Wednesday 28 September 2022

No sleep till Newark!

It's not unusual to find that preparing for a show means painting and basing right up to the last minute, and I know that's a situation with which many readers will be familiar!

This is the latest unit that will be appearing on the table at Partizan ...

The Pils-Holstein Kronprinz Grenadiers.

Their grenadier caps sport the cypher of The Elector, Ferdinand Adolphus ("sweet FA", to his friends), surmounted by a crown.

I've added a couple of "storming party" bases to this unit as they have a very particular mission on the day. 

The show preps haven't stopped there, of course. I'm currently adding more townsfolk (the good citizens of Brunnenstadt), and I imagine I'll be painting right up until car packing commences.

The painting is not the only thing that keeps me awake in the run up to the Newark show. It's the excitement too. 
I've got a fairly extensive purchase list (although much of that is ordered for collection rather than risking losing out on the day). Some items are for a new project too. Shock! horror!! 

How many sleeps till Newark? Probably none!!

Looking forward to seeing friends, old and new, on the day.

Friday 16 September 2022

Partizan Preps

It’s been a while, and I apologise for not posting over the past few weeks.

Some will have noticed from the Partizan website that I am putting a game on at the show on Sunday 9th October so much of my hobby time has been invested in getting ready for that. I’ve got a few vignettes and special stands I have been working on and another unit of Pils-Holstein infantry that are almost complete.

It will be the first time the full Wars of the Vaubarian Succession (WVS, 1704) collection has been seen in public. It’s not a huge collection (amounting only to something like 350 infantry, 80 cavalry, a few guns and mortars and vignettes) but for me the big prize is to be able to see the fruits of my labours laid out on the tabletop ready to do battle.

I am indebted to Steve Gill who has been a ‘sounding board’ throughout the project, offering advice and ideas, and who will be joining me to present the game on the day.

Other than that, this is very much a “One-Man Band” effort and all figures, flags, buildings, and terrain were painted by yours truly.

I hope to show that, beautifully impressive as they are, not all ‘display/demo games’ need to consist of huge museum-quality sculpted terrain boards made by professional modellers adorned by hordes of figures painted by an army of pro-painters!
It just takes a little focus and discipline and you can create a satisfying game by your own hand too.

For those who are coming to the show, please do pop by the table and say hi. For those who can’t make it to the show, I will post a few photos of the game afterwards.

Meanwhile... a few pictures of the collection to whet the appetite.


See you at the show...