Sunday, 14 October 2018

I'm back! Again! Is there anybody still out there?

Hi folks,

No nice pics for the moment as I've been very busy with both my parents being very ill. I don't think I've picked up a brush in a few years!! I'm now sorting a new studio which sounds simple right? not so! you should know better as a wargamer/miniature collector!! We hoard, not just miniatures and paints but just stuff. Yeah, stuff. The type of thing where you end up raiding the local Lidl stores surroundings because they have just the right sort of wooden chip to make excellent realistic rocks!

Anyway, I'm currently sorting all of the studio out- which includes putting miniatures back in the correct boxes (a very disheartening task) and sorting out all of the other gumph.

This is really a long winded way of saying that I have returned to the hobby and soon will be painting again so watch this space. That is, if people still tend to gander at Blogs?


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Steel Fist, Early Renaissance Kickstarter

I'd just like to make a quick post to point out to anyone interested in adding some Early Renaissance Men at Arms on foot to their collection might want to invest in.

The three sets of two sculpts are already done with the promise of adding more.

A project that is well worth supporting especially from my perspective with the Battle of Ravenna within my sights.


Bye for now.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Great New from The Assault Group; Early Landsknechts

Some great news from TAG. They will be releasing quite a few packs of Early Landsknechts. and lovely sculpts they are too!

There will be some command packs and Arquebusiers to follow these when they are released.

At close inspection, they do not appear to be at all as outlandish in their dress when compared to the Perry sculpted Foundry models. This is probably a fair assessment of their garb for the earlier years of the Great Italian Wars.

Bye for now.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Gaston de Foix, Count of Nemours Command Vignette Composition

With the Ravenna game at the back of my mind as I rapidly (OK, sort of rapidly) plough my way through the minatures for the Hastings game I've found myself messing around with the composition of what will be the main command base; Gaston de Foix, Count of Nemours who of course led the French army at Ravenna during The War of the League of Cambrai.

A commander noted for his brilliance in directing the campaign that would ultimately lead up to Battle of Ravenna and defeat of the Holy League army lead by Ramon de Cardona.

I've been trying to decide whether or not to include The Assault Group Imperial guards, who make for very good French Guards in terms of their dress, or leave them out entirely and possibly include another heraldic banner? Perhaps the Royal Banner of France? The Landsckecht type chap holding Gaston's personal banner (from Warlord/ ex Pro Gloria) obviously has a very 'German' sense of style but this I'm not too worried about as national styles and fashions, although undoubtedly varied were open to influence by other nations. Perhaps The Assault Group will do some Early 16th Century French? That is something that I will have to remember to ask Pete about.

I'll be adding a horse holder which will likely be converted following the excellent advice of Stuart in his Army Royal Blog

If you're of a mind to, then please let me know what you think of the composition. do the Guards go? Or do they stay?

Bye for now.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Foundry/Artizan Landsknecht Conversions and Head Swaps

Recently I took delivery a modest ;>) order from Wargames Foundry for all the Landsknecht models that I would need for Jacob Empser's troops at Ravenna. This actually comes to 9 bases each that will have at least 8 Landsknechts to make up the numbers of the pikes. I want them based closer together as I was in a good position at Partizan to compare some Late Medieval Swiss based up in a looser formation and also based up in a tighter formation. Although both methods looked spectacular (amazing would be closer to the mark) I was of the opinion that to get the feel of the press in a pike block it would be necessary to base the mini's in a very tight formation. Thus I made a second order to Foundry which arrived very quickly.

I set out the bases on a flat surface, got out the Blue Tak and popped more than a few onto their respective bases to see what it would look like. It looked the part so I am now satisfied that the pike block will have the visual appeal that I was after.

In between bouts of painting for the Battle of Hastings Demo that I have planned for Salute I have e=been painting up a small retinue for Lion Rampant as part of our club's Haggis Rampant Campaign I have been playing around with some of the Dopplensoldners as there are only two official versions and I wanted to create a few more. In the end I opted for some simple head swaps and conversions, which proved to be a little more complicated than i had anticipated due to the variation in collars on the models. You can see the results below. I was also lucky enough for Foundry to pop in a few of their superb unreleased models one of which was a swordsman (again, pics below). The other is being saved for a Gaston de Foix vignette with Gaston being in overall command at Ravenna.

I'd certainly be interested in hearing about what you guys think about the head swaps and conversion work. Does it look convincing?

Here are the results:

Artizan Designs Body and Foundry Head Swap:

Splendid Looking Unreleased Foundry Dopplensoldner:

Foundry Head Swap (right), (I've attached his Feathered Cap to his back and a strap holding it in place) as seen below:

Now all I have to do is muster the strength to not paint them up and concentrate on the Hastings Demo as far as brushwork goes! 

I will continue to do conversions and more putty work for an hour or two a day to keep my eye in and (hopefully) get better at pushing the ProCreate.

Bye for now.

Saturday, 19 December 2015


Don't you just love it? Cleaning mini's that is of course. It has to be the most mundane part of the hobby.

Cleaned up six Dopplensoldner's and an Artizan model too and did a quick head swap with a Wargames Foundry mini.

Here's a very quick snap of the results:

I'm not too sure about the figure as the head seems a wee bit on the small side compared to the torso(?). What do you guys think?

He also seems to have a bit of ProCreate on his face that I will remove anon!

Now then, back to the painting of the rest of the Haggis Rampant force! For details see La Journee Blog HERE