Category Archives: 10mm

10mm Sudan and more fences!

As mentioned a couple of times I have a long standing 10mm Sudan project that never really seems to get going. However, I was sent some spare Brits that Slugbalancer painted and no longer needed. They had a neat paintjob but I wanted apply a wash to bring out the detail a bit more. And I was missing some command figures, and when I finally decided on basing, I needed two extra figures. I thought I had managed to match the colours quite well but on closer inspection, even with the was, they are a little out. And having mixed the figures up to base and picked them at random I inevitably put the extra figures next to each other!

Anyway, here is the unit. I may paint a few more in the same style as they are quite quick to do.

And fences.

The 4Ground fences from the last post…Far too fiddly to use on the table although admittedly OK for making curves etc. but I’ve bevelled the bases and joined them up to make longer lengths. I’ve joined the very short pieces to make corner sections. However my DecoArt Burnt Umber I use for all my bases ran out so I had to use what I thought was the same stuff but just a different make. It was different colour! More reddy. And it took ages to dry. And was shiny!! So the need to wait until I get some of the proper stuff and re-do them. I have 2 packs of the 4Ground Snake Rail fencing to do but that seems quite fiddly and time consuming. I also have two more packs of the above  so I may just rattle through that!

Progress…

 

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Final Fire and Fury Markers – for now…

The game approaches! These are the last few markers before I start working on the scenery. First, a couple of Freikorps destroyed gun markers:And a couple of Friekorps casualty figures and some broken bits and pieces from the spare box that I was originally going to throw out:

This will do me now for markers. I have enough disruption and low ammo markers for the game. I ‘might’ paint the two cavalry casualties I have but they are not essential. Fences next…

Unless I get distracted with 10mm Sudan! I’ve applied a wash to the British that Slugbalancer gave me and just painted two officers to go with them. Basing… the eternal dilemma! I had thought of doing these to use with The Men Who Would Be Kings but I think that requires either single basing and sabots or using a single base with multiple figures to represent one TMWWBKs ‘figure’… or something…

Threw some unpainted into some random bases:

The 20mm deep ones are a little too shallow for two ranks. The 30x20mm (left) are maybe a little too wide with a four figure frontage. And three figures (centre) is too spaced. Using four figures to a base may work (maybe a little deeper) but possibly a little fiddly. So we come to this:

These are Fire and Fury bases and six figures sit nicely I think. But what of command? Annoyingly I have 28 rank and file figures (two poses) so would need to paint a couple more to make the bases even. Putting officers in the line still seems wrong to me. I like them separate! Maybe I’ll paint the other two and see…

 

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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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An unexpected birthday present!

As part of the various purchases and trades that took place at Partizan betwixt myself, Essex Boy and Goat Major, I acquired all their surplus/leftover 10mm Pendraken League of Augsburg figures. This is a lovely range with some very nice sculpts and are amongst the ranges I’ve always fancied trying. Recent chat with EB about a possible project around these (with him and GM having dabbled already) led to the exchange of figures. I had a quick look in the box/bag on the day and only spotted the various primed/unpainted figures. After a few ‘hints” and comments from EB today it became clear I had not investigated his box (so to speak) adequately…

Further delving this evening revealed the only unit he had painted for his 10mm project! And it become clear why he said Happy Birthday on handing it over! As is usual for Mr Burt (EB) they are lovely figures, neatly based on steel and with his trademark lovely flags! I am most chuffed!

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There is no way I’m going to try and re-base these or even add to them so this will be the format for all my units. When I get round to them. Stop laughing at the back!

Cheers Iain! Made my day!

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Whitley Bay 3D Gamers Evening

Although failing in a lot of my New Year aims I did want to try and make it to the Tuesday WB3D Gamers sessions once a month and so far I’ve managed that! Last night was a session with a VERY good turn out. Eight games on and 26 attendees. Games ranged from Bolt Action, Quar Wars, Warhammer and X-Wing through to my game, which was a Falklands I Ain’t Been Shot Mum game. First off some pics of the other games. For some reason my phone doesn’t like the light in the hall so even after some generic colour adjustment the pics are still a little off…

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And finally a view of the whole hall. Ignore the weird Omen like photographic weirdness 🙂 :

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And now on to my game. Dougie offered up a 10mm Falklands game using the Lardie’s I Ain’t Been Shot Mum rules. Myself, Dougie and Alex took the valiant Brits advancing at night to clear out Nick’s evil Argies in the run up to Goose Green. I’ve not played IABSM before but I have played CoC and Sharp Practice so the mechanisms were familiar. With this being at night it made it difficult for the Argentinian platoon to spot the advancing British company. The games started with all blinds:

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The Brits were really going for a straight on attack and the two dummy blinds were in the foreground feinting around the flank. Poor movement dice overall meant that the 1st Platoon approached the dug in Argentinians unsupported and was soon spotted and subjected to withering fire!

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As the Argentinians revealed themselves (single platoon supported by a .50cal) the first British platoon suffered heavy losses:

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The rest of the British force continued their advance, closing in on the Argentinian flanks:

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The first Argentinian platoon finally succumbed to British return fire:

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And the British began to close in despite the threat of the .50cal:

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The other British platoons finally came into play (the dummies causing the defenders to waste some actions). The .50cal was taken out of play the superior British fire discipline began to tell:

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With fire coming from front and rear the defenders were soon pinned and the British closed in for the kill:

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At this point it was clear the Argentinians would have surrendered. They had done well fighting off the first platoon but in a static position it was only a matter of time before the superior discipline of the Brits seized the day (or night!). The rules worked pretty well and it shows what you can do with quite a small number of figures. The photos do not do justice to the lovely paint jobs on the 10mm figures and the bespoke terrain. Good game and thank to Dougie for putting it on and Alex and Nick for partaking as well.

Overall, a good night. Good turnout. Good fun. Hopefully I can make a game in March!

 

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