Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Star Wars Legion

My good friend Paul has been steadily building a large collection of beautifully painted miniatures for Star Wars Legion, mainly Rebels and Droids plus a few special characters.  I visited last weekend and had a fab time with Paul and the lovely Mrs MB eating lots of tasty food, going for walks along the coast and, of course, getting in some games of Star Wars Legion.  It's a brilliant game!  So brilliant that I've now got my own collection under way (thanks mate).  In the meantime here's a few pics of Paul's fantastic models.

C-3P0, Luke and R2-D2

Chewie, Han and Leia

Rebel Commandos (Sniper Team)

Rebel Troopers

Rebel AT-RT

Rebel Speeder

FD Laser Cannon

Medium Blaster

More Rebel Troopers

May the force be with you!

Friday, 3 September 2021

ACW Snipers

Initially I was a little surprised to read about snipers in the American Civil War, but really I shouldn’t have as ‘sharpshooters’ had been around in some form for perhaps a hundred years or so.  Anyway, I decided these were a ‘must have’.  This Union sniper is a Dixon’s figure.

The Reb sniper is from 1st Corps and I’ve paired him with a Perry artillery limber to give him some suitable cover.  The 1st Corps set has two kneeling figures with a selection of heads - highly recommended!

A while back I mentioned posting up some army pics for my Union force.  So here they are!  The gaming mat is Geek Villain, Sicily and again is highly recommended!

There are still some troops to be added (e.g. cavalry and maybe a unit of Zouaves or a black/coloured unit, etc) plus a host of supports.  This lot comes in at around 100 points so plenty to be gaming with.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

British 2lb AT Gun

The QF 6lb AT gun did not enter service in North Africa until around April 1942, so up to that point the Allied forces had to rely on the 2lber (plus 25lb howitzers in a direct AT role) to knock out enemy armour. In order to game these early desert war battles (e.g. Compass, Brevity, Battleaxe, etc) I’d need a 2lb AT gun.  This is a Warlord Games kit.  The extra crew are actually from the mortar set… but shhh!

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 20 August 2021

North African Interlude

A change is as good as a rest, or so they say.  So here’s a few more troops for my North African WW2 collection.

All Perry metals; a Vickers with a couple of extra figures, a 2” mortar team and a spotter with binoculars to accompany my radio operator and make a FOO team.

Here’s a couple of closer pics.

Made a nice change from all the ACW and SP2 stuff I’ve been working on recently.  Also, on the painting table at the moment is a 2lb AT gun.  Painting recipes can be found on the Painting tab above.

Saturday, 14 August 2021

Cows, Pigs and Rabbits

Our miniature landscapes need, in my opinion, to look a little ‘lived in’ to get the most from our games.  Given that many of our battles are set in rural, or at least semi rural, areas then some suitable livestock are an obvious choice.  So, I’ve painted some.

These are from Redoubt (cows and pigs) and Warbases (rabbits).  Bases from Charlie Foxtrot Models.

Here are a few closer shots.

I felt that painting the cows the usual black and white would limit them to a European setting, tho I may be wrong.  A bit of Googling resulted in me opting for a more generic looking scheme of pale brown and creamy off white.  This is Foundry Buff Leather and Foundry Boneyard, respectively.  Want to add another couple of bases.  These could just as easily be objective tokens in scenarios such as foraging raids too.

Again Google helped choose this reddish brown scheme for the piggies.  This is Foundry Spearshaft.

Just for fun, I wanted some rabbits!  Foundry Bay Brown plus a bit of white for their tails.  I can just imagine a group of Rebel skirmishers getting ready to hit the Yankees but then suddenly being distracted by the prospect of rabbit stew for dinner.


Friday, 6 August 2021

Union Casualty Markers

Perry Miniatures do a great set of wounded and dead figures for ACW so I picked up a pack with a view to making some little vignettes as scatter pieces.  However, I’ve decided to make some shock markers instead.

In SP2 units can pick up points of shock that represent the cohesion of the troops being eroded as they become fatigued during the fighting.  As shock accumulates the troops become less effective and may eventually be forced to withdraw.  Hence it is very important to keep an accurate track of shock.

I particularly like the figures on the right with a Union soldier helping a wounded Confederate soldier.  I’ll get another pack and paint the figures for my Rebs, so each side will have six.

I’ve not yet found any suitable cavalry casualty figures so those units will have to make do with wounded infantry for the time being.  I might see about making a few more markers using figures from either the Redoubt or Dixons ranges.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, 2 August 2021

Perbais Has Fallen!

No, it’s not a another Gerard Butler action movie.  It’s the first instalment of the Gembloux Gap pint sized campaign that good friend George hosted via Zoom and Messenger yesterday.  Here are a few pics of the action.

I’m not doing a report here as George has already described the action.  Safe to say that it was a fantastic game and a real tussle as my French doggedly refused to give ground right up to the end.  A big thank you to George for sorting things out.  Apart from a few initial sound issues the tech worked well.  I’ve hosted games before but this is the first for me as a remote player and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I’ve also picked up a few handy tips for when I next host virtual games.

Saturday, 31 July 2021

Union Regulars (3)

Well, you’re probably getting a bit bored of seeing chaps in dark blue jackets and light blue trousers… but here’s another group of eight figures and an NCO for each of the units of sixteen, one of “right shoulder shift” and the other “advancing”. (Note - first pic has the Officer, not his new NCO)

Flags to follow soon!  This completes my starting force, shown here, so I’ll sort out some army pics.

Monday, 26 July 2021

Union Regulars (2)

The ACW painting production line rolls along!  Two more groups of 8 advancing plus a leader.

More Perry plastics and Charlie Foxtrot Models trays.  Painting recipe here.  I now have around 80 points of the North’s finest but still plenty more figures to go.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Union Skirmishers (2)

Back to the troops! Bashed out another unit of skirmishers for my Union force.

Kept them fairly uniform apart from one chap who has non regulation brown trousers.

Again, Perry figures, but all metal instead of the usual plastic.

Thursday, 15 July 2021

A Napoleonic Interlude

As you’ll no doubt have noticed, I’ve painted quite a lot of figures for ACW over the last few months, so I needed to paint something slightly different.  These two figures were a bit of a treat!

Both figures are lovely Front Rank sculpts.  The lady on the left is a Non Player Character figure whilst the Caçadore is a test figure for a colour scheme I had in mind - the main uniform colour is Foundry Spearshaft, collar and cuffs are Foundry Bavarian Cornflower Blue.

One of the many joys of SP2 is being able to include a variety of NPC figures (often with humorous names) be they bumbling civilians, mad scientists, ladies in need of rescue from foreign bounders, enemy spies, bounders in need of rescue from foreign ladies, friendly spies, exploring officers, minor royalty, politicians, traders, etc.  The list is potentially huge and adds an extra narrative element that really brings the game alive.  Plus, if you’re running a game it gives you as the GM something extra to join in the fun.  Indeed, in our own games and campaigns it is often these characters that help drive the narrative and set the scene for subsequent games as much as the combatants.

Friday, 9 July 2021

Confederate and Union Deployment Points

These are Perry metal figures mainly from their ACW range along with a couple of bits from AWI.

The fellow in the middle is a Doctor figure (as a ‘Physic’ support option) that I picked up at a show some years back, possibly a North Star model?

If not playing SP2 (What!? 😂) then these will just be little vignettes to make the battlefield look more interesting.

Friday, 2 July 2021

Union Artillery (1)

This week I’ve also added a 12lb Napoleon cannon and a leader to my Union force for SP2.

Perry plastic figures.  Artillery tray by Charlie Foxtrot Models.

Painting info for the crew here and cannon here.  Thanks for looking 🙂

Saturday, 26 June 2021

Union Regulars (1)

I’ve painted up the first unit of Union infantry in line.  With a level two leader that’s 18 points for early war and 24 points for later.

All Perry plastics (right shoulder shift style) with Charlie Foxtrot movement trays.

The recipe can be found here.  Next in the painting queue is some heavier firepower for the North.