David Bickley's Wargames Blog

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



Saturday, 10 April 2021

The Tyger's Blood

 The second of the three planned regiments of regular infantry for Typoo Bhyka's army are the Tyger's Blood Regiment. All the figures are from Wargames Foundry, in the Tribal Warriors packs from the Sikh Wars range. As a contrast with the first regiment these are armed with talwaar and dhal. I chose one pack in advancing pose and one in charging pose just for a bit of variety. The command figures are three of the six from the Tribal Warriors Command pack. As is usual, the bases are from Warbases and measure 40x50mm ~

The third infantry regiment in the Brigade of regular infantry, the Tyger's Eye, are in a mix of firing and standing ready poses, again from the Tribal Warriors packs from the Wargames Foundry Sikh Wars range. At present that will conclude the infantry additions to the Army of Typoo Bhyka and I can move on to the cavalry additions. Horses! Dozens of them! Oh joy, oh rapture...not!

Monday, 5 April 2021

Typoo's Regular Command

 You may recall perhaps that as I was plodding through the first units for the E.I.C. Army of Pendawar I made a point of also working on figures for the command stands and the odd vignette. Keeping this in mind when I started on the Regular infantry brigade for Typoo Bhyka's army I have also been painting figures for the Brigade's command stand ~

The commander and standard bearer are from the Foundry Miniatures Tribal Warriors Command pack while the water-wallah is from Perry Miniatures Sepoy Command pack. The flag was made for me by chum George Anderson utilizing a tiger design I found via a web search. I think it has worked out really well ~

Next up are the second regiment of Regular infantry, the Tyger's Blood Regiment. These are all Foundry Miniatures armed with talwaar and dhal and sporting bright red turbans, as surely befits their regiment's name.

Sunday, 4 April 2021

The Tyger's Claw

 The first of three regular infantry regiments, the Tyger's Claw Regiment, ready to join the army of Typoo Bhyka. The figures are from Foundry Miniatures and the flag was made for me by chum George Anderson from a design I found on the web. The colour scheme is deliberately unfusy, mostly Foundry Boneyard light over Arctic Grey shade with turbans in Foundry Ochre. As ever, the MDF 40x50mm bases are from Warbases and the basing materials are from the remains of my Mutiny basing mixture. There may be enough for the other two Regular Regiments, but it will be close ~

 Hopefully they and their sister regiments will pop on the tabletop all sporting identical clothing shades but with vibrant coloured turbans ~

Next unit up will be the second regular infantry regiment, the Tyger's Blood Regiment, again by Foundry Miniatures but these armed with talwaar/sword and dhal/shield and sporting vibrant red turbans. In the meantime I'm also working on a three figure command base to lead the Regular Brigade in Typoo Bhyka's army.

Thursday, 25 March 2021

A few guns...

 ...big ones too! I set about adding some artillery to the army of Typoo Bhyka. I really liked the Indus Miniatures lion mouthed guns, bit couldn't find a source sadly. Instead I ordered four large guns from AW Miniatures. Their service was so brisk they'd almost arrived before I'd bought them! I'd already acquired the Native Gun Crews from Foundry so we were good to go.

I've based the artillery with three crew figures on 80x100mm bases from Warbases. The six figures in each crew pack have three fully clothed and three stripped for action. That enabled me to differentiate the two batteries, each of two guns, by using the stripped for action chaps to crew two guns and the well turned out chaps the other two. All the gun carriages I  painted Foundry Madder Red shade and washed with GW Agrax Earth shade wash. All the iron work I painted with Foundry Blackened Barrel light and highlighted lightly with the same company's Spearpoint. Two guns are with iron barrels of the same shades and two are Bronze Barrel, also from Foundry, the shade paint lightly drybushed  with the mid tone. The basing material is the mix left over from my Mutiny project, which will let the pieces have more use, and vegetated in the manner I used on the completed brigade I featured earlier.

Saturday, 20 March 2021

The 14th New York State Militia...

 ... otherwise the Brooklyn Chasseurs. These are Sash & Sabre 28mm figures which I bought from Old Glory UK last year - whose mail order service was efficient and speedy I should say. I hadn't been able to fix on a suitable Dixon Miniatures figure to proxy for them, so I took the plunge! I like the castings, but somehow they never made it up the queue for painting, just languishing in the Lead Pimple. So, I asked Phil if he could fit them in sometime amongst his commission work and I'm pleased to say he accepted! This is the finished unit ~

Well, I say finished, but they were very nearly not! Stupidly I forgot to check that I'd ordered their flags, only to find that I had not! Doh! I put it down to age myself... I have sorted that omission out thanks to Flags of War, along with some others I fancied for the figures still lurking in the Lead Pimple! Phil has also got the Crusader Miniatures 79th New York Volunteer Infantry to paint when he can fit them in later in the year; we pensioners have to watch our pennies even at 'Mates Rates' from a friend you know! Still lurking in the ol' Pimple are three units of Dixon Miniatures ACW infantry, two Confederate and one Union. I hope to get those painted this year, sometime...well, you know how it is I'm sure.

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

The Pendawar Fusiliers

 The third infantry battalion to join the Army of the Pendawar Presidency is the European battalion, the Pendawar Fusiliers. The figures are from Perry Miniatures of course, as are the MDF bases from Warbases. The flags were made for me to my specifications by good chum George Anderson. These complete what will be the army's second brigade of infantry, supported by No1 Battery of the E.I.C. Foot Artillery. The Brigade is commanded by Colonel Crump, a doughty servant of the Company over many years ~

I plan to switch now to painting some artillery and infantry for Typoo Bhyka's army which I hope will provide some light painting relief after the discipline of all the uniforms. Well, I can but hope...! In the meantime here's the whole Brigade laid out on the table in GHQ ~




Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Their Lordships confer...

 ...before battle commences. Well, we can all hope for a return to face-to-face gaming here in GHQ and elsewhere! Continuing with the stated plan of interweaving command and other vignettes among painting whole units for the Army of Pendawar I've completed two mounted generals to command the whole army. The figures are from Perry Miniatures Napoleonic British in Egypt range, being from the generic set rather than the two sets of named commanders ~

Some of the detail on the figures seems to be very sketchy; perhaps the moulds are aging or perhaps it's my eyesight, or even a mixture of the two, who knows? Anyway, they are done now and will have to do. I've made some progress with the Pendawar Fusiliers alongside these, but the uniform details are slowing me down a fair bit. I guess they will take me the best part of March to complete, but as ever I'm always hopeful I can do better!