined by a small cavalry escort, when Monrovian cavalry on a raid was seen heading towards them ....
 The Monrovian hussars attacked the escort and began to chase off the cattle herders ...
 while the hussars attack the herders, the cattle move away ....
 some hussars started to round up cattle; a couple of herders had managed to get a few cattle out of the way...
 meanwhile the rest of the Monrovian hussars supported by the dragoons deal with the supply train escort ....
 the hussars round up the cattle and start to drive them back towards the border ....
 with the supply train escort in full flight (some of the wagons spilling their loads in the rush) , the Monrovian hussars move the cattle on ....
A successful raid by the Monrovians .....