A Seven Years War diversion

I recently acquired a rather large SYW French and Reichsarmee 15mm collection from Richard at the club. He has been working on a set of SYW rules and from the game I played and those I’ve seen they are rather good. However, I’m a stickler for the cosmetics of the game and as I have plans for Imagi-Nation type stuff in the future I want all my troops in a uniform basing style.

Now there are a lot of figures here (c.60 x 16fig battalions plus cavalry etc.)so rebasing will be a long and slow process. I also want to keep the bulk of the army available for playing the rules at the club so I started with the smaller Reichsarmee contingent figuring some could double for Hessians and some for French in my AWI games! Now I also wanted to ‘alter’ the painting style to fit more with my own. They are very neatly but basically painted and given the numbers I didn’t want to spend too much time on them so I applied a Games Workshop Flesh wash to the skin areas and then used Future/Klear with a little black over the rest of the figure. I think they’ve come out OK. This is my first attempt with Klear and the mix has been a little inconsistent so some look better than others.

Here are some comparison shots:

Cronegk – before and after

Kur-trier – before and after

Rear view


The finished brigade

Still a lot to do but I think the approach has promise and when done they overall effect will be worth the effort.

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British Grenadier markers

As I slowly limber up for the first game of British Grenadier at my local club I thought it was about time to do some markers. I’d seen various threads on the GdeB Forums about different approaches and also Giles’s recent post on his blog. I decided to try a couple of approaches and have markers with either 1, 2 or 3 ‘items’ on them. I’m not sure on using one marker and using whichever side is in contact to determine the value. Too many opportunities for it to get knocked out of alignment. So I tried the cairn and the grass patch approach. Corners of markers clipped to betray my ASL background!

Not sure if they’ll be too ‘visible’ but got to be better than any plastic markers. These are currently for DP markers only. For casualties I can’t decide on using a roster or doing casualty markers on triangles as Paul Marsh suggested to me.

Will post some more when done and also when in use.

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Preparing for battle

Seeing as I’ve been trying to reorganise the attic to create some space I thought I’d set up a small table and finally take the shrink off some of the Purbeck blocks I have. It’s only 4×4 but there is room when the underlying table is fully out to take it to 6×4 which for 15mm battles will do me. I also wanted to see what the troops I have to date actually look like en masse. Still having problems with the camera so no doubt if you zoom in then they’ll be out of focus!

So first an overall view as multiple lines of Rebels prepare to defend the hills:

And then views of the Rebel and British lines:

I want to do some mods to the Purbeck to add some texture and variety and maybe some fields. Or maybe just do them on card at sizes my fences will fit around! And I need roads. And I’ve got a few buildings to paint up as well.

There is just sooo little time….

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British General or ‘Beware of the dog!’

And to command His Majesty’s troops is this little chap. Receiving a report from his Captain of Grenadiers while his pet dog pauses for lunch!

British figures are Polly Oliver, the dead and the dog are Freikorps. The two grenadiers were done by Billy Bones Workshop as part of a small test batch of figures. He also painted the spares I sent in case of breakages so this is them put to use. Just checked his site again and he has some very interesting looking stuff about paper armies. Worth a look!

Still haven’t quite mastered the focus thing but not really made too much effort with it so far. The first set of shots I took were better but when I zoomed in I realised his Lordship was covered in flock!

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American General

Although I’ve had various command figures done for a while I hadn’t got round to doing the ‘proper’ 40x40mm CinC bases suggested in British Grenadier. So, as I plan to actually get round to a game soon (honest!) I thought they’d best be done. The man himself is from Freikorps and the assorted aides from Essex. The drinker and waiting runner are from a batch of figures I bought a while back. The others my own. In true American style he’s firmly ensconced behind a fence!

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