Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Begovian Army - Horse Archers - WIP

The 40mm ottoman style horse archer, has got into a mould so I cast up enough horse archers (added some bows made from wire), plus some horses to make a unit up for the Begovian army.... 
need to get these painted to take part in the upcoming action....

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Fenwick Army get some new shiny recruits .....

I've been busy casting my own 28mm infantry and cavalry. New units have been created for the Duchy of Fenwick army.  I've used my castings for rank and file, with spare figures and some new figures from Eagle Miniatures for officers.

Four new units prepped and ready to paint. A guards battalion ....
 and a converged grenadier battalion...
New regiment of horse grenadiers (using some Jacdaw grenadier heads I had put by)....
 and lastly a regiment of Curassiers (they have their coats on, I will paint in a blackened cuirass instead of a waistcoat).
Some units for the Fenwick army have also been re-furbished. I used my home-cast horses as re-mounts for the existing dragoon regiment.(Irregular Miniatures riders)....
The existing artillery crew have been replaced with some from Eagle Miniatures ..
the new units will bring the Fenwick army up to a size to be able to fight the Monrovians on their own. Lots to paint 😁

Sunday, 23 September 2018

The Begovian army marches closer .....

The main body of Begovian army continues their march towards the Wittenberg province of Zinzendorf. They are currently crossing a river ....
Osram Pasha watches the army marching past....
Someone else watches the army marching past, a forward scout from the Wittenberg army
he makes notes on numbers of units and men, then works his way back through the forest and onwards as fast as he can to make his report....

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Skirmish at Sartoli ...

A small raiding party of Begovian cavalry has cross the border and attacked the small town of Sartoli setting part of it alight....
 waiting for them on the outskirts of town are some of the local militia and a detachment of mounted Feldjagers...
 The militia pour close musket fire into the Begovians as they ride past ....
 The Begovians with wounded men are taken aback by the close fire from the militia turn tail and are chased out of the town and back across the border by the Feldjagers...

Friday, 14 September 2018

Militia Muster and increased border patrols...

On the outskirts of Topdan, the local militia have been mustered for inspection by Colonel Hofler (whose pandour unit is stationed in the town).

---oXo---

Some extra detachments of field jagers have arrived, some of them utilise llamas to patrol the hillier areas of the border with Begovia - being more nimble footed that horses.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

28mm: March Attack Musketeer, Horse and Dragoon - First Castings

I completed the initial mould for the 28mm figures I had sculpted and did a trial casting session today ..
in general coming out nicely,  the dragoons sword doesn't cast quite right occasionally - but easily fixed with some green stuff. I'm planning to do one more 28mm mould - 3 march attack musketeers and a grenadier, so I can cast infantry units quickly. I'll use my castings for rank and file and buy in the command figures and musicians.
    The 'plan' is to use my home-casts to complete the Duchy of Fenwick army and in the long-term  re-furbish some of the Monrovian and Wittenberg army units.

Friday, 7 September 2018

On Watch ...

An eagle eyed observer on a watch tower near the Begovian border has spotted something and calls his officer.
The officer checks the area on out with his telescope...  he can see a small party of horsemen ...
the officer writes brief report and arranges for it to be sent to army HQ.

---oXo---

Over the next few days reports trickled back to the Wittenberg army HQ in Portoki of more sightings of small parties of Begovian troops near the border -

Friday, 24 August 2018

A trip to the treasury ...

The King had a private meeting with the Begovian ambassador in the library...
the meeting was a last attempt to avert war over Begovia's claim to eastern half of the Zinzendorf province.  The meeting achieved nothing,  the King had hoped to find some rapprochement - unfortunately the issue would now be settled on the battlefield.
 ---oXo---

After discussing the meeting with Count Muntser, the King took his son Prince Albrecht down to the undercroft of the palace (accompanied by one of the palace cats) .... along a corridor
across a small room past a couple of guards ...
 down the corridor, stopping to see the effigy of one of the medieval kings of Wittenberg
 then further along reaching a door, the King requested the guard to unlock and open the door ...
in they went, to see the first room of the treasury.....
Once they'd had a good look round, the King showed the young prince some of the other treasury rooms. Afterwards they went back up to the royal appartments for afternoon tea with the Queen and members of the court.

Friday, 10 August 2018

28mm: Sculpt - Horse and Dragoon

the last of my initial sculpts for 28mm, a horse and generic dragoon (rider separate)

my horse and rider with a Front Rank SYW figure to give a size comparison - I think I've edged toward 30mm 😊

the rider still sits a little high in the saddle and there are a few fluffs that need fixing which the photos have shown up.

Time to start working out the order in which all the accumulated masters (both 40mm & 28mm) will go into moulds

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Troops in motion .....

    The despatches have reached the eyes of General Waldebeck, one tells him of the movement north-west towards the province of Zinzendorf by the Begovian army. A meeting of officers has been called and the General briefs them on the disposition of forces ....
 The Begovian army is on the march towards our borders, we must dispose of the troops available to us to meet this threat.
   The Dragoons, infantry and  artillery will move to Partoki in the centre of the Nastrovian plains.
Halfway between Partoki and the border will be the Rutenian cavalry and Hofler's Pandours at Topdan, with the Uhlans and the Kings Jagers at Barzoli.
    The local land militias will be activated and see to the defence of the border towns and man the watchtowers. Gentlemen return to you commands and get your troops into position as soon as possible...
---oXo---

The next day, General Waldebeck leaves Pulverstadt with a brigade of infantry to march to Partoki...

Friday, 27 July 2018

Grenadiers on Parade ...

At Pulverstadt, General Waldebeck and Count Boritzy inspect the newly formed Zinzendorf grenadier regiment...

---oXo---

Meanwhile a courier carrying important dispatches for the General rides towards Pulverstadt..


Friday, 20 July 2018

The Begovian army marches ....

After having mustered at Badderhof, the begovian army has started off on its long march north-west towards the Wittenberg border province of Zinzendorf.

The commander of the army Osram Pasha and his aide watch as the army moves onwards ...



Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Begovian cavalry on the move ...

Begovian cavalry are on the march....
their army is mustering near the Begovian capital Badderhor, before it marches north-west towards the border with Wittenberg.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Wittenberg Garrison regiment...

Wittenberg garrison regiment now up to full strength is on manoeuvres near the Zinzendorf provincial capital of Pulverstadt with a detachment of the Kings Jagers...



Thursday, 12 July 2018

Troops from Rutenia....

After some careful negotiation (including supplies of arms from Fenwick and a guarantee of support from the Imperium) the Principality of Rutenia has declared itself independent from Begovia and is now an ally of Wittenberg....

A mounted contingent of troops from Rutenia has travelled to the small monastery at Kernow in the north of Wittenberg's Zinzendorf province.  Watched by some locals and General Waldebeck the Rutenian Battle Banner of St George (held in safekeeping in the monastery for 50 years) is handed over ....
 The battle banner of St George is shown to the waiting Rutenian cavalry...
 The Rutenian troops leave with General Waldebeck and his escort....
 they will travel south-west to join the Wittenberg troops stationed at Partoki in the centre of the Nastrovian Plains.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Casting extras for Wittenberg Infantry ....

All the casting I wanted to do for now has been completed. Enough 40mm figures to bring my garrison regiment to full strength...
I decided that I ought to have a battalion of grenadiers, so cast the necessary figures and separate grenadier heads.It was slow work attaching the alternate heads and fixing some casting fluffs. In addition I cast a Creartec mounted officer and tweaked it changing the head to one from Sash & Sabre.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

28mm: Sculpt - March Attack Musketeer

For some time I've been planning to have a go at some sculpting in 28mm. Finally decided to have a go at a march attack musketeer. After a couple of false starts... the third attempt seemed to be going somewhere so I persisted with it. Now it is finished and looks reasonable...


It has a number of imperfections which need fixing before I put it in a mould. What next ? I'm going to try a horse and dragoon rider.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Casting some figures ....

Nice hot day today so went out to the garage to melt metal and cast some figures. Main point of today was to try out my new metal melting pot...
The beastie is from Prince August, who were also doing a half price bundle deal with it for 10bars of model metal. Much easier to use than melting metal in ladles on a hotplate. I managed to cast up enough figures to bring my 40mm garrison regiment up to full strength - before it got to hot in the garage  :)

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Watching the border ....

A look out is being kept across the Begovian border...
All the old watchtowers have been renovated and are manned currently by small detachments of Hofler's pandours..