Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Suddenly Brigade!

Here  you are  walking along minding  your  own buissness,  and then suddenly right in your face a   Danish brigade!

I got these from Ebor, and i decided to try something new, Normaly I paint one  and one unit  then post it. This  time  I  decided  to try and paint  the brigade "as one"

To do this, I  painted every  other base a diffrent battalion.  So 1 base  of fynske, then one of livgraden and one of prinds Georg, This  way I the brigade  would be  done as one!

It was though  going,  two weeks of intense painting. It went  swimmingly the  first few  bases, I had done 1 regular base of each  and 2 of the command, but then  on the 3rd command(prinds Gerog) I got hold up,  I  had  things to do in the house those days, and while the 5 first bases  took 1  day each, I spent  3 days to finish the command of Prinds Georg. Then  came the week end with some painting. Then in   an  epic  strugle I did the last base of both livgrarden and Prinds Gerog yesterday(painting into the night)

 Each unit  is  18  figures, each has 2  grandiers, 1 sergants,  2 drummers,  2 standarbarers 1 offiser and  regular musketeers.
I  forgot to order a briadier to my brigade, I  didn't have  any apporiate one, So a footsore russian  officer got highjacked to become Christopher  von Bielke(also seen his  name  as; Kristoffer Bielke  and Christopher Bjelke) He is  only a  stand in, as I don't  like the figure, while the man  him self look ok, (good face) The horse is  just all wrong. for some reason footsore only has one horse for everything in the GNW range. The horse  has no propper horse saddle blanket,   and no cover for the pistol holster, the  horse looks more  like 30   years war  horse then  anything  to do with early 18th Century, Must  be  a poor general who can't aford a saddle  blanket....

Fynske  regiment was not in Bielkes Brigade, but I like the grey and green, So he gets added  to that one. I had  to find "danish grey" Luckely unlike  the Dutch and French  uniforms that verious sources describe as "off white/white/light grey" But often shown as white on plates.   The Danish clearly has "light grey"  coats. Mine might  still be a tad to dark. But I like the  look.
In the   end  the grey  was:  Slate Grey B, Slate grey C   both from foundry, then   a mix of Foundry  Artic  grey A  and Granit C  as highlight.

Ah Livgarden til Fods.  I think  I  would have  problems doing the brigade if not the straw to brake up the grey!
But STRAW!  bane of my existance! I've  tried  for years to get straw triad.
I think I nailed it!  I  had by chance  bought a citadel  bottle   of Tallarn sand, never used  it  before this time. But worked great as a shade, then coat de arms Horse  tone dun,  and highlight of coat d arms  desert yellow.  I  think   they look  very spiffy! and they are definatly straw  and not "yellow"
Both Fynske og Livgarden,  Saw  action in WSS and GNW(not the  same battalions)

Prinds Gerog had same grey  as fynske ofcourse, the orange was a little  tricky, my "dark"  orange called burnt orange don't cover propperly so needed to layers,  then a layer  of flame orange over.
Some sources  say the  regiment  had  blue  and orange instead of  grey. That is an awesome  color combo. But decided atleast that this battalion will get grey and orange.

So this is my  brigade of danes. It was tiresome at  the end. I'm  glad I only had 3 battalions to paint  or I might have gone   mad!

The flags are  cloth flags from Maverick   model! fantastic  flags  but I'm  really bad at cutting them out. Especaly fynske got their flags mangaled(had  to  by propper siccors after fynske)

Now I'm not sure if I   should  take a painting break and  wait for  my order from Warfare, or go and attack the french horse!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Project leftover/tidy up part 1

So I have sevral figures from a pervious WSS project. And since it's hard times(even tho I use to much money of figures anyway) I decided to paint up these figures. First up is the Dutch regiment Pallandt, I was missing 7 figures, I painted up the ones I had and orderd 6 more from Ebor, I forgot about the 7th and asked if Ebor could bill me for the last, He didn't, but sent the 7th along anyway! Great service and unbeatable prices!  I like the look of these figures, tho I feel they look better on the pictures then real life. Not quite happy with the last highlight of light grey.

Next up on Project left over will be Prussian WSS unit, they won't be as tidy, but more on that when they are finished!

I'm running out of basing stuff, so the bases are kinda boring

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review Warfare Miniatures Model Cavalry Regiment

This deal gives you 18 troopers and horses as well as any two cavalry standards.

There is a huge number of cavalry troopers to choose from. If I counted correctly there are 50 codes just for the cavalry, with unarmord cavalry, cavalry with armor under the coat, just brest plate, or front and back plate. As well as "enthusiatsic" cavalry. Also two types of helments, English and German, and the the codes come have tricrone or floppy hats. Standing and running horses(with 3 sculpts pr mode of movement). Add to these "generic" you also have swedish spesific(with new codes comming soon) And soon russian as well as totaly new dragoons. All with new horses.  This means you can create almost all types of cavalry for all countries from 1680 too 1720.

Togeather with the 18 troopers and horses, you get enough arms and scabards to all troopers swords or all troopers pistols. there are 3 sword arms and 2 pistol arms, togeather with the 3 diffent troopers and 3 diffrent horses. The unit will look very varied. I personaly choose to mix pistol and swords. I also choose to mix the floppy hats and tricornes as the saxons took their while to totaly go tricorne.

6 of the cavalry are command, so 2 officers, 2 standardbareres and 2 trumpeters, Poles are also in the pack. The officers got sevral arms to choose from, the tricrone officer, can get an arm hodling a tricrone. As well as poiting arm, arm on  the waist, Or you can just use one of the sword arms.

The figures them self are wonderful, the are definatly in the slim category, and very animated. A joy to paint. I've now painted 36 Swedish and 18 of these Saxons and I've never enjoyed painting cavarly this much.

When it comes to value, the price pr trooper and horse is £2.5 and you do get over double sets of arms, as well as standard pole and two standards. Which is a very good price.

To compear we can look at too other companies that deal with the same period.

Both these companies have regiment deals, but they are 12 not 18 strong. So it won't be totaly acurat. Becasue I simply do 1.5 in the price.

Company A wants £29 for 12, thats £43.5 This company generaly has very good prices!
Company B wants £36.70 for 12, thats a wopping £55.05.

So on value it's also a good deal. Neither company A or B has as much variation, Company A might get there as it expands it lines, Company B has not added any codes for this line in a long time that I know of.

I wholehartedly recomend this pack, good value, fantastic options for customization.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Beust Regiment

 Well It's been a very very long time, I have not been idle, I Have 3 half finished WSS units(more on that soon)

We also had some puppies.

I finally got to paint my Warfare miniature cav, I have painted them as Saxons for the Great Northern War. And while Beust Regiment didn't take part in the War of Spanish Succession, They will be used as Saxons for this period too.

The Compendium says that Saxons used the floppy hats well into early 1700s. And so I've painted half the unit in floppy and half in tricorns. They also have 2:1 pistols vs swords.
The photoes got over exposed and I couldn't fix it all in PS.
I have 6 more to paint and they will be Damitz regiment.
 I love the animated style of Warfare. And you get enough arms to do all with pistols or swords or like I did mix them. There are two diffrent pistol arms and 3 diffrent sword arms.
 And since I used both Tricorne and Floppy hats, the unit gets even more variation.

And Lastly Warfare are soon to release new swedish cav and russian dragoons. So take a look:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


 I've finnaly finished my Björnborg battalion, it's been almost done for sevral months, but got distracted.
Unlike my other GNW Swedes this unit is made with Musketeer/footsore miniature figures, they where left over from a long dead first attempt at GNW, I'm not a fan of the figures. while well sculpted, clean and easy to paint, they are very limited in poses. 2 musketeers, 1 pikemen, 1 offficer, 1 NCO, 1 drummer, 1 standard barer, and 1 grenadier. So while it looks ok, they are to limited for me. They come in both karpus and tricrone, but the poses are the same, only the head is diffrent.
My Swedish force is now 63 infantry and 36 cavalry for a total of 99 swedes. Thats a records for how long I've gotten in a project in many years. It's a long time since a single project has gotten close to 100 figure strong.

I wasn't sure if I was going to keep this unit or not, as the style is quite diffrent from Warfare, but now that I seem them next to my warfare, they blend well enough!

 I'm quite happy with this picture

 Forward brave Swedes and Fins!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hanoverian Garde du Corps

So another unit done for my Minden project. This time the Hanoverian Garde du corps representing the Hanoverian cavalery under Sackville.

This might be the "division" I finish first. As it's only 3 cav units total. The two othes will be painted as Royal Horse Guards(The Blues) representing the heavy guard cav. And the Scots Greys representing the dragoons.

The miniatures are from Minden, They aren't an exact match, as the regular heavy Hanoverian cav don't have collars, While the Garde du Corps does have them. I decided not to simply paint them. As I've said my free hand is at minus 20 skill. Also the shoulder knots are missing again as the regular heavy cav don't have them.

Even knowing that I decided to paint them as Gard du corps, Because there is so much white in this project. Some 15 white french and Saxon infantry, Some 4 french cav, Hessian cav and two more Hanoverian cav. So pleny of more white to do. So any excuse not to paint white, and I'll take it.

 Flag is Maverick.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Belzunce Infanterie And life

First some life stuff. I got Married on June the 4th. It was a wonderfull day. Perfect weather, good food, good company.

Sadly a week and a half later(on this Tuesday my grandma died. She couldn't take part in the wedding. But we stopped by on last Wendsday and gave her, her name stone, some photoes of the wedding ect. She died in her home she had lived in since just after WW2. Died in her sleep. She was 96 years old hand a good life. It's not that sad. While I will miss her imensly having seen her every day until I was 28 years old(she lived just 5 minutes from my childhood home) It was much better for her to die at home. With her own food, tv, gossip magasines. Then having to move to a nursing home and dying just two weeks later. She died in the best possible way for someone her age. She probebly only held on to she me get married. And I'm very glad she got to see it.

Now on to what The blog is about.

So wellcome to the Belzunce Infanterie,
I choose to use the Crann Tara WAS french, even tho they had the wrong bags and swords. Simply because I like the look of firing figures.

 Apertnatly Belzunce Infanterie was one of the few french units that did not use the royal livery. But I could not find the Belzunce livery.
 I do like the look of this. Only thing is the flags are not center enough. So for my next units, The command will be split between the two bases. So they are actually in the center.
1 down. 17 and a half to go(For the infantry of the french for my Minden OOB)