Thursday, 20 July 2017

Medieval Guards resting

I´ve painted up this lot before..nearly five years ago as a bunch of soldiers in the pay of sir  Hugh Jarse. Then I called it  "Medieval Picnic" but they are in fact called (as per the post titel)  VA126 "Medieval guards resting"  by  Valdemar-Miniatures
This lot are painted up for the 1329 Teutonic dio  in the same Red and White livery as the  Medieval Guards on Duty set
Two sets making a total of 14 bods, 2 tables, three benches (one was missing) and 2 dogs.



Normally he would be Holding something foodwise up to his mouth but I´ve added a crossbow so he can maybe be seated on a Barrel or whatever and be added to the Standing guards


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Cimmerian Cavalry

Ten mounted bods and one foot bod who appears to be another Conan lookalike
Very little Flash, great sculpts, especially the nags.
Only one small, but solvable Problem. The bods don´t fit that well on the nags. The reason ? Thier legs aren´t wide enough appart to fit over the nags sturdy backs.
I tried the "hot water Treatment" to widen their legs but even then, seeing as there are no saddles, they didn´t seat properly  and fell off.  Normally, with mounted bods, I glue them into the saddle, the glue is then more or less hidden.
Solution ? As the bods needed holes drilled in thier rear Ends to enable easy painting (they get then jammed onto Cocktail sticks which are supported in wine corks ) it made sense to drill a hole in the nags backs in roughly the area where the saddle would have been,  add a short length of wire which the bod was then pushed onto.
As with the first set of foot cimmerians I gave them reddish hair.
Loads of Fantasy  stuff like maces, Axes and horned helmets
"Come on then!! I´ll have the lot of ya!!!

Is the bod meant to be Conan ? I reckon so. The pose and kit are  directly taken from the 1980´s Conan films starring   Arnold Schwarzenegger

I´ve still not given them a  flag (do they Need one?)  but I reckon something with a bull would be good.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Dark Alliance Orcs - set 3

Still in Fantasy mode...Another 10 orcs to add to the warband..and with this lot, an Orc female!?
Chunky in the sculpting but they are orcs so the sculpting style fits
The female. Is there such a Thing as a female orc? Whatever, she´s a bit of an oddity and doesn´t fit alongside the rest of the sets so she´s become an Elf  or possibly Amazon fighter.
I´m telling you Morgu, that aint no orc!!


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Conan and Friends

...Friends ? Knowing how Conan carries on they will probably end up as foes...and then dead.

Anyway, it isn´t Conan and friends but Redbox´s Cimmerians set1.

These aren´t, by any Stretch of the Imagination, the lot from antiquity or possibly not those inhabiting the fictional world of Cimmeria, thought up by Robert E. Howard.  There, they appear to be more or less a Stone age type of People who distained armour as cowardly so it more or less Counts this lot out .

So, Fantasy warrior bods who are definitely not the ones mentioned by the Assyrians in the 8th Cent BC but could be the R.E Howard type Cimmerians, only clothed and armed in the Heavy Metal mag style.
TBH, I don´t care, I like em as they are.

Seeing as one or two of them have a Viking/Dwarf look about them I went with reddish Brown hair.
Stupidly...I´ve painted up and added one from set two..the one on the far right. I did wonder why there are 11 poses instead of the ten pictured on the box
The one on the left. At first I thought it was a female bod.
Conan ?
"I´ll be back!!"

I decided what this lot will represent or on what side they will be. That means I haven´t yet come up with any shield designs or a suitable Standard.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Caeser Orcs - set 2.

What is there to say about them ? Nice poses, 13 0f them so unlucky for some,  Little Flash and made from hardish plastic.
The only small Thing, they are a wee bit bigger than the previous set but fit perfectly alongside them.
Close ups
This pair have seperate arms Holding the weapons but attaching them was easy and no glue needed to Keep them in place.

Both sets together, including a few conversions from set 1.
Just under 4 weeks ago we took in a three legged (yes 3 legged) cat and her kittens. She lost her rear right leg in some sort of accident, crawled home after being missing for nearly a week with both back legs severly mangled and one had to be removed.
The owners were moving flat just as the three nippers were born so due to the chaos of the move, they came to us. They will stay with us until the kittens are independant, two males will go to friends, the female will stay with us, the mother goes back to the owners.
Aint he cute!!!! ?


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Burgundian Pikeblock (Mk 2)

As with the Mk 1 Burgundian Pikeblock  I´ve haven´t entirely stuck to the  the Livery colour combination of white on the right and blue on the left but mixed it, blue on right and White on left as it looked less uniformed and, as with the first block,  I got bored painting them all the  same :-D

This lot,  48 bods in total,  are a mix of 4 manufacturers and 9 sets.
Ultima Ratio´s Swiss Infantry (Uri) and Swiss Infantry (Bern)
RedBox´s  Burgundian Infantry and Knights (Set 1)) and  Burgundian Infantry and Knights (Set 2) 
Minart´s  Swiss Infantry. Strangely, although the sprues are only a few years old the plastic has gone brittle, only half a dozen survived the process of being removed from the sprues and having wire pikes added.
RedBox´s      Hussite InfantryTown & County Levy, Men-at-Arms and Retinue and Continental Mercenaries
Flags are from Dansk Figursspilforening


Any bods carrying a pike (or I wanted a pike instead of a halberd) had it replaced with one made from Florist wire. A few head swops, the bugler from the RedBox Men-at-Arms and Retinue set had his arm repositioned and  all but one of the Bannerols (the Little pennons attached to thier helmets) were removed from the RedBox  Burgundian Infantry and Knights (Set 1)) and  Burgundian Infantry and Knights (Set 2) 
Both Burgundian pikeblocks together, Mk1 being entirely made up from Minart´s Swiss infantry set
A swiss Pikeblock is in the making and a Mk2 Swiss pikeblock in the planning stage.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

15th Century Burgundian Infantry and Knights

Taken a bit of time to get this post set up, my PC ended went to the big electronic graveyard last week and getting used to a laptop takes a while.
Two sets again. This time, RedBox´s 15th Century Burgundian Infantry and Knights sets 1 & 2.
A lot of them can be added to the Ultima Ratio Swiss infantry sets or mixed with other Redbox WotR´s  sets, the only small Problem, the embossed burgundian crosses need removing on a few of them.

Set one.
Mainly heavy infantry. Nearly half of them have Bannerols (Little pennons/flags) on their helmets. While this isn´t incorrect, a bannerol was carried by the Squadron leaders, Conductors and Chief de Chambre , it does seem excessive with nearly half of them having one. Still, it gives a choice as to which bod is a leader type and they are easy enough to remove.
Set 2
Mainly pikemen. Again, a lot of bannerols but again, easy to remove.
The molded pikes? IMHO, too thick and a wee bit too short for my liking, not only that, one or two suffered from "brewers droop"  so I replaced them with Florist wire.
Not only  are the molded pikes  (IMHO) too short, thick or droopy  but a couple of poses have got  a lot of extra plastic between the pikemen´s bodies and the pikes. Along with the pikes, this all needed removing.
The two at the front have had head swops

Some of these, the pikes and halberds, will, along with a few others, form a Mk2 Burgundian pikeblock. The rest will fill out the infantry blocks.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Swiss Infantry - Uri and Bern

Two sets this time..
Both sets are made by Ultima Ratio and are supposed to represent the Cantons of Uri and Bern
The Reviews on the sets are up at PSR (Uri HERE and Bern  HERE) so you can stop reading here and look at the pics or read my consideration on them.
Basically, a lot of conversions. Flags removed, in one or two cases, the embossed crosses removed and some have had halberds swopped for pikes.
Some have also decided to join the ranks of a (in Progress) Burgundian Pikeblock (Mk2)
Uri
Hornblower. Originally the pose has the bod carrying the flag, which is just wrong. Either he´s the horn blower or the Standard bearer, not both!! It´s not too  too difficult to remove but a pain nonetheless.


"Mancatcher". A great idea, especially as seeing there´s (as far as I know) never been one represented in 1/72nd but the pose is,  IMHO, as disaster. He´s Holding the Catcher the wrong way around, ie; Left handed! While  this isn´t impossible it seems highly unlikely and with  three  in the set, more than highly unlikely.
The fowl hanging from the bod on the right  is an Addition since the set came out in metal
The Crossbowman. Basically a poor pose as he Looks like he´s sneaking about trying not to get noticed,  so I haven´t bothered to paint him 
The rest are nice poses and the Halberds can be swopped quite easily for pikes, which means, after the flag has been removed, you end up with a possible 11 usefull poses.

Bern
The better of the two sets as every pose can be used . Three of the halbardiers can have the halberds swopped for pikes which gives a possible 11 usefull poses, the same as the set from Uri but a lot less work to get the numbers up.

 
The Standard bearer. Basically the lack of armour makes him not 100%  in his role but removing the flag and downgrading him to a pike man is a pain, but not  too difficult.

A total of 16 bods in both sets, with conversions you end up with 22. Not a bad Basis for a block of halbardiers and as the size and style fit well alongside the halbardier bods from the  RedBox sets,   the Continental Mercenaries,  or Hussite Infantry for example.

Interesting is that some of the poses turned up a few years back, around 2012, in metal.
The set originally contained a mix of the poses from both the new plastic sets.

Back then I painted them up as members of the Medieval Pike Block which,  embarrassingly, after nearly 4 years, still isn´t finished but now some of the above can join the ranks.

Both the Standard bearers, Left Bern, Right Uri, with the big lumps of plastic removed.
Basically, a plea too all bod manufacturers;

"Please Don´t add  flags, plain or otherwise, to the Standard bearers. Both Versions are pain to paint and if part of the bod, a pain to remove! Just give us the Standard bearer without the flag..at best with just the pole, we can add our own flags!!!!"

Some of the halbardiers converted to pikemen
The bod front left. Originally half his helmet and face were covered in plastic from the Halberd shaft. It was way easier to simply remove and replace his head along with the Halbard.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Hastings 1066: Norman Army - Strelets

The New mounted bods  from the Strelets "Big box, "Hastings 1066: Norman Army"
14 bod poses and the all too familiar Nags. Not too much wrong with the nags, they have thier faults but seeing as they Feature in nearly all the Strelets Norman Range and a few other medieval /Dark Age cavalry sets, tis bout time some new nags twere sculpted methinks.

As with my previous efforts at Normans, I´ve stuck with the red/White shield Patterns..I know, not historically correct but I like it  and anyways,  I can use them in a Fantasy role alongside the Dwarves and elves in keeping those pesky orcs in check.

A couple of the nags got swopped for ones from other makes, the standard (originally a moulded flag) got removed and replaced with a paper one, one or two weapons got swopped, Lances and an axe or two
A couple of Close ups
Odo of Bayeux, half-brother of William
William the Conqueror . I´m not sure why he´s brought his Teddy along to the fight

Massed Norman cavalry.
46 in total, mainly Strelets but with additions of 4  from HäT´s  El Cid Spanish Heavy Cavalry and 4 metal ones (I´ve forgotton which make)