torstai 28. marraskuuta 2013

44th East Essex

Next up half of the 2nd battalion of 44th East Essex for my 5th Division at Waterloo. The Regiment, and especially the 2nd Battalion served with distinction throughout the Peninsular and Waterloo campaigns with the Battalion capturing a french eagle from the 62nd regiment at Salamanca. The regiment had it quite tough especially at Quatre Bras.

All Perry plastics once again and painted with Vallejo paints and Army Painter inks this time. Had a minor mishap with the white Army Painter spray that I used to basecoat the minis. The surface became quite rough eventhough I shaked the can well before spraying. Couldn't get it all removed and it shows on some minis. I've now tried Vallejo, GW and Army Painter white sprays and none of them really seem to work all that well. Probably I'll just have to stick to basecoating with my airbrush even if it takes a lot more time.

The next half coming up later when I've finished some minis for a large Saga game that the club is holding in a couple of weeks. After that only the 28th and 42nd remaining and I have the British infantry contingent ready for Waterloo. Need to start ordering some cavalry fellas next.




sunnuntai 24. marraskuuta 2013

Papa Nurgle

More or less finished a few Nurgle models today. Didn't quite get them done by yesterdays tournament, but they were good enough for gaming so I decided to sleep the night :) We finally ended up third even though we had the two first games starting quite catastrofically.

The bases are still not finished as I'm planning on doing winter bases for them and I'm missing snow for basing. I decided to try the new GW special effects paints on these guys. Pretty happy with the rust and slime effects, but couldn't really get the blood paint to work like I wanted. Maybe needs more practice. The knights still miss some weathering and effects as I need to practice using the blood effect more. And the banner is still WIP.

Base colors done with an airbrush and detail using a normal brush. Wear done using a sponge and dark brown paint and then rust and streaking grime done with AK interactive products.

Pictures taken with a new photo background that I built using some old shelf which I based and added a background image on. Works quite nicely even with only my phones camera.











torstai 21. marraskuuta 2013

Papa Nurgle approaches

I've been painting some greenish chaos boys for a Fantasy Battle Doubles Tournament next weekend. Starting to be more or less complete. Still need to paint the shields for the knights and paint their banner. Wear and gore are also missing but I'm probably gonna do that later as they are already of tabletop quality or higher. Time for hi-fi later :)


I also got my copy of Mega Wargames today. Some seriously epic tables and miniature collections there. Also slightly depressing to know that it would take decades to reach the size of those collections. Anyway a great book and I do recommend buying a copy!




tiistai 12. marraskuuta 2013

INHM Company: Gentleman's Club

I finally managed to finish and photograph my Gentleman's Club company for INHM. I really need to get some suitable scenery and take photos of these little guys after that. The light grey background looks a bit dull.

Minis are mostly from West Wind Productions 'Empire of the Dead' range and the minis for Lord Fraser and Miss Ellisworth are from Ratnik. I sculpted the bases from greenstuff. Drybrushed and then some pigment powders added to create variety in the coloring. Looks OK enough, but might still have to add some vegetations sticking through the gaps. Painted with Vallejo paints and GW washes.



 Lord Fraser, the chairman of the local club branch


Miss Ellisworth. Always on Lord Fraser's side, she has way of always getting what she wants with only a smile and small hint.


Jim Corbett is the second in command of the group. An avid hunter and a slightly eccentric explorer.

 Johnny "The Kid". Accepted into the club despite his age thanks to sponsoring by Jim Corbett.


Father Gladstone. Former officer of the empire who hasn't quite managed to get himself comfortable with the quiet life of a priest.

 Arthur is the mysterious member of the company with no one really knowing who he is. Always wearing a mask he is allowed to be as there is no one who can best him in a duel if too many questions get asked.


And finally some regular club members. Still two more of these guys left, but I ran out of bases.

maanantai 11. marraskuuta 2013

US Airborne Platoon

 A platoon of US Airborne from the Flames of War starter box more or less finished. Decided not the paint the regimental batch or the US flag for now, but might come back to those later on when I have the whole army done. Nice minis, though the limits of plastic moulding when casting one-piece minis can be seen quite easily on some of them (for example the Bazooka team). Now waiting for some resin bases to arrive to paint the next couple of platoons and mortars.



 





perjantai 8. marraskuuta 2013

Waterloo

Couple of weeks ago we had a Waterloo game at the club depicting the fighting on the eastern edge of the battle in the late afternoon. British and Prussian forces pitted against a few Divisions of French.

 The game started with the Prussians and French fighting over Plancenot and the British pushed back out of La Haye Sainte and Papellotte.

 
The French quickly moved out to take control of both La Haye Sainte and Papellotte

 

 British forces advance onto a ridge to be able to fire upon the dastardly French covering behind bushes near La Haye Sainte


 The Battle on Planchenoit is going badly south for the Prussians and the French manage to recapture all of the town quickly.

To avoid a slow grind for Planchenoit the Prussians divert reinforcements north to assist the British in recapturing Papelotte.

Gordon Highlanders start the attack on Papelotte while the rest of the 9th Brigade secures it's flanks

Meanwhile on the western flank Cameron Highlanders assault the French brigade defending the surrounding fields of La Haye Sainte with other battalions of the 8th brigade providing supporting fire.



 The fighting around Papelotte intensifies as both sides pour in more and more troops.


After long fighting the British manage to drive back the French defending both La Haye Sainte and Papelotte. 8th Brigade has especially suffered heavy casualties and mainly concentrates on reinforcing their positions.



 95th Rifles take positions within La Haye Sainte and start murderous fire directed towards the French who are retreating through the muddy fields surrounding the farm.



The Prussian force under Blücher starts to make headway and pushes most of the French out of the area around Papelotte.


French reinforcements try to launch an attack against La Haye Sainte, but too late and they are driven back with muskets as the sun starts to set over the battlefield.

A really nice game with nice special rules and objectives written for both sides by Marko. Thanks for that! The battle ended with a victory for the British-Prussian allience with them controlling most of the battlefield. However Planchenoit stayed in French hands and their army was still far from beaten with one division still more or less battleworthy.