środa, 23 marca 2016

Demi brigade reinforcments

In between passing my PHD exams I managed to finish few things. 
First: Reinforcements for my Demi Brigade - 1 battalion Standard - That make my Demi brigade - 32!! It fought in Army of Italy from Arcola and went with Bonaparte to Egypt so one standard bearer it will work for at least 3 Campaigns - 1796 -1798 and Egypt, It will miss 1799 in Italy (while being in Egypt) but thats not last banner man I will make anyway :)
Each Demi-brigade carried 3 flags into battle. 1st and 3rd battalion had flag that was specific to this single demi-brigade - each had unique flag, while 2nd battalion carried common flag that was used in all demi-brigades. I went with unique flag of 32 ligne demi-brigade.

I am not 100% happy from the banner - I used technique that was not optimal - problem with French flags are they are full of writing.. In this scale I am unable to paint letters so only options left are printing (I don't like to print whole flags - as they look unnatural and I like making them myself - and I haven't tried printing only text and applying paper scrap to the ready banner ) and painting them by calligraphy pen. Problem with calligraphy pen is that this ink don't meld with paint and to my dread don't dry up :(  I tied to make it usable with artist werniks but its kinda smudgy and make flag look a little dirty.

So here they are - in middle of the brigade - Banner man and drummer - wi will post better pictures when my camera start working again.

niedziela, 6 marca 2016

4Ground carriages review

This time not my builds, but recommendation - 4Ground carriages.

I was eyeing 4Ground terrain for a long time now but newer bought any - Japanese and medieval houses are nailed perfectly but I am still  poor PHD student with low income and I love to do such stuff myself (I just have problems with finishing stuff :P
So I am planing on getting them later when I will be in possession of higher income :)
(And I need at least 3 both Japanese and Viking :(

Said that I know that 4Ground make sets of beautiful filigree furniture for your gaming houses - stuff I couldn't make safely in multiples to such quality without casting process. So when I needed chair for my Zombie Chihuahua base I checked whole offer 4Ground sell on their page (My hobby store physically carries only houses). And I hit those two. They are respectively : 28-CAW-302 19cent General purpose Horse Wagon, and 28-cav-309 16c-17c Army covered supply cart - And they are a blast. Both quite cheap and perfectly planned with very cool detail and if not technically pre-painted the colors are perfect straight from the frames.

They both have closed or open back option and larger wagon could be made with skeleton for cover or without it (with little work you can make it convertible.

I rate them 5 for 5 stars. Only place for improvement is to make well go round but that would make the models much more delicate and prone to damage and really is not needed with terrain on your gaming table.
This product is pure perfection and I highly recommend you get you your own wagons!
Money good spent! And they both cost around half of single 4Ground building!

With models added for scale GB viking Æwulf, Malifaux Nicodem and Victrix napoleonic fusilier

piątek, 4 marca 2016

czwartek, 18 lutego 2016

Black Band - second landsknecht column

Here come my second column of landsknechts for DBR Italian Wars. Really versatile unit for the period.. it could be part of any army :) And one of the coolest looking in all those fancy costumes.
This one will by my Black bands - infamous landsknecht unit led by Georg Langenmantel that was rised in 1514 to fight in Saxon Feud and was later lent to King of France as mercenaries where it was fighting at Marignano in 1515 where it stood out against the dreaded Swiss - to be destroyed almost to a man at the battle of pawia by landsknecht columns of Frundsberg and Sittich in Imperial service. I My French army from the Italian wars project is moving very slowly but it is moving. next step will be Gendarmes (but who make best ?)..
Miniatures again Freikorps, I like the models despite need to recreate the hands with green stuff. and they paint well, Pikes are Wargamer. 

Here they are with my first column painted earlier (You can see more photos here)
I made middle command stands that way to make a focal point with two banners together when they are used  as one larger unit.

In your face

niedziela, 31 stycznia 2016

Babur the Great Mughal

I've been painting for some time a magnificent set of Mirliton Mamluk/Arabic Commander. Its striked me he could work in my planned Eastern Army as a Mughal CinC. I haven't decided what to do with him - Should he be Mamluk, or Saffavid Persian.. until I fancied to try and do a Lion and Sun Mughal banner. They work well together. Soe he bacame Babur first Mughal Emperror of India, Conquerror of Dehli Sultanate. Scourge of the Lodi. I wonder when he will get his army, but lets hope that sooner than later :) I have to found best model for historical accuracy and high level of multi servility (I want to use them in many armies as a non competitive player myself - and lets be honest there are no competition in Renaissance 15mm wargaming in any vicinity anyway - i will be playing mostly historical scenarios.. I hope that first Panipat will be in 2016)

As the victorious general (Me :) once said
God is on the side of big banners :)

Behold Ẓahīr-ud-Dīn Muḥammad known as Babur!!

And WIPs of a banner I had more fun painting than Babur himself :)

sobota, 23 stycznia 2016

Wallahian light cavalry

Big step in my quest for national cavalry (very lazy and long quest). 3 bases banner of Wallahian late cavalry. Took longer than expected due fo my dislike of the formation, but after reading a book on them they grew on me and so are finished. Now only Commander and last cossack banner to finish playable lowest force level (skirmish force) for With fire and sword rules.

Wallahian cavalry was in the beginning was rised from people of Wallahian (Moldavian) descent that were settled in southern Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth in Crown parts of the country. It duty was similar to Polish Tatar cavalry (that was predominant in Lithuania and Cossack cavalry [not to be confused with Polish cossack cavalry] in Ukraine). Mainle recon and supporting roles. Although such cavalry was very vital in fighting with Crimean Tatars - which were one of most notorious enemies of the Commanwealth. It gained prominence especially after rebellion of Polish Tatars in 1672. With time ethnical composition of Wallahian formations changed with Ukrainians and native Polish people taking place of the original mercenary Wallahians. It was mostly non-noble formation, with nobles sometimes serving in the leading roles, but service in Wallahian banners led to many nobilitations (mostly for officers of course). main weapon of Wallahian cavalry was sabre and bow, but richer soldiers could be equipped with pistols or even longer firearms.
Overall not very exciting part of the polish army of the period where Hussars and pancerni taking spotlight positions, but vital to Commonwealth army of the period.

And my whole national cavalry so far

From the left - Wallahians, Pancerni with lances and Polish cossack cavalry
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