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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Off the Work bench - Mike W, 19/02/18

Tuesday 20th February - what's ON MY WORKBENCH?

Dutch 28mm Infantry Regiment awaiting completion
Well sad to say that the 28mm North Star Dutch Infantry Regiment is not yet completed and ready to leave the workbench. Made some good initial progress with this 28mm unit - really all that is needed is the detail such as hair, buttons and sword handles etc as well as touching-up of 'spoiled' areas on each figure (where I have splashed paint where it shouldn't be!). Finally there is the application of Army Painter Dark Coat and then basing. Maybe 2-3 days work, elapsed time, to get completed.

The unit is being painted in a dark-ish grey coat, dark pink cuffs and linings and various shaded trousers and socks, all highlighted by orange sashes and garter ties.

Why were these figures not completed - well that's because my order from Colonel Bills arrived last Tuesday and I got distracted by an influx of Texas Revolution figures that I'm painting to meet a deadline I have on putting on a game for this era in April.

19 x 28mm Wargames Foundry Mexican Peons, with various weapons
Amongst the new arrivals were 19 x 28mm Wargames Foundry Mexican Peasants who I will paint-up as local militia companies, these will be bolstered by the 6 peasants I painted earlier this year - making 2 companies of 12 figures plus an officer to lead them. Reassuringly difficult to control on the tabletop and at risk of running away if the officer is killed....

10 x 28mm Wargames Foundry Mexican Irregulars
The other unit that I chose to paint up this week was a group of 10 x 28mm Wargames Foundry Mexican Irregulars that I can use as Tejanos or as Irregular Mexican Loyalists. These figures have pretty much all got the same basic pose but each with very different attire and weapons selection. Unit includes a trumpeter to use as a musician and officer. The officer is armed with a sword and has what appears to be a revolver in his holster - only the handle is showing - if I were being pedantic, I would have removed this from the figure to be in period for 1830s but as I'm already considering expanding collection out to the US -Mexican War of the 1840s, I have left this in place.

So what's OFF THE WORKBENCH?

Basically its the Peasant Militia and the Tejanos Volunteers!

Two Companies of Mexican Peasant Militia
The militia were painted in a basic white dress - shirts and pants - with a little variation to break-up the appearance. Pretty easy to complete in a couple of days.

Tejano Volunteers
The Tejano Volunteers are a little more colourful, I've stayed wit a predominantly brown palette to represent the amount of leather on show but added a number of jacket colours,decorative lace and neckerchiefs.


Saturday, 17 February 2018

Russian Civil War - Boardgame


By way of a change we had an SPI Boardgame on Friday night as a last minute stand-in after John wasn't able to make it with his Autro-Russian Napoleonic Shako game.

Mikey N, perfect host as ever, had the game laid out and prepped, for when players arrived, in all we have 5 factions represented and Mikey running event as games-master.

The game is somewhat unique in that each player is able to control troops form each of the warring factions and may hedge their bets until the end as to if they are warring for a White for a Red victory.

As it happens the initial rounds were very bloody and player factions were thinned out very quickly, everyone enjoyed the game and we talked about adapting the game for the Spanish Civil War in future.

Victory went to the Whites, more by luck than judgement, maybe the Reds had too much focus on Belorussia and Poland or possibly as two players managed to whisk away the Czar and the White Gold stash for potential points made it simpler t push for a White victory!

Well done Mike for a good stand-in game!


Monday, 12 February 2018

Off the Work bench - Mike W, 12/02/18

Monday 12th February, what's OFF MY WORKBENCH

So I'm back from my holidays and have been painting away for the last week and have exceeded my expectations on how much I have got done.

Before sunning myself in Spain for a week I prepared 24 x 28mm North Star figures to represent the French 'Royal Italien Regiment of Foot', I have painted these fellows a umber of times before to represent various other regiments.

North Star 1670 Figures - French Royal Italien Regiment of Foot
Anyway, job done and they turned out pretty good - if I say so myself!

So - how did I exceed myself - well I also ADDED TO MY WORKBENCH on 5th February, 10 x 28mm Wargames Foundry Mountain Men to represent Tennessee Voolunteers in the Texas War of Independence Collection and 8 x 28mm Wargames Foundry Maroons - for the Anglo-Dutch Collection.

28mm Wargames Foundry Maroons
28mm Wargames Foundry Mountain Men









Using the Mountain Men as additional Tennesee Volunteers allows me to create a second ten man company, to work with Crockett's own company. The Wargames Foundry figures integrate very well with the Boot Hill figures in terms of size and style. These chaps are all clad in buckskins and are very beardy! Rather nicely, one is in a top hat and tails with buckskin leggings and a couple of the fellas seem to have gone very native - all adds to the diversity & flavour of the period....

Two of the Mountain men were painted red to bulk out the small company of Alabama Red Rovers that I already have painted.

Figures representing 2 x Alabama Red
Rovers and a Standard Bearer for a
Texian Volunteer Company


Tennessee Volunteers (1)
Tennessee Volunteers (2)

The final figures painted were the Maroons, eight in total who were added to another eight that I'd painted at the end of last year and so missed this blog exercise! For those not in the know, Maroons were escaped / freed slaves who held out in more remote areas of a number of the Caribbean islands who armed themselves and fought long guerrilla wars against British, French, Dutch and Spanish colonial powers.
Newly painted Marrons

Still partially finished unit of 16 Maroons
I plan to use them as auxiliaries in either Caribbean or African West coast scenarios to give a little additional flavour and excitement to the more exotic theatres of the Anglo-Dutch wars.

The final point of note this week was that the weather took a brief turn for the better - sunshine and that means I could start spray varnishing some of my backlog pile of units! If I get time,maybe some of these will get photograhed and added to the blog.

So what's going to be added to my workbench this week? Not decided yet but likely a 12 man regiment of Anglo Dutch Horse or a 28 man regiment of foot - either will be painted up as Dutch.

Other possibilities include more Texians or Mexicans, I have a package of these due from Colonel Bill's this week (Along with another Squadron of Austrian / German Cuirassiers for the 1670s)

Friday, 26 January 2018

Off the Work bench - Mike W, 26/01/18

Today 26th January 2018, with what's OFF MY WORKBENCH.


Royal Piemont Cavalry,command elements
Second Squadron

As hoped I completed the French 'Royal Piemont' Cavalry regiment this week, 12 mounted figures in 2 squadrons of six to represent this Piedmont (Italian) regiment in French service. Figures are 28mm North Star 1872 cavalry figures, 
I find cavalry figures a little tricky to paint  - in so much as do you paint the horse, then the man? - do you glue the man to the horse before or after painting? For what its worth, with these figures I glued the man to the horse then painted the horse and then the man...

... with Front Rank 28mm mounted figures I paint the horse and man separately then glue them together. I think its to do with the saddle furniture on Front Rank figures being part of the man's sculpt, rather than being on the horse! I prefer doing them separately as I can get more detail onto the saddle cloth etc!

Blue coats and red linings & cuffs make this a different looking unit to line up with the rest of the French army and as I have done the usual trick of not gluing standards in pace - the unit can be re-purposed if required for specific scenarios in the future.

Again I have not yet applied the final spray coat of Matt Varnish to the figures, hopefully in a couple weeks I'll be able to have a 'Spray Fest' and get all the outstanding units seen to - 35+ mounted and some 160 foot in total at this stage - at a  guess!

The other unit finished this week was the 10mm Scots Common Army Schiltron, 30 spear armed figures...

10mm Scots Common Army
So what's ON MY WORKBENCH.

Royal Italien uniform & Standards
Unpainted metal awaiting clean-up!

I have added a new unit of 28mm French 1672 figures from North Star, I intend to paint these up as the 'Royal Italien' regiment of Foot, to serve with their Piedmontese mounted cousins. The unit was raised in 1671 by Comte Magalotti, a former Captain in the Garde Francais, so impressed was Louis XIV wit the unit he immediately gave them the 'Royal' Prefix! Uniforms look interesting, brown coats lined red with red socks and pants, illustration courtesy of Wargames Illustrated and Mark Allen's wonderful series on French Army uniforms from the late 1980s. (I think!) .   
More astute readers will have noticed that this post is somewhat earlier than usual, we will be away for a few days so the next post will be in two weeks - to allow me time to catch-up on the metal piles....




Monday, 22 January 2018

Battle of Fondouk, Tunisia 1943

Background

In March 1943, the Axis were on the run in North Africa. Driven back in fierce fighting at Wadi Akarit on the 6th and 7th of April, they came to Endifaville, 50 miles from Tunis.

The Battle of Fondouk was another of a number of additional rearguard actions fought by the  retreating Axis troops.

The Allies now had an opportunity. If a British Corps under Lieutenant-General John Crocker could make a breakthrough at Fondouk, then they could cut off the Axis line of retreat. General Ryder and the American 34th Infantry was given the task of taking the pass at Fondouk.


The Game

Run by Phil on 19th-26th Jan '18, as on a 10 x 6' table using 15mm figures, with three infantry bases plus support weapon bases representing a company. 

The game pitches two American Infantry Regiments of two battalions each,plus supporting Regimental Artillery, plus an Armored Battalion of Lee tanks against a mixed Italian and German force of similar numbers.

As ever Phil has created an innovative set of rules to drive the game and judging by the interest generated after the first week of the game, the challenge for the Americans will be on how they can close with the dug n enemy along the ridge lines in front of them.


What Really Happened

Ryder, ever the tactician, believed that the best way to take Fondouk would be through encirclement. Crocker disagreed and overruled Ryder, ordering him to make a frontal assault.

The result was a bloody failure. The 34th Infantry suffered heavy casualties carrying out Crocker’s assault on Fondouk, yet were unable to take the pass. Crocker blamed Ryder and his men for not completing his plan, and ordered them withdrawn from the front lines for retraining.

The Americans felt humiliated by the British, especially as the assaulting units, which had taken heavy and seemingly unnecessary casualties, were withdrawn from the line for 'retraining' and relations between the two allies took on a sour turn after the affair.

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Off the Work bench - Mike W, 22/01/18

Today 22nd January 2018, with what's ON MY WORKBENCH.

I was able to complete the 28 man, 28mm Huguenot Infantry Regiment in very good time this week, getting them completed by Friday morning, this allowed me to select the next unit for painting.

1st Squadron, The Royal Piemont  Regiment
2nd Squadron, The Royal Piemont  Regiment
This was an Anglo-Dutch Wars 28mm Cavalry Regiment - The Royal Piemont - to be precise. Not your typical French cavalry as they were uniformed in blue with red cuffs and linings with silver metal buttons. additionally as the name suggests they were drawn for men from the Italian state of Piedmont - notably from around Turin.

I'm hoping that the regiment can provide a utility role as other nationalities as required with simple flag swaps in future games. (I do not glue flags to figures these days, just so that they can be easily swapped as scenarios require...). The unit will consist of 12 mounted figures,deployed in 2 six figure squadrons and will include an officer, standard bearer and a musician in addition to the nine troopers.

Still on the  workbench are the Old Glory Mexican Fusiliers and the  10mm Scots for Flodden.

So what's OFF THE WORKBENCH... 

As mentioned above, I got the Huguenot Infantry Regiment completed - the figures are Front Rank 1672 figures,a mixture of french and English castings to give the regiment a hint of Frenchmen in English service and consists of four stands of four musketeers with matchlocks plus four half-stands of pikemen, totaling another eight figures  - half of which are armoured in the French fashion. The command group consists of two half stands, one with ensigns carrying flags and one with musician and regimental commander.
Le Caillemotte Regiment
Le Caillemotte Regiment
These chaps were painted to represent a unit in generic, unbleached / dyed wool coats and by contrast their officers in the period's usual over he top finery. Standards are based upon blog site 'Don't throw a 1' prospective standards for the 'Le Caillemotte Regiment'.