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A Mahdist addition to the force…

After a bit of a delay I’ve finally finished the next batch of Mahdists for my 10mm Sudan project. Again, I have adapted Dave Docherty’s excellent approach to speeding up the process. A batch of shaved head chaps were done using the same technique as the Fuzzy Wuzzies detailed earlier. This post will detail the later Mahdists and the approach used.

As these chaps are predominantly dressed in white(ish) colours the whole batch was spray undercoated in white (Halfords Primer)The flesh areas were then painted in Vallejo Flat EarthShields painted a variety of browns and a few red bits added for contrastThen a thinned Vallejo Sepia WashAs the wash stained the white more than I planned I went over them highlighting with a mix of ivory and off whiteAnd final details and bases paintedAnd finally the flags painted. Text was done with a white gel pen. Only slight issue with this was when it came time to varnish where one flag smudged… And on to basing…

Having done a couple of command stands as well I think I have enough for a small game. Possibly with The Men Who Would be Kings. Possibly something else. Either way I thought I’d get some of desert tiles out and parade the troops!

What to paint next? I’ve got the next lot of 10mm 1806 Prussians lined up so maybe them. Or I might do some more Sudan. Quite enjoying these. 10mm can be quite quick to paint and looks excellent. Nice to finally get a project moving…



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A Warm Fuzzy (Wuzzy) Feeling…

I’m still painting random stuff from my lead pile. With no fixed plan other than Ayton next year (and tradition precludes painting anything for that until at least February!) I’ve been painting what takes my fancy. So having painted some Sudan Brits I thought I needed some opposition. I spent a little time Googling for painting ideas for Fuzzy Wuzzies (Beja) and found this excellent blog post Painting Your Horde which I’ve only just spotted is by Dave Docherty on his One Man and his Brushes blog. It’s a good process for painting up lots of native types quite quickly so I thought I’d adapt it to 10mm! All colours are Vallejo Model Colour unless specified otherwise.

Step 1. Primer. Army Painter. Leather Brown Spray. Missed bits filled in with Flat Earth.Step 2. Hair and spears/swords painted black.Step 3. Paint all the robes a variety of suitable colours. I went for Ivory, Pale Sand, White, Dark Sand and German Camo Pale Brown. And spear shafts Mahogany Brown.Step 4. Wash. Vallejo Sepia Wash thinned with W&N Flow Improver.Step 5. Re-highlight cloth with same colour. Dry brush a few shields with Flat Earth and Khaki for a bit of variety. Dark Grey highlight on hair. Oily steel for metal bits. And Crafters Acrylic Country Maple for the bases.Step 6. Basing. I’m sticking with tablet MDF. The Brits are on 25x20mm but I thought that would be too small for the (hopefully!) lots of native bases I will have so I thought 50x25mm would be better for the bulk of them and then a few 25x25mm for command stands and odd bases.And I’ve tried to create the impression of a tight front rank and then thinning a little towards the back.And finally fine ballast added and painted with the Country Maple, highlighted with Antique White and some static Burnt Grass applied. A couple of rocks were added and a few tufts but not much as I don’t want to make it too grassy!So there we have it. The first batch of Fuzzies! There seemed a lot when I was painting them but when based they don’t looks as many! Here they are on the terrain boards I have and facing some of the Brits I’m quite pleased with them and will adapt Dave’s technique for the Madhists as well. This should give me enough to try out The Men Who Would Be Kings.

I’ve got the next lot of 1806 Prussians primed and ready to go and have started on the RSM Altefritzenburgers. Just need to keep the momentum going!


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Bolts from the blue!

With a large 15mm ACW game looming it made serious sense to focus on all the markers and terrain I will need. So clearly this week it made sense to paint some Norman crossbowmen for Ayton in May! 🙂 Figures are Perry Miniatures. Mounted on 25mm washers. These are the first 28s I’ve painted for a little while and I’m not 100% happy with the triads I used. Not helped by having run out of my usual Vallejo Buff paint! Anyway, twelve figures:

Next up I need to glue together some more of the plastic men at arms… I think I’ll do 12 all in chainmail just to speed them along!

And on another note… I’ve just traded some 1/300 aircraft for some painted 10mm Pendraken Sudan figures with Slugbalancer down in London. Figures arrived the other day. Nice simple and tidy paintjob:However, I really need a little more contrast for them to fit in with my style so I thought I’d try a GW Earthshade wash:I’m not sure if it has darkened them too much? It’s definitely helped I think.

And as you can see from the 15mm chap in the middle, I have started on more Fire and Fury markers and will be trying yet another Union Blue! 

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Framlingham 2016 – Day Two

Day Two (Sunday) saw Tims H and W, Peeler and EB dabbling with 54mm SF which looked most enjoyable:

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The rest of us took part in a brilliant early C19th Colonial ImagiNation game put on by Paul Bright. The table looked excellent and Paul must be commended for such a pretty game. His own excellent collection was supplemented by the equally lovely figures of Tim H, Simon and Dave. You could not have wished for a better looking game!

20161016_104756The rules used were Shout Boys Shout which are Paul’s own. They are card activated and nice and simple to use and kept the game ticking along nicely. Although the six of us were broadly organised three a side, each contingent had its own secret little agenda! I’m sure the others will pop in to tell their own stories but mine was to be yet another tale of Woes and Ones! My three units of ‘native’ troops were supplemented by some regular light infantry.


Moving round and through the difficult terrain made it difficult to coordinate the attacks against Simon’s regulars and the first unit did not do well.


With their charge to contact stalled due to the cards and the regulars getting a couple of activations on the trot, things did not end well!

The next units again struggled to get forward without being picked off at distance but did at least make contact before dying!


I was finally able to get two more units engaged but the dice did not go well and despite a longer than expected battle, they too died!

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My light troops took a little longer to get in to action but finally got to attack troops in one of the huts.

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Despite finally help wipe out the occupants they were then unable to get into the hut before Simon’s troops re-occupied it and were finally beaten back and forced to rout… Having lost my native units already this left me with no troops on the table! I did roll a LOT of ones though…

Meanwhile, Alex suffered greatly from Gary’s natives who kept popping up out of the jungle and wreaking havoc! He was eventually to join me with no troops left on the table!

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Dave had plenty to contend with with Paul’s chaps attacking. Even though wiping out the cavalry he spent many turns battling with the natives.

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He also had to deal with the backstabbing from Simon as he tried to escort a prisoner which Simon was tasked with freeing. This resulted in the escort being attacked and surrounded by three units. They fought valiantly for a good number of turns before finally surrendering.

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With the perimeter secured, the prisoner taken and very little enemy left Simon was just left to escort his chap off table to secure victory!


Gary was also to claim a victory by having wiped out ALL the redcoats! The less said about  the result for me, Alex and Dave the better…

The whole game was great fun and looked bloody brilliant!

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Thanks again to Paul. A great game. Lots more pics in the Fram 2016 Day 2 gallery.

And a great weekend. Tim H did us proud again. The usual good LAW gathering!

I MAY have picked up some assorted ACW related lead but more on that in another post!


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Ayton 2015 – at last!

While working on my review of the year I realised that I have posted NOTHING about Ayton 2015! I posted some images over on the LAW forum but that has been it. This is most remiss and I feel I should get some galleries up and some comments on what was a most excellent weekend!

After getting the tables set up on the Friday Buff ran a couple of quick pigsticking games. I’d painted up a 30mm Tradition 21st Lancer for the proceedings. I have several more of these that will be added to my C19th forces. The game was quick and fun!

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I did manage a few successful ‘sticks’ before getting unhorsed and gored to death!

The main event was a C19th colonial affair where our multiple factions were vying for control of a region of assorted diamond mines. There was treachery, nuns, restless natives and lots of marching in the wrong direction as despite Iain (Essex Boy)’s excellently put together campaign lots of us failed to spot the hidden messages and really had no clue who was on who’s side! Eventually things settled down and we managed a huge Day One game which although on the big table was really divided into three separate areas with distinct objectives. I held the one end of the town and the small harbour and buildings with my valiant (newly painted) Altefritzenburgers and yet again faced the evil and devious Medetians! I’ve got no chance of remembering a detailed narrative now but… my Indians hid (as always) in the rocky area and ambushed (rather unsuccessfully) the advancing Medetians before being driven back to the Customs House. This then became the centre point of the battle as my valiant chaps threw back all comers! Finally the sneaky Medetians launched a river assault (which seemed to come from nowhere!) but despite several assaults by their marines my chaps held fast and with support coming from the town we held our objectives and the Medetians withdrew…

I’ve no idea what happened on the rest of the table but there was a wide range of Colonial types on display! And the rules (written for the day by Paul Bright) worked well. You can see plenty of pictures in the gallery.

Ayton 2015 Day One Gallery

Overnight various campaign machinations took place and this time saw our side moving up river to assault prepared defences. It was an excellent game. Lots of figures. Good fun. Things were looking bad for our side until one player had to leave, his part of the table secure and under no threat. His command was taken by our erstwhile umpire, Essex Boy. Faced with a weakened enemy, from a solid position of huge strength and assured victory, he managed to oversee the collapse of the entire flank! Which handed victory to the forces of good! Lots more pics in the gallery!

Ayton 2015 Day Two Gallery

A truly excellent weekend, as all the Ayton weekends are, and coordinated by Messrs Burt and Bright with much capability. Said capability being sorely lacking in some players as we missed clue after clue! It all came together in the end and was great fun.

And finally, not everyone was partaking of C19th 28mm Colonial goodness. The Two Tims (Hall and Waughby) spent the weekend with their 54mm ACW collections. Lovely painting and a good fun to watch. In 2016 they will be rolling out more 54mm goodness.

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So there we have it. That was Ayton 2016. The usual. Excellent games. Excellent figures. Excellent company! Apologies for taking so long to post!


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