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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Algerian Reinforcements

Joining my French forces is this unit of Minifigs S Range Algerians. I cannot claim any credit for the painting as this is how they came when bought on line, apart from my painting of the bases and mounting them on MDF rectangles. I did, however, paint the standard bearer and I have noticed an odd yellow streak on the red part of the flag, which I will have to rectify.


Monday, 28 November 2016

Crimean War Sardinian Line Infantry

Another offering from Old John are these Minifigs S Range conversions - Sardinian Line Infantry. This group represents a Brigade and, along with two Regiments of Bersagleri, an artillery battery and some cavalry, will form my Sardinian contingent. This in turn will become part of my French army:




Saturday, 26 November 2016

Playing around with hexagons

I continue to look at ways to represent the scenic elements of my Battle Cry and Command and Colors playing areas. Most of my Napoleonic troops have been rebased and organised to fit on a four inch hex gridded table. They are mounted on four stands each 40 x 20mm. Here is an example, a British unit:





Which comfortably sits on a four inch hex:

However, when it comes to buildings it does become a little tight. I have been experimenting and came up with this solution - this is a rough trial example:





A unit can fit easily into the courtyard to represent a defended built up area:

Unfortunately there are those figures that are moulded with rifles and bayonets thrusting out at a low angle. To avoid the bayonets being pushed into the ranks in front I mount these figures on 40 x 25mm bases, such as these Warrior Spanish:

However, joy of joys, these figures also fit into my walled farm hex, albeit with little room to spare:

I am going to take this idea forward with some other designs.





Friday, 25 November 2016

Some new offerings from Old John

I have to admit that I have had these figures hanging around in my must get these done tray for longer than I would like - but at last they are finished. They are a group of Crimean figures produced by Old John converted from Minifigs S Range moulds, and designed to fill some of the gaps in available 25mm figures.

First up is a British command group in 'pork pie' hats:

I have a battlion of infantry that need a command group, so these will fit in nicely.

Next up is a mounted guards officer:


Followed by a mounted higland officer:


Finally we have a Sardinian cavalry trooper:





Friday, 4 November 2016

Project Battle Cry - Trial Run

Having painted sufficient troops for the first scenario, I thought I would set it up to see what it looks like. Unfortunately, my hills hexes which I ordered have arrived, but they are the wrong size. My fault. I did not notice that the company that makes them uses a different measuring point than that used by Warbase; they are too small by about half an inch - doh! I have ordered some more.

In the meantime I set up the first scenario in Battle Cry, which is First Bull Run, using a four inch hex mat.  I already had the hills and woods hexes from an earlier Napoleonic game and put these to good use. The units just about fit a four inch hex, but will look much better and a bit les crowded when I get to use a full five inches. Here are some images:






Saturday, 29 October 2016

Project Battle Cry - More Scenery and Buildings

Continuing the construction of the battlefield I have completed the painting of some roads:

This is what they look like joined up with a unit on them. It also gives a feel of what units will look like on the table in relation to the hexagon size:

This is a ford hex:
It is important to note that a crossing needs to be made on a curved section of river, otherwise the road cannot cross at right angles. The ford can also double as a bridge (scratch built from a Peco N scale tunnel kit):

As mentioned before I plan to use 15mm scale buildings and this is how I think I will configure them on the table:
The same building occupied by a unit, which just fits the hex nicely:
I have also picked up some Lilliput Lane items very cheaply on eBay, this one cost 99 pence, plus postage. I added a little paint to the base to help it blend in (not really ACW, but looking ahead to Command and Colors!!!!):
Now all I need is for the hills to arrive. I need to think about trees for woods. These will likely be mounted on bases and free stand within a marked hex on the mat.







Friday, 28 October 2016

Project Battle Cry - Making Scenery

Painting of the ACW troops continues and good progress is being made; I have almost finished the Union forces and artillery limbers. As the paint dries I have turned my attention to the scenery. Having purchased a cloth mat from Hotz Artworks, I now needed to think about hills and rivers etc. After considerble deliberation I have decided to go for MDF hexagons and the very nice people at 'Warbase' up in Dunfermline quickly produced some 5 inch diameter hexes to fit the mat.



I followed the pattern of the terrain hexes in the board game using a simple paint design as follows:





In all I painted around 30. As long as the painting matches the edges of the hex they fit together quite well; here are some of them:

For fields I have used some Astroturf, picked up cheaply as a door mat from the local garden centre, as areas of crops:


For buildings I plan to use 15mm scale structures as these will fit in the hex and leave space for the troops to fit in the hex.


I am considering making some road hexes, which are not used in the boardgame, but, I think, would add to the scenery.