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,
Title says it all. GMB finally has a website. . . with pictures! Here is a link.
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.
First let me apologize for the long hiatus from posting. To be honest, I have enrolled in a graduate program and time, not to paint, but to photograph painted miniatures half decently, is at a real premium. I also don’t have a real photo setup, so often find the pictures lacking. Even so I wanted to get these up in the hope of getting some other people excited about finishing their Lasalle armies.
Anyway, here is a core French force with with additional 2 attacking units (1 Vet. & 1 Conscript) as well as the additional commander attacking offers. The attacking units still need to get based, the paint is probably still drying as I type. The SK bases and officers need a bit of paint as well. Work was nice enough to call a snow day tomorrow and I hope to have the figures painted tomorrow.
Artillery, Officers (WIP), and SK Stands (WIP)
I saw on TMP that the Perry Bros are releasing Hussars and Dragoons. Here is the plan for beefing out this army: a reserve battalion of plastic dragoons and a reserve battalion that consists of 1 large unit of Vistula Lancers (horses are already painted and lancers are primed!) and 1 Large Unit of plastic Hussars. I know that this isn’t in the Lasalle rulebook, but I’ll work on mocking up a high quality pdf. Think of the Flames of War online websites, except mine won’t be legal for anything….
And a teaser. I finished the first rank of a Spanish core. These guys are defenders, through and through, so I am not even planning on painting the attacking portion. These guys were painted in 4 days, so don’t look too close. 🙂
It has been a pretty busy month. I took on a HUGE commission and was shackled to the painting desk trying to get it finished in under 30 days. Pics are below, so you can decide for yourself if you like them. Some of the local guys have started playing a game called Malifaux and I decided that I needed a break between tartans and the start of my Lasalle Spanish army. Anyway here are the pics:
Here are a few of the pics of some Malifaux miniatures. This is the first gallery I have ever inserted. Hopefully it works!
I’m just about finished with 2 boxes of FOW Russian infantry (commission work). Pics to be posted within a week. I should also have some images of a Might & Reason extravaganza scheduled for Saturday. I’m also excited to have just received all of the Spanish “Militia” packs from the Perry brothers. I’ll be priming those Thursday (weather permitting).
Enjoy. (and comment?)
British or Spanish….which should I choose? I can let a cat out of the bag and tell the 4 people that rad this blog that Lasalle army lists (the ones in the book, not future ones that may be published via the wiki) do not offer any provision for creating a British army with Spanish allies or a Spanish army with British allies. Those of us looking to enjoy a sea of red, white, brown, and blue uniforms will have to settle for either red or brown/white/blue.
Over the past few days I have built the army lists using figures from various manufacturers, thought about whether I want a sprawling horde of unperdictable troops (led by those stout veterans of the Regiment de Irlanda) or a compact hammer in the form of the Light Division, and debated if those Victrix light brigade heads are really worth £10.00 + shipping. All of the “hemming and hawwing” has led me to one conclusion.
Viva la Muerte!
First up are three units of militia. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine Spanish militia. I’m not picturing well dressed and British supplied men in a wall of freshly made blue uniforms, brass buttons polished, moustaches trimmed. I’m picturing a farmer, a cobbler, and a thief standing near one another. Each is armed with something that fires at least one lead projectile at a time. If the going gets tough these guys might stand and put up one hell of a fight. They might just as easily have a foot race back to whereever home is. If they ever had one of those freshly made uniforms they were sure to pick off the buttons, sell them, and drink the profit before some Frenchman could steal them from their corpse. Now that we’ve got a picture we need to get some figures to represent this downtrodden (but not beaten) group.
Remember, we are looking to build three units here and we aren’t looking to spend ever list dime we’ve got. We also know that life is way too short to paint old glory figures.
Here is our cast of characters:
Someone to lead these guys. Two units get standards, 2 different units get musicians, and 2 units get officers. Not too bad to start.
These guys are all going to have twins. They might dress different, but we need some filler on these stands. With 12 of these (6×2) we’ve got a total of 18 figures spread over 12 stands.
Once again twins. Something to think about: Not everyone needs to face forwards. Isn’t that nice to say. Some of the runners will be running towards the fight, others will be looking for some Tapas in the baggage train. Total # of figures: 30 over 12 bases.
Last but certainly not least we’ve got these chaps. This is the second horse and musket Spanish army I have done (SYW being the first) and I want to start a tradition of including men of the cloth in some way. Total # of figures: 36 / 12 bases.
Some readers might be crying fowl right now for a number of reasons. First off I’ve got 30 figures filling the space set aside for 60 figures in Sam’s nice basing diagrams. Get over it. These will look a lot nicer than those little circles in his book. Once the basing (fences, water features, rocks, wagon wheels) is added those bases will look packed. Not shoulder to should Froggy packed, but Spanish militia bring most of what I own with me packed. Secondly these are from a Carlist wars range. I don’t know about you, but they look like “non-uniformed volunteers” with firearms.
Most of a core French Penninsular force for Lasalle. I have one more conscript unit that did not make the photo and the artillery is on order. See the previous post on artillery.
Veteran Infantry. The list has both veteran and conscript infantry. The veterans have mounted officers.
Conscript Infantry. The officer are all walking, poor souls.
Attached Dragoons. The penninsular list has a single small unit of attached dragoons.
Casualty Markers. We know that these French will never be taking casualties, but incase my opponent forgets his markers, here are a few.
I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, my Lasalle French are on their way to being finished. I still need to come up with a divisional battery. Ideally this should be represented by 4 guns, each on a base with a 45mm frontage. The Perry guns are terrific, but a battery would cost $64. A large chunk of change for the army. I also need to add limbers and therefore a bit more cash.
Out of adversery comes a plan:
Double the base size to 90mm and include a single gun. That means that I only need a pair of guns.
So a 90mm frontage is absolutely huge when 99.9% of the other elements in the army will be on tightly packed bases. I’ll pick up the following Perry pack in order to flush out the bases.
Artillery Base Filler:
Next up I need some way to represent these guns on the field when they are limbered. Once again the Perrys have come to the rescue. Check out this pack. I’ll base these guys on a single 90mm base with a few wagon wheels, a broken axle, and a poor 6lber that should be at the front.