Thursday, October 13, 2016

Which way to base the ECW dudes?

I did another couple of ECW units - some roundhead trotters and another regiment of foot. This time I finished the base with sand and static grass. The last one I did with green flock. Green flock is a bit easier and has a tidy look, but sand and grass is more mature.

Dear reader - which do you prefer? Of course - I would use one for Parliament and the other for the King...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

ECW - big or small?

A little while ago I picked up a 10mm ECW starter kit from Pendraken - enough figs for a few regiments of pike and shot, a few cavalry, and some artillery. I painted a regiment of foot over the weekend and here they are:

I like them - and I like the small footprint. They are based on an 80mm frontage.

The picture below compares them with a similar sized (in figs) unit of 28mm Warlord troops which have a frontage of 180mm:

As much as I enjoy painting 28s - and they sure look great - the problem with them for ECW is the size of each unit. I can only really play on a 6 x 4 table - with each regiment taking up more than half a foot of frontage - there is only so many units I can get on the field before it just gets too crowded.

Now my decision is whether I take the plunge and go for 10mm in a serious way... but I have three complete 28mm ECW armies on the shelf at home now.

Any thoughts?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

M1 Abrams and Austrians!

In typical Dave fashion, this week I have different scales and completely different genres.

First we have 4 battalions of Austrian 10mm Napoleonic infantry. These are Old Glory 10mm strips (which I love) that I picked up in a lot on Bartertown. Now I need some wee eagle transfers for the flags - the only ones I can think of would be shield transfers from VVV. If anyone has a better idea, please let me know!

 Then I have 14 M1 tanks recently refitted after soaking in oven cleaner for a week to bring them down to bare metal. Again - a job lot from TMP this time. They have a date with destiny in a Team Yankee scenario I have in mind.

PS- is anybody out there anymore?

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Big and Small

Just finished a few more Reaper Bones models for my "swamp" themed Dragon Rampant warband. I reckon I could run the big guy at the back as a single model Elite Infantry (6 point) unit. The three lizards could be run as a unit of heavy infantry (4 point), not sure about the two snakes. The medusa fig is pretty cool - maybe she should be a lone shooter model unit (4 point)?

Unable to find any Dullcote in Edmonton last weekend, I picked up a bottle of "matte" Rustoleum varnish. Guess what? It's not very matt - more like satin. But I suppose that's okay for reptiles.

I also did some "small" stuff - these are GHQ 6mm Soviet infantry for the next Team Yankee scenario I plan to run at the club. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Goths, Soviets, and Kobolds!

Over the past couple of weeks I worked up a variety of stuff - first we have 4 units of 10mm Gothic infantry who can represent any late Dark Age infantry or perhaps militia of Rohan. Figs are by Magister Militum I think:

I also worked up a dozen kobolds for a reptilian-themed Dragon Rampant warband that I plan to do using the box of Reaper Bones figs I bought in the kickstarter some time ago. These aren't bad - a bit comical but they paint up easily enough.


Then finally a bunch of Soviet modern microarmour for my next Team Yankee game - this is the remainder of a lot I obtained in a swap after stripping and repainting. There are assorted artillery (the monstrous 2S19 152mm howitzer Msta in the background!), IFVs, and modified IFVs.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Valiant early war Brits

Painted these guys for a Crete scenario I will host at the club next week. I'm a fan of the Valiant figures. These guys will represent the defenders of the Heraklion airfield versus the Valiant paras I have worked on over the last couple of months.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

More 10mm middle earth - Rohan this time

These are a variety of 10mm eastern cavalry ranges I picked up on TMP - I think they are Magister Militum - that look a bit like Rohan knights to me. Soo ...  that's what I painted them as. I based them charging in a wedge formation accordingly. Nice figs!