My last order from Galloping Major included some non-uniformed colonial militia, and lovely figures they are (as are all the GM figures).
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
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.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
My recent order from Galloping Major included some freebies, specifically native Mohawk warriors. While I didn't really need (or indeed plan for) another unit of natives, I could not ignore these beautiful figures. They are well-cast with few serious mold lines, and are sculpted with depth and character.
Saturday, February 13, 2021
I placed an order with Galloping Major on January 21, received the order in the Great White North on February 1, and completed the painting and basing today. That may indeed be the fastest turnaround time from order to completion ever for me. The GM figures are quite lovely (in a "fighting natives on the frontier" kind of lovely) and are chunky like the North Star miniatures. If I am to add to the collection, Galloping Major will definitely be my first port of call.
This completes Phase III of the French & Indian War project...
Monday, February 8, 2021
I've been puttering away the last couple of weeks on some various Napoleonic odds & ends as I wait for a new order to replenish/increase the lead pile. You can see pics below but in the meanwhile...
I finally pulled the trigger on a new project and ordered some Late Saxons from Crusader Miniatures. If planned correctly, this will be only one third of a 1066ish collection, also to include Normans and Vikings. But let's see how the Saxons get on first...
My prevarications over the last couple of months about whether to start a new project in 2021 was summed up rather nicely, if vaguely inappropriately, by a conversation with Michael...
me: "I pulled the trigger on a Crusader Miniatures Saxon force"
Michael: "thought you weren't ready to commit?"
me: "yeah, I know, it's only 54 figures"
Michael: "that's like saying it's only one date but you like the girl, it's gonna go places"
me: "depends on how good she is"
Michael: "you have been admiring her from afar for a while so..."
And enough of that. On to the new Napoleonic tidbits...