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.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Forward into Battle!

Quite a brief entry, really the lull before the storm, as next week should see two games here in GHQ: a fourth SYW game, at Phil's request, using the old classic WRG 1685-1845 rules followed by an ECW bash  at Jon's request at the end of the week. A few pictures squeezed in here then of the latest additions to the Wars of the French Revolution collection.
Firstly, a couple of shots of my Reiver Castings British infantry ~

I bought these last year at the Carronade wargames show in Falkirk on a whim really. I wanted a unit to represent the British Guards and did n't want to paint another Trent Miniatures regiment at that stage. They sat in the 'to do' pile until this month when I realised I'd no more Trent Miniatues figures left to paint! I have really struggled with these I have to say; not that they are poor figures, more that my eyesight and motor skills don't seem up to their style. I really struggled with the fine details at times, so I put up a close up with the caveat that I know there are lots of mistakes, but it really was my best shot!
The last figures from Trent Miniatures lurking in the pile had been a few Irish Militia in firing pose. I'd also got some spare Front Rank officers and ensigns to add to them and made up a small unit of Hanoverian infantry. {I hope I'll be able to make them up to strength later in the year when I see Duncan at Partizan.} For now, in Black Powder terms, they constitute a small unit ~

Finally, the completed unit of Hompesch Mounted Rifles. I know they are out of period and theatre really, but I wanted an extra cavalry unit and they are something different, so you will have to excuse me with this one ~

For the project on the painting desk now I have some Eureka figures in the shape of two French limber sets in walking pose and a Caisson set in similar pose. I want to finish them this month so I can start the Front Rank British Limber sets. Why the hurry? Well, I have penned a long piece for Wargames Illustrated on this project and Dan is coming over to GHQ to take the pictures to accompany the article in late March, so I need to finish these pieces.


  1. Despite the angst I think those have scrubbed up really well and will add more character to the British force.

    1. Did you change your mind I wonder when you saw them face to face in GHQ today?