Monday, December 28, 2020
Friday, December 25, 2020
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
|First is a newly painted stand of four Essex Byzantine cataphracts. They'll join ...|
|A stand of "Eastern" heavy infantry which will join ...|
|a unit of "Eastern" heavy infantry composed of three stands of already painted heavy infantry and the newly painted stand.|
|Two vintage Table Top Games Asiatic horse archers were painted to join ...|
|three 2-figure stands that I had painted some years ago.|
|I had bought a batch of vintage Table Top Games Byzantine trapezitos (light cavalry) figures some time ago but never had enough to make two complete units. So I paired an Essex trapezitos with one of the TTG ones to complete one unit ...|
|of eight Byzantine light cavalry. The Essex figure portrays the command element of this unit.|
|The rest of the TTG trapezitos were also joined by an Essex figure to make a second Byzantine light cavalry unit. This unit has different colored uniforms and shields than the older one.|
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
For our 'Old Guys" Thursday get together last week, I brought over my Wings of War/Wings of Glory WW1 biplanes for some fun dogfighting. We divided into Allied and Central Powers sides and each of the four players chose two planes, without any consideration of whether they would actually have been in the air at the same time. I acted as umpire until one of the Central Powers players had to leave to attend to a business conference on Zoom (bah!!!).
Allied Powers: Russ chose a pair of Nieuport 28s while Steve chose a pair of Sopwith Camels.
Central Powers: Jay chose a Fokker Dr-1 and a D-VII while Ed chose a Fokker Dr-1 and an Albatros D-III.
We used my new Cigar Box aerial battle mat which, to my eye, looked really good.
After a couple of turns maneuvering for advantage, the action began:
|In the distance, Russ and Jay go at each other while close-up Steve and Ed start to get tangled up.|
|Russ' pair of Nieuport's try to get on the tail of Kempt's Dr-1.|
|The Red Baron and a Camel (Snoopy maybe) go head to head while the Albatros wanders around. It was about this time that Steve lost his first Camel, shot down by the Albatros.|
|Sometime later, Russ lost his first Nieuport to Ed's Dr-1 (Red Baron) and gets Kempf's Dr-1 on the tail of his remaining Nieuport with the Fokker D-VII right ahead. Steve's remaining Camel is on fire and trying to stay clear.|
|From a different angle, Ed's Albatros and Dr-1 are looking for targets. About this time Ed had to leave so I took over his planes.|
|My Albatros and Steve's burning Camel go head-to-head while Jay's D-VII and Dr-1 also fire at the Camel. Both the Albatros and the Camel are blown out of the sky. Russ' remaining Nieuport is keeping his distance.|
|Another angle of the above action. Russ tries to figure out what he will do next.|
Thursday, December 10, 2020
While I was working on my 15mm Medieval rebasing project (see previous post), I was also painting a batch of Bob Murch's "Pulp Figures" sculpts. I anticipate using them next year in some pulp games, probably using the "Rugged Adventure" rules. Please click on the image for a larger picture.
The first batch were five figures from pack PHP-10, Stalwart Companions:
|From left -- Loyal Ghurkha Billy-Fish; Lal-Singh; F.B. McGinty (but in a Campbell tartan so he'll be named F.B. Campbell); Young "Shorty" Smith; and stiff upper-lipped Reggie York.|
Next were four of the five figures from pack PHP-18, Rugged Sons of the Empire:
|From left: Bluey Jones; Carnahan; Col. Sir John Ripperton; and Blinky Alsop. The final figure, 'Mack' MacCurdy was painted some time ago (also in a Campbell tartan.).|
|From left: Cassandra Van Pelt (ace pilot); Meg Masters; and Oberleutnant Heidi Reitsch. The last two, Bernadette of the Resistance and Calamity Jean, were painted earlier.|
Sunday, December 6, 2020
Many years ago, I rebased my 15mm Medieval troops from their old DBA-style basing to the basing used by the "Vis Bellica" rules since I was starting to use that set. That basing called for all units to be on 80mm x 40mm bases (for 15mm figures). We used the rules for a year or so, but the mathematical calculations necessary to compute combat (both ranged and close) taxed our wee minds too much.
|My Norman commanders and cavalry using the "Vis Bellica" basing.|
I've used this basing standard with the "To the Strongest!" rules with good success. Then our group started playing games using Ricard Borg's "Commands and Colors" mechanisms. We quickly transitioned from the board game with the blocks to a larger hex gridded battle mat using our metal figures. We've played ancients in 15mm, Napoleonic in 25mm, and Samurai in 28mm. Although the card driven mechanism can result in some very unrealistic (in my mind) situations, the games were enjoyable.
Now Borg has released "Commands and Colors - Medieval" which I will be getting for Christmas. The box has already been received and is sitting in the closet with other presents awaiting the big day. Now I could have kept this basing standard and just used strength markers but that seemed a little awkward to me. So I began what I had though about doing for years -- the major project of rebasing my Medievals back to the DBA standard of 40mm wide bases. Each unit will be of 4 stands so losses can be shown. So far I've rebased about 50% of my forces - the Byzantines and almost all of the Moslems. Then I ran out of bases, but new ones are on the way. Here's what they look like now:
|Byzantine commanders and infantry|
|Moslem commanders and infantry (the three archer bases at the bottom are awaiting new bases)|
|Moslem commanders and cavalry|
|Here's part of one of them with two 4-stand units of Byzantine heavy cavalry with bows and a commander.|
|Old 80mm x 40mm bases|
|"New" movement base with a magnetic piece stuck to it|
|Four stands of auxilia infantry|
|Same unit showing the loss of one stand|
|4-stand unit of generic bow-armed medium cavalry|
|Same unit showing a loss of 1 stand|
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Thanks to a good friend, all of the units of the Union XIV Corps are now painted and based. Commanded by Major General George Thomas, the XIV Corps was, in my opinion, the elite corps of the Army of the Cumberland from the beginning of the Tullahoma Campaign through the smashing of Bragg's Army of Tennessee at the Battle of Missionary Ridge. I've replicated in 15mm for the "On to Richmond" rules. Please click on each image for a larger picture.
For "On to Richmond" each maneuver unit is either a brigade of infantry or cavalry or a grouping of 12 artillery pieces. Each infantry stand replicates about 300 men.
The last part of the corps to be completed was Brigadier General John Brannan's 3rd Division.
|Brig Gen Brannon (left) and the divisional artillery (right), consisting of D Company, 1st Michigan Light Artillery and C Company, 1st Ohio Light Artillery|
|1st Brigade (82nd Indiana and 17th, 31st, and 38th Ohio) in line of battle.|
|1st Brigade in a reinforced line of battle.|
|2nd Brigade (10th and 74th Indiana, 4th and 10th Kentucky, and 14th Ohio) in reinforced line of battle.|
|3rd Brigade (87th Indiana, 2nd Minnesota, and 9th and 35th Ohio) in reinforced line of battle.|
And the entire XIV Corps in its "barracks box" with the corps command and artillery in the left center, the 1st Division on the upper left, 2nd Division on the lower left, 3rd Division on the upper right, and 4th Division on the lower right.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Finally, after over six years, I completed painting a group of civilians for my Very British Civil War period. I first received these figures in July 2014 [ link ] from Recreational Conflict where they are still being produced. More details about the figures are in the July 2014 post at the above link.
Please click on the individual pictures for larger images.
From back in 2014, they looked like this:
|Male and female ambulance staff|
|Three store clerks, nurse, two ambulance staff|
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Thursday, October 15, 2020
I've finally completed the last of my German gruppen (squads) for my ad hoc kampfgruppe. These are a batch of 28mm Black Tree Design (edited- thanks "Big Red") German Army figures.
The 10-man gruppe has a sergeant with an MP-40 and nine riflemen, two of whom are carrying panzerfausts. There is no light machinegun team with this gruppe, although if I can acquire one I'll add it and transfer two of the riflemen to the kampfgruppe headquarters.
I still have the tripod mounted MG-42 and crew, the mortar team, and a motorcycle with sidecar team to add before my Germans are completed.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
Over the past several weeks I've been painting some "fun" figures.
First up is one of Bob Murch's excellent Pulp Figures sculpts. She is part of the "Dangerous Dames 2" pack (PHP 19). Bob calls her Bernadette of la Resistance, but I'll probably refer to her as Joanie, after St. Joan d'Arc. One of my former co-workers who studied in Paris told me that there were mounted statues of St. Joan all over France. She and some of her less-reverent friends referred to them as "Joanie on a Pony."