Monday, 18 September 2017

New Project

As I hinted in a previous post, I've started work on a new project. Though I'm still working on my Poles in the background. It all came about after a visit to the Border Reiver show. The Dave Thomas stand was selling Victrix boxed sets 3 for £45.  So Thom, Neil and myself decided to pick up a boxed set of Napoleonics each. Thom chose French, Neil the British leaving me with the Austrians. Our aim is to put together forces for the Sharps Practice rules.

So 56 Austrians for £15 was too good a bargain.  I also picked up a Perry's high command set. I've already decided on a starting force, picking up a couple of extra sprues on Ebay. I should end up with 2 battalions each with 3 groups of fusiliers a single unit if 3rd rank skirmishers. I can then add some Jaegers or cavalry at a later date.

So here are the first figures painted up. 2 groups of fusiliers and some command figures.

Must admit I'm impressed with the Victrix figures. These being the first I've put together. Quite straightforward to put together. Just need to add the flag. I've already started the 3rd group of fusiliers and have built the skirmishers.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Oldhammer Battle report

Last week at the club Neil and I decided to dust down some old figures a have a game of Warhammer 3rd edition. We did put in a few stipulations as it is over 20 years since we played the rules. We each took a level 25 leader and 2 level 5 champions. We didn't bother with piints, just bring some figures and have a game.

I decided on my Dwarves, bringing a unit of elite longbeards, 2 units of clan warriors, 2 small units if crossbows, some giant slayers and of course artillery.

Neil brought some undead led by a vampire. He had 3 units if undead horseman and the rest were skeleton warriors.

The game began with a slow undead shamble towards the dwarven line, who replied with crossbows and artillery fire. The organ gun proving quite deadly. The Undead horseman quickly swept around the flanks and charged into both if my crossbow units. The deathly horseman proved too much and both units fled. Both of my units of clan warriors stepped up to engage the horseman. Both melees lasting a couple of rounds.

The undead infantry continued to advance towards my centre. With the clansman holding off the horsemen my crossbows rallied and returned to the line to hold off another unit of undead cavalry. Then my general led forward his longbeards and crashed into the undead foot. With sharp blades they easily dispatched their foes.

With time running out we called it a day. The dwarves had held off the undead. A very enjoyable game which brought back great memories, even if it did require much looking through the rules.

Thursday, 14 September 2017


Another  unit finally across the painting table. This time another unit of Pancerni. The figures this time are from Legio Herico in Spain. These are very nice sculpts and were a joy to paint. They are slightly larger thsn Essex figures but could still be mixed in the same units. Something I'm planning with some Dragoons.

The figures come with separate steel spesrs and shields. I chose not yo add the shield as these were becoming obselete by this period. This just leave 3 more regiments to vomplete. I have made a start on these.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

GNW Poles XI

With the re fight of the battle of Klissow getting closer. I've made some more progress on the Polish troops I require. I've added another regiment of winged hussars which brings me to 6 regiments. Like the last regiment the figures are from Donnington.

I also put some paint onto another battalion of infantry. This time I went for a green and red combination. The figures like the rest of the infantry are from Essex.

This army is now drawing to a close with 2 regiments of Pancerni and 2 of Dragoons to complete. I can then make a start on a new period and scale.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Rogue Stars campaign

In preparation for the campaign that I am running I needed to add a couple more scenery pieces to fill up the playing area. First up I wanted a landing pad as this fitted the scenario I had I'm mind for the first game. I did look around various sites for something suitable and came across this site it has loads of useful stuff if you don't mind printing in card. I downloaded the landing pad and after about 30 minutes work this is how it turned out. I did add some supports for extra strength.

Landing pad
I also picked up a card u-wing of suitable scale from a bookshop for the princely sum of £2. This will suffice as a shuttle for one of the crews.

U-wing and crew to scale
I then ran a quick solo game to refresh myself with the rules.

Now just need to get back to painting my GNW Poles.

Monday, 28 August 2017

GNW Poles X

Just managed to get these guys completed. They are my 5th hussar regiment. The figures are all from Donnington miniatures. Of all the figures I've obtained from Donnington for this army the Hussars are much superior to the dragoons and Pancerni which I feel have the riders too large.

I also used up the last of my command figures to put together a sub commanders base. You can see the difference in quality between the hussar and the officer.

Next up I have my last unit of Hussars ready for undercoat in as well as 3 more infantry regiments.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

GNW Poles IX

After a little diversion into the realms of sci-fi, it's back to the GNW project. I've added another 3 squadrons on Pancerni. The figures are all from Essex miniatures.

With Mick also being in touch about another re-fight of the Battle of Klissow  in October and the need to include the Polish troops, these represent a timeous boost to their numbers. I've 2 more regiments of Hussars to complete and then just need for my order from Legio Herico to arrive to further flesh out the troops.