David Bickley's Wargames Blog

The occassional ramblings of an average gamer, journeyman painter, indifferent modeller, games designer, sometime writer for Wargames Illustrated and host of games in GHQ.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Progress, of a sort anyway...

I’ve turned from MDF construction for the moment and back to figure painting. I wanted to let myself down gently from the riot of colour in the Italian Wars project so I turned first to some Trent Miniatures Austrians I had in stock, left over from my earlier 28 figure units. In all I could muster only eight figures, so I decided to paint them as Grenze Regiment Number 4, putting two figures on a 40 x 40mm base and giving me four bases for a Small Unit in Black Powder terms. Now, I realised that the cuffs were the wrong cut, but I will accept that deficiency in my games as the overall look of the units will be fine on the table during games and that is after all the only point to painting anything! My friends, of course, will be too polite to notice or comment anyway.  So, no more waffle or wittering, my take on Grenzer Regiment No 4 ~



I’ve also completed a small mule and muleteer vignette for the FRW project, both pieces from Foundry. If you squint you’ll see it’s a Roman era mule, but then it will do for me. Both pieces in Ian’s gift package I mentioned earlier in the summer~


On the theme of useful bits, but this time in more than one setting, I’ve finally got around to painting my Warbases Hay Cart and Hay Load. ~

I was over in Swadlincote on Sunday last weekend, visiting long time friends Ian and Ann who we met pretty much 50 years ago to the day as it happens. Ian’s not a wargamer but does enjoy painting 28mm figures, vehicles and such and builds splendid dioramas, so I enjoyed seeing his excellent work and received an unexpected gift in the shape of some VBCW Footsore Gardeners! In addition, Ian has kindly offered to paint some Warlord BEF British Infantry for me over the winter! I thought you might like to see the Gardeners ~


After these I feel I can take on a larger unit in figure terms, so back to the AWI next, where the Lead Pimple contains significant numbers of new units by Foundry and Perry Miniatures. First up a further British Line infantry unit I think. More later in the month on these I hope.

18 comments:

  1. A plentiful pot pourri, all looking decidedly dapper.

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    1. Most kind! Glad you enjoyed a day at Colours!

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  2. Lovely work on all of these; the mini vignettes are beautiful.

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  3. Unusula and splendid figures David, love the vignettes, inspired job...

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  4. The Grenz are great as is the guy with the mule.

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  5. Love the grenzers and the mule, the hay cart has come out well, never really got VBCW but they're lovely figures!
    Best Iain

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    1. I came late to the VBCW. It’s the local nature of it that appeals I think.

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  6. Another splendid collection, I know that mule well, it attends the Twelfth's medicus.

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