Saturday, 26 August 2017

More pike & tweaking the WRG rules.

This is the completed pike block for my 8th Regiment of Foot, another blue coated unit. Slightly lighter shade of blue for this one, a Prussian blue base with Azure painted wet into wet and blended. I like the combination of codes ECW 1 'armoured pikeman, pike forward', and ECW2 'armoured pikeman, pike up' as you can bend the second rank down slightly to give the impression of pikes in the act of going from 'Port Your Pike' to 'Charge Your Pike'. I generally do this once all are glued down in formation, the soft metal making the twisting and bending of arms an easy process. The standard three command figures will stand at the rear of the block as usual. Musketeers to follow.

As I'm planning a game soon I'm in the process of typing up the WRG playsheet so I can actually see it! I'm taking the opportunity to remove all non ECW relevant info on the sheets, which was my main motivation in doing this, as the rules cover a wider period such beasts as elephants and camels, chain mail wearing cavalry, fanatics and mercenaries clutter the charts along with bowmen etc and once stripped down to ECW basics the charts and factors are far easier to follow. The Reaction Test for example now appears much simpler to play, it all fits on a page and the list of factors is much quicker to go through. I'll type up as much as I can in this easy to follow format. The Eagle eyed among you might notice that I have converted all 'paces' into inches and slightly reduced some distances from 150 paces (15") to 12" as we used to play it.

I took delivery of a few more TSS tiles this week, Space Saver 2' x 2' squares, plus a few more 2' x 1' tiles and more hill combinations. The Space savers are very tough material and just 20mm thick. My intention is to lay out a basic 6' x 5' table in the dining room some time next week for the opening battle. To this send I have ordered some bits from Hovels, mainly wall sections for my planned Manor House, which will utilise another Dapol 'Country Inn' a Flames of war cobbled square, surrounded by the Hovels wall sections, straights, damaged straights and corner sections together with the rather splendid little period fountain model and water trough, also from Hovels. Again I'm avoiding flocks etc in keeping with the project theme. I plan to finish this before the planned battle.

The fine 'Ornate Fountain' from Hovels that will sit in front of the Manor House, and an example of the wall sections that will surround it all.

Images borrowed from the Hovels website.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Dragoons both foot and mounted.

Here are the completed two regiments of Dragoons, 12 mounted figures per unit and 10 dismounted. I don't intend to make dismounted horse holder stands, but when a regiment of Dragoons dismounts the command base of officer and standard bearer will remain to mark the position of the horses. These are all Hinchliffe castings of course except the Red Regiment officer who is a fine old Garrison figure on a Garrison horse. The Red Regiment mounted unit was bought ready painted from Ian Hinds, and I painted the other Blue mounted unit and both foot units. The Red Dragoon flag came with the unit and I tried to do something similar with the Blue flag, having cut it down from a Foot flag, round edged it and hand painted the fringe as best I could. Overall I'm very happy with these 44 figures and they make a nice addition to my collection. I should add that in line with the theme of this project I have tried to keep the painting clean and bright with a Satin varnish finish.

Figure codes used are: ECWC 11 Dragoon Mounted, ECWC 15 Medium cavalry firing pistol (3 in the red unit only, they mix well with the Dragoons), ECW 15 Dragoon firing and officers are ECW 9 & ECW 10. Horses are a selection of LH codes. Standard bearers are simple conversions of ECWC 11.

The single Garrison figure (centre left), these are new to me but must have been a great range as the few I have are little Gems.

I have enough Hinchliffe castings for two more large Regiments of Foot, but I'll take my time with those as I want to get a game played, I have been waiting on more TSS terrain tiles (from the Space Saver range) including a fair few more hill tiles to add to those I have, they have now been dispatched and will hopefully be here early next week. I also plan to paint a few baggage wagons..

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Expanding the Horse and more Foot.

Having completed another 35 figure Foot Regiment - this time a white coat unit, just awaiting final basing colours - I decided to use some of the 'leftover' cavalry castings to increase the size of some of the horse units. I started with Ruperts and by adding an additional six troopers in pot helmets and back/breast plates I achieved a more mixed look to the unit that I am pleased with. The 16 figures in this unit represents 320 men under the WRG rules so is still somewhat short of the historical strength, but looks impressive. I followed this by combining two 8 figure units into a single 14 figure Parliamentarian Regt, losing a Warrior standard Bearer and an officer and repainting coats and saddle blankets where required. I have one more 8 figure unit left to expand using more of the castings I have left.

Prince Ruperts Regiment of Horse.

Whitecoats in the snow! Pike and Shot Regiment number seven.

Another wonderful 'Garrison' figure (left), commanding the pike block.

Next I'm working on more Dragoons, both foot and mounted. Another Foot Regiment is also in the pipeline.

Hinchliffe Summer Sale!
It's worth mentioning here that Ian Hinds is currently offering Hinchliffe figures at an amazing 75p each as part of his Summer Sale during August - he tells me this is his quiet time of year. I have taken advantage of this offer to top up with castings, both ECW and Ancients (Imperial Romans & Ancient Britons), the latter range having also been fully re moulded and are beautifully crisp and clean castings like the ECW range. More on these in due course. Thinking in terms of current 28mm figure prices I'd say 75p is a round half price on average? Certainly the Renegade figures I last bought were £1.50 each and I swear the Hinchliffes are more animated, and thinking about it 75p is not far off the price of a Warlord multi part plastic! Each to his own of course.

One thing to watch for when buying Hinchliffe mounted figures is that riders don't fit every horse code, not a big problem but you can always check with Ian Hinds before buying, he's a very friendly and approachable guy. An example are these three lovely horse castings I painted this week for 3 of the new Ruperts figures only find the troopers could not made to fit them! No problem just painted three more (checking first), I'm sure other codes will fit the painted horses. I could not help to compare these fine animated horses with a couple of plastic Warlord mounts I have upstairs, they are so 'stiff' and lifeless in my opinion, the Hinchliffes have a real sense of movement and are currently just 90p per horse (normal price £1.05p) in the Sale.


Blast! Should have checked first.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

At the sign of the White Horse....

I spent a bit of time this week painting and basing a few of the plastic Dapol buildings I bought some time back. I went with Dapol for the retro themed look and I'm really pleased how these have turned out. They are deliberately slightly under scale (OO) as I wanted to avoid huge model buildings for this project, these are of course intended for model railway layouts! They are very cheap at around a fiver each, and whilst there may be some warping and flashing of the 40 years old moulds, they do go together quite well.

Here are a few pics of the church (more a small chapel in this scale), two cottages and the country Inn. I have a couple  more kits and want to use another of the Inn kits to build a small walled Manor House. I based them simply to match the figures as you can see, the thin chap raising his hat outside the church is I'm informed an old Les Higgins figure, possibly from the 30mm range, he has such charm that I just had to use him.

I'm currently painting another Regiment of Foot, and then I'm thinking of adding some baggage wagons and a couple of Falcon light artillery pieces. The Horse are very much finished for now as you can see from the video below (if you have not already seen it on my other blog!).