Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Scum and Villainy: Krug the Gellpling

I haven't painted much for my Scum and Villainy collection for a long time. In case you have forgotten, it is basically my own scifi collection inspired by the residence of Mos Eisely and the worlds of Fire Fly/Serenity. There are no particular rules as to what I will include, just anything I have hanging around that I think fits in with my own vision of what the dangerous hinterlands of civilised space would be like. If you like this click on the 'Scum and Villainy' tab on the right and see some of my older figures in the collection. 

Krug is a mercenary from the planet Gellp III. Like all Gellplings he is exceptionally tough and strong, and possessed a stone-like carapace that serves him well as armour. Krug is a gun for hire and can be found adding muscle to pirate crews, scavenging expeditions or in the employ of local crime bosses. He has no morals, and is only loyal to his paymaster (and then only until someone else offers him a better deal). He is, however, very good at what he does. 

This figure was a freebie from Warlord Games at Salute last year. It is from the Gates of Antares. I have no particular desire to start a Gates of Antares force, but this figure makes a great alien mercenary for my Scum and Villainy range. 

I took this with my new Cannon S120 camera- it's wonderful for macro photography. 

Monday, 18 May 2015

Peninsular Wars: Don Diego and his Followers

Here are a few more Spanish civilians (although they might be guerillas) armed with muskets. These ones are lead by Don Diego, the local mayor, who has managed to escape the French forces who tried to arrest him, and is leading her people in an armed uprising. 

These figures are also from Eureka Miniatures Tyrol range, but I think they make splendid Spaniards. 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Peninsular War: Spanish Civilians

The Spanish people during the Peninsular War  showed a remarkable resilience in their struggles against the French conquerors. In fact they continued the resistant long after their political rulers had given up. It was the spontaneous uprising in 1808 that convinced the English to support them by sending in troops, as well as guns and money, and open up a new front against the Emperor Bonaparte. 
The Spainsh mobs were inspired not just by patriotic fervour, but also by the Spanish Catholic church, who saw the atheist French as the biggest threat to their authority and encouraged the people to rise up, and in many cases even actively participated in the uprisings. 
My Spanish civilians were inspired by those early uprisings and are armed with a motley collection of weapons, from clubs, pitchforks and the of archaic matchlock or fowling piece. I doubt they will be much of a threat to a disciplined line of French infantry, but they have righteous fury and God on their side. 

These figures are from Eureka Miniatures, from their Tyroelian Militia range (found in the Wars of the French Revolution Range). Technically then I guess they are Italian, not Spanish, but they look fine to me. They are actually wearing lederhosen, but it's a simple job to change the look with just just paint, no need to convert them.  The advantage of this range is that they are wielding hand weapons, which makes them ideal as an angry mob, wear as the lovely figures form Perry Miniatures (which I still intend to buy at some point) and the Spanish militia from Eagle Miniatures are all carrying muskets. For a bit of extra variety I sued some of the weapons I had left over form the ECW club-men I painted. Scale wise these figures are quite small and scale well with the Perry and Eagle Miniatures ranges. 
The three little children are from Hassle Free Miniatures. They're proper tiny too. I am even thinking about getting some more and painting them as young hobbit for my Bree/Shire Lord of the Rings game. 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Napoleonic Wars: Hanoverian Militia

Here is my first completed 'battalion' of Hanoverian Landwehr (militia). These are from Warlord games and are plastic models with metal command sections. They will be used as part of my British army force in my peninsular wars (as regular Hanoverians) but have been more specifically painted for Waterloo, for the Earlswood Wargames new Napoleonic project. I have based them on pennies, and am using magnetic movement trays. This on is a prototype, but it isn't strong enough to hold the metal figures in place, so I need to continue to experiment. These chaps were surprising easy to assemble and to paint, compared to Victrix plastics. They are very nice models and I highly recommend them. The flags are included in the box set. 

  Interestingly, the Hanoverians wear British army uniforms and carry the King's Standard because they are part of the British army. The King of England was also the Duke of Handover and when Hanover was seized by the French a good number of it's young men flocked to England to fight for the King in The British army. The Hanoverian Regiments always played second fiddle to the King's German Legion, who always seemed to cream of the best recruits and officers, leaving the Hanoverians with the remaining men, and a reputation for being somewhat unreliable. The Landwehr regiments were raised for Waterloo and equipped by the British. Many of their NCOs and Officers were supplied by the KGL and other British Regiments, but even so they were raw troops, and as such Wellington tended to keep them in reserve, and when they were used on the front line they fought along side the KGL to bolster their moral. 

In reality they Hanoverian Regiments wore shakos, and looked, to all intent and purposes like any other British Army regiment, except for the badge on their backpacks, but that would be boring, so I opted for caps to make them look more distinctive from the KGL and British Army Regulars. 

Friday, 8 May 2015

French and Indian Wars: Major Toby Topping-Smyth, British Army

Now I am in the mood for some more 18th century goodies here is Major Toby Topping-Smyth of the British Army, garrison commander in my fictional American settlement. Topping-Smyth is a somewhat uninspiring character who lacks the finances to buy a better commission, and has lacks the bravery to go out and earn one. Never the less, he represents the King, and and takes his duties to protect the settlers very seriously. Which is fortunate, because with the Canadians, French and Indians threatening the settlers, not to mention the pirates (see previous post), then things are about to get decidedly more challenging for the Major. Will he rise to the challenge, or be proved lacking? Time will tell. 

The figures are by Redoubt. If I can add one more NCO to my force I can field them as a garrison force in On the Seven Seas, so I will get even more use out of them. The good thing about the British Army of the period (1740 up to the AWI) is that they were going all over the globe fighting anybody. As well as the threat of the French and Indians in America, they fought the Spanish in Havana, the fought in the Indian subcontinent against the French and the other sort of Indians (Clive of India), They fought the French (again) and their allies in the Seven Year War in Europe, The fought the Scottish Jacobites in Britain and fought the French (yet again) in Africa! Busy fellows these British army chaps. 

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

On The Seven Seas: More Pirates

Here are some more pirates for my 'On the Seven Seas' Crew. These are by North Start Miniatures. I love painting these guys- they have just the right amount of detail-flat areas ratio for me, and their faces are very characterful. I have treated myself to some more sailors so I will have a fully crewed ship soon. I have also been watching Black Sails, which is really getting me in the mood!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Home Front 1941: Fallschirmjaeger Command

More fallschirmjaeger for Bolt Action/Chain or Command. This time these are from Artisan Designs and include an officer and his NCOs, radio operator etc. I painted the officer in field Grey, but then I found out his trousers are field grey but his jacket is Luftwaffe Blue (as paratroopers the FJ were part of the air-force not the army). Luftwaffe Blue is very similar to the RAF blue, but I didn't have any. In desperation I mixed some blues and greys together, then watered it down into a wash and painted it over the grey jacket. I couldn't begin to tell you what colours I had used, but by sheer chance when it dried it was exactly the right colour!

We played a game of Chain of Command at the Earlswood Club last week and I was very impressed. The Germans are VERY dangerous compared with the Americans. The GI's get one Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) per rifle section, while the Germans get two MG42 in the period we were gaming. Now the MG42 is a much better gun than the BAR,and the amount of fire-power the German sections could lay down war frightening. Added to that the fact that the Germans managed to secure the best ground, and nearly everything when right for the Germans, than the Americans were doomed from the start. It's a great game that certainly has the feel of the period.  Officers and NCO's have a real effect on the game, and their actions make all the difference. Added to that the fact that there is 'Fog of War' elements, reserves and hidden deployment all built into the core of the game mechanics means taht it is a game that is more 'realistic' than Bolt Action, but just as much fun to play!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Lead Painters League 9: Armoured Foot Knights

Here are some Perry plastic foot knights I have painted. I have entered these for Lead Painters League (a painting competition on Lead Adventure Forum). I bought them specifically to paint and then put on eBay, as a sort of experiment, having seen the silly prices even averagely painted historic miniatures can command on eBay. I am hoping to make a tidy profit. They were not particularity challenging to paint, given that they are mostly metal, but they are rather nice figures.  By the way- I won my first round. 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

On The Seven Seas: Pirate Crew

  I got these for Christmas, and have really enjoyed painting them. It's given me that eighteenth century bug again. As you can see I haven't held back on the colours, going full on for garishness and tastelessness. My pirates like nothing more than spending their ill-gotten gains on bright coloured clothing. Not very realistic or historically accurate but what the hell- their captain is Captain Hook for God sake! 
  The only down side of this is that the On The Seven Seas starter kit doesn't contain enough figures for the starter crew, so you have to go an buy as second box- and then you end up with spare! Just silly if you ask me. 
  The figures are from North Star. I am considering getting sailors from Foundry or Galloping Major to fill out the ranks but I am not sure about scale compatibility, and beside, these North Star ones are a pleasure to paint. 

Monday, 23 March 2015

Home Front 1941: Fallschirmjager Light Artillery Piece

  Here is picture of fallschirmjager (German paratrooper) crewing a 7.5cm light howitzer as part of my FJ army for Bolt Action/Chain or Command. It is made by Black Tree Designs and I picked it up last year in the January sales. 
  From a painting point of view I prefer the Artizan Designs sculpting style to the BTD ones, but they are very comparable in terms of size/bulk etc, so work well together and the BTD range does fill in some of the gaps in the Artizan range, like this little cannon. 

  The 7.5 cm Howitzer was a very common gun in the German army and Luftwaffe ground forces. it was used by the FJ as it was light and easy to transport, often being towed with a Kettenkrad, which was a sort of half tracked motorbike light enough to be transported by plane (The Kettenkrad is on my to to list).