Saturday, 4 April 2015

Castle for Lion Rampant.

Towards the end of last year there were a number of e-mails doing the rounds of the our wargames group. Most of the discussion was about our first game of Lion Rampant that was planned for mid December. During this flurry of e-mail some plonker happened to mention that he wouldn't mind making a castle , "at some point". I really must learn to keep my big mouth shut!

 Next thing I know my mate Gav is on the phone saying that I can have his Zvezda , 1/72 castle. Still in the box and untouched.

Long story short, since then most of my modelling time has been taken up with this castle. With just a slight diversion over the 54mm WW1 figures.

Being 1/72 scale it is a bit small so I have tried to hide that fact a bit by mounting it on some polystyrene.

 I have made the base in three pieces so that it can be placed either on a corner of the table or along an edge. There were two reasons for this,
1, It meant that I didn't need to make the river/moat match any of our existing river systems.
2, It meant that I could make it three sided and therefore of a larger base area.
 The top of the main gate tower can be removed to allow the gate and the drawbridge to be raised and lowered.
 With the larger internal area we could accommodate some buildings etc at some stage in the future.
 Balsa wood steps were made for each side for entry to the walls and to the ramparts.
 I also made it so that a wall section from each side could be removed. Sections of damaged walling were also made and these can then be fitted into the gaps.

 A permanent bridge was made across the river/moat on one side and on the other, the bridge is removable.

 Now I have to look at rebasing my medieval troops to suit the rules.

 Although able to be used in our games my original intention was to have it as more of a backdrop than anything else.
There were a few tough lessons learned on this project. The moat/ river was meant to be lighter in colour than this. But after several coats of varnish it darkened up quite a bit. I also used acrylic varnish when I should have used enamel. I remembered this when the project was almost finished.
I painted the castle in several stages and as a result some pieces are lighter than others. ( Should have done it in one hit!)

This will be my last post for a while. Although I plan to keep an eye on what you people are up to I probably will not be placing any comments. I am going away until near the end of May.

We are heading to America! Mainly to visit my brother-in-law and his family. They live just north of Seattle. However I do plan a quick trip to the other side of the States to take in some ACW battlefields etc. No way am I going that far and not visiting some places I have read so much about!

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Casualties of war.

These are the last of my 54mm WW1 figures for the massive ANZAC diorama.

If you haven't been to Mustering the troops yet, go and take a look at the splendid work that over 100 Kiwi wargamers have been doing to make this project a reality.

ANZAC coin,
The Anzac coin design features a New Zealand and Australian soldier standing back to back with their heads bowed in remembrance. The mangopare (hammerhead shark) pattern symbolises strength and determination, and the silver fern reflects New Zealand’s national identity.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Turks for Gallipoli.

Finished off some more Turks for the 4000 figure diorama of the Battle of Chunuk Bair.

 These guys are very similar, in pose, to the last lot of Turks I painted.

 There are many more photos of other wargamer's work on the official blog "Mustering the Troops".

 From memory this diorama will be about 10 meters long. Should be rather impressive.

Started on my last bunch last night. All going according to plan they will be done by the end of the month.

MORE to be seen here.

Please take a look.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Foundry WW1 British

After many months I have finally finished off these WW1 British troops from Wargames Foundry.

 They sat undercoated for a long time waiting for that next stage in life.

 After they were painted they then had to wait again, this time for the basing.

Now they are done!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Perry's WW1 Turks.

 Along with about 130 other Kiwi wargamers I have been painting up some of the 54mm WW1 troops that the Perry boys have designed for a rather massive diorama.

 For more information about this rather large painting endeavour check out Mustering the Troops for the latest news of what other wargamers have painted.

The figures have long pegs down from the feet for attaching to the diorama so no basing for us to do.

Started another batch last night. We have about 3 weeks left to paint 4000, 54mm fig's!

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Zululand in 15mm

Some of the Friday night crew got together for a game the other week.

15mm Colonial, Volley and Bayonet using our Zulus and British troops.

 The British were to escort a few wagons and some settlers to the safe side of the river. Located at the other end of the table.

 A couple of moves into the game and the Zulu impis began to appear. The British cavalry, patrolling on the right flank uncovered the Zulu left horn but the right horn was able to spring their ambush from the cover of the scrub land on the unsuspecting British.

 The British held off the attack and then formed a large square with the wagons and civilians inside.

 The Zulus launched several attacks against the square but the accurate rifle fire was cutting them down most of the time. Occasionally a Zulu unit would break into the square but they were soon dealt too and forced to flee.

Zulu high command watching and directing from a safe distance.

 The British cavalry were waiting for a chance to run down disordered Zulus but that didn't look like it was going to happen. They had no choice but to get involved and take some of the heat off the square.

 Finally the British had thinned out the Zulus enough to make a break for the ford in the river.
But it was a bit late and the remaining British had to try to find the ford in the dark. The Zulus had done enough to slow up the wagon train and we called it  a draw.

Great night with the guys.
Thanks to Adrian for his help in running this game.