Tuesday, 12 March 2019

WSS / GNW Danish horse

Despite twice claiming that my Danish army was complete, I find myself once again adding to it. These are the first of potentially 3 more cuirassier regiments.

The regiment is the 2nd Fynske made up of 3 squadrons. I chose these as I liked the contrast between grey coats and the orange cuffs. The figures are all from Dixon miniatures.

I couldn't find a source for the flag for this regiment so went with a simple white field with the Danish cross in the top left corner.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

GNW Russians XVII

This time it was the turn of the Russians to gain some additional troops. These were the extra 3 squadrons I needed to complete Roshonov's Horse Grenadiers regiment. The figures for these squadrons are from Dixon miniatures.

Completed regiment
So with these guys I now have all 3 regiments of Horse Grenadiers completed. 18 fine squadrons to take on the Swedes.

Horse Grenadiers 
The 3 regiments are predominantly Dixon miniatures along with figures from Roundway and Warrior.

Looking in the unpainted lead pile I can put together another Dragoon regiment. Until then I have 3 regiments of Danish Cuirassiers to work on.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Lobsters this time

Well I'm staying with the WSS with these figures, but not Tricorns. This time the Lobster pot helmets of some Bavarian Cuirassiers. They are the Weidel regiment, with 6 squadrons. The figures are all from Dixon miniatures. I'll add the flag when I get it finished.

I must admit I find the Bavarians a lovely army to paint. I think with grey coats and black horses really helps add a little menace to these guys.

Next up will be a switch back to the GNW as I finish off the last 3 squadrons of Russian horse Grenadiers.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Back to Tricorns

Well after dabbling in fantasy and modern figures it is back to my first love, Tricorns. This time the War of Spanish Succession. This is the Fitzjames regiment of Horse. They were an Irish regiment raised in France in 1689. I've painted up 3 squadrons, all of the figures are from Dixon miniatures.

When I've checked my storage box I've realised these were desperately needed. My Franco Bavarians only have 21 squadrons of Horse and Dragoons. So to rectify this I've got 6 squadrons of Bavarian cuirassiers prepped and ready for undercoating.

Friday, 22 February 2019

A modern skirmish

In a slight change of direction, I picked up some modern German army figures from Empress miniatures for some skirmish gaming. So Thursday saw them get their first outing. We set up a village in the centre of the board which has been fortified. The German troops could set up anywhere in the village. The insurgents could set up anywhere around the edge of the table in groups of 5 figures with the objective of capturing the village. One additional rule we added was every time 5 insurgents had been removed the could be recycled and brought into play. The Germans had to hold out until relieved after 6 turns.

It was a very fun and tense game. The use of cards instead if dice seems to add to the tension. At one point with 2 German troopers down a group if insurgents entered the village only to be eventually gunned down by the remaining troopers.

The rules used were the one hour skirmish rules by John Lambshead.

They are quite generic, but allow you to add your own modifications. Well worth a go. Now need to get the rest of my troopers painted for next week's rematch.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Orcs and Wolves

As I mentioned in my last post I've got a few extra figures to add to the army. Is at up is some wolves. I picked these up at the York show from Warbases. Nice little figures and perfect to use as lesser war beasts.

I also had a spare Nazgul figure to paint up. This means if I wish to field all nine I have the option to use the fell beast or not. Like the rest if the Nazgul, he's all black.

I also completed an additional 5 orcs that I had spare. The idea is to add these to the orcs I had painted up a few years ago. This would give me 2 extra units of Bellicose foot.

I now just need to finish the bases on some lesser orc scouts then I can start on the last 2 units of orcs to bring the army to completion.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The time of the Orc is at hand

Well it's another unit of orcs to add to my force for Dragon Rampant. This time it's some plastic figures designated as Morannon orcs. These are more heavily armoured than the rest of the orcs and will be used as heavy foot with the offensive trait. I kept with the army colour scheme and added some eyes to some of the shields. Quite happy how they turned out.

With this unit I have a very workable force. I do have 2 more units of warriors to add with some wights and lesser orc scouts. Then there are 2 more units of orc warriors already painted, just a shame they are in more mixed colours.

Not a bad force in little over a months work. The only outlay was for the trolls and Morannon orcs, approx £25. Now just need to finish the last few units and back to some historical.