How Easy Is It To Get Distracted?

The answer in my case is very easy.

Last week was a right off painting wise. Too many other things happening. So I thought I would show you a project/idea i am working on in the background.

A 28mm merchant man, a Fluyt from Printable Scenery. I am hoping to include it in games from Pirates, English Civil War through to AWI at a push. While taking the photos I thought about how to transfer a naval game to the tabletop?

As much as I would love to, I soon had to accept that 28mm is a scale too far as I wanted to ensure maneuvering is part of the game rather than just boarding actions.

I also thought about a set of rule constantly in and out of my thoughts “Lion Rampant”. Could these we used for managing a game with a naval element. This led to me thinking about Pirates!

This started an idea of Pirates starting off with a home port and a small ship with crew. They could raid the high seas or an opponent’s port to get treasures and upgrade their ships and crew. I did not want to do two different scales so 15mm seemed the way to go. So with things thought I printed off the same fluyt in 15mm.

So this is a project that may or may not develop but shows how easy I get distracted. All I have to do now is find some nice figures. Anybody out there recommend any 15mm pirates?

Below is the 28mm version with a Perry 28mm ACW. Only figure I had at hand. Please ignore the recently made 28mm hedge/20mm bocage for another game in development.

Below is the 15mm version

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Starting an Undead Army

Finished off the day by basing up some undead I have had for a few weeks after a quick paint job.

I have decided to use Lion Rampant/Dragon Rampant both from Osprey. Simple, playable rules for an evenings game.

I am not into fantasy in a big way so only wanted to build a collection that represents an undead semi-historical. I do not want magic to win the day.

I have based these in a similar way to Rebels and Patriots. Units of 12s and 6s and based in 1s, 2s and 3s on 25,30 and 40mm bases.

Not sure what else will be in the army but I have a few more foot like these, some archers, cavalry (sergeants), old citadel ring wraiths(Knights) and an undead dragon!

These are a mix of a few different generations of Games Workshop and a few new Wargames Atlantic.

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Filed under Dragon Rampant, Fantasy, Gallery, games workshop, Lion Rampant, Traders, Wargame Atlantic, Wargame Rules

Robert the Bruce ?

Please find below pictures of my latest commander for the Scottish Independence Wars.

I wanted something different so, I hope I have got this correct……. in 1304 Robert de Brus died. He was Lord of Annandale. Therefore I have assumed that the title went to his son, known to us as Robert the Bruce (Earl of Carrick), making him the 7th Lord of Anandale.

In 1306 he became King Robert I of Scotland and therefore I believe his titles, Lord of Anandale and Earl of Carrick passed to the crown. Circa 1312 he awarded the title Earl of Carrick to his younger brother, Edward.

I apologise to all history buffs out there. I know my vignette is wrong. The figure of Robert is wearing a crown so he should be wearing the Scottish Royal livery and not that of Lord of Anandale. He is killing Henry de Bohun at Barrockburn 1314. The axe is embedded in Henry’s helm. I don’t believe this happened, although Robert was angry that his blow on Henry damaged his axe shaft. I just took it a stage further.

It could be used as his father until 1304 or himself pre 1306 but then the crown and Henry are wrong.

Robert is an Ebob figure, his assistant is an old glory figure and Bohun and his horse are Foundry. Robert and Henry’s shield designs were just printed and glued on to the shields as I am not good at detail.

You never know, after a few games I may repaint Robert in the correct livery if he is not performing.

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Filed under Bannockburn, EBOB, Flower of Chivalry, foundry, Medieval, Medieval, Old Glory, painting, Scottish Wars of Independence, Wargame Rules

WILLIAM WALLACE – Off to Falkirk

Here is my latest commander for the Scottish during the Scottish Wars of Independence.

Wallace and Andrew Moray (still on the to do list) defeated an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. He was defeated a year later at the Battle of Falkirk. Although he escaped from the field, in August 1305, Wallace was captured near Glasgow. He was handed over to Edward I, tried for high treason (not sure how fair the trial was) found guilty (not a surprise to most) to which the sentence was to be hanged, drawn and quartered.

He was a knight so no wold in sight.

Wallace is a Ebob figure while his assistant is an Old Glory figure. The monks are from Blacktree. As with all commanders, the flags are home made, thanks to ms paint. The sign post is pure theatrical.

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Filed under Battle of Falkirk, Battle of Stirling Bridge, Blacktree, EBOB, Flower of Chivalry, foundry, Medieval, Old Glory, painting, Scottish Wars of Independence, Uncategorized, Wargame Rules

Earl of Lennox

Mormaer (Scottish equivalent of an Earl) Maol Choluim II (Malcolm) of Lennox was loyal to Robert the Bruce.

Another Scottish commander for my Flower of Chivalry collection for the Scottish Wars of Independence. MaelColuim/Malcolm, 5th Earl of Lennox was born circa 1280 and was killed at the Battle of Halidon Hill 1333.

At Falkirk in 1298 his Father, Malcolm I was commander of the Scottish nobles. Some sources suggest they were driven from the field too easily.

The command figure will do for either of the Malcoms.

Malcolm II had earlier been captured in 1303 by the English and held hostage by Edward I although back in Scotland 1304 and attended King Robert’s coronation in 1306.

At Bannockburn he commanded his troops supporting Sir Edward Bruce’s Battle.

The Earl is a Foundry figure while his assistant is an Old Glory figure.

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Medieval -Lord Keith

Sir Robert Keith (died 11 August 1332) was a knight, diplomat, and held the hereditary title Marischal of Scotland. He commanded the Scottish Cavalry at the battle of Bannockburn.

Here is one of the recent Generals I am painting for the Scottish Wars. I will be using a slightly modified version of Flower of Chivalry.

The amendment I am planning is to allow the issuing of agressiveness levels to each unit rather than each battle. I hope to trial this, once we can get together after lockdown.

Aggressiveness affects a unit’s Battlelust which in turn affects what orders can be issued, morale and melee.

Lord Keith in a Foundry figure while his attendant is an Old Glory figure.

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WW2 88 Painting

Well another weekend away from the office/dining room. Garden all tidy and manicured to within an inch of its life. With all the jobs around the dome I once again had a bit of time to paint.

The question was, what to paint? I don’t have a clear project at the moment just an ever increasing list of wouldn’t it be good to……. projects

One such area is WW2. I have tried many times to get more into this era and have small collection in 10mm, 28mm and now 20mm. They have all come about because I liked what I saw. Originally I collected 28mm Homeguard for a game I planned and played many years back, inspired by the Dads Army series, so a little light hearted but not mocking. I then saw a game about DDay and thought that would be fun to do so started to collect 10/12mm, still am! Lastly I started to watch Little Wars TV (LW TV). I like what they do, and one area I particularly liked was their reenactment of a Band of Brothers action called Foy. Highly recommend giving their channel on You Tube a chance. Anyway I started the era in 20mm to take up less room. I know I have buildings in 28mm but it’s my logic!

I started by picking up figures to represent the forces as per the scenario on LW TV. Then I lost heart as once again I was unsure as to which way to go with regarding rules. Still not decided, Bolt Action, Rapid Fire, Disposable Heroes, USSR, Peter Pig PBI or Chain of Command to mention a few. Anyway being uncertain meant that the figures were condemned to the “to be painted pile”. While still undecided regarding the rules, I did start to paint something this weekend. An 88 from Britannia Miniatures.

I must admit that WW2 is not an area I know a great deal about so if I have painted something wrong or I have the wrong style figures then I am sorry but while I would like to know what I got wrong and why, I probably will not lose any sleep, as I am happy with the outcome.

If anyone can suggest a set of playable(in an evening) rules that they feel would be good for refighting Foy, including those already mentioned (have not played any of them or even read them all) please drop me a line.

I did start some medievals as well but hope to finish them over the next few evenings.

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Filed under Britannia Miniatures, German, World War 2