Monday, June 27, 2016

Great War GURKHAS!?

Okay... A little distraction… at least it’s the same conflict!

In the last week or so three big orders from Wargames Foundry, Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design, and 1st Corps (along with smaller ones from North Star/Great War Miniatures, Brigade Games - thanks Jon! – and Warlord Games) arrived. If only I had known how the Brexit vote was going to go and that the pound was going to tank… I could have saved a couple hundred dollars… ah well… I may just order that one last brigade I need sooner rather than later!

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Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design was the first of those orders to arrive so I got to work on them first. I did order a few things that weren’t directly related to the Vimy Project – like these Gurkhas with Kukri knives and some Turk and Australian casualties and some shepards and a warlord to go with my other Medieval Muslims.

The Canadians are taking a bit longer as they actually required assembly. The Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design British come with separate heads and can be ordered with one of 17 different head options!? I mostly went with plain old Brodie helments, but I got a few packs with SD caps, bareheads, bandaged heads and gas hoods to throw into the mix. The first battalion of the brigade is assembled and being painted – they will the 22nd Battalion, CEF (the vingt deuxiéme).

This past Saturday the copy of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I requested throught he local public library finally showed up, so we’ve had a lot of TV watching to do this week. (we get DVDs for a week, being a new one, it won’t be renewable!) I think we’re about half way thorugh – luckily Friday is CANADA DAY and Amanda will have the day off, so hopefully we’ll get the series finished up then. I’ve been getting a lot of work done while watching the program – prepping, priming, basing and such. Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have three brigades worth of miniatures all prepped, primed based and gooped and ready for painting (and maybe even have the 22iéme done as well!)

In addition to all the miniatures I've ordered, in the last month I've also tracked down a few rule sets The Great War(hammer), Through the Mud and the Blood, and I even broke down and picked up a copy of the 3rd Edition of Contemptible Little Armies. I like some of the ideas in Through the Mud and the Blood, but I just don't think it will work on the scale I'm dealing with. The rules I previously used were a modified version of the 2nd edition CLA rules.  I'll probably stick to the same for the Vimy Project, but I thought it might be worth checking out some others as well - even if just to steal ideas for further tweaks to the rules I'm using. I think I might also pick up If the Lord Spares Us

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

22iéme Battalion, CEF – hopefully!  

Friday, June 17, 2016

13th Battalion (Royal Highland Regiment of Canada), CEF

The 13th was one of many battalions raised by the Royal Highland Regiment of Canada (Black Watch) of Montreal. Three served as regular battalions in the Canadian Corps (the 13th Battalion in the 1st Division, the 42nd Battalion in the 3rd Division and the 73rd Battalion in the 4th Division), the rest supplied drafts of reinforcements to these (and likely other) battalions in the line.

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13th Battalion (Royal Highland Regiment of Canada), CEF

Those who are paying close attention will have noticed that there are more troops in this battalion than any of the other battalions I’ve painted so far. 20, in fact, where the others have only 15. This has nothing to do with relative sizes of the battalions at any particular point in the Great War and everything to so with the packaging of miniatures. Old Glory Miniatures packages their Great War highlanders in packs of 10 which include 8 riflemen, a piper and an officer… The Lewis Gunner and Bomber came in a completely different package of “Characters”, which put me at 12… 3 short of the 15 required for a battalion. So, at some point, I broke down and bought a SECOND pack of Higlanders - which gave me another 8 riflemen, a piper and an officer… The piper and officer are being used in another unit (of mostly home-cast figures) and the rest… well I painted them up with the formation patch of the 13th as I wasn’t going to be making any other units of highlanders using Old Glory Miniatures.

Half of the above figures I painted ages ago – the first pack of ten, then the Lewis gunner and bomber when I picked up the “Character” pack on a separate occasion. Those that I did paint earlier got a bit of a touch up – formation patches were repainted as were the helmets – so everyone would have a matching colour of helmet (originally I’d painted them the same khaki as the serge of their uniforms?)

The originals I painted with a half kilt apron - in the front - and tried painting a Government Sett on the pleats at the rear. The new ones I just painted as a full kilt apron because... well... I was feeling lazy! Though I did repaint the officers trousers - which were originally khaki - to look like trews. 

Detail of the formation patch. The red patch of the First Division surmounted by a blue circle (blue for the middle junior of the division and the circle for the senior battalion within the brigade).

As I mentioned in the last post I recently ordered two more brigades worth of miniatures. One of the manufacturers I ordered from was Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design, who later in the day (or perhaps it was the next day…?) sent a notification that the package had been shipped via UPS and is to arrive later today!? ZOUNDS! While it’s exciting that it will arrive so quickly (considering I also placed an order with Wargames Foundry in May and I haven’t seen or heard anything from them yet… I guess that was just two weeks ago…). I’m a little anxious though as, in the past, when bringing stuff across the US-Canadian border UPS usually charged HORRENDOUS “brokerage fees” – now I don’t mind paying GST to the government – I LIKE roads and fire departments and socialized medicare and such – but the brokerage fees just go to UPS and are essentially extortion – if you don’t pay their fee, you don’t get your stuff! I’m not sure about stuff coming from the UK though… I guess we’ll see later today.

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I have two more battalions of highlanders for the 3rd Brigade I’ll probably finish up – most of them are painted and just require some touch-ups – so I’ll probably finish them up next. The are mostly made up of the very first miniature I ever sculpted – a Great War Highander! The fourth battalion in the brigade was a regular battalion and I’m not sure what miniatures I’m using for it. I may have ordered enough extras from the Foundry  to do that unit… So I’ll have to wait until they arrive to finish it up.

After that I’ll probably launch into painting up a brigade of the 2nd Division using the Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design miniatures – though they will require some assembly (separate heads) – not to mention basing and priming… so there may be a bit of a break in posts while I get all of that done. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Beavers, Brigade Staff and Trench Mortars

Beavers? BEAVERS!? Yes, beavers.

Well… it’s been a busy couple of weeks around the Brown household! Dance classes and violin lessons wrapping up, with extra rehearsals and recitals, we’re still getting ready for our year end reporting next Monday – desperately trying to finish up a few projects for that - and a final violin concert this weekend. In the middle of this the copy of Game of Thrones Season Five I requested finally arrived at the library (being a newly-released DVD there was no chance we’d be able to renew it and thus had 10 hours of TV watching to do in one week) and we got a call from our family doctor a couple hours after The Boy went for a blood test, saying we need to get to the hospital PRONTO! Turns out the lab found he had a blood-glucose level of 42, which is apparently super high – like undiagnosed Type One Diabetes kind of high! So that ended up with us spending the afternoon in Pediatric Emergency and a couple days (and a couple of sleepless nights!) up in the Pediatric ward…

Usually I get a lot of painting done when watching TV series – I kind of just listen and half watch while painting, but I’ve just been so worn out and tired I couldn’t even focus on miniatures I was wanting to paint – even with my new reading glasses! So I actually just WATCHED the whole season.

I also, FINALLY, got a bit of a vegetable garden planted this last week… It’s a bit late, but hopefully we’ll get a bit out of it. I never got around to planting anything last year. May is just too busy…

Anyway, on to the minis!

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The 2nd and 3rd Trench Mortar batteries. (Figures are from Old Glory Miniatures)

As I’ve probably mentioned before, I’ve been trying to put together entire brigades from each of the different manufacturers of 28mm Great War figures (well, makers of Late War British – that can be passed off as Canadians – at least!). Unfortunately not all the manufacturers of Great War Miniatures make trench mortars (I’m looking at YOU, Wargames Foundry and Brigade Games!!). So a few of the brigades will have Miniatures attached from other manufacturers – which drives that little OCD part of me CrAzY!?  (Also the brigades made up of my OWN models will have trench mortar batteries made by others as I’m too lazy/don’t have the time or skillz to make masters for a trench mortar – but for some reason that doesn’t irritate me so…)

Some spare figures from Old Glory Miniatures that will be pressed into service as Brigade staff and signaler/runners.


Just… don’t ask… It seemed like a good idea at the time…

(miniatures from North Star Figures)

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

More Canadians of the first division. Actually now I have the Trench mortars finished up I could take a pictures of the whole 2nd Brigade – which I now complete!

I totally broke my gaming budget for the year and ordered the next three brigades worth of figures (from Wargames Foundry, First Corps , and Gripping Beast/Woodbine Design) so hopefully they’ll be start showing up soon-ish and I’ll get to work on those. I was going to order one more brigade from Irregular Miniatures just to be a completist.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

7th (British Columbia) Battalion, CEF

One last battalion to finish off the 2nd Brigade, 1st Canadian Division. The 7th Battalion, CEF, was originally recruited from militia units in British Columbia.

All of the figures in the 2nd Brigade are from Old Glory Miniatures

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7th (British Columbia) Battalion, CEF

Detail of the formation patch. The red patch of the First Division surmounted by a red semi-circle (red for the middle brigade of the division and the semi-circle for the second battalion within the brigade).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Well… What to do next?

I guess I have a Trench Mortar Battery to paint to truly be finished the 2nd Brigade.

Then perhaps on to the 3rd Brigade while I’m waiting for the rest of the miniatures for the 1st Brigade to show up…? I only have a one full battalion to paint to finish up the brigade plus a few figures for one or two of the other battalions to bring them up to strength.

At some point I should take pictures of the brigades of the 4th Division that I have finished as well… 

Sunday, May 29, 2016

8th Battalion (Winnipeg Rifles), CEF

The 8th Battalion, CEF,  was originally recruited from 90th Winnipeg Rifles. While most of the battalions of the CEF sported cap badges with a maple leaf motif, the 8th Battalion had a cap badge with a running devil with a scroll beneath emblazoned with the motto “HOSTI ACIE NOMINATI” – Named By The Enemy. The enemy, in this case, was the Metis of the Northwest Rebellion of 1885 who apparently referred to the Winnipeg Rifles at the Little Black Devils on account of their dark rifle green uniforms.

The 8th Battalion was part of the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Canadian Division.

All of the figures in the 2nd Brigade are from Old Glory Miniatures

Painting Update

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8th Battalion (Winnipeg Rifles), CEF

Detail of the formation patch. The red patch of the First Division surmounted by a red triangle (red for the middle brigade of the division and the square for the third battalion within the brigade).

I actually have one of the cap badges (the hat is a reproduction).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

The final battalion in the brigade – the 7th (British Columbia) Battalion.

Then… onto the first brigade…? or maybe finishing up some stuff for the third brigade? I’m using Wargames Foundry figures for the First Brigade and though I have a few on hand, I don’t have enough for the entire brigade. I ordered enough this past week to finish up the brigade, but I’m not sure if they’ll be here quite quick enough. I do have a few figures to finish up for units in the Third Brigade. The Third is made up of two units of highanders using the very first miniature I eve modeled and cast, one unit of highlanders from Old Glory Miniatures (which is mostly completed – I just have two or three extras I need to bring the unit up to strength), and a unit of figures from the Foundry. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion, CEF

Whew! Four posts in one day!

These are some of my oldest Great War figures. Most of these were painted over a decade ago. I may have even bought them from Saber’s Edge when they were still selling miniatures! Two of them are newly painting and the rest have had their helmets and formation patches touched up.

The 5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion, CEF was originally recruited from Militia Cavalry units in Western Canada – but went off to war as regular infantry.

All of the figures in the 2nd Brigade are from Old Glory Miniatures

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5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion, CEF

Detail of the formation patch. The Red patch of the First Division surmounted by a Red circle (Red for the middle brigade of the division and the circle for the senior battalion in the brigade).

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Probably more of the 2nd Brigade. I have the figures – all ready to paint. Most of the 3rd Brigade is done, I think, and I need to order a few more figures for the 1st. I guess I’d better get on that!!

Odds and Extras and Other Minor Distractions

A few other things made their way onto, and subsequently off of, the workbench this week…

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Casualty Marker from Old Glory Miniatures

Other Assorted Distractions

Bad Guy with a gun from Copplestone Castings. I’d actually painted this chap up ages ago, before getting on with the Great War project. I actually finished him up at the same time I painted Jules and Vincent, but when I went to take a picture of him, I noticed a huge chunk of paint had been scraped off his lapel leaving shiny bare metal!? So I left him on the workbench to fix up.

Spare Highland officer from Brigade Games

British Colonial Officer drinking tea from Tea Time Miniatures

British Paratrooper officer drinking tea – also from Tea Time Miniatures

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion, CEF