Monday, 19 September 2022

WW1 Turks - progress

As a lot of my efforts lately have ben around preparing for the clubs Blood Bowl league, see here orcidas Blood Bowl I feel I have been neglecting the historical side of the hobby. So in the meantime I have been trying to get another batch of Turks completed. So here they are, 20 more infantry from Copplestone Castings. I still need to get the bases completed, which should be done over the next couple of days.

Next month I will try to pick up some more, though I may try and get a few from Gripping Beast to add a little variety in pose and headgear. They also have artillery and Arabs in Ottoman service, which is always handy.

I now find myself in the unusual position of having nothing to paint for all of my current projects. I may have to dip into the 15mm WSS and FPW to see if I have anything I can paint up.

Update - managed to complete the bases today, bringing me up to 3 full squads to support the Asia Korps.

Friday, 2 September 2022

German Asia Korps HMG Teams

A couple of small additions to my German Asia Korps. These are 2 HMG teams I picked up from HLBSC. Both teams are in their Colonial uniforms which helps with the slightly irregular look that I am going for,

I think I may pick up a few extra infantry for a second squad. I also have acouple of additional squads of Turkish infantry on order from Northstar to round out this mixed force.

Sunday, 28 August 2022

Blood Bowl Dark Elves

Next off the production line is a Dark Elf team for our upcoming Blood Bowl league. Went for a pretty simple colour scheme as I need them for a run out on Thursday.

 I have to admit these were a bit of a pain to build, but at least they are done. More here

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

WW1 Turks

In between sorting out a Blood Bowl league for the club, I did manage to complete this set of WW1 Turks from Copplestone Castings. Really enjoyed painting these, pretty straight forward to do.

I initially saw these as a small supporting unit my Germans but can see me expanding these into a force in their own right sometime in the future.

On the Blood Bowl front I constructed a simple stand. Please follow if interested

Saturday, 20 August 2022

Blood Bowl Skaven

A slight divergence from my main projects after Andy brought along the latest edition of the rules. It reminded me how much I loved this game back in the days of 3rd edition. There is already talk of a league and people buying teams including myself. However I remembered I still had my old teams, one of which was Skaven, which Dave fancied trying before buying his own team.

So I dug them out to realise that only half of the team was painted. Worse still was the Blue/green armour colour was an old citadel paint long out of production. So new armour colour was needed on the existing players. I went with the German field grey.

So here is the team altogether, including an old second edition Rat Ogre and lineman.

Ratsburg Squealers

Gutter runners


Rat ogre and thrower

So the Ratsburg Squealers are ready to take the field afain in their new team colours.

I've also added a link to a new Blog just for Blood Bowl.

Saturday, 13 August 2022

German Asia Korps

In between  sorting out scenery,  I did manage to paint up the other 6 models I had for the German Asia Korps. These are just from Wargames Atlantic. Once again I gave them mixed uniforms as I  feel it looks better.

So that is 12 done. I do have 2 HMG teams from HLBSC, they are in colonial uniforms, but should be fine to mix in.

I also completed a few more scenic items. They are a mix of MDF from Warbases and some resin pieces from Anyscale models. Useful for a number of periods

Just need to build a stable set from Warbases, then possibly a couple more houses and I'll be done.

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Battle of Otterburn 1388

As part of a short trip away I managed a quick visit to the battlefield of Otterburn. Fought between the Scots, under the Earls of Douglas and Moray against the English under Henry 'Hotspur' Percy and his brother Sir Ralph Percy. It was not to be a good day for the English. Henry lived up to his nickname and led a rash attack against the Scottish camp. He was so confident that he attacked at dusk, despite the long march up from Newcastle. Many of his tired and disorganised troops were still making their way up through Otterburn. Unfortunately for the English, despite the speed of their attack. The Earl of Moray led a superb flanking attack that was screened by woods and dead ground, unseen from the English position. Despite the death of the Earl of Douglas during the battle, both Percies were captured and the defeated English retreated back towards Newcastle.

The battle is currently marked by Percy's cross. There are a few plaques on display describing the battle for the visitor as well as acouple of picnic benches.

Percy's Cross

View towards the lower Scottish camp

View up towards the second Scottish position

View towards the English positions

Well that's another Battlefield I can cross off my list. It does get me thinking about putting some armies together for a little border skirmishing.