Saturday 17 February 2024

Cossack War Wagon (WIP)....

I've been building a cossack war wagon for 40mm figures; made from lego wagon wheels, cardboard, bamboo skewers and a cocktail stick.



This a prototype for a number of wagons to support a cossack army.

Saturday 10 February 2024

Cossacks ...sculpting

 I've been working on sculpting some 40mm cossacks, to home-cast a cossack army and/or some registered cossacks to fight with my Polish army.   I've reworked the generic rider and musketeer I did in 2020 and I've added a ten more ...

Two options for riders (which I can vary with different weapons and modify with green stuff as needed)...

Officer (?), three variants to hold half-pikes (or standards) and six musketeer variants

Next step will be to make some moulds...


Saturday 18 November 2023

The Courier ... deliver the dispatch ...

At the Palace, Captain Schmidt, handed the despatch to Mlle Lisette Givenchy (who tucked it away in her cloak). The Captain said - "Get it to the main commandery as quickly as you can"

Meanwhile, M'lady de Vintner had found out by some means that the despatch was being couriered to the commandery. She instructed her best man Rutger Roquefort and one of his cronies to arrange for the message to be intercepted (Roquefort would get his associate the Hook and his men to do his dirty work)

---oXo---

Mlle Givenchy changed for some suitable street clothes and set off, along with her trusted friend Otto Bahn ...they were soon in the city...
and headed towards the bridge into the quarter where the commandery was located.....
Suddenly blocking their way was tall and wide man... 
Swords drawn and Givenchy moved up cautiously to persuade him to stand aside ....
A couple of swishes of the blade and he staggered backwards off the bridge with two rather nasty wounds ...
after they'd crossed the bridge Givenchy and Bahn were attacked by three more men....
Two were downed and one fell back down the street....
Givenchy and Bahn chased him and after a brief encounter he too was down clutching a nasty wound..
By the time they reached the edge of the small market square, it looked like they were OK; waiting for them as arranged was their friend Johannes von Tiddenheim.... 
"Had a bit of trouble eh ?" said von Tiddenheim 
"Just a little" said Givenchy. 
Bahn said "Not far to go, it should be easy to get to the commandery now....."
As they turned to move on, they were confronted the Hook and his men (some in front of them and two behind them..)
"Time to Dance" exclaimed von Tiddenheim and soon they were embroiled in some furious swordplay ...
They easily repulsed the first attack (but von Tiddenheim was wounded)...
They tried to work their way round the egde of the market square towards the commandery..
Soon they were crossing swords again ....

They'd managed to hold them off and had edged backwards slowly towards their goal ...
After pushing the opposition away, they moved back again slowly....
in came the Hook and his men again .....
Both sides stepped back to catch their breath ....
As Givenchy ran to the commandery nearby...the Hook made an attempt to get through after her 
The Hook failed; the Hook and his crew slowly fell back, all of them wounded in some way; von Tiddenheim and Bahn watched them leave.. 
Givenchy reached the commandery ... and hands over the dispatch ...
... Mission Successful ...

Thursday 16 November 2023

Tatar Segban ...

 To make my Tatar Segban I  used up a variety of my own castings and made a few modifications - mostly the head-gear; in addition I made up a mould for a standing horse, casting some to go with the horse holders.

All painted and ready for action...


Thursday 14 September 2023

Elite Tatar Warriors finished ...

All painted up...

and with the rest of the horde-let


Friday 1 September 2023

Elite Tatar Warriors (WIP)

Selected a few types of my castings Tatar, Polish Pancerni and Ottoman cavalry riders, to do some conversion to make up a unit of Elite Tatar warriors....(sons of nobles..)

Saturday 29 July 2023

Adding to the Library (5) ...

Soldiers & Weapons Polish-Ottoman war books...

Nice books, the main text is in Italian (which I can just about read, with help from online translate tools)  The colour plates are nicely done and cover the troops types - the text for these is in Italian and English.