Saturday, June 29, 2013

Great War British Officers and Staff

Not French. I’ll get to more of those shortly – these have been haunting the workbench for some time and I finally finished them up last night! Huzzah!

These figures are from the “British Captains, Generals and Characters” pack from Scarab Miniatures (which I picked up from North Star Figures). They just happen to be very good stand-ins for characters from a certain British comedy TV show set in the Great War… I’m sure it’s just coincidence…

 They also have Red Baron and Rommel and Staff  packs I’d be keen to pick up at some point… and are one of a very few companies that make Great War Italians!? (I think Old Glory also makes a few Italians).

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From left to right we have; Pte. S. Baldric, Capt. E. Blackadder, and Lt. G. Colthurst St. Barleigh.

From left to right we have; Capt. K. Darling, Gen. Melchectt, and Driver “Bob” Parkhurst.

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More of the French? 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Great War 1914 French Infantry (Part One)

The first of three French Infantry units I have to paint….

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These are from Great War Miniatures. I really like the poses and detail that go into these.

Usually I call these units “battalions” I have three such units making a regiment. It might be nice to some day get another three to fill out a brigade… of course, if you have a brigade you might as well do another and be able to field a whole damned division…

There is no end.

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Production has slowed somewhat this week and will continue to be slow over the next week. Now that I’ve got these done, it’d be nice to finish up the other two, but I don’t know if my attention span can last that long at the moment. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Great War French St. Étienne Machine-Gun Teams

I have been working on some British officers… and still am… but I kind of got distracted by these… and finished them up while watching the last two episodes of Game of Thrones season two last night.

With this lot I have officially painted 100 more 28mm foot than I have acquired so far this year! Huzzah!  (though I still need to catch up on vehicles and mounted troops…)! No more painting deficits and it’s time to bring down that painting debt! I should really do a big stock taking like the one I did a few years back - just to see where things are at… It will, however, probably prove… embarrassing!

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Two Great War French St. Étienne machine-gun teams from Great War Miniatures.

Really quite a nice little kit.

I also have three French 1914 infantry units from GWM and a unit of Dragoons to fix up and paint.

Oh and I have that unit of Chasseurs à Cheval that I painted up last summer.

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Those British Officers… or maybe a unit of 1914 French… or Martians… or… something else completely different. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

MORE World War Two USMC Medics and Casualties

I’m not sure what possessed me to paint these either. Likely because the were acquired recently (as in this year) and have been floating around the painting areas getting prepped and based and primed and gooped… and  looked simple enough and… well… just got painted… Unfortunately, other than the four medics and four casualties I now have, I only have a single squad of leathernecks painted… a Regular rifle squad, and two more squads of Marine Corps raiders.

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These jarheads are from The Assault Group. Some of the assault group stuff leaves something to be desired, but their WW2 marines are first class!

The Casualties.

The Medics.
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Um… Some Great War British Officers…? 

1st battalion, 4th Martian Infantry Regiment

Some Space:1889 Martian colonial forces…. I’m not sure, really, what inspired me to pull these out and put some paint on them?! These things make sense way too late at night when I've mostly been working on them...

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The British officer is from Black Tree Design and the Martian infantry are from RAFM.

I picked up enough martian colonial infantry for four such units. One I’ve already painted as the 2nd Battalion Queen’s Own Martian Rifles (the Parhoon Rifles). Originally I thought I’d do two in Khaki (as this one above) that would ostensibly be British, but could be passed off as Martians in the service of just about any colonial power. The fourth I’ve been planning to do in light blue tops and dark blue bottoms to pass as Belgian Martian troops. Rather than doing a second unit in Khaki, however, I’ve decided to do a unit in dark blue tops and red bottoms and call them “Tirailleurs Martien” in French service.

I also have some High Martians - at least one sizable unit painted and another to be painted. I figured I could use them as per light cavalry that can pass through (over) any other troops… I also have some Colonial Martian Artillery and native Martian Artillery for support.

What I really need to get doing is Martian native troops - Oenotirians and such - as an opposing force. Though I suppose I could pit any European colonial force against any other… with some Maritan colonial infantry fighting along side.

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Um… There are some WW2 US Marines just needing some finishing touches on bases and some Great War British officers under way… not sure about after that… perhaps the “Tirailleurs Martien”, just to get them finished… 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Great War German Jägers

I may have mentioned I’ve been watching the second season of Game of Thrones this week. All the intrigue and politics and back-stabbing really reminds me of the various Hordes of the Things campaigns I’ve run, and that’s got me thinking… Maybe more on that later…

And what is with all the Great War Fantasy figures all of a sudden!? Hasslefree Miniatures is making English Halflings and Tsarist Dwarves and Black Hat Miniatures is making German Goblins and FRENCH Halflings!? Did I miss the memo stating that this is now “a thing”? Is there a specific set of Weird War One rules out there that people are using them for? Are there MORE of them out there!? This is one of those things that I just can’t decide if it’s awesome or just daft. It’s a fine line.

In the meantime I’ve finished up a few more Great War Germans…

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Great War German Jägers from Wargames Foundry. Most plates seem to show them in more of a green coloured uniform. Some look just a greener grey-green feldgrau, others I’ve seen look almost dark green or rifle green!? I went with the greener grey-green feldgrau – which happens to be the feldgrau I use for mid-late WW2 Germans…

A casualty from the same line.

This finishes up the early war Germans that I have. At some point I’d like to add some 1914 regular German infantry, but that will probably have to wait until the new year (conveniently, Renegade Miniatures usually has their 5-for-4 sale around that time…)

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There are a number of odd and sundry things polluting the temporary workbench… Martian colonial troops… zombies… Great War French…. Masai warriors… Elves… Whatever shall I do next!?  

Charles de Gaulle and British Great War Casualties

Just a couple odd items that don’t really fit with the bigger post I’ve got for you today…

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Charles de Gaulle from Black Tree Design. I have no idea…. When am I ever going to use a Charles de Gaulle figure!? I guess I do have some WW2 French… both Early war continental and Legionnaires for North Africa… I suppose he could wander onto the table to boost morale of the troops. Or be a target of assassination by some crack SS Kommandos in a pulpy WW2 game…?

Two British (or Canadian) Great War casualties from Old Glory.

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I have some Great War German Jägers coming up in a separate post right after this…. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

German Casualties, Tirailleurs, and... a Cultist!?

A few odd items I finished up yesterday. Another indoor rainy day capped off with watching two more episodes of Game of Thrones. We’re now halfway through the season.

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German Great War Casualties from Old Glory.

Tirailleurs Algérien from Artizan Designs. I got these three as part of the French Foreign Legion Lucky Bags. Just need to pick up a couple more packs to make a unit… for now…? I guess I could use them as guides attached to the Legionnaire units?

Tirailleurs Martien!? This is a Martian Colonial Trooper from RAFM that I’ve painted in French colours to pass off as French Indigenous Colonial Troops on Mars. On close inspection the equipment – particularly the back pack and water bottle (and rifle) have a distinctly “English” look… but I’m hoping when an entire unit is fielded no one will notice.

An odd cultist I found that I hadn’t painted when I went to re-base his brethren. The figure is one I modeled and cast myself.

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I’m working on some Great War German Jägers at the moment. More Martian Colonial troops have marched on to the painting table. I should really get painting some native Martian hordes if I’m going to do these Martian Colonial Troops…. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Légion Étrangère

The last of my colonial Legionnaires…

For now…

The second season of Game of Thrones arrived for me at the local library yesterday. So Amanda and I sat up way too late watching a few episodes - we have one week to watch it all as I doubt I'll be able to get it back again for some time! I managed to get these (and a couple mounted figures) finished up while watching (or, rather, listening and occasionally looking up to see what's going on...). Should have a fairly productive week with 7 more hours of TV viewing ahead of me! 

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The last unit of Legionnaires from More Legionnaires from Artizan Designs. All but two are from the March or Die line. The other two are from the pulp adventure line that I modifield to have covered kepis.

The Légion (so far…)

I’d like to add at least two more units – at some point; a unit of legionnaires in great coats and sun helmets and a second unit of legionnaires in great coats and covered kepis. Maybe a counted company… or Chasseurs d Afrique… or Tirailleurs of some sort – Senegalese or Morrocans… or both, just in case)…

Ooh! Perhaps I could add some Tiralleurs Martien for some sort of Space:1889 type game...

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Great War German casualty markers. I mostly finished them up last night as well - just have to finish up the bases. I should get them done tonight and maybe some other stuff... There's all manner of odds and sods piling up on (what was supposed to be) the "temporary" painting station upstairs... 

British/Canadian General and a German Dragoon

A couple of odd Great War mounted figures…

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British or Canadian General on Horseback. 

The figure is from Great War Miniatures (I think).

I put him on a larger base to use as a C-in-C or Staff Officer in my Ever Contemptible Victorious Little Black Powder Armies (of DOOM) mash up rules... 

Spare German Dragoon from Wargames Foundry that I missed painting with the others (now I have a unit of 11… an odd number… ah, well…)

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The last of the Légion Étrangère (for now…).

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Few More Legionnaires

I’ve been painting the last batch of Legionnaires these last few days – along with some other stuff. These four, because they’re a bit different than the rest, ended up getting finished up a bit earlier.

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More Legionnaires from Artizan Designs.

 These chaps have the khaki jackets, like one of my Other Units of Legionnaires… but uncovered kepis rather than sun helmets. So they don’t really fit in. The rest of my Legionnaires are in covered kepis and either shirts or great coats…

Perhaps I’ll make a unit of guys in great coats and sun helmets – then I can take the three of those I have in the unit with guys in sun helmets and khaki jacket and add these guys (making 15) and just have to buy three packs of great coats and sun helmets to make a unit of 15 of those…


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The last unit of Legionnaires… some odd cavalrymen… other stuff.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

French Officers

I started on the last of the French Foreign Legionnaires the other night and happened to finish up these last night.

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The one on the right is from Artizan Designs’ Pulp Adventure line, the fellow on the left is from Crusader Miniatures Wild West line – from a pack called “foreigners” which included gunslinging scotsman (third picture) and a Russian Cuirassier (second picture) - I assumed this third fellow in the pack was supposed to be French – though he could easily be an American Civil War officer – I figured the pack name of “foreigners” meant they were NOT American… 

Oh bother! I just noticed some paint got scraped off the Crusader miniature’s holster!? How the heck did THAT happen!? Bah! I’m posting it anyway and I’ll fix it later…

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As mentioned the last of the French Foreign Legion (that I have) will be next up. Then I have some Great War German infantry lined up to go next – along with some WW2 Canadians and some… er… ELVES!?

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Great War German Dragoons

A few more of the Great War Cavalry from Will.

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These Dragoons are all from Wargames Foundry. They will go nicely with my German Hussars.

With the French Chasseurs and the British and Indian lancers, things are brewing up for some serious Great War cavalry battles!

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I do have a few more units of Great War Cavalry – some more Australian Light Horse and two more units of later war Canadian Cavalry… Stratcona’s Horse? Fort Gary Horse? Royal Canadian Dragoons? Not sure which… I’ve already done the Canadian Light Horse (with Old Glory minis – the ones I have to paint are all Great War Miniatures).

I may take a break from the horsemen, however, and finish up the Legionnaires… or the zombies… or… something… 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Great War Indian Lancers

Again with the Great War…

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These are Indian Lancers from Brigade Games. The minis, I think, are part of their Great War in Palestine figures, but I’ve painted them in Khaki Serge in hopes of being able to pass them off as some contingent to the Western Front (or possibly Imperial troops brought to England to defend the Crown in a Very Brtitish Civil War scenario?).

These minis were passed on to me by my friend Will Bailie who was doing a bit of a clean out before one move or another… (Thanks Will!). I hope someday we’ll be able to throw them down on the table together.

On another note, I've been trying to update the pages lately - mostly adding pictures from elsewhere in the blog... check them out over in the left.

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Um… hard to say…

I’ve often had two painting stations set up in the house. One a semi-permanent location upstairs on a card table in the loft where the TV is at – I often sit up there and paint while Amanda and/or the kids are watching a movie – or if everyone’s out, I’ve been know to put on a movie and paint, listening and looking up once in a while to see what’s going on. The other is on the Big Hobby Table in the War Room/Hobby Dungeon in the basement. It’s actually less permanent than the one upstairs (even though the one upstairs COULD be taken down at any time, if the space were needed) as I have to clear it away whenever we play a game.

As previously mentioned, we’re having some major renovations done to the upstairs which has required me to dismantle the upstairs painting station and move a whole bunch of the other stuff from the top floor into the basement War Room/Hobby Dungeon for storage which has pretty much shut down any activity there – gaming or painting….

I have, however since moved a temporary painting station back upstairs as we’ve found out the contractors won’t be able to start until the end of the month – at the earliest… which is a bit of a drag. When we’d talked to them last fall it sounded like they wanted to get going as soon as the snow melted and dried up… Anyway, the new temporary painting station is as cluttered as ever already… Legionnaires, German Dragoons, the last few zombies… all sorts of stuff up there ready for paint. What I will do next? I have no idea. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

1914 Belgian Carabiniers

This is what happens when I don’t play games for a month… I get distracted. Not that being distracted is bad, per se.

Perhaps this was a bid to get John back at the game table…?

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1914 Belgian Carabiniers from Great War Miniatures. Lovely figures.

I have 18 of them. I’d like to pick up another 12 (at some point!) to fill out two units of 15. I’m thinking I might pick up some of the Carabiniers from Brigade Models - just for a bit of variety.

I’m not sure what to do for an officer for this unit (or THESE units, when there are two!). No one seems to make a specific “Carabinier Officer”. Brigade has a Carabinier NCO, and GWM has a Belgian command pack that has an assortment of uniforms and headgear – none in the Tyrolean hat the carabiniers seem to wear. Did the Officers wear the Tyrolean hat? I have an officer in a sidecap – could I pass him off as a Carabinier officer? He’s not in a great coat, however… and I’m not even sure if their tunic colour would be the same colour as the carabiniers great coat…?!

Ah well… not going to have these guys on the table any time too soon anyway…

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

Legionnaires? Martians? Mounted ANZACs? The last of the Modern Zombies?! who knows… 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

More Legionnaires

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More French Foreign Legionnaires from Artizan Designs.

The Legion force so far...

This finishes off the guys I have with sun helmets. I have another unit of guys in kepis.

The bulk of this force was put together from a couple of North Star Lucky Bags. The lucky bags are an assortment of random figures at a fairly deep discount, but they are often from pretty wide collections – like WW2 British, which could include british from either Artizan designs or Crusader Minis and could be early war or late war European or commandos or 8th army in North Africa or paratroopers or LRDG or… you get the idea… sometimes is just “ancients” which could be a mix of just about anything… So for the most part they are of little use to me – great for anyone just getting into something looking for a small number of figures for skirmishing…?

But once they offered a French Foreign Legion Lucky Bag, and as I had only a couple packs and no actual units I ordered two… so I instantly had a fairly large force of Legionnaires… unfortunately the line has a wide variety of legionnaires in different uniforms; in great coats and kepis, in great coats and kepis with full packs marching, in shirts and kepis, in Troupes Colonial uniform jackets and uncovered kepis, in great coats and sun helmets, in shirts and sun helmets, in Troupes Colonial uniform jackets and sun helmets… you get the idea…

Unfortunately this means my force has a wide mix of all the options… I’ve tried to organize them into units of like stuff… but I just don’t have quite enough of one type or another to make full units – which is why this units has a couple odd guys in greatcoats…

I am tempted to order a few more packs so I could end up with three units of legionnaires in kepis and three in sun helmets and each unit having a distinct uniform make up… i.e. all in great coats, or all in shirts, etc… but of course no combination of packs is going to give me the exact number I need… ugh…

Ah well, I can’t buy any more of these for some time anyway. I have much, much more that I need to paint before I can buy any more figures.

On that note I have caught up and have now painted more minis than I’ve purchased (well… at least in the 28mm foot category… I have to paint a few more mounted!) this year and have no intention of buying any more until I can double than number… time to bring the painting debt down!

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I’ll probably knock off that last unit of them next… because that’s how I roll – finishing stuff off because it’s fun to finish things… not because I have any practical use for it!?

After that I should paint something mounted – to catch up a bit in that category… Maybe some Great War French cavalry…? Or some more of the ANZACs?