|Three 48 man companies of musketeers from the garrison of Derry. A company of Mountjoy's Regt at the centre.|
I was very pleased that the first post on this subject was popular and that visitors were stimulated to consider the implications of frontages, deployment, fire methodologies and movement around the battlefield and its table top imitation.
|A battalion of Jacobite Foot based for Beneath the...|
|Swedish Regiment Vasterbotten - the basing really sets off the unit superbly|
Wargaming takes some unusual turns. When we visited Tuscany on holiday I arranged to meet an Italian gamer, collector and painter with whom I had corresponded for a couple of years. When we met in his beautiful home town of Lucca we really hit it off.
|Detail of the three stands of Vasterbotten Regiment|
Since then we have met...
I quickly threw together some old bits and pieces from the various collections to test out the mat. I am very pleased with the way it has come out. I think it is fine here in our little Lace Wars corner to have a little heavy metal on show (I do still have a fair bit of it!).
So, the shots...
|Swedish cavalry foraging in the Ukraine|
|German Cavalry foraging.. in the Ukraine!|
|My favourite Tnk - Pz III|
Why would you not want to build the army that consistently contributed to the defence of Christian Europe and to facing down Christian Europe's most powerful Catholic monarch?
The Austrians/Habsburgs/Holy Roman Empire/Imperialist Army is the Janus of continental Europe - looking both South and North(west) at once.
For some reasons I always think the Austrians don't get a fair kick at the ball....
|WLOA61 & WLOA63 as a squadron|
I have taken too long to paint these lovely French mounted dragoons. These models were a real pleasure to paint and the squadron looks pretty impressive. They are the start of the League of Augsburg game which will feature at Crisis 2017.
We are finally travelling to Flanders both physically and in gaming terms.
These codes are selling well and will be...
|Pancerni Green Banner|
As part of the Eastern Expansion initiated by Toggy I received a large box containing 47 painted Polish cavalry from the brush of talented Rob Goodyer.
|Pancerni Red Banner|
Perry Brothers' sculpting has come a long way form the 1990s but these models still have a charm all of their own and hold the same place in my heart as Mark Copplestone's big handed Grand Alliance sculpts...
|Nothing quite like polish on the Polish! - Toggy's winter work.|
A splash of colour in a dull world, no. I am not talking about Toggy Bob I am talking about his lovely unit of Cossacks!.. although, Toggy has his moments!
In an effort to persuade him to spend less time with dead fish and rotting fruit I hope to encourage his undoubted but rarely deployed talents away from collecting truck number...
|Cart convoy - moving the army the hard way|
I like all that nonsense you can create for the table which is not about men with weapons killing each other. I have made it a bit of an LoA trademark over the years with battery positions, wagons, civilian vignettes and the like.
|Muddy waters under the cart - made using yacht varnish|
The arrival of the extensive Swedish artillerymen many of whom are open...
|Ooh - look at that! Lovely work by Rob G|
A little more detail about the fine unit of Winged Hussars commissioned for our 2017 show season.
The models are from Warlord. Nice sculpts with my only criticism being the fragility of the horses ankles which will in some cases undoubtedly lead to fractures if very careful handling is not undertaken at all times.
|First squadron in detail|
Rob Goodyer did a very...
Mark Allen was one of the main influences on my obsession with the period which has given its name to this Blog. I drooled over Mark's inspirational figures and games photographed so carefully by Duncan Macfarlane as far back as 1991 when they were a staple of Wargames Illustrated. His series on the armies of the period is still a go to resource for me and I am certain, many others.
|Foundry+ conversions + Dixons and Redoubt components - The Dal 1996.. sadly gone|
I have a nice archive of my GNW efforts form the time when there was pretty much nothing available, through various iterations to now when I am pretty much writing my own ticket with GNW releases.. a kind of fantasy come true.
|Plenty of conversion work Ducker's Dragoons 1997 - the cape is milliput - still have these|
|The original and traditional idea which of course, works!|
I was very much looking forward to this task but at the same time had some trepidation. I worked hard on the painting, I loved the sculpts and the poses yet putting them all together in a unit presented some challenges.
|Marginal bayonet overhang - still a nightmare for my OCD|
|From a slightly different angle|
The chaps thrusting their bayonets...