Sunday, 23 October 2016

Hurrah, Boys, Hurrah

At last something new to post! I have been very busy at work lately plus I have been painting a lot of plastic Napoleonic figures for a friend so my own personal figure output has dropped massively. I could have finished some more Airfix Waterloo figures but decided a short break from all those shakos and plumes was in order. What could be more suitable than some boys in blue?

Newline Designs 20mm ACW
 I must admit to having taken advantage of the recent Newline Designs sale and bagged myself a few hundred figures from their various 20mm ranges. All things considered the excellent quality of the sculpting vs the very reasonable pricing (even without the sales discount!) makes Newline a very attractive proposition. Plus they are in "Gods Own Scale".

Flags are GMB from their 15mm range.
I have some Rebs up next with some Zulu's after that; until then I hope you like my latest output which I think is best appreciated while humming "The Battle Cry of Freedom".

Friday, 14 October 2016

A Couple of Old Pictures

It has been a little quiet on the painting front but I did manage to retrieve some old pictures from (more than a few) years back:

Newline French Infantry in Greatcoat FR23 Refs

All figures from the excellent Newline Designs 20mm Napoleonic range. All figures now in the collections of other wargamers!

Newline French Dragoons FR11 Refs
I have started some more Newline Designs 20mm ACW figures which are coming on quite nicely. They will be my next proper post next week but for now please settle for a little nostalgia from the days when my figure output was much, much higher!

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Proof of Life

It has been a little busy round here of late but I did manage to finish a few French Infantry for the Airfix Battle of Waterloo Project.

2 Infantry bases for "Age of Eagles" Rules
These are all "vintage" yellow figures so they do not suffer from the excessive flash that I encountered on the artillery. 

Hopefully I can get the remaining bases complete in the next week or so.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

2nd Hussars Update

 I am continuing to reduce the horde of figures in the painting queue in order to get to grips with the larger formations required for the "Airfix Battle of Waterloo Project". Some figures have been simply put away: but others actually are getting finished, like these RSM95/Pax Britannica 20mm French Hussars.
2nd Hussars standing in reserve....and looking just dandy!
I have re-based them to a more generic standard as these fellows will not just be fighting the British in Spain and added a further two figures. The standard bearer is a simple enough conversion - a standard trooper with sword removed and given a flag pole instead. The Eagle is fashioned from Greenstuff - as is the busby. Flag from the AB Miniatures 18mm range.

Perhaps I need to add an Elite Company stand as well? The busby does look better than I hoped for.

I have to admit to being a huge admirer of these old figures. "Back in the day" I had a fairly sizeable Austrian/French collection which I used to buy mail order from the UK importer "Vandrad". The paint job back then really did not do the delicate detail justice, so hopefully these fellows start to make amends. 

I am now working through the first Airfix French infantry brigade and the 15mm FPW artillery. Not sure which will be finished first.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Airfix Waterloo French Foot Artillery

Finally the Airfix Battle of Waterloo Project has started. Here are the 3 guns and crew supplied in the big "new" Airfix Waterloo Farmhouse set. Moulded in a white plastic there was an awful lot of flash to try and remove showing the age of the moulds.

Nostalgia in a box.

However I have been blitzing ebay lately and have more than enough yellow plastic "originals" to make life easier next time round.

I have a lot of half finished figures in the painting queue so the next few posts will appear to be a little random - starting with those 15mm French artillery pieces for the Franco-Prussian War that I promised months ago.