Tuesday, 30 August 2016

28mm Ancients - Julius Caesars command stand

 A stab of nostalgia gave me some energy to finish off Julius Caesars command stand this month, this vignette was on the back burner for a few weeks until I finally got the chance to finish it. An mdf disc approximately 85mm in diameter forms the base with a stack of real slate glued together and painted grey to create uniformity, with the gaps filled in with silver grey milliput.

 Most of the figures are 'Copplestone' minis bought through 'Wargames Foundry' a long time ago, the Caesar figure was bought through 'Companion miniatures', though I missed out on the Pompey figure due to lack of funds. I do have the mounted varient but I'm still looking for a suitable horse as a mount.
 Shields are 'Aventine miniatures' oval scuta.
 Caesar's German personal bodyguard is present, a conversion of a 'Foundry' torso, 'Black Tree Designs' head and right arm and legs with copiously modeled green stuff to fill in the gaps.
 As always I have added the tufts made by me of which I frequently seem to be running out of.

 I chose to have the aquilifer carrying the eagle standard wearing a brown bear skin cape.
12 Cretan archers add some firepower to the Caesarean Army I started a long time ago
A group of Cretan archers were known to accompany Caesar fighting the Gauls and the Germans, as well as Numidian archers and Gallic archers and Balearic slingers.

I think I have to paint another 1 or 2 cohorts all 'Copplestone' minis with 'Aventine' shields.

As always I try to get the feel of the period I'm portraying by listening to audio books: In this case Caesar's own account and commentaries on the Gallic and the German war on you tube at 

 Not having listened to these accounts for awhile I was surprised at the clarity of the accounts and of course all the under handed back stabbing that went on during the wars.

Anyhow back to Napoleonics next month.
Best Regards,

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

28mm Napoleonic 6th Bavarian, 1st Nassau-Usingen & French 7th Hussars

It has been a very busy few weeks, but I've managed to finish a second Bavarian infantry battalion and a Nassau battalion for an upcoming Napoleonic campaign, so here are a few pics
28mm Bavarian Infantry
6th Regiment of Line, circa 1812-15.

28mm 1st Nassau-Usingen Infantry Regiment.
 The 1st Regiment Nassau can be used for late Napoleonic campaigns as part of the French contingent or Allied contingent in the Hundred Days/Waterloo 1815 campaign.

Showing off their green uniforms with yellow piping the Nassau-Usingen regiments have to be the best dressed German regiments in the Napoleonic wars especially when compared with their dour Prussian cousins. It adds a nice colourful touch to any army.

French 7th Hussars
To fund my projects I managed to sell these French Hussars on eBay to some very kind customers :)

The 7th Hussars were the only French Hussar regiment actually present at the battle of Waterloo 18th June 1815. The miniatures are Perry plastic with a 'GMB designs' flag. I cut the fringed edge of the flag painting it in a variety of colours and highlighted with gold to give a nice 3D effect.

Any how just waiting for 'GMB designs' to send me some flags to complete a third Bavarian infantry regiment, next blog I hope to finish a French staff command vignette I've been constructing over the last few days...
All the Best