Sunday, 18 September 2016

Some Progress on the 6mm SYW Armies

I've been carrying on with painting the Prussians and Austrians for this project, and the forces are growing slowly but steadily.

I'm aiming to develop the armies in reasonable proportions so I can get some use out of them as they expand - in other words I'm not painting all the cavalry first, for example. The Austrians have received the most attention so far, partly because they were starting from scratch, and partly because a fair number of the Prussians need re-basing which isn't a lot of fun!

For the Austrians I'm painting in batches comprising 5 infantry, 4 cavalry, 1 artillery battery and 1 Grenzer unit, plus commanders. I have about 7 or 8 of these batches to do to end up with the overall army I'm after. I'm currently painting the infantry that will complete batch 3.

Austrians so far:





For the Prussians the batches are a little smaller, due to the make-up of the army. They're running a batch behind the Austrians - although there'll be some quicker catching up once I've done a bunch of re-basing.

The Prussians so far:






I've found myself putting a bit more effort into the flags than I thought I would, no bad thing I guess. They'll certainly do for me. I wasn't going to do anything more for cavalry standards than just paint the base colour but I've done a bit more for the first Prussians and may now have to go back to do something on the Austrian ones too.

Lots more to do, but I'll get there eventually!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

SYW Progress

Recently I've been doing some prep on the next batches for my 6mm SYW project. I was spurred on to base up some more units when I realised I had nothing actually ready to paint!

So, the next batch consists of 5 more Austrian musketeer battalions, 2 dragoon units, a Grenzer unit and a couple of generals.



When I finish this lot I'll have just over 30 Austrian units done, and will then focus on the Prussians until they've caught up. Fortunately, a fair few of the Prussians are already painted and just need re-basing, some touching up, and new flags.

While getting these prepared, I've also made a start on my central European buildings, which will be used for the villages of Saxony, Bohemia and Silesia in the SYW, and for other 6mm projects where I need some scenery like this. The bulk of the buildings will be generic single storey thatched houses with some timbering. I'm not going to overdo the timbering for the same reason I'm steering clear of tiled roofs - I can't be bothered with all the extra work!

Here's my first attempt. 30x20x20mm, made from card with a plaster/filler thatch. I know most thatched roofs are


Painted in fairly muted tones:



And here's the rest in pre-fab kit form:


Yes, I appreciate that this pile will take a bit of assembling!

I'll also be adding a few different structures, including some larger barns, and a couple of churches etc. There will also be paddock fences to flesh out the settlements a little. I want to be able to place several villages on the table when required, to reflect the types of battlefields that were fought over.

Hopefully working on these buildings will offer a nice break from painting the figures themselves, and I can progress with both aspects of the project in parallel.

I'm aiming for a game or two with this collection by the end of the 'summer'. We'll see...






Monday, 25 July 2016

A Small Big Bridge

Although I made my riverbank terrain sections some time ago, and have bridges for 15mm and 28mmm, I have only just gotten around to making a bridge to get across it for 6mm games. I do have a couple of pontoon bridges, but nothing fixed and proper, as many a good scenario demands.

So, yesterday I did a quick bit of measuring and quickly started marking out and cutting some card. I was after a useful generic stone bridge that would serve for all my 6mm gaming from the mid-17th century up to the present day (should I ever dabble again with Moderns, or even WW2). I would normally have gone for something a bit narrower, but my recent SYW efforts in this scale have generated figure bases 24mm wide, so I decided the new bridge would have to be wide enough for these.

With about 90-100mm of river to span, I decided on a flat roadbed rather than anything fancy, largely due to my modelling limitations. A few arches would add some visual appeal and, although curves are never easy with a knife and card, it went OK. I could also mask the dodgy cutting with some arch stones made from thick paper.

I made the structure first and then added the road layer (a thin piece of card) after.



Everything was black undercoated first and the stone got a couple of shades of grey, plus some light weathering with a pale buff shade. I textured the road with sand and painted it to match my terrain.

The finished bridge:



I may return to this model later to add a removable customs house/arch at one end, which I think would be a nice touch.

Here it is being made use of, by Austria's finest (not my usual river board but it'll serve):



Now, back to those Heroics & Ros!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Getting a Few Bits Done

A shortage of posts doesn't mean I've been totally idle - I just haven't finished much recently so have held off taking pics.

I have made short work of a recent order to Fantasy Arte in Germany though. They sent me some very nice pieces I can use in my 15mm dungeon game, and being intended for 28mm they're nicely oversized and look impressive in my setting.

So, a portal arch, a couple of skull-clad pillars, some braziers/fire bowls (I've only painted 2 of one type so far, and they'll be placed on stone plinths soon) and a free sample figure base that fits in perfectly and will be used in the game as a certain type of marker.


It's all very high quality stuff (resin except for the plastic braziers) and a pleasure to paint.

I've also ordered a few Reaper Bones figures which will serve as (very) big monsters in my game. More on those when I get a couple painted.

Also, taking just a few minutes from start to finish, I assembled and painted the Warbases water cart, which is a very nice model and will get used in Sharp Practice and other 28mm games. I've got a couple more of their MDF carts to do and will get onto them soon.


Apart from these few bits, I've painted most of a new force/faction for Dragon Rampant and made more progress on the 6mm SYW Austrians that had been stalled for a while. As soon as the bases are painted I'll get all of this lot posted here too.