My foray into recreating my Altefritzenburg C18th ImagiNation in the C19th for this year’s Ayton game continues, this time with the Jaegers. These are the 1st Battalion of the Altefritzenburg Jaeger Brigade. The figures are Spencer Smith Classic Franco-Prussian War Prussian Jaeger. They are in the traditional Altefritzenburg green and red. I kept the jackets simple, partly to aid painting and partly because not all the detail is uniformly cast on all poses. The figures are nice and the arms (one on each, either left or right) fit together well with minimal work. Just super glue them and then run a little liquid super glue over the join to seal and fill the gap.
Rather than base them singly I went for 50x40mm two to a base. 50mm is my standard frontage for my 28mm and I figured skirmishers based in pairs works well. I may consider re-basing some of my other stuff…
More to come soon. Only four weeks to go ’til the game!!!!
Today was a quick trip down to Middlesbrough for A Call to Muster 2013. This was at the same venue as Novembers SMOGGYCON and was a return to the show scene of the organisers of the Stockton shows which finished a few years ago. I really liked the Stockton shows and they were the regular shows I attended when I returned to figure gaming from 1997 onwards, making the twice annual trip by bus with Gary and Terry. Always a good day out.
So how does the new show compare? If I remember correctly the first Stockton show of the year was the smaller of the two and todays show was similar in size to that with the entire show contained in the main sports hall at the Southlands Center (SMOGGYCON uses another 2-3 smaller rooms in addition to this). I quite like single space shows but it does restrict the number of gamers and traders. There seemed to be a few empty tables, no doubt due to the weather (or threat thereof) but overall it seemed pretty busy for the three hours I was there.
There were a good number of demo and participation games and overall the standard was pretty good. I particularly liked the Guisbrough Gamers Wild West game. Some lovely figures on show:
The Section 8 gamers had a very neat 10mm WW2 games using Blitzkrieg Commander rules:
And the Brompton Bankers AVBCW game had some very interesting figures on display:
I only had a few hours at the show but it was friendly and enjoyable. And they had a good leaflet that gives good details on who is where in the hall so hopefully I’ve got all the pictures captioned correctly!
As ever with these types of venue, the lighting is bloody awful! Most shots were yellowed out and I’ve tried to adjust them but accept that the colours may not be brilliant!
Purchases were very few, just six packs of MDF bases and a Vallejo paint. I’ve got plenty of lead to paint at the moment! There was a traditional Bring and Buy which although not large looked very well run and I hope it was a success.
So, although not a big show, and maybe missing some of the big name traders (I was hoping for Caliver books!), I had a good time, chatted with a few people and got the bits and pieces I went for. I hope the show becomes a regular fixture on the calendar and I’ll be there next year!
So much for my New Years Resolution of more regular blog updates. Fatjerm it has been six weeks since I last blogged and I have sinned… well, probably not, but I’ve been less than productive on the painting front! Despite the impending big game in Ayton and the shed load of stuff I need to paint I’ve done very little. However, over the last couple of weeks I finally made a start on some Spencer Smith Franco-Prussians which I am using for the C19th representation of Von Donovan’s Savage Swans. The C18th version were RSM miniatures, Austrian Musketeers:
and I wanted to keep the vaguely Germanic theme and pointy helmets do the job!
I’ve only painted twelve so far (three more stands to do) but it’s a start. I have Jaegers and artillery and uhlans to do next! And almost six weeks left to do it all!