Monday, 24 July 2017

Bengal lancers again

I handed back a load of figures to Matt yesterday and the photos just have not come out. So whining aside here are some more Bengal Lancers.

6 in all and he tells me this is them all painted now. (until he either buys some more or finds some hidden away.). The models are either Perry or Foundry, he did tell me but the memory is not what it was.

The horses legs were very bendy as were the lances but other than that they were no problem to assemble. The problem is on the other side so you cannot see it. But trust me it is there.

Not my favourite things to paint nor actually my least favourite either but not something I would choose to paint for myself. (Those will be later this week, and yes one is another zombie). These will help Matt bolster his North West Frontier collection and  we are already talking about a game. So you should get to see them on the table before the end of the year.

 That's it for today. I am still kicking myself about not photographing all the Egyptians (Colonial) I painted, but nothing I can do now so in my head trying to move on and get past this.

Take care, have fun and paint/game as much as you can.

All the best Clint

Thursday, 20 July 2017

£25 THANK YOU Money well spent. (I think)

yes I won £25 on Bryan's ( LINK AKA Vampifan's) Blog. I am sure you are all regular readers so I will say no more about the blog.

So here is what I spent the money on. (I believe it had to be wargames or at least wargames related.... NO I could not just buy beer, jeez some people) I did scour the internet and try to find the best (for me ) BARGAINS. Top to bottom left to right!

  • A set of Deep ones. These are Black Cat bases (SHOP LINK) For a while I have thought about doing a bit of Lovecraftian wargaming/roleplaying. I  had not seen the figures in the "flesh" and just did not know if they were any good. I am delighted to say they are lovely. When I sent the order off I had no indication of if it had arrived or how long it might take or anything else. So one day about 12 (less than 2 weeks at least) later I received a small parcel via the ROYAL MAIL>  I will e getting more from this company now I have seen the quality.
  • 2 figures from Dave Stone at Warganes Terrain Workshop (WTW shop link) I was surprised that no one else had said that they wanted the free figures. Well Free figures has my name all over it! And seeing the two figures That I received I am so very pleased I said I did want them.  They are both Judge Dredd figures. One (the large) is a 2 part casting of a gorilla judge. I say 2 part casting as it has a choice of weapons. (Either a lawgiver or a stun baton) To my eye the baton is the best choice as I think I would be more scared of a gorilla with a baton than a gorilla with a gun.  And Tweek. I was never a huge fan of Tweek in the comics, he was all right but to me he was more an annoyance than a supporting character. Each to their own though and I am sure others will have the opposite view. Of the two figure I prefer this figure. Not being in a judges uniform it can be used in any sci fi game. personally (not that I am any judge) I prefer the sculpting as well. I have always had VERY daft ideas about putting on a "Clangers" show game and this figure would IF converted make a very nice "Clanger". I did say it was a daft idea.
  • I was also very lucky to get a pack of Type I Ho-Ni Tank destroyers for my slowly growing 15mm Japanese force. More about the Ho-Ni (Type I) when I get around to painting them. Ideally I would have preferred some Chi Ha medium tanks but 3 of those would easily have tipped the free moey way over the top
So £25 well spent in my opinion all of which have uses, although not all are exciting and new projects but once again a BIG thank you to Bryan.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

1 More Zombie

Not a huge amount of figures today, in fact just one. For those that play the Walking Dead All out war this should be a familiar figure. yes it is a  28mm Mantic Zombie. Without being racist it is clearly a black zombie so as a strong contrast I went for a white (OK Off white) Tee shirt. This had the duel effect of showing of the blood effects very well. Perhaps there could have been more blood but it is always easy to over do the look so I stayed back and tried to keep it somewhat resaved. When I was younger the red stuff would have been everywhere.

Clearly the zombie is missing his left arm and also his right ankle is very badly broken. Which means he drags his foot behind him. This is something I do like about the Mantic Zombies, the fact that they have missing and broken limbs. This clearly means that thy must have suffered some pretty violent demise.

I did worry about the skin colour as well in zombie form but I think it has turned out OK.
There is another zombie on the painting table so that one should be finished in the next few days as well. I must say I am a fan of the plastic that Mantic use as it paints very well. The sculpts are also top notch so overall they are a joy to paint. I do not want to invest too much time in this though as the basic set is pretty basic and as such does lack a lot of options. That said I am going to paint it all and even think about making a dedicated terrain board. IF I do I will show it on my blog.

Until next time do not get bitten and do not accept any invites to the deserted well at midnight.... yes that sounds like a "Scooby Do plot!" Just take care do what you are doing and with luck the weather will break and we can all sop being sweaty and perspiring with the least movement!

All the best Clint

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Chinese Gordon

A figure painted yesterday afternoon. May I present Gordon Pasha (AKA Chinese Gordon, Gordon of Khartoum) or his less well known name Major General Charles George Gordon. ( LINK TO WIKI ).

Clearly a hero of the Victorian age, but most well known for his failed defence of Khartoum against the Mahdi.

I am sure we all remember the film but there is also a statue locally of him riding a camel. No You cannot see it as it inside an army barracks but trust me it is there.

Additionally you may recall seeing this famous painting which is probably the most famous painting by George W. Joy. And serves very well as a tribute to the Victorian Hero.

The figure is 28mm by Perry Miniatures (As Matt so kindly reminded me). And all the colours have been taken from the painting to the right. Clearly the artist was not present at the battle so perhaps the ending was not quite like this. Then again if you read Major General Gordon heroic exploits in the Crimean war perhaps it was.

Either way he is a hero without doubt and served well in the Sudan where he ended slavery.

Matt was due to collect him today but due to illness has had to postpone until later in the week or maybe this time next week.

Either way the figure was a joy to paint and I am sure he will be appreciated when Matt does collect him.

Friday, 14 July 2017

First try

Yes my very first try of painting French Napoleonic's in any scale. So pleas point out anything the is wrong. So I can get better. I do not need anyone to get super fussy. If they look all right simply say so. IF you want to talk about the thread count of the linings then kindly find another victim.

Pedantic rivet counters are invited to keep their own council. Just generally do they look suitable for the wargames table?

Having Never painted French before I really did struggle to get these close to being right but I do realise I may have made a god awful gaff. So if it is glaringly obvious please point it out.

The figures are 28mm VICTRIX plastic and I have started the next 4 as well. Tim wants them in units of 12 for a game so any quick help would be appreciated.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Royal Navy Landing Party (finished)

When I say finished I actually mean finished for now until I stoopidly buy some more or new figures are release or well you know.

The troops with pistols have been seen before and are both an Officer pack and a Royal Navy brigade Boarding party pack Available here (

 Separately they are . Roayal Navy Brigade landing party with Rifles. 1 pack of 4figures. Very nicely sculpted and cast but not exceptionally so. And should your boarding party need longer ranged weapons than pistols rifles of carbines are the way to so.

there is a set with a machinegun but it is a deck mounted gun and thus of less appeal in a game setting due to it's lack of manoeuvrability. That being the case I probably will not purchase it.

We also have the "Royal Navy Support weapons" pack. Just 2 figures with 2 "heavyier" weapons.  The first being either a Volley Gun or some type of light machine gun depending on the rules you use. While the second is either some form of grende launcher or a form of scatter/shotgun maybe a Trench gun. As there are no descriptions it if up to you and the world setting and rules you could use.

These are painted with the feeble excuse that I can now use them in a "In Her Majesties Name" (IHMN) game. You never know perhaps I will. Several at the club already have the rules (as do I so it is just a case of getting going. There is no reason not too for me now.

There you go another blog post done and as the rain now falls It is noticeably cooler so maybe more painting very soon.

Wherever you are take care have fun and I wish you well.

All the best from Kent.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Yesterday at the club

Well I was not there long.  But while there I was able to play the walking Dead all out war 3 times.

The first game was mostly a dry run though to give the players an idea of the rules and the set up and just how the game worked.

Let me start by saying Ian won the first game. WE only played the basic set so really no frills at all. Just basic rules a few figures and I was referee.

Not our game just an Internet image.
I forgot the camera again
But a cool Thank you
to whom so ever posted this image
on the internet
The Second game (Yay I won) as a 3 way battle just grabbing loot and getting off of the board. very simple and very apt.

The third game was a similar set up but we moved the figures around so we all had different characters. This time I had Rick!

It was the only game where Rick got bitten by a Walker (Must remember not to say ZOMBIE!) got infected and died on the table! Guess who was controlling Rick. yeo me.

Kev won this game.

Conclusion: If playing 3 player games the "THREAT TRCKER" climbs the scale fast. Seriously fast. It was a joy that players realised quickly that making noise could be an offensive action as could running.  As if done correctly It could drag zombies into the melee and when facing 3+ zombies you were very limited in what you could do. And the chances are you would lose the melee.

Overall it was a very good game and a game we will play again. But first I need to get painting the figures as several times we were having trouble telling Walker from survivor as they were all the same colour plastic.

Changing the Subject:

I have also volunteered to paint some 28mm figures for a LOCAL show game. These will be Nappies and I do not usually paint Nappies so it will be a steep learning curve. 12 figures to a unit so I will try to get 2 units done. (3 IF I can... but aiming at 2 Units) Just to take the pressure of off another club member. SO if/when you see Napoleonic troops on this blog you do not have a fit with your leg up you now know the reason.

Additionally: Only 1 of my Purchases from my prize have so far turned up. Yes I am inpatient and am itching to get on with it. BUT hopefully a little more will arrive this week and I can do a blog post all about it. I just put this bit in as one of my club members was unaware of my win.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

3 more

I blame the hot weather. It has been hot in the South of England okay not compared to some countries but for England. The consequence is that I am not sleeping. The follow on Is I have been painting when it is still light but not too hot. Like 4am. As such I finished these 3 this morning. At 6am, and then went and varnished some of the woodwork in the garden!

Yeah I know.

 The figures are Redoubt again and finish of the Archers I was painting. I should now have a suitable woodland Indian force for "En Garde" the rules by Osprey. So maybe we can start doing some new world adventures.

Colour wise these should fit in with the rest and while the two on the left look at first glance to be the same if you check their head attire they are clearly different. So I painted them about as different colour wise as I thought I could get away with.

I was going to put some VSF on today. (They are now finished) but as I get less post  views on a weekend I thought they could wait until the middle of the week.

Thanks for Looking. And tomorrow at the club I will be trying "Mantic's The Walking dead -all out war!!" At least that s the plan. It may  change you never know.

Another post on Monday all the best Clint

Thursday, 6 July 2017

3 Little Indians (28mm Redobt)

Sometimes I paint very slowly, I really do. Especially when painting for myself.
And these 3 are painted for myself.

These 3 were bought from REDOUBT (LINK )
at the Broadside show last month. I did have a distinct lack of American Woodland Indians with Bows  so I rectified that by buying a single pack of 6 figures for the princely sum of £.50 (at the time)

As you can see from the second picture they are destined to fit in with my other Indians. I have 3 more on the painting table and hope to use them in an "En Garde" game. It is all in my head at the moment so perhaps best not say any more.  However should it take off you may expect to see a few more of these sorts on this blog in short order.

The 3 further Indians are all bow armed as I have enough with muskets for now and I hope enough with hand weapons of various sorts. But if we start playing in earnest I suspect that may change.

These were definitely painted for myself though and are now put away in a padded box until they are needed.

Thanks for looking and with luck (But no guarantees) a finished In Her Majesties Name (IHMN) force on Sunday. Until then, take care have fun and try not to overheat.

Now where did I put the Ice-cream I bought yesterday?

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A Fist full of Burpas! (This batch now finished)

Yes another lot of Burpas for Matt.  A real mix of Foundry, Artizan, Ironclad and Empress. No I am not going to point out which is which I will just let you guess.

I could have posted 2 days ago, but as I know I would be asked for a group pic It was easier to wait and let you have it all at one time.  So sorry for the delay, but I hope the wait was worth it.

No It Wasn't... Oh well I cannot go back in time and change it! So we are both stuck with the wait.

yes the Photos were taken on different days and with different backgrounds. before anyone asks.

The final 2 pics at the end show all this batch together. No I do not know when a game is planned. But as soon as it is you will get an AAR of the game. I just cannot say fairer than that.

Thanks for looking and with luck another post on Thursday.

Maybe American Indians.... maybe something different, I just do not know yet.

Until then take care have fun and paint if you feel like it.

All the best Clint

Friday, 30 June 2017

Yet more Burpas.

Yes I know.  But here they are anyway. 7 more Afghan/Indian hill tribesman for Matt. A mix of makes Including Wargames foundry and Ironclad Miniatures.. They are all mixed together so I cannot or will not try to explain which is which.

But here are my best guesses.

I think these 3 are Ironclad, not 100% sure but I believe them to be. At the recent Broadside show Matt purchased some and I think they are now reaching my paint table. If as I think they are Ironclad there is more coming.

I have painted them all in a mix of bright colours and dull colours to help with the rag tag look as I want them to look as much like an irregular force as possible. You will note that I do repeat colours, this is because it both saves me cleaning the brush when putting the base colour or and also knowing that there will be loads of tribesmen and that these will be scattered among them means that the similar colours should not be easily recognised. yes a person could easily sit down and point them out but when you look at them as a mass the eye is less picky.

 The next 4 Again I think are foundry but again not 100% sure. But I will say so for now.  Again the colours are all mixed and all repeated. (There will be another 13 to come in this batch and as such the colours shall be more widely scattered so I am not concerned at present).  As mentioned the next 7 are already started and I will work on them each day until completion. I have tried to stick to the more brighter colours for those I perceived as being more wealthy. This is only conjecture on my part and I may well have it very different from real life or even what the sculptor wanted.  No Matter I have shown matt the "rushes" and so far he is happy with them.

Changing the subject: Yesterday I was told that I WON a prize on Vampifan's blog. ( LINK ). I would like to say thank you to the man and while I would like to say what I am getting it changes every time I look at the internet. I have loads of "interesting" ideas from WW2 to Horror to sci fi to Cheap women and Cigarettes. I am also thinking of several scales and at the same time just buying paint. I could for example buy a starter force for Bushido. Or an army in 6mm for the western desert. Or even some Judge Dredd or 15mm WW2 (I was looking at the LVT2 "Buffalo" for my pacific forces. ) As yet I am undecided but want to publicly acknowledge my thanks to Bryan for the generous prize. When I make a decision I will let you all know!

Have a good weekend
all the best Clint

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

My mistake and a gift

Okay I will admit I got it wrong....  I have re-painted 2 figures for Matt. If he had told me on the Friday or even Saturday I would have changed them in time. No worries they are changed now.  Yes you have seen these two figures before but now they have different paint jobs.

Clearly the gut in the Fez has changed from Blue to white and the guy in the turban has changed from white to blue!

All my mistake and quickly rectified (OK not quickly but all in a day!) However in doing so another pot of Blue has been exhausted and needs to be replaced either at the next show or via eBay, depending on how quickly I need it.... eBay being quicker than waiting for a show!

Currently on the painting table are a horde (20) of Burpas so expect the start of them at the weekend. However for now Tim (Link) of Frontline wargaming bought down a box of mis casts. Thee it must be said are not good enough to sell and he has no way of reclaiming the resin so he offered them all to the club for free.

Peter and Bob had first pick then me and Richard. We were all very gentlemanly about it often asking if they had missed a specific vehicle or pointing out one they could use. And as Tim did not want them and would have thrown them all away I grabbed the lot that no one wanted. I can give them to other clubs or kids or throw them away myself after all.

As you can see I have separated them into 2 rows. The closet row I have a use for almost straight away. While the 3 at the back I can use but not instantly.

Here is what they are:
  • Universal Carrier
  • Bren Gun Carrier
  • Rolls Royce armoured car (1939 Pattern)
Second row.
  • SdKfz 10,(or maybe a SdKfz 7) I would need to check Halftrack
  • an Italian SEMOVENTE L40 47/32
 While I do have a use for them I will need to talk to Tim some more and get some crew for the open topped vehicles. But as Freebies I am not one to complain. The damage is mostly air bubbles which can be filled with some time and a bit of miliput. For example if you look at the second picture you can see the side of the universal carrier has an airbubble. All the damage is a quick fix and is mostly on the tracks so mostly not noticeable at first glance.

Any way thanks for looking today and with luck more again soon.
All the best Clint

Monday, 26 June 2017

The Battle of El Obeid (or Shaykan), Sudan, 1883

Full film. (only first 15 mins relevant to this post)

Well Yesterday I was lucky enough to play The Battle of El Obeid. The Vid is one of the opening scenes from the 1966 Film "Khartoum." A game put on by Matt. I was teamed with Bob and Peter allied with Matt to be our enemies. Here is the game in brief.

The whole Egyptian column.
Bob had the tail of the column
I was to play the part of
William Hicks
And had the head of the column.
A gift for Matt
The Vulture was from
EMP Miniatures
(Stocked by Col Bill)
The column starts to deploy.
But my Artillery fails to unlimbers and set up.
Fousands of em.. no wait that's the wrong film
The Mahdi's troops are very numerous.
Too many units to kill
we would have to pin them.
But still too many
Just as you would hope in a colonial game
I wheel my cavalry to the left flank to provide a firing screen.
the head of the column
hold of 2-3 attacks beating them back each time.
The rear of the column also gets attacked
this time by Camalry
My cavalry are contacted and a melee ensues.
The head of the column loose a significant number of men
As do the Cavalry
But they both win the fight.
Colonel Bob is attacked on both flanks and has troubles of his own
The camalry are dying but very slowly and Bob cannot spare any troops to help me
Again (Bloody good dice rolls)
stop me from going under but I keep loosing men.
I cannot keep enough of the Mahdi's troops pinned and fight melees at the same time.
Weight of Numbers finally prevail
My units are so depleted that even when they win they loose too many men
The Vinegar Strokes.
I just do not have sufficient men to hold out 
I start loosing morale checks and have to flee
pushed back by Matt and Peter
Utter defeat .I manage to get 3 figures from the table
Conclusion: Bob faired a little better than me he still had intact units at the end of the game. However I did manage to get Hicks to escape (one of my 3 figures) but the rest of my troops were either killed or captured. So I did better than the real life general. As mentioned Bob did far better, but he was fighting fewer of the Mahdi's troops. This is no criticism of him at all. It is just the way Peter and Matt decided to attack us. If they had as many troops against him as my forces I would have taken less casualties.

Overall it was a good game and a fairly true refight. I do dislike all rules where Infantry can (and do) charge cavalry. As I struggle to find historical relevance in this. While I am sure it must have happened. 99 times out of 100 the cavalry could evade though by out running the infantry. Still the rules are very simple and cannot cope with too many things. Again not meant as a criticism just an observation. I did make the point that at the end of the game Tribal infantry nearly move as fast as regular cavalry. And that Cavalry have to roll for activation while tribals can move freely. This is a minor quibble and generally the rules did give a good game.

I had some lucky dice rolls (far luckier than normal) but so did Matt and Peter. I never could seem to keep them pinned long enough to stop 2 or 3  units from charging each turn.

But a very good game and one that would have graced any show it looked so good.

Congrats Peter and Matt on the win