Oct 15, 2017

Zvezda Knights

Excuse me for the weird background, this cloth does not behave the same way with sunlight as with camera flash.  Anyway, here's nine riders from the Zvezda HYW French set, very nice bods and I tried to make each of them stand out as an individual. 

Oct 8, 2017

All Quiet on the Blogging Front

Hello to every reader of this humble blog. The beginning of each month is usually full of wargaming-related activity, but this is not the case right now, at least there is nothing I can visually present.

I spent the last weekend away from my man-cave, so no progress was made with the 6mm castle. I did buy a few Zvezda figs and history books. 

Now on to the bad part: by the end of this week, notably Friday, I was so nerved out and fatigued as, it is safe to say, never before in my life. I would not like to bother you with the details - suffice to say that now I'm back in the game. 
Perhaps painting helps me vent and relax more than I previously thought?

Sep 28, 2017

Castle Building

Here's a few progress shots of the 6mm castle. It is built in a pseudo-Gothic style. On the first photo, I have laid out the walls and the keep, and started adding a few details.

Sep 23, 2017

Castle Planning

This is the side-project that currently helps me keep my mind off Napoleonics and other things. As you can see, major scratch-building enterprises require a little planning.

The bad news is that the flash of my old Fuji camera had blinked its last, so I'm not sure how many (and what quality) photos I will be able to make.

Sep 20, 2017

Mother Russia sends more troops.

Here's the dozen dragoons, six guns and twelve crew, some of which you could spot in the previous post. They're all made by HäT - not the prettiest figures, but the price was OK and they were easy to paint.

Sep 16, 2017

Assembly Line

The Russian dragoons and artillery are close to being completed - in the meantime, here's a progress shot of the scratchbuilt gun carriages. They are made from pine wood and sculpey - the axles are bamboo. 
The heavy barrels are from the HäT set - it has twelve barrels but only four undersized carriages.

Sep 9, 2017

Galicia 1809

In the Galician backwater theatre, a Russian and Austrian force blundered into each other. The Austrians are defending a strong position, but the Russians have amassed more troops for the attack.

Sep 5, 2017

Russian Guardsmen and Herdsmen.

It is rather rare that I post something from four different manufacturers, but this is the case right now. In enlarging my Napoleonic Russian army, I have completed the following units, from left to right:

  • 2x12 Jäger, Italeri and Zvezda figures, plus a single HäT figure in the rear rank.
  • 6 Guard Lancers, of Esci make, on Italeri hussar horses.
  • A 16-figure unit of Pavlov Grenadiers by Italeri.
  • 2x16 Opolchenie by HäT, plus a single Pioneer base/marker.

Sep 2, 2017

Grenadiers à Cheval

I've complained before about having too many Guard units in my Napoleonic French army - this fact will not change today. These are HäT figures, and although less elegant than the output of Italeri or Zvezda, they are not bad at all. 
It is also some consolation that these horsemen were very active in many battles, so paint is hopefully not wasted on them.