Thursday, April 22, 2021

May I present you

 I said I had sold stuff to afford a thing, well here is the thing. 

Well here is the thing. 

An original 1796 Heavy cavalry sword, very likely used by the 3rd dragoons in Spain, it has been sharpened repeatedly, it had typical knicks and damage from use. The scabbard has markings for F troop 3rd dragoons.

The blade is 88cm and some mm, total weight is 1079g with a balance at 16cm from the guard. It's a really nice good sword. feels great in the hand, far more nimble than what some claim. though there are variations, so some individual swords might be a little more unwieldy. 

My 3rd dragoons behind their real sword.

My 1796 HC above my 1796 infantry officer sword. There is about 400g difference between them

My new original next to my 1796 HC trainer. The trainer is based on the field modified ones, with a spear point. So I was expecting the original to be a bit more clunky, But even if the original is 108g heavier I honestly can't feel a difference in my hand when I go through the various drills. 

So yeah, it's been a few exciting weeks, trying to sell enough to afford it, getting it shipped, I needed insurance so that took a few days. Then it had to go through customs, luckily antiquities are different from regular goods, so I only paid about £160 in VAT instead of the £650 I would have had to pay if antiques used the same VAT as regular imports. 

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Actually did something.

 Well, this is the first proper battalion-sized unit I've done since late January when I finished a Danish GNW battalion. Since then I've done this and that, painted some here, painted some there, every actually finishing anything, I got quite far on some Italian war gendarmes, but got annoyed when I didn't get the decals to work. So I stopped that, I worked on some Napoleonic Austrian cavalry, did a tiny bit on some SYW British grenadiers. Did 6 Russian napoleonic infanry. 

But this is the first unit I've finished in that time, In the last two weeks, I've been busy selling half of my miniatures, my reenactment stuff and my antique resolver to afford a super-secret thing that I will post about on the blog, as I did manage to scrape the money to get it. So it's in transit from the UK to Norway now. But I hate selling stuff, both the shipping, the danger of stuff breaking, and also I felt the thing I wanted could be sold at any moment so I felt I had a time limit to get stuff sold. But I did manage it, I sold for about £2000 in two weeks time. And I still have about £370 about to be sold this week. That will cover the VAT and then some. 

It's sort of miniature related but kinda not, more related to the history of some unit I have painted up. 

Anyway, what did I finish?

The 45th Foot, the second battalion in my first brigade of the 3rd division at Salamanca. 
I still have 1 more battalion and a crap load of skirmishers to finish this brigade. It's also the smallest of the 3 brigades in the division. 

I'm roughly working at 1:20 scale, this battalion is 20, it should be 22. But I'm rounding up/down

The next battalion will also be 20, the next brigade on the other hand will be strange. 
4 battalions, 1 at 42 figures, 1 at 20 and two at 15...
I also did the first base of my KGL hussars, but then an order of Avanpost arrived and well I had to paint those. so here is a WIP. 

I really enjoyed painting these, for some reason I hated painting the perry plastic French, I don't know why, they are very good figures, but I can't stand painting them, for some reason they take forever to paint. These 6 I managed to do in a day of semi intense painting, while 6 Perry takes me two days. Anyway, I'll continue with these and wait with more KGL hussars, I'm almost out of the blue I'm using for both of these, and I want to finish these more than the KGL hussars, so these get priority. If I still have enough blue left, I'll finish the hussars. 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Selling 28mm miniatues, Napoleincs, italian wars and viknigs.

 Don't know if it's any help posting them here. as my blog gets so little traffic these days. but I'm selling off stuff. 

Eureka gendarmes, selling these as they don't fit with the Perry and steel fist stuff I'm doing.

Also selling off my 1805-1807 28mm stuff. My two french battalions are sold, which means I probably won't be able to sell these lesser popular things.
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Some not up on Ebay as evilbay has a limit of $500 a month.

I also have 2 French cannon with crew, one gun is the victrix crew and victrix 8pdr if I remember correctly, and one is victrix crew and a eureka howizter. Pice £50 for both 


And I'm selling my two viknig units
They are on a single "to the strongest" base, and are 20-23 figures I think. These are some of my best work even if I still suck with shield decals. One unit is footsore the other is Victrix, I really like these, but I mean I need like 18 more units to make a good hail caesar game, I'm never gonna get there. 
£180 for both, these might be a hard sell since they are on a big single base, but it lets me get them nice and tight and into something resembling a shield wall. 

Friday, March 12, 2021

Sergeant Hansen Moe

 I haven't done any work on my Norway vs Sweden Sharp Practice project for well over a year. But I've finally added a Level 1 Leader, Sergeant Jens Hansen Moe, from the Telemark regiment. He is named after a long-ago ancestor of the wife, who lived in Telemark at that time, he would have been 36 in 1808, a good age for a veteran sergeant.  

Also added the two finished units in the background. 

1 company of Lædalske light company, I independent light company, just a few years before 1808 the people of Lærdag rebelled when the Danish king reneged on a deal he had with them. And several leaders of the rebellion got executed. But in 1808 the company was instrumental in the victory against Swedes at Trangen. 

The other unit is a grenadier company from the 1st Trondjemske Regiment. This will end up being the main formation, consisting of 4 units/companies of grenadiers, which was the standard core in the taskforces that fought the Swedes in 1808/1809 Together with the 4 company grenadier formation, I have enough to do a smaller 3 company formation of light infantry. Pluss the Lædalske skirmish formation I've done. And I'll use Steve Barber's ski troops for the last skirmish formation.

Sergeant Jens Hansen Moe will be a level 1 leader helping keep the grenadier in order.

Threw in the other units too.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Opertation, don't use white.

 It seems a lot of people got a bit GNW fatigue, me included. I got tried of going out into -13 degrees to take pics. Also I got very few views on my post. none of my recent GNW post even got to 100 views. My last post that got above 100 was my Austrian SYW Cuirassiers. 

Anyway, I started work on my TYW project. But the unit is big 39 figures, I got a little over halfway, and I needed a break, I did TYW partly because I wanted to do it, and partly because my white set from Andrea is empty of the two most important shades, and the finances are still a bit iffy after Christmas. So I haven't taken the luxury to buy more as shipping is expensive from Andrea. So I need to do stuff that doesn't require a lot of white. Luckily I got plenty of those projects(just can't do my two main projects, Napoleonic and SYW as those requite large quantities of white. 

After painting 21 TYW infantry I jumped on to my Vietnam project that needs some love. I decided to do some NVA, believing I had all the figures I needed to get 2 squads done. And I do in theory, except I've "misplaced" my RPD gunners. So that was annoying as hell. So I've decided to finish the squads except for the gunners, that I have ordered replacements of. 

Anyway here is the first squad, minus the RPD gunner and his support gunner. 

These are of course Empress my main Nam figures, I will try the upcoming Rubicon stuff, as that looks promising. 

The bamboo was hell to edit around. 

The squad is mostly up to date for 1968, with green fatigues and AKs but a couple has a mix of the new green and older kaki, as well as SKS.

I'll continue with the next NVA squad, and hope to do more on the Marines, I got about a squad worth of more figures and a mortar team I hope to have the interest to do all that before I jump on something else. 

Friday, January 29, 2021

Mission: Finish the damn brigades! Part 4.

Project get it done damnit has met its 5th goal.

I finished the Danish brigade, while looking for a Danish brigader I knew I had I found another one. Don't remember painting him. And his base is bigger than the other brigader bases I've done. No idea what I planed to do with him. But it saved me the trouble of painting a Danish brigadier, so I finished my battalion of Fynske, completing that regiment, as I had done another battalion of the regiment with Ebor figures long ago.

This brings my Danish infantry up to 5 battalions. 

The brigade of Christopher Bjelke

Livgarden til Fods
Veteran, Elite, Flintlock
All Musket
3 points

Grenadier kropset
Drilled, Elite, Flintlock
All Musket
2 Points

1st Battalion Fynske
Drilled, Flintlock
All Musket
1.5 Points

2nd Battalion Fynske
Drilled, Flintlock
All Musket
1.5 Points.

Prinds Georg
Drilled, Flintlock
All Musket
1.5 Points.

I'm on the last straight before the goal now, I will use the Danish brigadier I knew I had and after a lot of looking found. For my last Anti-Swedish Brigade. This only leaves 2 or 3 Swedish brigaders and the CiC, and a single arm for a poor Swedish cavalry trooper who has lost his. 


Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Mission: Finish the damn brigades! Part 3.

Project get it done damnit has met its 3rd and 4th goal.

The Saxon Cavalry brigades are done, I felt it wouldn't be as impressive with just 1 cavalry brigade, so I did the brigaders for both at the same time. Two average-sized brigades of 4 BLB squadrons each. 

Brigade 1(left) Brigader Ludwig von Watzdorf 


2 Squadrons of 


Raw, bullet, Armor

2 points.

2 Squadrons of


Drilled, Bullet, Armor

3 points

Brigade 2(right)Now known as the black brigade as both regiments has black facings) Brigader Henrich Von Baden

2 Squadrons of 


Drilled, Bullet, Armor

3 points

2 Squadrons of

Goltz Dragoons

Raw, Dragoons, flintlock

2 points.

Given the performance of the Saxon cavalry against the swedes, I might have been too generous in their quality 

The next brigade will take a little longer to do, as I've decided to finish the Danish battalion of Fynske. I have 1 base done from long ago, so I'll finish the battalion before pictures are taken.