Monday, 21 January 2019

Boom Boom Boom! Astrovian artillery

It is 1704. Reichsgrafen von Schwarzenatter has begun military manoeuvres out on Salzburg Plain, with the addition of two field guns to his force.

As you'll see, I have produced the "on the march" version and the deployed for action version for each gun.

Here they are seen on the march with Infantry Regiments Frankl (front) and Schrodinger (rear).

… and here, deployed for action, carrying out exercises on Salzburg Plain, whilst Scwarzenatter looks on (and bellows at regiment Schrodinger to take up position).

Will they soon be on the march into the disputed territory of Mundania, a strip of land between Astrovia and Vaubaria? Well, of course they will, otherwise I wouldn't mention it, would I?!

Monday, 7 January 2019

New Year, Napoleonics, Successors and other thoughts

I decided not to do one of those long-winded "review of last year/plans for the year ahead" type posts, on the grounds that there are plenty of those out there, and whilst I do have some key hobby plans and thoughts for the year ahead, you'll see them in plenty of time when I actually put them into practice.

So, for now, I'll simply show a few pictures of what I've been up to, and you can get on with the rest of your surfing!

First up I've been slowly building up a few 1813 campaign Napoleonics. Just for the fun of it.
French and Prussians so far...

I've also been tinkering along a few other bits of the collection, namely the Macedonian Successer army, including these Peltasts...

I'm currently working on some Astrovian artillery for the Wars of the Vaubarian Succession (1704)

I'm enjoying the variety, and the chance to just paint whatever I fancy for the moment, tinkering with parts of the collection as the mood takes me. I do have a new project i'm assembling for a display game over the next couple of years. figures are on order, and I'm on Postman Watch every morning... no sign yet, but I'm sure they won't be long.

May I wish you a prosperous, productive, and enjoyable 2019.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018


The Astrovian arms build up continues with the introduction of some light troops.
I wanted to portray border troops from the Marlburian era... so didn't want to use SYW Grenzers, nor did I want to use the Croats I have for my TYW collection.
In the end, on the grounds that this is an imaginary army anyway, I plumped for some suitably ragged chaps from the Foundry Cossack range.

Here are Karavani's Croats which I've given a sort of themed/ semi-uniformed look:

Next, I'm working through some loose ends in a number of projects, and adding to this one too. So the workbench has Macedonian Successor peltasts, Napoleonics, TYW, and Astrovian artillery all on the verge of getting paint applied! I'm enjoying the variety, and the fact that I'm getting through some things that have been in the "pending tray" for some time. It's very cathartic!!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

A Sicilian Adventure

26 years ago, my lovely daughter, Victoria, entered the world.
Where has the time gone?

We recently spent a week in Sicily where she got married.
A week in a lovely villa in the hills above Cefalu on the north coast, which we shared with my brother and his family and my siuster and her family... punctuated by a three night stay in the very top notch hotel Le Calette where the reception was held.

I've been to the island once before, but this time was extra special, of course.
I have never been more proud.

Just a few pictures...

The pool at the villa.

Below: with Dianne.
Wedding day... and I decided to look particularly Sicilian in this picture... to blend in with the "in-laws"!


Below: with my son, Christopher.

Below: the happy couple. As any parent will say, "I just want my kids to be happy." Result!

Later on, Victoria and Marco arrive at the reception... a typically massive Sicilian affair, overlooking the sea from the hotel... amazing.

Below: Two proud dads.

Below: the pool at Hotel Le Calette the morning after... 

 We added an extra day to our stay in the hotel... it was just so lovely.
Then back to the villa for a couple of days. 

With all the excitement over, I did get out my wargaming notebook to think and relax. I was joined by our tame gecko, Gordon, who sat on the adjacent seat for quite some time...

Below: meal out in Cefalu:
The rest of my siblings and partners and offspring... 
Brother, Steve (front left), and his wife Gina and baby Rye; plus sister, Cath (back right), and her husband Simon and their daughter, Layla. Plus my lad, Christopher (front right), and me at far end. Photo taken by Dianne.

I hope you'll forgive this personal intermission!
Soon I'll have some wargaming activity to report...

Friday, 14 September 2018

Heavy Horse

The latest unit to canter off the workbench is the Astrovian Kuirassiers von Klammer.
Fairly speedy paint job, but I think they look effective... in fact, quite threatening. Those Vaubarians had better beware.

This brings the orders of battle to the following...
Vaubarians: 2 Line Infantry Battalions, 1 Light Infantry (dismounted dragoons) regiment, 1 cavalry regiment, 2 guns.
Astrovians: 2 Line Infantry Battalions, 1 cavalry regiment.

Artillery from Hautmont Etrurie are being completed by Steve as we speak, and I'm going to be working on a unit of Astrovian light infantry next.
This means we will have enough for some games soon. Look out for the scenarios, layouts and deployments appearing here soon, and you'll also get some AARs too.

Meantime, I'm heading off to Sicily for a week, to be the father of the bride! My daughter, Victoria, gets married out there on Tuesday. Where did all the years go?

Monday, 10 September 2018

Field Commander

One of Astrovia's most villainous Generals, and a fiendishly skulduggerous member of the Imperial Court, is Reichsgrafen von Schwarzenatter.
He has recently been awarded command of the Astrovian Field Army... and that spells trouble.

His dark and devious personality is reflected in his choice of a black uniform coat, richly embroidered with golden lacework, representing the opulence of the Astrovian Court where his Machiavellian machinations are legendary.
Of course, putting him in charge of the Astrovian field force gets him out of the way a little... perhaps that's helpful to certain other members of the Imperial entourage.

His standard bearer wears the uniform of the Kuirassiers von Klammer, a regiment who I hope to be able to show in full later this week...

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Dismounted Dragoons

Next unit finished... Vaubarian dismounted dragoons.
This is regiment Muller. They operate as light troops, making them The Muller Lights. Groan!!

The workbench is groaning under the pressure of preps for a game (or three!) that I'm planning to host in the not too distant future - the start of this particular collection being used "in anger" on the tabletop.
I have 3 scenarios in mind to be played out in one day, and whilst the collection is in the early stages, and the orbats are limited somewhat, there will be sufficient tactical challenges to keep the two visiting commanders entertained for the day...
Can you guess which scenarios I have in mind (most readers will know them, I'm sure).