How I paint my flags…

I never used to try and paint my own flags. I’m not a natural painter. I have to learn the techniques. Cheats. Anything to make life easier. So in the past I always used printed flags, either bought or printed myself. But when you start going down the ImagiNation route then no one does printed versions of the flags you want! So with the first Ayton event (back in 2011!!!) I painted my own flags for my 28mm Savage Swans and have continued to do so for most of my projects since then (apart from 15mm ACW when the prospect of so many stars and stripes was too daunting!). So this is how I do them…

I use a software package (usually GIMP) to play around with various line art gathered from the internet and then I’ve just used Scribus to create a template for laying out the flags. The flags for my 20mm figures are 30x30mm. I’ll be doing a 40mm template for my 28/30mm figures. Basically I build the flag up from Google’d images but a good starting point is the excellent Not By Appointment blog. I have three sets if flags planned for the Altefritzenburg brigade.

And starting on the first I block in the main colours using my base for that colour. For most if my ImagiNation forces I have fixed triads I always use for the same colours… I then paint the main colour using a variable stroke at 45 degrees matching on both sides of the flag.The wreath is blocked in in black and then the usual green triad used. I could probably get away without the base coat for this…. With the main colours done the flag is PVA’d and mounted on a temporary bit of wire.But most importantly the edges need filling in! No white! And a little curving added to the flag by wrapping it round a brush handle.

The final highlighting of the flag is done once the main curves are added and only to the raised areas…  And then mounted on the unit

I never seem to be able to get enough movement in the flags. Something I need to work on….

20mm Les Higgins – 1st Altefritzenburgers

And the 20mm stuff progresses! Wanted to get these finished before the York show on Sunday coming. The main painting has been done for a few days but I needed to base and do the flags. I’m planning on putting together a flag tutorial soon as I’ve finally knocked together a template for them.

So here we have 1st Altefritzenburg Regiment, the first of three to form a brigade for the upcoming ShedCon game. They are part of my ImagiNation forces of the city state that the Savage Swans fight for.

And after York I better get a move on doing the others as as with all painting for upcoming games the numbers of units ios expanding to fill the available time (and more…)


Something a little bigger – 20mm Les Higgins

I’ve been Tweeting about my progress with these and have finally finished a unit! Towards the end of March is ShedCon 2018 – an event/game to christen the new Shed/Man Cave/Games Room of Essex Boy. To that end six of us will be gathering to play a large 20mm WSS(ish) game using mostly EB’s collection but with some supplemental stuff from Gary Phillips large collection. The last time we played was way back in…2014 at the first Framlingham gathering. An excellent weekend! Just for the game I painted up my ubiquitous Savage Swans in yet another scale and period!

These are altered Les Higgins figures done by EB and christened the ‘Yomper’! And I’m hoping to do another unit with this figure at some point…

Anyway, both EB and Gary have all the figures we need for the game but it seemed highly sensible with Ayton approaching in May that I should actually try and paint up a full brigade! I have one unit of Altefritzenburgers nearly done (using a different figure) and another one or maybe two to do. And unit of Irregular Miniatures dragoons. And a gun and crew. The dragoons needed dismounted versions so used a Les Higgins figure with the horse holder converted by EB. As a gentle start to get myself in the swing following painting all the tiny stuff I started with these…

These form part of what in the mid-C18th are Von Donovan’s Legion but will likely be brigaded with other units in the game as a ‘legion’ as such doesn’t really work in the game (using modified Rank and File rules). So they are started…

The gun crew are done and await the gun and limber…

And next up is to finish off the first Altefritzenburgers!

I’m rather enjoying doing these and it’s getting hard to not buy some more!!

Cheers for looking


More Poles and stuff…and coming up next.

Another batch finished. 

First up my Poles needed some artillery support so three batteries of 2S1s with HQ. I think these are Skytrex models. Not huge amounts of detail but clean and tidy and paint up well. HQ stand are Scotia I think. 

And the first lot of T-64s off  the line. Scotia models. Nice to paint. The BMP-1Ksh is a converted BMP-1 as I’ve run out of proper ones! Couple of bit of plasticard added to the back and some brass rod on the side.

And  the last (for now) bits of river crossing kit.

Next up is this lot:

Some more T-64s and some T-80s

Some T-62s (because they are there…) and the start of my airborne force.

I still need to paint the rest of the Polish infantry and now some VDV but not sure on colour yet for the latter… There’s also some bridging kit to do… Just not sure if I need to order more first!

And finally some bits to ID… Are these both H&R models? I know the Scotia have a large base.

And what model and make is this ATG?

So still steady progress being made… I think I’ll stick with the modern stuff for a little longer as quite enjoying them. 

First proper post of the year – more Poles!

I had less time over the holidays to work on stuff than planned but this last week has seen a bit of activity as I’ve pushed on with finishing and basing the next batch of Poles for my Cold War forces and finally finishing off some of the engineer/river crossing assets for my Soviets. I will have the two battalions on Polish infantry to do but they are primed ready to go.

So here we are…

First up a unit of T54Ms (I hope!) with HQ

Followed by two battalions of infantry. One lot in BMPs and the other in SKOTs.

The SKOTs (Scotia I think) are a very nice model and paint up really well.

The also needed some AA assets and another SKOT which will carry more engineers.

And on to the Soviet river crossing kit. Bridge layers.

T55s with mine rollers and dozer blades.

And an assortment of river crossing equipment.  PTS ferries (of which I have 5 more) and some what I think are BTS? Can’t ID for sure and not sure on make. There’s a nice little article on Soviet river crossing kit on Russel Phillips site: Bridging the Gap.

So there we are. Two battalions of infantry to do, more river crossing kit, two battalions of T-64s (for Sovs) and a 2S1 battalion for the Poles. Lots of other little bits to do as well…

I may have a pause though after the next basing as I want to move onto something bigger for a while. And I still to get a game in!!


Musings of an easily distracted wargamer