Friday, 2 April 2021

Latest unit and Easter Parade

In January I set myself some painting goals for the quarter in regard to the WVS collection...

... and I'm pleased to say that they have been achieved!

Here is the latest Vaubarian unit: IR5 - Ratzinga.
I quite like the pink facings and think they complement the Vaubarian blue nicely.

Note the crossed papal keys as the regimental emblem on the blue flag and in the upper corner on the white flag. The latter follows standard Vaubarian tradition in having the national coat of arms in the centre and the regimental emblem in the top left corner.

Where the regiment does break from tradition is with the drummer's coat which is not in reversed colours. Rumours that the regimental tailor forgot this convention are hotly disputed.

Also shown, the Brigade commander for the second Vaubarian infantry brigade,von Maier...

He commands the Grenadiers and the Ratzinga regiment, and one further battalion to be painted soon.

Here is another small vignette to add flavour to the collection... a Vaubarian officer scouting the enemy movements.

And finally, the Vaubarian line of battle laid out...

Happy Easter everyone...

All the best


Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Interim update

 Just thought I would post a quick interim update.

I anticipate having some figures finished and photographed to show by the weekend...

In the meantime, a couple of items to report.

1. I attended the Royal Armouries zoom webinar event last week featuring Dave Marshall (TM Terrain) and The Perries (is it Perries, or Perrys? A bit of a Proudfoots/Proudfeet conundrum I always think) talking about The Agincourt Diorama. It was an enjoyable hour or so, and is on the Royal Armouries youtube channel. Worth a quick watch.

2. Some sad news... One of the members of the Virtual Wargames Club, Ian Thompson, sadly passed away recently, reportedly from coronavirus. Based in The Philippines, Thomo was a regular contributor to the VWC... you can see his work on his 'Thomo's Hole' blog (see links on right). I can't say I knew him well, other than our regular VWC zoom meetings, but my condolences go out to his friends and family, and all those who knew him better than I, within the hobby and beyond. He will be missed.

Back at the weekend with some wargaming good cheer, I hope...

Sunday, 28 February 2021

The Heavy Mob!

Here are the latest to come off the workbench for the Vaubarian Army of 1704 (ish!)...

This is the second Cuirassier regt (von Netzer):

And here is the Heavy Brigade commander - Graf von Durnberger

... and the whole brigade:

CR1 Vogts in the rose pink cuffs and flag,
CR2 Netzer in green cuffs and flag.

All figures painted and based by yours truly, along with flags - hand painted on metal foil.

Figures are Front Rank (with a couple of Foremost horses added in for variety).

I'm in full flow on this project again now, and have kept up my tally of 80 'painting points' in the first two months of the year, which I am pleased with.

Other news:

I was sad to hear of Richard Ansell's passing, renowned figure designer and sculptor (most notably for the Minden/ F&D figure ranges). My sincere condolences to those who were closely associated with him in the hobby, particularly Jim Purky and Graham Cummings, and to his friends and family.

Better news: I was delighted to see that a 'live' Partizan is planning to go ahead in October... something to look forward to. Now wondering if I could get a game together for that... I imagine it will be one of the best attended shows ever, all things being well! Let's keep our fingers crossed. 

Sunday, 7 February 2021

The Electoral Grenadiers

Thanks to everyone who commented on the previous post.

It has inspired me to focus more attention on this project, and so here I present the latest unit to roll off the workbench... The Electoral Grenadiers.

Unusually for Vaubarian infantry, they wear claret main coats instead of the standard cornflower blue.

This goes back to their formative years in the 1660s when, during their momentous storming of the breech at Amstricht their coats were plastered with the blood of the fallen. The colonel immediately ordered claret coats for subsequent campaigns, and now being "Selected for Claret" is the dream of every young Vaubarian boy, and of many serving soldiers, for being called up to this regiment means joining the elite of the army.

Their current Lt Col is von Rummenigge.

Practical points: the unit includes some conversion work (the standard bearers and drummer). Figures are Front Rank. Flags are hand-painted.

Here they are with the rest of the Vaubarian infantry...

Next on the painting workbench, some cavalry...

Friday, 29 January 2021

Brigade Commander

Here we have the latest little vignette for the WVS project, the Brigadier von Jung, commander of the first Astrovian infantry brigade.

Being relatively young (see what I did there!), von Jung has a veteran advisor with him, sporting a coat from his service days in the 1670s and 1680s. I don't have a name for him yet...suggestions please!

And here is the brigade arrayed for action...

Regiments Frankl, Schrodinger, and Mahler (Grenadiers)

I am currently working on a Vaubarian infantry battalion, with a difference... Should be finished within a week.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021

The Light Brigade

 ... No, not THAT Light Brigade.

The 1704 Astrovian Light Brigade... a more rascally bunch of ne'er-do-wells you couldn't wish to meet.

Here's the latest addition to the project: The Swarovski Uhlans. These are irregular lancers from the fringes of the Astrovian Empire; from the wild hills and forests of Transvladachia.

And the commander of the Astrovian Light Cavalry Brigade: von Trapp (a man you wouldn't want to escape to Switzerland with, I can tell you!)

Here is the whole brigade... the Uhlans accompanied by the Czardas Hussars.

For these figures, I decided that I would speed paint them and only do two layers (no final highlight). I think they probably could have done with a further highlight on the red cloaks, but overall, they look pretty ok... 

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Meanwhile, in Kaimenistan ...

Last weekend, I decided to use up some of the detritus from Christmas in the form of the cardboard packaging that inevitably resides in part of everyone's home awaiting the new year trip to the local tip!

I have mentioned before the wonderful Major General Tremorden Rederring website, and I remember on there they had made some cardboard hills. Whilst I didn't want these to be the same (theirs had firing steps to give the impression of concealed snipers in some part of the Khyber Pass), I did think a similar design could be utilised for the background to photos of the Back of Beyond collection.

And so...

I simply cut the cardboard shapes, sprayed them in shades of brown, and a little grey at the peaks, and then put back-supports on them so they can stand. The sharp-eyed will notice, they can be arranged in different 'formations' allowing some versatility. Construction time all told... around 40 minutes.

I think it looks ok, and adds a little atmosphere to the scenes.