Saturday, 1 July 2017

Sculpt and Cast - Polish Winged Hussar WIP ...

I've managed to make a 'wing' for the winged hussar, it needs a bit of tweaking but is good start for a first pass....

Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Kings reviews the army ...

On the plain outside Heidelheim, the Wittenberg army has been drawn up for review ..

some of the court are in attendance ....

The King rides across towards the centre where his lifeguard of horse are positioned in front of the army ...

he will then ride round to look at the rest of the army ....





 the army is mustered and ready for war; the movement of the Monrovia army towards the border the two Kingdoms have been confirmed, a clash of arms is in the offing .....

Thursday, 8 June 2017

ECW Books (holiday purchases)

Three nice little books picked up on or just after my recent little holiday in Kent
the books on the Grenvilles are interesting and includes info on the ECW in Cornwall and Devon. The Airfix booklet is a little gem.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

The Kings Artillerie ...

After receiving the order to muster the army, the commander of the arsenal at Wittenberg readied the artillery and sent them off with an escort of the Kings Dragoons - they will take some time to arrive at Heidelheim...

The head of the column ...
 it goes back a fair way ...


[new items: 4 limbers, 10 of my own draught horse castings]

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Infantry on the march .....

Count Boritzy leads two regiment of foot on their way too the army muster at Heidelheim..
the newly raised regiment Von Starschadel is at the front of the column ...
[ new item: 'yellow coated' Foot Regiment Von Starschadel , using my own castings]

Monday, 8 May 2017

von Taube moves south ...

The King of Wittenberg has issued the call to muster the army...

von Taube with his newly raised regiment of horse and his regiment of dragoons move south to the muster at Hedeilheim. The horse regiment is on the right flank of the column
in the middle is a galloper gun, with the dragoons on the other flank with some baggage carts to the rear..
[new items: Regiment of Horse, draught horse for galloper gun]

Monday, 1 May 2017

The King on his travels ...

The King of Wittenberg is on his way to the city of Heidelheim in the province of Upper Belgravia...

the King's standard at the front ...
the kings carriage and foot escort...
 the kings lifeguard of horse brings up the rear ....

an overview of the Kings coach and escort ....

---oXo---

There are rumours that war with Monrovia is immanent; some say the King will issue the order to muster the army when he reaches Heidelheim.

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

---oXo---
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 ...