Sunday, 24 May 2015

Jacobite artillery of James II in Ireland

I really enjoyed painting up the 54 mm figures for the Chunuk Bair diorama now on display at the Great War Exhibition in Wellington. They were quick and easy to paint, especially when using washes to bring out the detail. However, I've returned to my own projects which now includes collecting a 28 mm Jacobite force  to defend King James II's interests in Ireland, 1689-1691. As a result of family history research I became interested in wargaming the period, but thought it might be a project I would tackle in years to come. Alas, Front Rank recently had a sale on their superb range of 17th Century figures that I couldn't ignore, and in a moment of weakness I splashed out, initially buying four infantry and two cavalry regiments, along with mounted commanders and two artillery pieces. Since then I've added another cavalry regiment, as well as mounted and dismounted dragoons. Fellow Southern Strategists, Dave and Geoff, have also purchased sizable forces, mainly to portray the forces of the usurper, William of Orange. Dave is pushing for our group to have these forces all painted up for a demo game at Conquest in Christchurch in October this year, but this might be a bit ambitious given that Geoff and I aren't the fastest of we'll see. These images are of  the completed artillery stands which are the first troops I painted up for the project. Two squadrons of the grey-coated Galmoy's Horse are currently under the brush.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

My last Anzac figures

There is less than a week to go before the grand opening of the Great War Exhibition at the Dominion Museum in Wellington. Over the past two weeks a group of volunteer wargamers have been tirelessly working with Alan and Michael Perry, along with the staff from Weta Workshop, in piecing together a massive diorama of the battle for Chunuk Bair at Gallipoli in August 1915. Included in the diorama are some figures that I had the privilege of painting up for the project, although I doubt I will able to identify mine among the 5,000 other figures when I visit the exhibit. Check out the 'Mustering the Troops' blog for reports from Roly Hermans of the work done over the last two weeks.

Here are my last batch to be painted up. I love the pose of these Anzacs which I had to individually wrap in bubble-wrap to protect them in transit from Christchurch to Wellington.
Absolutely stunning sculpting by the Perrys and I'm keen to buy some of these figures if they are ever reproduced for public purchase.

I painted the brass hat badges and buttons on the webbing but I doubt anyone will see such detail when the figures are on display 

Fellow Southern Strategist, Dave Houston, was a bit behind in reaching his quota but managed to paint 35 figures in two days! A massive effort.


Sunday, 29 March 2015

Second batch of Perry Gallipoli figures

Time is running out for me to paint my quota of 40 Perry figures for the new Great War exhibition in Wellington...but I'm determined to do it. With Easter taken up with family commitments out of town, this leaves me only a few nights over the next couple of weeks to paint up another 20. I've promised myself before that I would never again find myself painting figures into the wee hours of the morning but I can see I might have to break that promise...again. Never mind, there might be some good programmes on the History channel for me to watch when painting while the rest of the family are sleeping. Here's a couple of snaps of the latest figures completed which include Turkish casualties and New Zealand troops loading their rifles.


Saturday, 14 March 2015

54 mm Gallipoli Figures by the Perrys

On 18 April this year a new Great War exhibition is being opened in Wellington, New Zealand. The exhibition will last for the duration of the Great War centenary celebrations and it is very likely to become a permanent museum. This is a joint project sponsored by the NZ government and Sir Peter Jackson, with displays being created by Weta Workshop. Included in one of these displays depicting action at Gallipoli will be 4,000 54mm Turkish and Anzac figures made by Perry Miniatures. New Zealand wargamers have been recruited to paint these figures and I consider myself privileged to one of them. There have been issues with the distribution which meant that some blokes initially only received a few figures to paint up. My first five figures included 3 Turks and 2 Kiwis, which I have finished and returned. I love the poses which I'm sure will give a realistic portrayal of the action. Painters were supplied with a standard colour chart to follow, but I'm dubious about the accuracy of the Anzac webbing colour...although this doesn't detract from final result.
For more info check out the 'Mustering the Troops' blog at:        

Saturday, 7 March 2015

French Arquebusiers de Grassin

I finished this unit a month or so back and thought it about time I included them on the blog. I must admit that it was the exotic name of the regiment/ legion that first inspired me to include them in my French army. I was looking for a foot unit that I could use as light infantry/ skirmishers as well being able to form them to fight in linear formation. Although the Arquebusiers de Grassin was only in existence from 1744 until 1749, playing a crucial role in the battle of Fontenoy, I figure I can get away with using them in SYW battles. These Front Rank figures proved ideal for depicting the regiment wearing the stylish Merliton hat, even if the gold- coloured fler de lys badge is not historically correct.


Monday, 16 February 2015

It's certainly been a while since my last post but that doesn't mean I've been neglecting my beloved hobby.
On the contrary, I've been busy putting together my first 4Ground buildings. These proved easy to make and are relatively inexpensive and should prove very durable for years to come. I brought mine from Warlord Games who provided excellent service and I took advantage of their free postage deal.

The thing I like about these buildings is how versatile they are. I'll be able to use them for my FIW, AWI and ACW projects. The blockhouse is still a work in progress as I intend to build two different stockades for it to sit in: one with a wooden pallisade for the above north American periods and another with an earth embankment for Spanish Peninsula games.

The blockhouse comes with a base but I've made my own from 3mm MDF for the two frontier houses. The added foliage was home-made care of Rodger Wood, terrain-master for the Southern Strategists. Check out his blog:


Sunday, 24 August 2014

AWI / SYW Hessian Infantry

Its been a while but I finally got around to posting some images of two freshly repainted 28mm Front Rank AWI regiments. Apart from the command figures, these units were bought second-hand at a local wargaming swap-meet a few years ago. Their original old enamel paint job was rubbish, so I've stripped them and painted them up to represent Fusilier Regiments von Ditfurth and Erbprinz. The superb GMB flags really bring these units to life.Thanks to Rodger Wood for taking some of these photos which I've pinched from our Southern Strategists blog. These units will be part of my AWI Hessian brigade, but I reckon I can also get away with using them for my Seven Years War project as well. Until next time.....
Regt von Ditfurth (yellow facings) in action with Hessians and Royal artillery -Image by Rodger Wood

Fusilier Regts von Ditfurth and Erbprinz in action with Royal artillery - Image by Rodger Wood
Fusilier Regt Erbprinz

Fusilier Regt von Ditfurth supported by the Royal Welch Fusiliers (23rd Foot)

As yet unnamed Hessian general, but thinking of naming him something like von Smallhausen or von Fleihofen...a little bit of inspiration from 'Allo, Allo.'