Sunday, March 12, 2017

Ancient archers

I finished a small unit of skirmishing archers. The good thing is that they are generic enough to suit any of my ancient armies.

Based a little on this picture:

I think they turned out well. They will probably not be that great on the field, but they can annoy my opponents.

The next unit I will work on is Macedonian medium cavalry. Judging from what my opponents are working on I really need some more cavalry to occupy their cavalry while my Phalanx gets to work..

Pendraken test figures finished

I finished painting the test figures I bought from Pendraken. I had just two packs, one is the French infantry in greatcoats. The other is a small pack of Austrian lancers, naturally armed with swords and carbines.

I painted them as a Polish lancer unit.

I think the 10mm figures are great for Napoleonic wargaming. These from Pendraken have enough detail to still be fun to paint while saving quite some time compared to 15mm figures.
I don't know if I should keep battalions of 36 guys based in companies. It looks really good, but defeats the purpose of keeping Napoleonic wargaming doable for me.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

lookin' back and ploddin' forward!

Finished painting a unit of hoplites:

Quite a nice unit, simple colours (the same as some of my pikemen..). My Ancient collection officially no longer fits into 1 Feldherr suitcase anymore, so that is a milestone I guess.

I did the first test figures for Napoleonics in 10mm. Easy French in greatcoats from Pendraken. Quite nice and pretty easy to do. Look better than their 6mm cousins and take significantly less time than the 15mm family of Napoleonics I tried years ago.

Painting speed was increased by the greatcoats, but there is something I found weird. These figures are carrying another greatcoat on their backpacks. Talk about an army prepared for winter, these could surely march right into a Russian winter!

Next up is a platoon of Dutch Machine Guns (converted to Vickers) Just 12 figures, in version 3 Flames of War they would be combat attached to my infantry platoons. In version 4 Flames of War they don't need a command team anymore.

Obviously all need some sand put on, but I will do that after I finish the next 2 units on my painting list. (some generic archers and a Macedonian cavalry unit)

Now for an analysis of last years painting. The numbers speak for themselves and 2016 was quite a productive year for me. I aim to be at least as productive in 2017.

Could stand to do some more cavalry for my Romans and Macedonians and I have a few blisters lying around for them.

For this year I have made a rough planning of what I am doing:
1. Finish hoplites (done)
2. Dutch MG platoon (done)
3. Finish my Pendraken Napoleonic French (done)
4. A cavalry unit for my Macedonians (wip)
5. A unit of archers for my Macedonians (wip)
6. Work on my 80 years war stuff again.

This list would keep me busy for maybe another 2 months, so yeah, we will see how it all goes.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Napoleonic Crisis 217BC

Recently a few friends and I visited Crisis in Antwerp, the biggest wargames show in mainland Europe. Quite an experience, a lot of people and plenty of vendors. I didn't get to play in a game, but there was so much to see!

My loot as you can see, a few Corvus Belli figures, Xyston elephants, a load of Flames of War Romanians and some Foundry Vikings.

Napoleon's Regiments is a reference book that may come in handy later as will some of the Ancient Warfare magazines.

The year is nearing its end, although I am not one to reflect on every birthday or new years eve I do know the value of having to set dates in your plans. I sometimes say to people 'a plan without a date is a dream' and I should practice what I preach. (..and that is enough one-liners in one post).

2016 has been quite a productive hobby year with over 300*15mm figures painted, an increase in the amount of games played and the total time procrastinated with wargaming in general.

The projects I am somewhat actively working on are as follows:

  1. Macedonians or successors in 15mm
  2. Romans from the early empire in 15mm
  3. Spanish for the Dutch revolt in 15mm
  4. French for the war of the Spanish Succession in 15mm
  5. Dutch for the second World War in 15mm
  6. Soviets & West-Germans for the Cold War in 6mm

1. Macedonians or successors in 15mm
These are progressing quite nicely, the War & Empire figures by Forged in Battle are nice and easy to paint and look great on the table. Happy with the progress, now if only they would perform on the table as well.. This year Kharwansaray Publishing will host something called 'project 217', an online project where people work on wargames that take place in 217BC. My Macedonians fit the bill perfectly, so I aim to contribute!

2. Romans from the early empire in 15mm
My Romans have grown a little and I am quite happy with them, they will get some more love in the next year when I will surely add some ballistas and maybe with the old Corvus Belli figures getting a re-release by Totentanz Miniatures adding some figures to the collection!

3. Spanish for the Dutch revolt in 15mm
This is the yearly project from the Dutch Miniature Wargames facebook group, I am planning to paint 2 tercios a cuirassier unit and a few cannon. Totentanz figures are nice and refreshing to paint.

4. French for the war of the Spanish Succession in 15mm
Ouch, started with such vigour and enthusiasm only to be left out to dry. An amazing conflict and one that appeals enormously to wargame. Alas starting a project is easy, actually directing time to do some work on the project has proven to be hard. I would like to say these will surely get more attention in 2017, but I am not sure they will.

5.  Dutch for the second World War in 15mm
Around half my army is finished and I picked up the other half at Crisis for under €30 (!), I would like a cavalry unit but will make do without for now. Until version 4 of Flames of War is released early next year I don't expect to do any work on these. But the goal is to finish a minimum of 1500 points in 2017.

6. Soviets & West-Germans for the Cold War in 6mm
I have a lot of vehicles painted, probably enough for some interesting games. The thing that remains is actually putting some sand and grass on their bases and painting some more infantry. No promises, but I am pretty sure this project will be ''playable'' in 2017.

The chance of actually finishing a project just becomes bigger every year so as any reader can see I clearly need more on my plate. For that reason I have decided to paint the entire French army of the Napoleonic Wars in 10mm scale. More on that in the new year!

 *I should have done a Spartan army..

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Long time no post!

I haven't been posting much these last few months because I have been quite busy. I moved house twice and now only get time to really paint anything during weekends. I do try to do something every weekend and slowly it adds up.

I finished some more Roman legionaries, finished my first regiment for the War of Spanish succession and started a new project with a Dutch facebook group: the 80 years war, also known as the Dutch revolt.

The first finished regiment finished, cool figures! I guess they need flags, but during the moving my printer (finally) broke..

The Dutch revolt is an interesting war in the pike and shot era. I already had plenty of pikes for my Macedonian Successors and plenty of shot for my Spanish Successors, but not together in a single project!

These are the first few figures I did, 15mm from Totentanz in Spain, who will incidentally also re-release the Corvus Belli ancient range! Great news because that will make it possible to finally flesh out my auxilia.

In the meantime I keep plodding away at my ancient armies, finishing up more skirmishers and pikemen regularly.

I had set quite an ambitious goal at the start of this year to try and finish more than 500 (!)15mm infantry figures. Current events have shown that no plan survives contact with the enemy, but I am aiming for 300+. Not a bad score I think since I am currently at 283.

I have also been thinking about next year, I suspect my painting time will diminish even more early in the year because I will move house again and start work someplace else. I hope things will settle down and I can get some good hobby-time in. Especially play more actual games! .. although this is a new years resolution every year..

Undeterred I will aim for 500 figures again in 2017. Sounds impressive but it will consist of some Dutch Revolt figures, some Dutch WWII troops, maybe some War of Spanish Succession stuff and probably around 50% will be for my ancient Macedonians and Romans.

Then maybe in 2018 I can take the plunge into .. Napoleonics .. for real.



Friday, June 3, 2016

War of Spanish Succession

I have recently taken the plunge to venture into the war of the Spanish succession. So early 18th century warfare with the armies of Louis the XIV and Marlborough, a period I knew almost nothing about!

The reason to go for wargaming this period are trifold, firstly my friend Mark received some 15mm Dixon figures for the period. Secondly my parents went to Blenheim castle on a vacation they took and my dad was telling me how interesting that Marlborough fellow was. Thirdly, I was always tempted to get into Napoleonics but funds, the difficulty of painting and perhaps the even bigger difficulty of choosing (and sticking to) a rules set always threw me off. the WSS is a lot more 'do-able' with simpler uniforms for the rank and file but even more extravagantly dressed officers!

I started reading David Chandler's book The art of warfare in the age of Marlborough, it sheds some light on the tactics, organization and weapons used. Also there are some great online resources available like

For figures I am currently using just Khurasan 15mm scale miniatures range of WSS figures, they have nice detail and paint up pretty good. Me and Mark have started a seperate blog specifically for the things we do for the WSS:

And now for some extreme closeups of the first figures I did:

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May painting challenge round up

As in April we did a painting challenge over at the Miniature Modelling Mayhem group on facebook, I pledged a unit of Romans and a unit of Macedonian companion cavalry. Additionally I did 2 bases of Thureophoroi, basic Hellenic spearmen and a natural evolution of the hoplite.

Together this lot looks like so, with more closeups below.

First up the Macedonian companion cavalry. In the end I dreaded painting the leopard skins, getting the yellow to cover was such a chore.. but I am really pleased with them!

Roman legionaries, same as always.. I have done more than a century now and I am quite proficient in painting these quickly.

And finally the thureophoroi, didn't really enjoy painting these that much. I think it is because the poses are quite limited and a little awkward, still the figures look pretty OK in a unit.