Thursday, May 5, 2022

Well its been a long time.

 But I've finally finished something, 1 full 12-man US rifle Squad.

I'll probably field squads of 9, to simulate casualties, the 1ID had been in Normandy almost 2 months by the time of Cobra, which is the thing I'm aiming at. 


Oh and I also finished a Sherman, my first 1:56 scale tank done with Airbrush.

I'm just gonna photo dump the pictures. next up will be my attempt at Panzer lehr using the Wargames Atlantic panzer lehr, it's questionable if they all used their fancy unique uniforms. But since all other german 28mm miniatures are grotesque bear-men unless I do fallschermjegers or SS. I went with these as they match Perry in style. If I ever do find regular Heer infantry that looks somewhat human I'll add them. 

















Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Still painting still flying.

 So I got an airbrush for my birthday, so that meant lots and lots money spent on paints, and effects, tanks, etc. So back to WW2 painting I come.


I've also taken part in a beta test for VR for a flight sim, I think it will be epic once it's finshed. 


I know most of you who see the blog don't care about flight sims, but while I'm waiting for my WW2 stuff.

Here is some flying.

I jump between IL2 and DCS, and the game with the beta, sadly can't show anything from the beta yet.


But here are som IL2 and DCS vidoes.

Here's a video I'm quite happy with, a P47 giving close air support to American armor outside of Carentan.





Here I'm flying a Spitfire IX in Normandy, with my 3D printed Spitfire spade grip, throttle quadrant, and trim wheels, it's amazing flying a spitfire in VR, and holding on to the spade grip, firing off the cannons and machine guns, or using the bomb release button on the throttle.




IL2 Flying Circus has gotten WW1 bombers. 
So I did a small fight trying to shoot down some Gotha bombers.






And last but not least, less than a week ago the AH-64 Apache Longbow was released in early access. 
Still missing some features, but very well made. 

Here's a mission I flew today, my second mission in the Apache, and it went surprisingly well given I had less than an hour in the Apache before beginning the mission. 





All my videos now have commentary, so should be a bit more interesting to watch. 



Wednesday, February 16, 2022

AAAAANNNNNNDDDDD it's done.

 The 13th legere fought many a hard battle, 5 battles honours, it fought under Davout from 1805 through 1812, and just to show their awesomeness, they took La Haye Sainte at the closing parts of the battle of waterloo. My favorite French regiment and I'm happy to see it on this scale. 

The numbers are 240 close order infantry in 3 battalions
24 skrimishers.

Total 264 for a single regiment. 

Up close and at eye level, you really do feel you get a good massed feeling.
The 3rd battalion was a bit of a slog, and not my best work, I just wanted it done.

264 down, 172 left.


General d'Armee will be my go-to rules, so this brigade gets 1 extra skirmish base as half or more of the brigade is light infantry. So the next regiment the 17th line will just be 2 battalions and 12 skirmishers.
Sadly Warlord being an evil capitalist corporation has decided not to give the British spurs any skirmish figures, meaning you can't do a proper Napoleonic battle, They, for some reason decided instead of giving you skirmishers, you get close-order rifle battalions. Quite useless and I can only imagine they did this for getting as much money out of the buyer as possible. 
We'll see if we will ever get line infantry skirmishers. Or I'll have to buy some small 15mm or big 12mm to use for that. 

So on to the 17th line, I was getting real tired of the legere uniform, so some white trousers and red cuffs will be nice. The line will probably be harder to get good, as you got the white part in the center of the jacket, meaning it will be harder to get clean neat white cross belts. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

 So in less than a week, the 13th leger has gone from zero to 160! I'm a bit over halfway now, well more than a bit, I have 104 left to do 80 more close order and 24 skirmishers. 



Two battlions in column
Looks good



I've gotten a lot of positive feedback on these, which is very cool. 




Friday, February 4, 2022

Not dead!

 Well, it's been almost two months since I posted last, a lot has happened since then, Christmas and New Year came and went, the whole of January went by, and Betty White and a crapload of other famous people died. 

My flight sim had taken a lot of time and I just haven't had any inspiration to paint. I need more paint and the paint is getting expensive and I feel I just bought some etc 

But I have finally finished a unit, I have painted some stuff here and there, but nothing finished. 
But I did paint for 7 hours in the last two days, my most intensive painting sessions in months. 
And this is what I came up with. 


Waterloo Epic from Warlord. 
1st battalion 13th Legere, my favorite french regiment.

80 close order infantry.

I'm the first to criticize Warlord for the general quality and business model. But these are cool, 
For one thing, they are actually shoulder to shoulder, something sorely missing from horse and musket wargaming. And gives a much better overall impression of it actually being a unit. I cut down the bases to minimize the gap between them, but I think I can make them even smaller. So I get a proper wall of cannon-fodder. 

80 down just 1520 left, plus some 220 cavalry. 36 guns, and 18 generals. 
My first goal is the brigade that the 13th was part of, that's 5 battalions, so 400 minis. 

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Charge!

 So after almost 3 years, I have added to my HYW project. A unit of mounted knights/men at arms. 
Taken forever to do these. Did half long ago, then spent 3 weeks doing the 2 next and a few days on the 2 last.




8 mounted men at arms.

I spent forever working with decals on the last ones.


They do look like a colourful bunch.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Finally completed a unit.

 So the last "unit" I did was back on the 12th of June, since then I've only done a few odd figures, brigadiers, and Vietnam stuff, not any proper units. 


I started this back in February 2020, when I did the men at arms part of the unit.


Since then I've very slowly added the archer and gendarme part of the Ordinance Lance. 


I was inspired by Stuart at https://stuartsworkbench.blogspot.com/, I feel he is THE guy when it comes to details on this period in miniature. 

But he is doing Smaller scale actions with the rules he uses, I can't go into as much details as I hope to do full-sized battles, So my Company of Lance is a bit more abstracted. I also decided to have my archers as light lancers and not actual archers, it might be a bit wrong for 1510 battles, but seems that sometime between 1510 and 1525 the archers had become lancers. So I went for that. 



This represents a company of Lances, so 100 actual gendarmes, but with the added men at arms and archers, somewhere between 300 and 400 actual combatants.

The Gendarmes are in the center, 4 of them.

Flanked by 4 Men at arms, One of them a standard-bearer, that I did quite a lot of greenstuff work on.

The men at arms are again flanked by the archers, one of which is carrying a standard.

I have 4 other men at arms ready, so I need 4 more archers and 4 more Gendarme to finish another company of lances.  I need like 100+ in the end, and at this rate, I'll be done sometime after the sun expands into a red giant. 

The Gendarmes are Steel fist and so are the archers, while the men at arms are perry plastics that I've Italian wared up.