Thursday, January 23, 2014

Painting update 23 January

Another 8 figures completed to add to this years tally - up to 16/300 so plenty more work to do. 

Caesar WWII US Infantry - from their Set II for this subject. Completing my late war US Infantry Platoon. 

Work in progress follows:

Flintloque Regiment del Nino Cisco command

Regiment del Nino Cisco infantry - the second from right had his bayonet break so I'll show it getting repaired in my next post. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

My missing project - Terrain!

This was the one project that I missed that is probably the most essential now that my WWII and Flintloque collections of painted and based figures are growing is making gaming boards and terrain to go on them.

There is a lot that I could do and thankfully plenty of websites that have guidance as well as useful tutorials in Henry Hyde's Wargaming Compendium. My priorities are to do a number of segmented or folding boards which will allow me to do games on 2 by 4 foot, 4 foot square and 4 foot by six foot tables. This will at least get me set up with a decent size area to game on.

Next up would be to add some hills, roads, streams and bridges. I already have a few assorted buildings in a number of scales and am quite happy to use card based designs which are easy to source and print off the basics for.

Hopefully soon I'll have pictures showing this being developed.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Reading Log 2014 Part 1.

This year I'll try and run a reading log that I do keep up to date as it was an intention last year, but fell rather by the wayside. I might try and do some highlights as book reviews on here though.

So far not that much read, but in my out of order reading of the Sharpe novels I picked up Sharpe's Enemy. This is chronologically the 16th novel in the series, but was actually published fairly early on in the series as the sixth novel. It has a confrontation between Sharpe and his recurring antagonist Obadiah Hakeswill as its main plot point and is not based on an actual historical battle unlike most of the other novels in the series. The deserters seizing control of a town and needing to be dealt with by a battalion sized force is based on actual events in the Peninsular War, but not from the British Army's history.

The novel is well crafted like the  rest of the Sharpe series and is a good read for a fan of historical or adventure fiction, but is best read in some kind of sequence from the earlier novels to give the character's a bit more depth. As well as Hakeswill, it introduces the character of Ducos who becomes another recurring enemy for Sharpe.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Painting Update Jan 2014 no. 1

Hopefully my first update in January with more to come.
Lots in progress and a bit of stuff completed. 

The completed figures
- Alternative Armies Flintloque Zombies to complete my first unit.

Work in progress

Caesar Miniatures US Infantry (from their US Infantry Set II). Mainly riflemen with two rifle grenadiers and an NCO with Thompson. With these done I'll have pretty much a full US Infantry platoon for WWII finished so only support elements to add. 

Plastic Soldier Company Panzer IVH in progress - at last I've got the skirts fitted so only final painting, applying decals and weathering to go. 

PSC Sdkfz251/1D halftracks - just needing some filling, stowage added and then painting and weathering.

Top view of an Sdkfz251/1 showing how crowded it is with the crew figures added. 

Flintloque project
My Dark Elves of Catalucia, starting with the Limited Edition figures for King Fernando and the Artist Goyah. I've decided that Goyah's hair and moustache will be brown rather than black so a bit of repainting needed. 

Guerillas of Santanda. Still to decide on the colour schemes for these figures. 

Regimenta del Nino Cisco - Infantry and Officers, though I inadvertently cut off one of the infantrymen at the right of the picture. These will be given dark blue coats and sky blue trousers for their uniform.