Monday, 29 July 2013

28mm War of the Spanish Succession / Marlburian / WSS

The War of the Spanish Succession or Marlburian period (if you're an 'old school wargamer') has always fascinated me since I was a nipper. The 1704 campaign which led to the battle of Blenheim saw an allied army of British, Brandenburg, Danish, Dutch, Hanoverian, Hessian, Mecklenburg, Prussian and Wurtemburg troops march deep into Europe to defeat a combined army of French and Bavarians in a major victory of the war. A famous victory for Marlborough and Eugene of Savoy. Wargaming the period would be a major task for me hobbywise which will start with choosing which manufacturer would provide the bulk of suitable miniatures.

At the moment I'm not sure whether to collect 28mm miniatures manufactured by 'Ebor' or 'Front Rank', currently I ordered some samples from Front Rank and below are the results:
These Front Rank miniatures are detailed in such a way you can paint facial expressions with relative ease.
 British Grenadier circa 1704 priming grenade.
Foot Guard Sergeant c.1704 my camera doesn't pick up detail to well, this guy has 5 o'clock shadow on his chin.
Foot Guard officer 1704 this miniature is posed to look up at a mounted senior officer example below.

Lord Cutts at the battle of Blenheim 1704. A nice clean figure, Front Rank miniatures are a joy to paint I must admit, with a minimum of flash and reasonably priced.

Samples purchased from Ebor will follow next when I have some spare cash.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

King John

I thought I would have a look at Trent miniatures 'Newark' personality range as sold by North Star, its is a large 28mm figure, well cast in two pieces (rider & horse) and nice to paint. Mounted on a 25mm x 50mm plasticard base with grass, dirt textures, grass tufts and yellow flowering weeds.
For reference I just googled King John and downloaded a jpeg of stained glass window with his coat of arms on it.

Painted over the weekend I popped it on ebay if anyone is interested just look for ebay ID peterw3169 or item number: 121142997261


Sunday, 7 July 2013

Wars of the Roses 1455-1485

Hi Just a brief post cos I'm a bit busy, but here is a command base painted this week on at the moment (ebay Item Id: 121139507485) Lord Henry Stafford.
Lord Henry Stafford (1425-1471)
Henry's personal standard a swallow-tailed banner is handpainted on metal foil.

Henry fought at the Battle of Towton on the Lancastrian side but survived and was later pardoned by Edward IV on 25 June 1461. He was with Edward IV on 12 March 1470 at the Battle of Losecoat Field where the rebel forces of Sir Robert, Lord Wells were defeated. Although choosing the winning side, Henry was so badly wounded at the battle of Barnet that he never recovered and died in his bed on 14 October 1471.

These miniatures are manufactured by Perry Miniatures and painted by me at the

The base is 60mm round mdf textured with grass tufts and white flowers to denote his Yorkist allegiance.

Available on SOLD 

Lord Berners.

Lord Berners.

Humphrey Stafford Duke of Buckingham


Earl of Devon.

Lord Fauconberg.


Lord Hastings

Lord Hastings.

Earl of Northumberland.

Northumberlands Herald.

Earl of Salisbury.

Earl of Salisbury.

Edmund Beaufort Duke of Somerset.

Somerset's herald.

Duke of Somerset.

The Tax collector.

Tax collector.

Earl of Warwick.

The Earl of Warwick the 'Kingmaker'.

Light bombard.

Light bombard.

Light Bombard.

The Duke of York.

Richard Duke of York.

I'll update this page as the project progresses.