Saturday, 11 November 2017

Based & painted Hovels buildings

Recently I decided to base my terrain pieces to enhance the look of the models on the gaming table. I reckon basing them will also help protect them from getting knocked around too much. The models below are from Hovels, a well-known and popular supplier of wargaming terrain, and I'm sure many gamers will have these in their collections. I've had these 28mm models painted for a while and a couple need some touching up with a brush, but I think the basing with the foliage has certainly added something to their look. 

28mm church from the European collection

28mm mansion from the North American collection, suitable for both AWI and ACW gaming

28mm Virginia farm house based on the one Stonewall Jackson died in in 1863  

28mm generic church suitable for AWI and ACW games

No sign of Colonel Tavington and his Loyalist Green Dragoons attempting to burn this church down
I've still got a few models to base up, but that job can wait until the Christmas holidays.

Until next time!

Friday, 3 November 2017

Nap French Chasseurs a Cheval in 28mm

 About a month ago I attended the annual wargamers swap-meet at the Woolston Workingmens Club here in Christchurch. These things can be  kind of 'hit and miss,' as some years I haven't spent a dollar apart from the gold coin entry fee. However, that was not the case this year when I spent all the cash I I had in my wallet. The funny thing about this was that most of the stuff I bought off guys from within my own gaming group, the Southern Strategists. Included in this was a couple of 28mm Front Rank French Napoleonic cavalry units from Chris Packer. Chris has a huge collection of figures, the surplus of which he was casting aside to help pay for the construction of a new wargaming garage. I secured from him a unit of chasseurs a cheval and a hussar unit. He had bought these second-hand and they had seen quite a bit of action, needing some freshening up regarding painting.
My new second-hand French chasseurs a cheval after being 'refitted'

All the paint chips have been covered, company pom-poms added, along with a new GMB flag. An eagle has been added to the standard since I took these photos 

I've also added some grass and foliage produced by Rodger Wood from the Southern Strategists

I tend to paint all my horses, except those for the trumpeters, as Bays and the different colours used on the horses of this unit, as painted by the unknown original owner, will make them stand out from the rest of my French cavalry

It will be a while before I tart up the French hussar unit as I need to order some replacement swords from Front Rank and I also have a few other painting projects that have priority. This includes a second-hand SYW/AWI Hessian force of  four infantry battalions, 2 artillery stands and a unit of cavalry that I bought of another Southern Strategist, Geoff Martin. They only need a change in facings, some new GMB flags and rebasing to get them ready for action; so keep an eye out for the next dispatch from the Mess.

Until next time!     

Sunday, 22 October 2017

SYW French Cavalry

Despite my last post being way back in June, that doesn't mean that there's been no action in the Mess over the last few months. In fact, I've been quite productive in painting up new units and 'tarting up' some existing terrain pieces. I've had a session photographing these recently, so you can expect a regular dispatch arriving over the next few weeks. This dispatch regards a regiment of French line cavalry for my SYW project.

A generic French line cavalry regiment using 25 mm Dixon Miniatures

I had originally intended these to represent the Orleans Regiment but I couldn't find the right flag for it, so I've used a generic GMB French cavalry standard instead.

These aren't my favourite figures and are a bit smaller than my preferred Front Rank units, but once painted and mounted they blend in ok with the rest of my French army.

  The next French cavalry unit currently 'under the brush' is the Gendarme de la Guard. These are Front Rank figures and, with all the raised detail provided, are proving quite easy to paint.

Until next time!     

Saturday, 24 June 2017

SYW - French Royal Ecossais

It's been a slow year painting wise for me in 2017. This 28mm SYW French Royal Ecossais regiment had been 'under the brush' for a number of months but finally can now grace the gaming table in the Mess as part of my WAS/ SYW French force. The unit will also be used in the 1745 Jacobite army that is slowly coming together. I've now got the regular French units for it (Royal Ecossais, Dillon's Regiment and the Fitzjames Cavalry Regiment), but I've been holding off painting up the Highland units as the thought of painting all that tartan gives me nightmares.

The figures I used for the Royal Ecossais are Front Rank French light infantry from their SYW range. I wanted to use this unit for the Seven Years War, War of Austrian Succession, as well as the '45, so I chose to have them in short coats that they were recorded as wearing during the Jacobite Rebellion. I also wanted the majority of troops to wear the standard 'cocked' tri-corn hat to represent a French unit on the Continent. To ensure the visual Scottish character of the unit I've used an officer and piper from the Front Rank Jacobite range to represent Lord John Drummond and his personal piper.The unique flags are from GMB Flags.

Thanks for taking a look.

Until next time!        

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Dillon's Jacobite Regiment of Foot - Williamite War in Ireland

 As usual, I've been a bit slack in posting over the last few months. However, I've finally got around to posting images of Dillon's Regiment of Foot for my Jacobite army in Ireland. This is my first painted unit for 2017....which I finished back in January! Strictly speaking, the flags I've used with this unit were only used in the Irish Brigade of the French army, but they are too classy not to use for my table-top troops.
Figures are 28 mm Front Rank and the superb flags are by Warfare Miniatures

This will be the last Jacobite unit I do for a while as I'm concentrating on finishing of my 28 mm French and British Seven Years War forces. The French Royal Ecossais Regiment will be next off the painting table.

Until next time!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Earl of Antrim's Foot and Tyrconnel's Horse regiments

I'm a bit late posting the photos of these freshly painted Jacobite units as they have already seen action twice over the last few weeks; first in a practice game at the Mess leading up to our demo game at Conquest, and then at Conquest last weekend. Photos taken of this game by Rodger Wood can be viewed on our Southern Strategists blog:

The Earl of Antrim's Foot regiment was recruited from witihin Ulster around the McDonnell lands and was a veteran unit by 1691. Its believed that the soldiers initially wore Highland dress and were poorly equipped when first raised but were later supplied with grey/white French uniforms. Figures are Front Rank and the superb flags are from Warfare Miniatures.

There is only limited information regarding uniforms of individual Jacobite units the during this period but the trend was that officers tended to wear red coats regardless of the coat colour of the rank and file. 

I intend to paint up another command stand with officers in grey coats for this unit so that I can use them as a French regiment as required.   

Pikemen were still being used by some regiments during this period, especially those armed with matchlocks, as they were handy in defending against cavalry.

Tyrconnel's Regiment of Horse was raised by Richard Talbot, Earl of Tyrconnel He was James ll's right-hand man in Ireland during the war and  led the Jacobite forces during the early campaigns. This regiment fought at the Boyne and was one of the veteran Jacobite cavalry regiments that slowed the Williamite infantry advance once it had crossed the river.

This is my first red-coated cavalry unit that contrasts with Galmoy's Horse dressed in grey/white. I liked the Warfare Miniatures flag for this regiment, which helped me decided what unit to paint up.   

I've mixed the figures up so that the unit has a less 'regimented' look by having some troopers with pistols and others with swords.

Tyrconnel's Horse have proved their worth is the two actions they have played out so far, especially in helping to destroying the Williamite Horse in the demo game at Conquest. Unfortunately, Antrim's Foot was forced to retire in both actions after suffering heavy casualties....or perhaps the fault lies with very poor dice throwing on my part!

I've currently got Dillon's Foot  regiment under the brush at present to help bolster the Jacobite infantry.

Until next time!