These figures are a unit that I have had sitting in my painting pile for about 20 years, in fact I have another unit still to be painted. It might sound that I didn’t like them. The truth is far different, in fact it was this small group of figures and a cavalry unit (in particular a musician whose hat was blowing off) led me to buy Redoubt Miniature English Civil War armies. I was at the Devizes show cira 1999 and Redoubt had a stand and a display of stunningly painted units from across their ranges, but these two units jumped out at me. Like a small child I grapped a catalogue and sat in the corner and drafted a list. 20 years later I have nearly completed the collection. For me, they are the best figures on the market for ECW, most come with separate heads and the cavalry have separate legs and torsoes allowing too many options yet alone poses to mention.
Terry at Piran’s Warriors has done them proud. As before the basing is mine so if you like it thanks, if not do not blame Terry. They are based for my favourite ECW rule set, Victory Without Quarter. Please see previous blog about this stunning free set of rules.
The painting hits the mark and captures the rustic feel I was after. And that was the only instructions I gave. Terry contacted before varnishing to check I was happy with his choices. The remaining units will be off to Terry in time.
Fancy getting some painting done. Terry has offered a 10% discount on your first order if you place it before 1st December 2020 and mention this blog or my name.
As promised a few weeks back, here is the next unit to be painted by Piran’s Warriors painting service.
I am so happy with how the unit turned out. The campaign look with varied trouser colour hits the spot and the faces are great. This is my first early Portuguese unit but will not be the last.
As per last blog, the basing is down to me. I am awaiting a new delivery of brass rod so have not yet done the flags.
These are Elite Miniatures, early Portuguese. I do like their figures as they almost have a caricature feel without over doing it.
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A few months ago I was having a tidy up and came across a few regiments that were unpainted and to be honest I did not have any enthusiasm to paint them either. The reason was that they were additional units as my collections in the eras were already large enough but the figures are too good to get rid of.
I decided that I would send them to a figure painter but as my normal figure painter has ceased painting it would have to be a new one.
I was finally tempted by Piran’s Warriors https://piranswarriors.com/ I rang them and spoke to Terry. I discussed my requirement e.g. no basing, gloss and then matt varnish and his requirement regarding unit details. I posted the figures the next day and two days later I received an email confirming arrival.
Two weeks later I had a call from Terry advising me that the figures were next to be painted and had anything changed regarding detail.
Just over a week later I received some pictures of the figures. Perfect.
Two weeks later I was sent an email advising that they were ready and a breakdown of the full costs including postage and packaging. Having paid, two days later the parcel arrived. I have to say that the packaging was very thorough.
I have now based the first two units. These are Redoubt Miniature English Civil War 28mm Trotter cavalry. I asked one to be painted with orange sash and the other with red. Beyond that I asked for a mix of horse colours and uniform from Terry’s imagination.
I believe he has hit the brief perfectly. I could not be happier with the painting or the service. Please note that the basing and flag were my work so if you like it thank you, if not your cup of tea don’t blame Terry.
I hope you like them. I am still basing the other units; Redoubt ECW clubmen and Elite Miniature Napoleonic Portugese. These will be done over the next few days.
I asked Terry if he would be ok with me doing a post. He was happy and having checked out the blog made a very nice offer to any of you out there, including me of a 10% discount off painting costs for your first order, my next. The order must be placed before 1st December 2020. Just mention my blog when you contact Terry.
I will certainly be using Terry again. In fact I have just placed an order with Victrix for some Vikings and Saxons for two small Lion Rampant forces.
Sat in my collection is a large amount of units for the War of the Roses era. Lockdown has meant reduced opportunities for figure gaming and made me realise that the possibilities of getting large groups together to play will/maybe a while away. Therefore I decided to review the possibility of scaling down my normal engagements to fit within the parameters of Lion Rampant.
Most units will fit within the normal LR unit structure with one exception, artillery. While this may not have formed a main part of the typical field force it did appear albeit in limited numbers.
These are my rules for Artillery in LR. • Use 1 artillery model plus 4 crew. Reduction in crew impacts effectiveness of unit in a different way to any other unit on the table, please see below. • May be operated so long as 1 crewman is still alive. • Points cost: Light 4 points, Med 5 points and Heavy 6 points. • Range: Light 24”, Medium 36” and Heavy 48” • Shoot: 7+. Option, roll a double 1 and gun explodes! • Shoot Value: To determine the number of possible hits roll a D4 for light, D8 for Med and D12 for Heavy. The result is the number of possible hits. This number of D6 are then rolled with a shoot Value of 3+ adjust due scores by -1 if target is more than 12” away. Target armour is reduced to 1 although hard cover adds +1 soft cover gives no benefit. • Reload action: Light =8+ Med 9+ and Heavy 10+. After a successful Shoot action, the artillery may not be fired again until a successful Reload action(I place a gunpowder barrel beside until reloaded) has taken place. This is carried out as a normal ordered activation. I do apply -1 per lost crew. Therefore, a light gun with only 1 crew member remaining will only reload on a 11 and med on a 12! This also means that a heavy would require a 13! This is when a leader (Not attached permanently to a unit in my games) can inspire a unit by adding a +1 motivation to any units within 6” if unattached or only to a single unit to which it is attached. • May not move during the game and must be deployed in the player’s deployment zone but has a 180 degree of fire. • If contacted, shot at, and for Courage tests, the crew count as a normal 6 fig unit except when down to 2 crew figures when it is then half strength. • The crew must maintain cohesion within 1″ of gun. • Armour 1. • Upgrade to expert gunners @2pt- instead of D4, D8 or D12s for no. of potential hits use DAV, 2DAV-2 and 2DAV. +1 to reloads dice and +1 shoot action • Upgrade with a Mantlet @1pt– Armour 3 from shooting only.
Last week was a write 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 through 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.
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.
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.
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.
Apologies first to my wargaming group – Ian, Ian(R) (no not a pirate), Steve and Keith as I thought I had published this article.
I changed the title as due to the lockdown this was the last show we attended and will be for a long time. Many of our regular shows we attend have been cancelled.
The Ian’s pulled this game together for the rest of us to play. A huge Ghost Archipelago game. Temple scratch built and most of the stunning dock scenery was from Printable Scenery all printed by Ian(R). Ships were scratch built although one was a kit but cannot remember by whom.
I am new to Ghost Archipelago but picked it up and enjoyed it.
We had a great weekend, good hotel Future Inn, good food and plenty to drink!
Ian(R) even won the trophy for best game. Well deserved.
Please enjoy some shots of the game, from when I remembered to stop playing and take them.
Thank you to the Ian’s who ran the game and provided everything except our pirate crews.