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.'

Sunday, 1 June 2014

AWI Hessian Artillery and terrain

Its been a while since my last post but I have been quietly working away at reducing my lead mountain. A number of years ago I purchased about 60 poorly painted second hand Front Rank SYW Prussian fusiliers at a local wargaming swap-meet. After stripping the old enamel paint-job with nappy cleaner, the almost bare-metal figures have until recently remained neglected. However, the vast SYW collection of fellow Southern Strategist, Chris Packer, has inspired me to finally give these troops the paint job they deserve. First I had to order enough command figures for 3 battalions of fusiliers, which I'm painting up as Hessians. I reckon I can get away with using these units in both my AWI and SYW projects, even though there were some minor differences in the uniforms. I also decided that I needed a couple of artillery stands to support the infantry, so figures and guns were also ordered from Front Rank. So far, I've managed to complete two stands of artillery and one battalion of infantry (von Ditfurth Fusiliers). I've also scratch built some terrain pieces over the last couple months after being inspired by the work of another Southern Strategist, master terrain builder, Rodger Wood. Below are some images of the freshly painted Hessian artillery and terrain pieces, with photos of the infantry to follow in the next post.

Freshly painted Front Rank AWI Hessian artillery

A scratch-built small swamp using 3mm mdf, polyfiller and Woodland Scenics 'Realistic Water.'

       Until next time !

Saturday, 1 February 2014

SYW - Dillon's Regiment of the Irish Brigade

After months of sitting idle with only a black undercoat for any colour, I've finally finished painting up Dillon's Regiment of the French Irish Brigade of the 1740s - 1750s. I chose to have these superb Front Rank figures in full coats so that I could use them for the Jacobite Rebellion of the '45, as well as the War of Austrian Succession and the Seven Years War.

This unit is very special to me due to genealogy research at the French military archives proving my ancestors served in a number of regiments within the Irish Brigade throughout the 18th century, including Dillon's. My next Irish unit that I paint will be Lally's Regiment as I've recently found out that there was a company within the regiment known as 'Stack's Company' during the period that the regiment served in the ill-fated Indian campaign of the Seven Years War. Captain Thomas Stack served as the company commander, while his cousin, Lieutenant James Stack served under him. 

The outstanding flags are supplied by GMB Flags, while the foliage was made by terrain guru, Rodger Wood of the Southern Strategists here in Christchurch. I've only recently started adding foliage to my stands but I'll continue to do so as I reckon it really lifts the final effect. 

The current unit 'under the brush' are some Napoleonic dismounted French dragoons that will take on my Spanish guerrillas. 

Saturday, 21 December 2013

SYW painting

It certainly has been some time since I've posted anything on the blog and I thought I should get at least one more entry in before the end of the year. For most of the year I've been concentrating on revamping my PhD thesis which meant my unpainted lead mountain still remains. However, that didn't mean I didn't get any painting or gaming done. Below are a few photos of my latest painting projects, together with some images of other wargaming adventures during the latter half of the year. The wargaming highlight of 2014  was participating in the 150th 28mm Gettysburg refight held in Christchurch in July. Seamus and I represented Confederat general Robert Rodes in attacking Cemetery Hill. Sadly our division got torn to shreds, and like a good Mill & Boon character, our troops 'lay spent' on the open fields in front of the hill. Hopefully we'll do much better in the Antietam refight in 2014.
Seamus and I contemplating our losses attacking Cemetery Hill 

The surviving Confederate and Union commanders at the end of the Gettysburg refight 

My latest completed painting project - Front Rank British SYW 11th Dragoons. Rodger Wood made the foliage that really lifts the final result.    

28mm Brigade Games Napoleonic French naval officers

28mm Brigade Games Royal Navy officers and bosun

25mm Dixon Roger's Rangers

A mixture of Dixons and Front Rank 25/ 28mm figures that I've painted up as French coureur du bois and militia.


I've just about finished Dillon's Regiment of the French Irish Brigade which will be the subject of my next posting (hopefully before the new year...fingers crossed!).

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Lastest paintwork

It's been quite some time since my last dispatch. Real life has imposed on my beloved hobby, but that hasn't meant that I've stopped painting figures or stopped gaming. On the contrary, over the last few months I've been tarting up and rebasing my old 25mm Dixon ACW armies. The September 2010 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch ensured these armies suffered substantial casualties....mostly in damage to the paintwork, but also with broken bayonets and carbines.

With the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg being celebrated in Christchurch this year with a massive re-fight in 25/28 mm, I have needed to get to work on these. So far I've managed to finish five infantry units, four artillery stands and four mounted generals of my beloved Confederates. I have promised to fix up some 'pesky Fed'rals' as well to ensure some of my gaming colleagues have sufficient forces for the game. I'll have some photos of them in my next dispatch.

Here's some images of an ACW game that the Southern Strategists held in the Mess late last year.

The motley crew from left to right: Dave Houston, Adrian Powell, Seamus Stack, Rodger Wood, Geoff Martin,  Chris Packer and Gavin Bowden

The motley crew from left to right -  Dave Houston, Adrian Powell, Seamus Stack, Rodger Wood, Geoff Martin, Chris Packer and Gavin Bowden

Rodger's scratch-built rebel signal tower