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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Major towns BUA's

                    The postman appears to have mislaid my latest batch of figures from pendraken.  A bit of a pain but it has allowed me to hunt around for more stuff to do. After a few filghts of fancy My mind settled on the subject of built up areas for my 18th century troops.
                  Now I have always avoided using major towns in games because of the unrealistic footprint of the BUA's As a result, all of mine represent villages of varying sizes. Now in recent games I have been using 6mm buildings with 10mm scale figures and 3mm buildings with 6mm or smaller figures. This works very well indeed. As such I returned to thoughts of townships using downscaling and small footprints. How can you play imagi-nations without towns as they are the centre pieces of the economies.
                 I decided to set myself some parameters to begin with. First the average size would be no smaller than 90mmx90mm and no bigger than 120mm square. I would try to use only Town style buildings and avoid small cottages etc. and because I had so many I would use only the 6mm scale painted buildings I bought from Total battle miniatures for my haircurler armies.
                I have managed to finish two so far. the first is a large medieval town on a 120 x 90 base and the other a well off area on a 90x90 base. Heres some pics for your inspection. I have included some troop stands in some of the shots to show the effect of the building downscale. In my opinion it works really well and goes toward solving the footprint problem of larger BUA's

 The first effort was this medieval town. Once a mighty fortress but stormed by Imperial troops during the 30 years war when it's walls were torn down.

 I really packed the buildings into this one and it does I think work quite well. A bit of a shame that my town painting techniques are rubbish and didn't manage to match my destroyed walls colours to the original buildings

This one is meant to depict a new and thriving merchant community. It's missing something at the moment and I think that a statue or even a small fountain in the centre would set it off nicely 

So there you have it 10mm figures with 6mm buildings. Works fine for me!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

reminiscing of a long gone past

Whilst participating in a conversation on another blog I was reminded of a recent turn out I had of some 30 to 40 years of wargames magazines that were taking up almost a bedroom of space. On the subject of those magazines. Whilst sorting the piles of old mags I found my collection of wargamers newsletters. (almost a complete collection) Needless to say I forgot completely what I had been doing and sat enthralled by stuff I found so exciting all those years ago. I was especially excited by an article by a fourteen year old schoolboy on making armies from matchsticks and other items which was I believe the inspiration for my adventures in matchstick and eventually haircurler armies. Considering this must have been written some 40 years ago, I wonder what the schoolboy (now almost 60) would think of my serried ranks of matchstick and curler armies?.
            I sometimes wonder if we realise just how pampered we are for figures etc. The pages of those old newsletters were filled with conversions of obscure airfix figures and references to figure manufacturers long forgotten. What a time that was for me. every set of rules brought something new and every issue of the mag set me off on a fresh course. Oh Mr Featherstone if only you knew what a brilliant hobby you and Brigadier young launched me in to..

Thank you...

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Pink works for me

 I have been, in my opinion, very smart for this project. Instead of ordering all the figures I need before starting painting I decided to buy them in "paintable" quantities. When one package arrives I order the next lot to arrive just as I finish the current one. Smart heh? No depressing mountain. While I waited for the next delivery from pendraken I painted the Gromstadt artillery. another Biehlberg infantry battalion and a gaggle of generals. I pondered for a while on just what colour to use for the artillery and was sorely tempted by pink. I thought it might be amusing! I finally settled on a more macho salmon pink and I'm amazed by how it turned out.

Yeap!!! Salmon pink but it works for me..

 I really enjoyed working on the generals. I was worried that at 10mm it would be hard to get the personality of imagi-nations but they look good to me.

That wraps up the biehlberg infantry for now! SOON BE TIME TO PLAY!!!!

OK!! So there are 6 of em.. BRING EM ON!!

COME ON POSTY.  My Pendraken parcel left 7 days ago. GIMEE NOW!!!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Gromstadt infantry ADVANCE

      I'm trying to be a bit clever with this project and only order so much lead at a time. That way I get it painted before the next lot arrives. Quite exciting painting to a dead line. Bit pricey on postage for small lots though but then you can't win em all. So this package was from pendraken who I have decided will supply the Gromstadt infantry, all the cavalry and all the artillery. First up the Gromstadt infantry. pendraken figures and really very nice. A lot of painting though mainly because they are so detailed. When you have 60 figures in a battalion the detail doesn't seem so important.

Garde zu fusse battalion

 1st line inf.

2nd line inf

Some Biehlberg Horse

Again pendraken figures. Very nice lots of detail.. 

 Guard rgt. formed from the Garde grenadiers and the Garde du corps.

 !st Line horse rgt.

   I really enjoyed painting the cavalry. Quite challenging. Also 24 cavalry on a 120mm frontage is just an awesome site.

 The first of the Biehlberg artillery

Mounting more as we speak. I love this scale and the packed bases.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Imagi-nations... such an adventure

    I am currently painting several battalions of infantry and artillery for the most Catholic Duchy of Gromstadt and a couple of cavalry rgts of the Biehlberg forces. I have to say that using dense basing was a real winner. The effect of 24 10mm cavalry figures on 4 30x60 bases is just awesome. What I hadn't appreciated was just how much fun designing flags and planning uniform colours would be. I am seriously enjoying this project.