Saturday, October 22, 2016

Brunck/Estorff Regiment

 So with just 3 danish horses and troopers left to finisg my 3 squadron regiment, I had "early 18th centryed out"  I'll get back to these 3 soon! But I also had a unit of  Minden Hanoverians  almost finished I  had  finished 12 of  them, and was almost done with 6 more, when back in July I  got bored. I've now finished it.

Since July I have painted 125 WSS/GNW, I still have 74 more that I can paint.

Right  now  I'll  paint 12 more SYW, then finish those 3 danes. and then back  to SYW!

This is regiment Brunck/Estorff  part  of the  Hannoverian  army, took part in many of the big battles of the SYW.  I choose them simply for the colourfullness. Yellowish breaches, and light green vests and facings.

They  will both  be Estorff  battalion but also for my Might & Reason repersent  the brigade in Anhalt's Division.

Just  to make them  even more colourfull, lots of nice flowers!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review Ebor miniature French/Spanish cavalry

So there are  people out there that wonders about  the newer Ebor Cavarly. As   many people either feel   or  have heared that some of the Ebor cav ain't  that good.
This  is partly  my fault, becasue I've been vocal   on this(I do  hope I'm the sole person  responsible for this "fact")

Anyway here is a review of French/Spanish Cavalry, these are newer.

I do not like saying bad things about ebor figures, as Ebor is a great company, with unbeatable prices and very good customer   service. (he is bad at answering  mails tho)

So lets start with the old figures(I  have painted 3 of  them, but apperantly I have no  pictures of them.
My problem with them  are; they simply don't look  good, they are stiff, the coats look like this.

And in the Center of the rider, it's simply a flat empty  space.  Sure this part is mostly coverd by the horse  head. But it's disapointing.

Now on to the good stuff, I can from the  get go say these cavarly figures are superiour in every possible  way.  Infact  not only are they better, They  are very good figures period.

They are much more animated, much more natural possion, Better  detail, easier to  paint. (still not sure I'm a fan of ebor  faces)  They are just lovely miniatures.

There  are many things I  like, 

One of my favorite parts  are the  gloves. A big problem with Cavarlyof this period is that some lack color,(danes are  90%  buff leather, much of the  french cav are  grey/white  ect) Often the only color is the horse blanket and the cuffs. BUT the cuffs becaue the leather gloves cover much of the cuffs.
On these(and I have no  idea if this  is correct for French cavarly or simply artistic license) The gloves are"open"after the  hand,  the lower part of the  glove is open, leaving  much of the lower parts of the  cuffs exposed. While the upper part is coved  by the glove.  This helps alot to bring color to otherwise boring  uniform.

Also big cudos to the  horses, this  isn't really fair, as last   time I painted standing  horses,  and those are  automaticaly more boring. This time I have "charging/galloping" horses, Great  animations,  they are BIG and POWERFUL, infact there might be some Bizon  blood in these. They might  be  a  little  over the top in animation and mucles. But they do look  good!

You get 3 diffrent horses, and 3 diffrent troopers(two of  them are very simular but only slight diffrences) While  the other is more uniqe.  You  also   get 3  of  your standard command, (officer, standard barer and trumpeter) I had not  gotton  my Robert hall   plates  yet, but googles showed me a trumpter from the  Lorrine regiment from 1695, so  I tried to  copy it.

I choose  the pack with pistols, you can get them  with swords too. 
at  £29 for 12, The price is unbeatble.

I still do  prefer the warfare  cavarly,  (even tho   I  do love those gloves  on those ebor figures)
Warfare is simply more slim and more my style anatomicaly.   But I will most likely do all my  french(and mabye bravarian) cavarly with these figures! Because I do like the figues alot, it  will also be a nice break(as they are  very diffrent to  paint  from  warfare) AND the  style  is diffrent enough to simply make it easier on the table to see(ah those are french and  those are the allies)
But  they styles  aren't that  diffrent that it will look totaly off to have them on the same table. 

I do recomend them wholehearteldy!  They are easy to  paint, I  think  they look good(oh and those wonderful  gloves!!) So if  you are building  a french cavarly force  for the WSS,  don't hesitate to buy the  French/Spanish  cavarly for Ebor  miniatures, 

Flags  are  again Maverick Models on cloth!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Review The Kings Choice(Kongens Nei)

On the 8th of April 1940,  sightings of  war ships close to the Norwegian waters were reported. For some reason the Norwegian armed forces were not put  on alert.

The movie starts with King Haakon VII of Norway at Skaugum, the loving grandfather playing hide and seek with his grand children. King Haakon started life as a Danish  prince. choosen by the norwegians to  become their king in 1805. He arried with his son  Olav. Now 35 years later, he is a widower, feeling his age with a bad back.

As night falls on the 8th, more sightings  happens. The commander at Oscars Borg fortress, Birger Eriksen puts  his men on allert. With out  orders from  above.  He gets reports of german  ships fireing on norwegian ships.  He orders his troops to train  and make  ready.

At the same time, a  german diplomant gets sent to the Norwegian  foregin minister. Germany is only here to protect Norways neutrality from the British.  The cabinet is asked  to sign a  document  that would more or  less  agree to ocupation of Norway by Germany. This poopr diplomat  didn't know  anything about this before this night.  He honestly  wanted Norwegian   neutrality.

At around 4 AM search lights light up a siluet of german  Cruiser heading straight for Oslo.
The commander gives order  to fire, when told he has  no  orders from above   he simply states.
" They have fired on our ships,  they are moving in our waters with no  lanterns, these are enemies, we fire on enmies. They fire of two  28cm costal  guns, Both score a hit. The weapons  on the other side of the  sound fires of everything they got, At the last  moment, Two tropedoes also hit the enemy cruiser. Fires spreads and  sevral  hours later the German Heavy Cruiser Blücher sinks,  With   the loss of up  to 900 sailors and soldiers.
The  28cm  guns going  off

Blücher was at the head of a task  force, tasked with   taking Oslo,  the cabinet and the royal family.

The sinking means, the cabinet,  royal family and gold reserves escape.

We now follow the king for the next few  days, The german dipomat tries  to secure a peaceful solution,  not  easy with warmongering german officiers trying to capture the king.

The movie shows  the king as a very  human character. He misses his  wife, He learns  his brother the king of Denmak has submited  to  the germans.  He is in constant pain from his back. And all  the while he is hounded by the fact he can't do anything to  stop all this from happening.

Even after  the escape, the cabinet still wants to negotiate with the invaders. They hope to get the same "deal" as Denmark. The Crown prins, a man trained in military matters, But not only  trained, he is skilled,  having the respect of  the army  and even foregin leaders.  He want to take an active role, And have been advocating  for making Norway ready  for war for months.
Royal family taking cover under a railway brigde as German warplanes fly over.

His father, has another view of it. He strongly belives in the constituion, He has no  real power. He does not want to meddle with the democraticly elected  goverment. But in the ned,  it comes down to  him.

Besides showing the battle of Drøbak  Sound(a battle that has facinated me since I almost lived at the armed forces   museum, it had a diorama of  this battle. Watched it for hours.  Now I have seen in in a big budget war movie,  And I can die happy.) It also show the battle of Midtskogen,  where about 100 Norwegian  royal  guardsmen and some voulenteers hold of an attack by about 100 Fallsjermjeagers.

Battle of Midtskogen

There  aren't that many norwegian wars movies,  And those we have, have consentrated on the resistance movment, the Heavy water sabotage  ect. This is  the  only one I know of that  shows full scale open  warfare. The Battle for Norway lasted  62  days, Making Norway second only to  Russia  in holding out againt the invading Germans longest.(with  Russia never being conquerd)

The effects are great be they from a  buring Blücher, to Colt machinegun fire. Most impressive is how  they made Oslo ca. 1940. This must have been  done  with heavy use of CGI, As no   way could this have been done by simply closing down some streets and putting some old cars on the road.

Having grown up in Oslo and lived my first 29 years there.(now  at a ripe  old age of 31)  It was wonderful to see my  Oslo  from  the past come  to life.

But what drives the movie is the great acting of Jesper Christensen  as King Haakon VII and Jesper Christensen  as Crown prince Olav.

The king  is shown as loving father and grand father.   And  the Crown prins  as a  enegertic  and profesjonaal man,  yet also  a loving father and son. The both have great respect for each other, Even   tho  they disagree on how to "rule"  The  dynamic of  these too  are really what drives the movie.

Olav ended up as a great peoples king, Many  stories about him exist.
One of my favorites is from the Oil crisis of the late 70s, Driving cars was banned on the weekends. And so show solidariry, instead of taknig his   car(which he could have) He got his skiis. And took the train   into the forest. When asked if he  wasn't afraid to go out with out his body guards, he simply replied  "I have 4 million body guards"

So it was great seeing this man  potrayed in the big screen.
King and Crown  prince running as bombers and fighters attack.

I'm embarrased by not knowing sevral  things   that happend those 3 days in April. I  didn't know just how damn  close the  cabinet  came to accepting the  german proposition. I didn't know the  King met in private with this german dipomat.  I didn't know just how close the king and crown  prince came  to be killed in those early days.

I think its great to have  a movie that shows and honours not only the king, but the norwegians that fought those 62 days in 1940. These men and  women  have in many ways been forgotton, Instead  concentrating on  hour resistance heroes.   This is a movie that needed to be made, and  I'm very glad it was.

I recomend everyone  to  see this movie, It's not a your typical WW2  movie(it got princes and princesses)  It's a vital part of modern Norwegian histroy, that has not been told in this way before.

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: