A few photos on a sunny day

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat – and as it happens so am I! Inevitably in NZ With Christmas approaching this means that the sun comes out and there’s a chance to take photographs. Consequently yesterday I managed to take a few photographs of figures whose bases I finally managed to finish – these were the subject of my last WIP post.

Lately I seem to struggle taking photographs and now generally do this outside but to be honest I often find its too sunny (with apologies to my UK mates!) and I don’t get good results. The last lot I tried 2 weeks ago were unusable. Yesterday I got lucky and consequently some of the shots are reasonable. Cloudy days would seem to be best but I usually find the cloud cover clears once I’ve set up and ready to snap.

As an aside, and perhaps with more frustration I also struggle with the lighting in the wargames room and would be grateful for any practical advice as this seems to be too dark to take decent pictures . Consequently for a Christmas present I’ve asked Mrs VB to buy me some sort of lighting that I hope will mean I can manage more easily and get better results taking photos inside. If you have any tips or pointers I’m all ears

Well here we go. Perry Russian Mounted Jaeger take on the 13th and 10th Duchy of Warsaw Hussars from Murawski Miniatures whilst the infantry look on……

Some Crusader SYW cavalry

Prussian Cuirassiers and an Hussar regiment take on Austrian Dragoons and Cuirassiers

So its back to the workbench and to date I have 2 battalions of Prussia AB reservists painted with a 3rd waiting in the wings. I’m not sure what to paint once this final 3rd battalion is completed, more Russian 28mm Napoleonic infantry I think rather than some 15mm AB French Young Guard

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I haven’t been lazy – More Work in Progress

I’ve been quiet but I haven’t been lazy , honest though have been distracted by the Rugby World Cup, or that’s my excuse.

I have been lumbering my way through another load of cavalry, this time Prussian and Austrian SYW cavalry from Crusader Miniatures along with Russian Napoleonic Mounted Jaeger by Perry Miniatures. Just the basing to finish now.




Then there’s the small matter of my last 2 battalions of Murawski Miniatures Duchy of Warsaw  infantry and the 13th DOW Hussars. Just 12 more figures to go now to be painted as the 10th DOW Hussars .

This now leaves me free to buy a Horse battery and a unit of Chasseurs ready for a Borodino refight in Wellington NZ in March.

Think I might go the easy route next and paint some AB 15mm Prussian reservists

Unfortunately all this horseflesh means that my bright idea to have  a “fight night” once per week and play a solo game have not moved on and the armies  set up at least 2 months ago remain in their original start position!

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Yet Another Diversion – Samurai

I have to ask what I’m doing again when I was supposed to be painting some ECW figures or was it 28mm SYW figures or was it Russian Napoleonics! At what about those 15mm AB Young Guard figures I just bought!

The reason? A Feudal Japan group build suggested on one of my favourite forums the Outpost https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/theoutpost/discussion/all

This is where I have to confess that the leadpile contains Samurai figures in 40mm by Steve Barber /www.stevebarbermodels.com/50-40mm-armoured-samurai, 28mm by Perry Miniatures and 15mm from Two Dragoons Production. These have been languishing there for years –

The Steve Barber Models purchase came about as a result of seeing what I think I recall was a Penarth and District Wargames club had a demo game on at a wargames show. I moved to NZ in 1999 and I’m not sure if I bought these just before or on a return visit to the UK a few years later. These are really nice models to paint but the 4 Samurai Armoured foot and the Samurai Cavalryman in the just about did my head in. My main focus was to get them finished, but without a deadline to meet I could have taken more time and been more diligent in the painting as any minor error really shows up in this size. As it was I was laid low by a flu like illness and was unable to work for a few days. I still feel rotten even now but had I not had time off work through the illness I would never have got them finished!

The last of the Steve barber Models is a mounted Samurai. I put this together and it hung around in various boxes for years and the horses tail broke off. The first thing I had to do was greenstuff and epoxy this back one – conversions are not my strongpoint I’m afraid!

As I handled the figure to take pictures I kept rubbing the paint off and had to retouch it more than once and only after I started taking photos did I notice I hadn’t painted the  cast on grass on the base. Now I don’t normally varnish but because of this it was the first thing I did after taking the photos

Next the 28mm from Perry miniatures. I bought a few packs more than 10 years ago, the intention was that my younger son would paint these up and sell in order to get some pocket money but alas he never got a round to painting more than 1 figure

Again not being sure what I’ll do with these I decided to base them somewhat temporarily on some Warbases multi-bases I bought a few years ago but that were found to be too small for their intended use with dark Age figures

I suppose that just leaves me with the Two Dragoons 15mm Figures. I suppose its a bit of a surprise that these are still breathing and not squashed flat as they’ve been at the bottom of the leadpile for the best part of 15 years I think. I bought them after being tempted by the collection of a Wellington Gamer that I saw on the net years ago. Wish I could still see them as I could do with the inspiration again

They look a bit small in comparison but hopefully that means that these Red Devils will turn out to be quick


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Oh Look Shiny – yet another new project and other bits

Will I ever learn? No matter how many times I tell myself I have more than enough to do and despite the fact that I already seem to have several large projects on the go in 28mm Napoleonics, 28mm SYW and 28mm Italian wars I’ve now started a 28mm ECW collection

I blame the internet and more specifically Empress Miniatures! I’ve always loved their ECW  https://www.empressminiatures.com/english-civil-war-3-c.asp range and up to now have managed to avoid buying any. However a few months ago I found myself in possession of some cash that I won at golf and thought that spending this on wargames figures was a more appropriate reward than something golf related. This coupled with a visit to Partizan last year where I was captivated by Simon Millar’s For King and Parliament rules and game which weakened, nay, abolished my resolve!



Consequently having bought a 3 Regiment Brigade deal from Empress, the rules and bases from Simon along with flags from Flags of War https://www.flagsofwar.com/index.php?route=common/home I now somewhat shamefacedly present my efforts ( my shame face is because I’ve bought even more since and made the units bigger with 12 pike, 6 command and around 20 Musketeers!)

Firstly Sir Allen Apsley’s Regiment of Foot


The second unit is Anthony Thelwell’s regiment of Foot

Why these 2 Regiments? I just like the look of the flags! Painting on a 3rd Regiment is currently underway, these will be Sir Edward Stradling’s Regiment of Foot and so far the Pikemen are finished.

I’ve really enjoyed painting these, Empress seem to take paint nicely and suit my painting style. The only off putting thing I found was attaching the swords as I found it rather fiddly

Not content with just that? OK then, a few other things have rolled off the workbench

This 15mm Russian Church from Hovels – took me only a short time to paint

I also painted up some of their 28mm and 15mm walls, the 28s are in the pictures above and then  finally nine  WWI British Cavalry from Footsore Miniatures https://footsoreminiatures.co.uk/collections/ww1-early-war-british

These are currently out of production but I bought them when there was a sale on some time ago (I sound like my wife now!) and intend to use them for my VBCW games

Not a bad turn out I suppose in the past 2 months considering I’ve been playing golf on most Saturdays and Sundays since my last post.

Not sure what I’ll tackle next, either some Empress ECW cavalry or some 15mm Prussian Napoleonic Reservists


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The Great Wargames Room clean up

I’ve not been that productive in the paint department of late but I have at last managed to finish the 28mm Perry Russian Hussars whose horses I painted some time ago

Here they are – the Izumy Hussar Regiment

I also had a change from painting white Austrian SYW uniforms by painting these Grenz by Crusader as the Banal-Grenzinfanteriereigiment Nr 1


At the moment, rather perhaps stupidly, I have begun a new period 28mm ECW and bought some figures from Empress Miniatures. This is a test figure

The figures are very slender compared to other 28mm figures I’ve painted but do seem to take paint nicely. I suspect that this means I will end up having a break from painting Napoleonic and SYW figures, thereby stalling progress in these projects by being side tracked by the “Oh shiny” effect! I’m really looking forward to painting the cavalry


The other distraction was the need to re-arrange my wargames room. I did this because one of my display cases was in the NZ sun for a few hours early in the day and I felt that they would inevitably fade. This meant emptying both display cabinets and the cupboard and swapping their positions around. I think the photos give an idea of the size of the task, it took me the best part of 5 or 6 evenings and reminded me how much lead I and plastic I seem to have acquired over the years. I’ve also vowed to sell off some figures and have a good clear out of some old wargames magazines but I’ll do that at a later date


Whilst doing this I decided to move my Dark age figures out of the cabinets having bought a metal filling cabinet with 15 drawers

For those in NZ you might be interested by this link


I’m going to have to trim the odd spear or standard as the drawers won’t quite take a spear or standard height of greater than 70mm! Again I think that will have to wait

One unforeseen effect of the new drawer unit is now the spare no of storage boxes I have again! I’ll have to paint faster so I can refill them again with painted figures! I think I must be a hoarder though, that Kickers box in one of the above photos must be at least 30 year old – oddly enough it contains an unfinished card model of Hougoument!

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Mamelukes, ADCs and Prussian Command

I finally managed to paint the remaining 37 horsemen from the fast paint horse batch along with 3 additional foot I found in the spares box to make up some ADC stands and Prussian command

The French ADC stands are from the Command range https://abfigures.com/command/1432-mounted-adcs-in-action.html and I have painted these previously but Nic from Eureka very kindly sent me an additional set when I bought some cavalry for my birthday.

I added a few additional figures and found some Young Guard Officers in my spares box to make a divisional commander for my Young Guard along with a few of the more individual figures in the range

This time I painted the ADCs in different uniforms from the last batch I think https://valleyboyinnz.wordpress.com/2018/02/11/15mm-napoleonics-to-start-the-new-year-abc-or-is-it-adc/


I just love the Lefebvre-Desnoettes figure https://abfigures.com/command/666-chasseur-of-the-guard-eagle-bearer.html

My favourite in the Mameluke range  is the following one that I think was modelled on Capitaine abdallah d’Asbonne 1813 as  illustrated in the Osprey series


He just has to be based alongside this Guard Horse artillery Officer that I painted up as Chasseur a cheval of the Guard Officer

That’s the 15mm Napoleonics finished for now, I’ve just had 4 battalions of Young Guard as a Christmas present but I suspect they are well down the painting queue. I have however made a start on the 28mm Russian hussars who’s horses I painted a few post ago

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15mm Prussian Napoleonic cavalry

Happy New year to all

Following on from the fast paint horses post I’ve managed to finish some of the cavalrymen in the past month. I’ve completed the 2nd Dragoon Regiment, The Leib Hussar regiment and the 1st Silesian Landwehr Cavalry Regiment.

All are AB figures – the Leib Hussars, the 1st Silesian Landwehr Cavalry

The 2nd Dragoons

I’ve added an old Revo standard to the dragoons, but will get another from GMB next time I place an order and because I broke one of the lances on one of the Landwehr I just added a cut down infantry standard to cover and make up for this – Wargamer’s licence!

The Prussian cavalry is now looking reasonably strong when I add in the other dragoon  regiment that I painted a few months ago, though because of this the dragoon coats show quite a variation in colour! There are also 2 Cuirassier regiments that I painted earlier this year

The last picture shows that I couldn’t resist adding in the newest units today to a current game

From the remainder of the painted 15mm horses  completed earlier I have some Prussian commanders, French ADCs and a 12 strong unit of the New AB French Mamelukes to finish. I plan to tackle these next

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