Monday, 24 April 2017

Sculpt and Cast - Polish cavalry WIP ...

Two items being worked on at the moment,  a Winged Hussar and a Pancerni. The basic armour etc is done
need to add sword/scabards etc. The wings for the hussar are going to be a challenge. Also currently planning to do the following polish figures as well

  • light cavalry
  • tartar
  • haiduk infantry

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Wittenberg Foot Regiment von Schaumberg...

Cardinal Lazinarund and Count Boritzy have arrived to review the recently mustered foot regiment commanded by von Schaumberg.



Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Monrovian Army in battle array .....

With the main core of the Monrovian army finished I decided to set it up on the gaming table... oops nearly fills the whole of one side 😀
on one flank - 3 horse and 1 dragoon regiment
 in the centre the 6 regiments of foot ...


 and on the other flank 3 more horse regiments and one of dragoons

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Most battles will be about half this per side, so a bit of room to manouvre. In addition there is a regiment of mounted croats to add to the Monrovian army.

Two regiments of foot, one of horse and one of mounted croats remain to be finished for the Wittenberg army.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Bridge of boats ....

I wanted a bridge of boats rather than using my 18C pontoon bridge for river crossings; decided to make one myself using card etc ...

I decided to have some narrow boats that were about the same size as one of the 18C pontoons. These I would make from cardboard. To start I made a half boat shape template, drew round it on a marked out piece of cardboard; then cut out the bases.....
I made up some sides of thinner card, which is more bendable, and tried out how they would look ...
then started building the boats .....
the basic boats with my Reiver castings pontoon bridge deck and ramps
the ramps work fine, but the detail on the deck is a bit small for 40mm figs, so I made another one from cardboard and scribed in some larger more random planks....
painted up and ready for a river crossing ....


Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Monrovian Foot Regiment - Von Plessen

Monrovian foot regiment von Plessen on the march...

[ all foot and horse regiment for Monrovia are now done, two foot and one horse regiments to paint up and then a campaign can begin....]

Friday, 17 February 2017

Sculpt and Cast - mounted Croat ...

the last of the 17C items for the moment, this time a mounted croat light cavalry figure

will be making some new moulds which will include this figure.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Unit play cards...

I am working on the unit play cards at the moment. In all 40 unit cards are required (20 for each side). I use blank playing cards (both sides). I found a suitable image for the back and I am using the unit flags and other images for the front. I print out each side on laser address labels and put them onto the cards.

 The unit play cards are shuffled each move. Cards are turned over one by one - units can only move or take action when their card comes up. This creates a fog of war effect. For example you may not be able to move a unit when its card comes up as there is another unit in the way.


Friday, 10 February 2017

Sculpt and Cast - men in Tabards ...

I have completed two generic figures in tabards, one on foot and the other mounted...

 when these are cast will be abel to make up some Cardinals guard, then some musketeers (maybe specials without tabards based on some of my other figures)

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Monrovian horse regiment Von Lowenfeld

Newly raised Monrovian horse regiment Von Lowenfeld leads the cavalry brigade on manouvres ....


[New horse regiment comprising horses and riders cast from my own moulds]

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Getting the artillery ready ...

As I get closer to finishing the two armies, I thought I better ensure I had enough artillery and crew.

I put my larger guns aside for siege works and special scenarios. Each side will have a field battery...


I have 4 light guns , so two per side ... but a bit undermanned ....
so I tweaked a couple of Irregular Miniatures figures I had put away as spares and modified some of my homecasts...
These were duly painted up... now ready for action ...

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Foot Escort for the Sedan Chair ....

I recently used up my last spare Sah&Sabre pikemen converting them to halberdiers with an officer. The halberd tops are from my own castings
I decided on a yellow uniform for them, here they are on escort duty ....

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

BAYKO BARON - 17C musketeer diorama stories

while gathering some info on Musketeers and Cardinals guard I came across this wonderful set of diorama stories shown on the BAYKO BARON's website

L'ABBAYE Ste LAVINE  http://2484.members.page4.me/63.html 

MAISON SAISIR  http://2484.members.page4.me/49.html

L'Hotel De Treville   http://2484.members.page4.me/67.html

La Rochelle    http://2484.members.page4.me/69.html

Saint Cecilia's  http://2484.members.page4.me/76.html

VEZELAY en LANCRE  http://2484.members.page4.me/90.html

PASCHIN SUR SEINE     http://2484.members.page4.me/87.html

(BAYKO is a construction block no longer in production , see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bayko )



Saturday, 21 January 2017

Sculpt and Cast - the riders ..

Have completed and tried out the moulds for the mounted figures, officer with psitol, ensign and trooper with sword. Enough done to form my first horse regiment of eight figures
 The moulds for the mounted figures are the last ones for the moment; future plans are to add a draught horse plus mounted and dismounted chap wearing a tabard (like musketeers or cardinals guards).

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Sculpt & Cast - the horse

A tricky mould to do but the horse casts nearly right every time  😀;  sample casting ....
 there are a couple of imperfections but these can be filed off or holes filled with green stuff - no worse than any other home cast figure

Monday, 16 January 2017

Sculpt & Cast - Officer and Drummer

finished the mould for Officer and Drummer, and have done some trial castings...

Monday, 2 January 2017

Monrovian Foot Regiment - Von Punkel

Foot regiment von Punkel has mustered near the Monrovian capital ....
[The first regiment of my own figures (apart from the officer) painted and based up, I am very pleased with them - more moulds to make and quite a bit of casting to do. ]