I'm continuing to plug away at the TWI project with a small addition of one group, a Big Man, and a Deployment Point (using the spare figures)...
Monday, November 1, 2021
Monday, October 18, 2021
The blog would indicate I've been dong very little hobbying since March of this year but it hasn't felt that way. True, my painting output is down this year but I do have something to show for the last few months. I have started on a new project, inspired by Boot Hill Miniatures Texas War of Independence figure range. And the painting of these lovely figures has been considerably slowed by the decision to build this monstrosity from Sarissa Precision...
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
My last order from Galloping Major included some non-uniformed colonial militia, and lovely figures they are (as are all the GM figures).
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
I had a hankering to add some grenadiers to my British FIW force and wandered around the interwebs in search of suitable figures. My two favourite figure ranges for this project are North Star and Galloping Major. Unfortunately, neither include British grenadiers. The only other manufacturer that I like and somewhat closely matches my current collection in size and sculpting style is Front Rank but no raised detail on the mitres. This would be my fall back position if I found nothing else. Continued searching and found a vague reference on a forum or blog (can't remember where) to the Wargames Foundry SYW British range. My first thought was that Foundry figures would be too small (as is the case with most of their ranges compared to more recent sculpts... despite the fact a lot of their figures are quite lovely). But the online reference also mentioned the bulkier size figures. So an order went off to Foundry!
Monday, March 22, 2021
As a break from painting Dark Ages Saxons for the new project, I decided I'd get stuck into the Sarissa Dark Ages church I recently purchased from Arcane Scenery & Models. My first thought was to do a little research as the model has no stonework etched into the mdf walls. My (admittedly) uneducated impression of thousand year old churches is that they should be open stonework as we see all over the British Isles. But apparently, it was not unusual (but by no means ubiquitous) practice to coat or plaster stone walls with lime mortar that would take the colour of the earth with which it was mixed (vibrant reddish to yellow to white colours). This would provide an extra level of insulation, protection for the stone against the elements, and repelled vermin. I've also seen a reference to lime plastering helping in fire prevention. So, having availed myself of the interweb knowledge-base (everything on the web must be true!), I was content not having my church with open stonework and instead plastered.