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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

28mm!

You might have noticed but all my finished models are small - either 6mm or 10mm. I've tried bigger before but never got a good result so I've never really committed to it.

Well with Frostgrave I have every intention of fielding a properly painted warband - besides I'll only need a few models for me and missus.

So I stepped into the breach with one of my Man-At-Arms and here is the (nearly) finished result - I'm going to colour code our warbands so for my force there will be light green. I haven't decided on the bases yet so I'll post more pictures when I've done a few.
Thor Rune on Shield
My force is based upon a Nordic force with an Enchanter Wizard so I have picked those with this style helmet and each model with a shield will get a nordic rune symbol.
Blade
The difference that a wash makes - picking up the details within the cloak.
Rear View
I am undecided as to how to base them - snow limits them for other settings, grass and mud looks out of place in  Felstad and the tunnels beneath - also looks out of place if using in D&D setting in a dungeon. So I've got 3 choices:
  1. Standard mud and grass
  2. Snow and rubble
  3. Cityscape
Choices, choices.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Early War German Reinforcements

So didn't get a huge amount done besides large quantity of texturing some bases. But did get a few reinforcements (which you've already seen WIP pictures for).

First of all the Panzers - I had 12 of these but over time - lots of moves I opened them up to find I only had 4 turrets - quick email to Leon at Pendraken and the turrets are on their way as a separate order. But in the meanwhile I have finished these 4 - not sure about the markings but think they look ok.
Panzers!
The wash really helps detail the tank - also helped by the high quality casting allowing for the wash to settle. The crosses were black then white to help make them jump out.
Panzer IIIE with added foliage
I used lichen to dress the tank and this works well - just need to avoid overdoing it.
Herr Commander!
All in all looking good - building this up based on either 17th or 18th Panzer Division eventually but depends upon what campaigns that they were involved in. My Cavalry also gained reinforcements; HMGs and Recce for the infantry and the majority of the Panzerjager Battalion.
MG42 Teams
Sdkfz222
The recce needs its markings added to it but these shouldn't take long and will be on by time I repost the whole force in it.
Fear my mighty 37mm Shells
I've got to be honest I'm not sure how I use this force against counterattacking Soviet Tank Forces. I mean T26s, BT7s yes but I've just bought a KV2 just to see how much of a monster it is and I have very little to take it out. At least with a Panzer Division you have quite a few mobile anti tank guns and can always throw in your heavy artillery. My heaviest artillery is a single unit of 10.5cm Howitzers!

I've started on my Prussians but I haven't ordered the bases yet. So I'm painting a cavalry regiment at a time (1st Hussars should be done by end of week) so I feel like I'm moving forward.


Friday, 15 July 2016

Lobositz Prussian Cavalry Colours

So following on from yesterday's post, I've continued my research to determine the colours of the cavalry regiments. Whilst doing this I quickly realised that I would have to seriously expand my paints collection - not used to having to paint bright colours! First of all the Kurassiers (Cuirassiers) which are also wearing a blackened cuirass:

Regiment
Coat
Collar
Cuff
Turnbacks
Saddle
2
Yellow
Red
White
Yellow
Red
3
Off-White
Dark Blue
White
Off-White
Dark Blue
5
Off-White
Light Blue
White
Off-White
Light Blue
6
Off-White
Red
White
Off-White
Red
7
Off-White
Yellow
White
Off-White
Yellow
8
Off-White
Dark Blue
White
Off-White
White
10
Off-White
Red
White
Off-White
Dark Blue
11
Off-White
Light Blue
White
Off-White
Light Blue
13
Off-White
Red
White
Off-White
Red

As you can see - plenty of variety in the colours - I miss painting Horse and Foot for this reason - the armies look so much more vibrant. The Hussars are their traditional bright colours as well:

Regiment
Coat
Headgear
Pelisse
Collar/Cuffs
Saddle
1
Light Green
Brown (Green)
Dark Green
White
Dark Green
2
Red
Brown (Red)
Dark Blue
Dark Blue
Dark Blue
7
Yellow
Brown (Yellow)
Dark Blue
Yellow
Dark Blue
Finally the dragoons which don't have as much variety but still. They will still also have variety as opposed to their opponents.

Regiment
Coat
Waistcoat
Lapel/Collar/Turnbacks
Cuffs
Saddle
3
Blue
Yellow
Pink
Pink
Pink
4
Blue
Straw
Straw
Straw
Red
5
Blue
Straw
Red
Straw
Red
All in all very excited to get this lot painted up - each Regiment will be 9 figures strong on a 3" by 1.5" base so plenty of room to make dioramas.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Plans for Lobositz




As mentioned yesterday, I am doing little bits, slowly moving forward. For instance last night I started basing my Panzerjager Abteilung for my Cavalry Division as well as starting to paint my Prussian Army in 6mm.

King Frederick with IR3
This is more of a project moving forward and I've got a scenario both for Volley and Bayonet and Honours of War for the Battle of Lobositz - the first major battle of the Seven Years War. So as such I'm going to base my Infantry up by Regiment to match the Regiments that were there - I know most of the time I won't be able to match it up perfectly but I wanted some variation between units. In 6mm this is quite basic but I reckon I can detail lapels, collars, cuffs and turnbacks. As such I have used Kronoskaf to work out what regiments had what - I also have a set of the colours from Baccus to distinguish further.

Regiment
Lapel
Collar
Cuff
Turnback
3
None
Red
Red
Red
5
Cream
Cream
Cream
Red
7
Pink
Pink
Pink
Red
9
Red
Red
Red
Red
13
White
White
White
Red
17
White
White
White
Red
20
Red
Red
Red
Red
21
None
Red
Red
Red
27
Red
Red
Red
Red
30
None
None
Red
Red
36
None
White
White
Red
In total for the Prussians I will need the following (with what I have the models for in brackets):
  • 11 Infantry Regiments (12)
  • 2 Grenadier Regiments (4)
  • 1 Hussar Regiments (3)
  • 4 Dragoon Regiments (3)
  • 9 Kurassiers (6)
  • 4 Artillery (6)
So there are a few bits I need (and obviously an OPFOR) but its a strong start.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Little By Little

I know it seems like a flurry of action but there's not actually much happening - just a little by little - mostly just finishing off the odd bit. But if I clear a bit of space I can get on with some more complete projects which will hopefully be a bit more impressive. And I'll also post a picture showing everything!
Last Nights Work Drying
Shocking picture I know but I was hiding out in the shed. At the back, left to right there is a Sdkfz222 which just needs cavalry markings, 3 HMGs which need texture and my Bicycle Battalion HQ. On the front row from Left-Right, I've got the 3 Early War Panzers which just need divisional markings, 6 StuG III/StuH '42 which I've given a wash to try and reduce how bright yellow they look. Finally in the shadows is my Brigade Command stand for my final Canadian Infantry Brigade - this brigade has been half painted for a long time so a bit of work and should be able to significantly increase my force.
Brigade Command
Its an excessive vehicle but there is no Divisional Commanders in Spearkrieg Commander so I'd rather use it for this than have it sitting around doing nothing. Also helped that I had a spare finished officer model from when I downsized my command stands.




Monday, 11 July 2016

Panzer Grey

Continuing this no plan painting action; some of which is because my polyfilla ran out so I can't base anything right now.

First I pulled out my small collection of Early War Panzers and decided to repaint them. Unfortunately I seem to have lost most of their turrets so I am left with a single PzIII 37mm, 2 PzIII 50mm and a PzIV with a short 75mm. However having painted them in a lighter grey I then used a brown wash and they look really good. I just need to add some appropriate markings and base them and this can be the core of a battlegroup to support my cavalry. Better pictures will follow.
Panzers!
 I'm also fleshing out my Cavalry - painting support weapons and starting on the building blocks for the 2nd Regiment.
HMGs
Whilst I had the grey out I've been working on my elephants (the cavalry have gone away to make some room). So far I think they look ok.
Heffalumps
Still doing bits and bobs - need to get more bases and just keep motoring. Still got a brigade of half painted Canadian Infantry to finish!


Thursday, 7 July 2016

German EW Bicycle Battalion

Just to prove I am painting and its not all words:
Bicycle Battalion
The glues still drying on the bases but this is the core of the battalion. As per usual Pendraken figures and I have the command stand and support elements still to do but they should take little time.

To be honest I'm not necessarily working very efficiently for the purposes of the blog - what paint time I get now is wedged into small time gaps so I try and get as much done in one go as possible. So at the moment I have these, early war German support elements (37mm ATGs, MG42s, Mortars), Fallschirmjager AA Support, Numidian Cavalry, Carthaginian Forces, Prussian Seven Years War Infantry (in 6mm) all on my table - you can see some of the mess in the background.

Now I need an actual rule set to use for Seven Years War (6mm). I'm probably going to base battalion groups on 3" x 1.5" bases as per Volley and Bayonet but I've also got a copy of Osprey's "Honours of War" rules which use multiple stands per battalion. Now I might be able to amend these and use markers to show casualties, formations etc but are there any others people could suggest?