David Bickley's Wargames Blog

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



Friday 17 March 2023

A Change is as Good as a Rest...

...or so they say. After painting the Grand Manner wigwam for the F&IW games it was back to painting figures. As you may recall, I tend to keep the Lead Pimple replete with cleaned up and spray undercoated figures so that something is always ready to go under the brush. Still needing a break from tricorns I chose two disparate groups of figures to paint next.

Firstly a 105mm howitzer and the three gunners for our Burma 1943 games. This is a Warlord Games piece from their Australian range but it will do for me. I bought it on my visit to Warlord Games HQ towards the end of last year. Phil was kind enough to assemble and paint the gun for me, leaving me just to paint the gunners and do the basing. Hopefully it will debut here in GHQ later in the Spring ~

For the second group I chose three Late Saxon command figures from Footsore. Matt designed and sculpted this small range so I was pretty sure they would fit in with those he did for Foundry. As it happens they are less bulky but stylistically they fit in just fine. Why these though you might ask? Well, I am Rebasing and expanding the 1066 & All That collection and we found we were short of command figures in our Hail Caesar trial game recently ~

Phil has been painting some extra Norman knights for me as well. While I'm ordering a few packs of Late Romans I will add a few of Normans too, some more knights and an infantry unit in mail. I plan to buy some Crusader Miniatures unarmoured Norman cavalry too, when funds permit, as I feel size and style are closest to those I own in the collection at present. When though, well, that's another matter entirely. Meanwhile I've been painting up two further units of Matt's Foundry Saxons, Huscarls with spears and Thanes. The Huscarls are already finished and the Thanes are underway. 


22 comments:

  1. Very fine Sir, very fine­čĹŹ

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  2. Good looking gun crew and lovely dark age command!
    Best Iain

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  3. The dark age base is very striking and the. Movement in the flag excellent.

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  4. I know a few folk who are "one short". Keep up the good work Mr.B!

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    1. I shall endeavour to accomplish your instructions.

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  5. Beautiful work David. Love that flag!

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    1. Thank you Ray, a further vote for the flag too!

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  6. Nice pieces David. I came across your son's castings for Antideluvian's Scottish range and I do admit I was tempted, especially with the Bruce and Douglas figures.

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    1. Thanks George. Yes, Matt seems to have cornered the market in top notch late Dark Age - Early Medieval sculpts. Have you seen his Welsh for Footsore?

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    2. I have a Welsh warband from Footsore I think, albeit it some years ago.

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    3. Matt's were done last year, have a look.

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  7. A lovely change of pace….you’ve reminded me I have some Norman Cavalry waiting in my painting queue and I should get them done.

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  8. Lovely new additions to your collection David….
    A nice example of the depth of your interests…

    All the best. Aly

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    1. Thank you once again Aly. Perhaps it also illustrates my flutterby tendencies?

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  9. Fine, fine work there David:).

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