Monday, 8 November 2021

New Banner and Pantile Photoshoot

Painting and gaming has been a bit thin on the ground recently, due in the main to illness.  However, I'm on the mend now thank goodness, so I recently decided to do a little photo session with my Napoleonic terrain and figures.  These are mainly aimed at playing Sharp Practice in the Peninsular War, although the buildings will also see service in WW2 for Crete and Italy using both Bolt Action and Chain of Command.  I was looking to create a new banner for the blog and photoshop-whizz Colin was kind enough to do a little bit of magic to replace the 'bookcase & armchair background' with some sky.

The majority of the buildings are from the superb Charlie Foxtrot Models pantile range, with extras from Grand Manner and some scratch-builds too.  Scatter terrain and animals are from Hovels, Redoubt, Warbases, Warlord, Debris of War, etc.  My good friend George has picked up some Last Valley horsehair style trees for me which I think will suit the terrain very well.

Here are a few more pics.

Happy gaming! :o)

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!