WWII Finns (Commission)

June 22, 2010 Leave a comment

I painted up a full army of these a while back and the client had a few additions.  Here they are.  Everything is hand painted, including the tank markings.

In other news,  I have come to the end of about 4 months of commissions and I am ready for a break!  I’ve got some Napoleonic figures on order from Maelstrom and will most likely place orders with Front Rank and Perry in the next few days.  I can see the light at the end of my 28mm project (Phase I).  Essentially I will be able to field two Lasalle armies with two support choices each.  My buddy Chris and I prefer to play at the two support level for the same reason we like FOW at 2000pts.  You get to take all the toys!

P.S. 60 Brunswick infantry should be making an appearance soon.  They are painted, but you don’t need to see the pictures of them on Popsicle sticks.  Hopefully I can convince the new owner to snap some pics once they are based.

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KGL Hussars

June 13, 2010 2 comments

Client wanted to seal / base these.  I enjoyed painting these quite a bit.  I’m torn now on whether to paint two large units of  Heavy Dragoons or three small units of Light Dragoons and a unit of KGL Hussars as a support choice for my Lasalle Brits.  I’m not sure who I’m kidding….I’ll probably end up giving both a go.

The plan this summer is to get a photo setup going.  It just isn’t feasible in an apartment, but summer in the house means I’ll have a bit of space.

On a completely different note I really want to mention the AMAZING service I have gotten from Maelstrom Games.  These guys are based in the U.K., offer free world wide shipping, and have some amazing prices.  They also offer a cash back deal which is a nice touch…the 5GBP cash back freebie a few months back was beyond sweet.

Client wanted to seal / base these.  I enjoyed painting these quite a bit.  I’m torn now on whether to paint two large units of  Heavy Dragoons or three small units of Light Dragoons and a unit of KGL Hussars as a support choice for my Lasalle Brits.  I’m not sure who I’m kidding….I’ll probably end up giving both a go.
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I’m not Dead!

June 6, 2010 1 comment

School and commissions have been keeping me really busy.  I’ve painted 24 French Dragoons, a FOW Soviet Army, a FOW Finnish Army (pics soon hopefully), and 24 British Heavy Dragoons.  Here is a shot of the British Dragoons.  The client wants to do the basing,

Perry Figures.  Painted June 2010.

Two British Line Units

April 3, 2010 8 comments

Here are a few quick snapshots of some newly sealed British Line units.  I learned a valuable lesson with these….don’t paint faces after having hurt your hand shoveling snow…

I was torn between repriming or just pushing ahead so I could work on the next unit.  Needless to say I’m not satisfied with the quality, but I wanted to offer up at least one update in the last 20+ days.  On to the pics.

Two units of line.  One with green facings and one with yellow facings.  These are the first 1/2 of the British Guard list.  I’m looking forward to a game on Tuesday where these guys may or may not see action with in my friend Chris’s force.  I’m hoping to be the attacker in that one using French guard!

45th foot sans flags and basing

83rd foot sans flags and basing

The intention is to base this list along the lines of the first division at Fuentes de Onoro.  72 tartans are in progress and 2 more boxes of Perry French Dragoons are in the mail to me for a support choice.  I’m shooting for the end of may to be able to run a core and 2 cav. support choices.  What I need to find are a few of those wargamers that over indulged in Perry plastics and are looking to trade some of them away on the cheap…

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Vistula Lancers (WIP)

March 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Before I can complete my proposed FOW style pdf featuring a new reserve choice for the French Penninsular army I need to get some figures painted.  These guys need to do a bit of play testing and I need to get some good pictures of them for the pdf.  Below is a large unit (12 figures on 6 bases) that still need lances, pennons, and basing.  I am going to wait to order / add the pennons until I place a large GMB order.

I’m not sure if I would order these Front Rank figures again.  The figures are beautiful and a joy to paint, but they are huge.  It looks like the lancers are riding ponies.

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive light box?  Preferably something I can fold flat.  I am not satisfied with the photo quality, and if you, the reader, take the time to look at the pictures, I need to provide the best “product” possible.  Ideas?

Anyway here are the pics.

Officer and standard bearer are wearing the stylish red sash.  I have no idea if they really did, and am not too fussed about it.  I just like the combination of white, blue, yellow, and red.

The whole unit, sans lances, waiting to break a few squares.

In completely different news, Rattrap Games has purchased Contemptible Little Armies, the rules by Chris Peers, and I hope to have the opportunity to play a few 500pt. back of beyond games with Rich (of Rattrap fame).  Anyway I was digging through my painted figures and found these guys.  Hope you old grognards don’t mind the short diversion.

Bengali Lancers with Bamboo Lances (figures by Brigade Games)

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Taken the plunge. . . & the French are done. . .

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

French core is all painted and based. (Pics soon, it’s raining here so the light is worse than usual.) That is 4 conscript units, 3 veteran units, 1 dragoon unit, 1 battery, 10 SK figures, and 3 commanders. These guys can attack or defend. Flags are still a ways off since I want to order French and British flags from GMB all at once and the price adds up quickly. (Please don’t let that discourage anyone though. They are definitely worth saving for!).

I picked up a box of Victrix highlanders this weekend and will start painting tartans for a British guard list. I can do 2 large units of guard with a box of victrix centre company highlanders and 2 blisters of perry flank company highlanders. 70 figures for approximately $50 is really cheap. I’m definitely looking forward to the victrix British artillery arriving.

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GMB Flags – Finally a Website

February 15, 2010 5 comments

Title says it all.  GMB finally has a website. . . with pictures!  Here is a link.

http://www.salespartners.co.uk/

EDIT: I was just informed (Thanks DJoker!) that the site is still a work in progress as Graham (the master artist, if you will, behind GMB) continues to work on his website.  In the meantime feel free to email him at GMBDesigns@blueyonder.co.uk

Many people might wonder why I am so excited when I, living in the US, could just order the flags from Triangle Miniatures.  Unfortunately, the one order I placed with Triangle Miniatures turned into a three month debockle,  that ended with a call to my credit card company.  Since then I have ordered from the Perrys, Front Rank, and now GMB without any issue.  I would recommend to anyone that they forgo ordering from Triangle and order direct.  You will be much happier with the service!

A quick photo lifted from DJoker’s blog.  Checkout his blog if you haven’t already seen it.  Here is a link to his review of these terrific flags.

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