Category Archives: 15mm

Yet another slight diversion…

Having completed the Shiny Toy soldier game and coming away enthused to buy more, and with a large 15mm AWI game planned for next Ayton, and with the Vikings to start for my Dark Age project…it seemed sensible to dive in and paint some 15mm Macedonian Pikemen! Now, to be fair, I’ve had this little batch sat in my workbench for about three years. I got a little box of Old Glory figures from Iain Burt (Essex Boy) probably a year before that. The little batch of 16 figures with lovely little pikes fitted and Dremel’d by Iain have been frequently dusted but never work on in all that time. Someone over on the LAW forum mentioned pikemen (possibly in response to a comment about the large pile I have sat in a box from the second Forged in Battle Kickstarter!) and that clearly planted the seed… So on my return from Fram that was what was dusted off and started.

I also took delivery of a little lightbox from China (recommended by Jeremy on LAW) and for just over £5 delivered it was worth a look…

It’s a little basic with a strip of LEDs on the top front edge. I’m not sure if that edge is meant to fold in more to focus the light on the interior but it seems bright enough. It just plugs in to the USB port on my PC. So I thought I’d give it a go.

It seems OK. Pictures cropped to cut out the back corners of the box. And it’s clearly not big enough for a whole unit of 28mm figures! But for small stuff and odd figures it does the job. It also comes with a black backdrop which I’ve yet to try. 

So there we have the first little block of pike. I got another lot of the same figure and then it will be time to move onto the Forged in Battle stuff. But I need Iain to do me some more of the nice pikes!

Oh… and he’s already christened them Smurfs! Git…

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All sorts!

After Partizan and my birthday and a week in Cornwall I’ve not really had time to post much or even complete stuff. But now, being back home, I’ve finished a couple of things off and can post re some recent acquisitions!

First up was the purchase of a Tiny Wargames grass mat. I’d seen similar to these at Partizan and at Ayton and having seen some vids of them in action on Facebook I decided a 6×4 would be ideal for the play area I have in the attic. I went for the basic cloth option. I wanted to be able to drape it over hills.

The creases need a little while to drop out but overall I’m pleased with it.

And on the table you can see some 15mm AWI I’ve just rebased. These were bought a few years ago from LOSH (over on the GdeB forum) and made up 27 stands of militia (mostly Polly Oliver but some Essex) and a few Hessian command figures. As I’m planning an AWI game next year these needed basing so I can see what I have.

Soon, I’ll dig the rest of the collection out and have a proper parade!

What next? Some scenery… courtesy of a post on a Facebook boardgame group I grabbed a pile of old GW trees, hedges and a hill (and some other bits). A good addition to the starting 28mm scenery.

Having made a pile of hedges for my 6mm games a few weeks ago I used up the last of the Javis clumps mixed with some Woodland Scenics stuff to do another 12 stands (11 and 2 short lengths).

And finally some painting… After last year’s Lion Rampant Ayton game I decided I needed some javelin armed bidower types. So, using the last few bits from the Conquest Normans and Archers I cobbled six together and primed them. And they have sat there for a year! Until this week when I finally painted the buggers!

Kept the colours quite ‘muddy’ and dull but quite pleased with them. I now have some Gripping Beast Saxons to glue together. I kind of need Anglo-Danes to face the Normans I have but want Anglo-Saxons to give me an excuse to get Vikings! We shall see…

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A few more ACW…

I’ve been struggling to get back into painting etc. since the break imposed by the school holidays. Border Reiver, although am enjoyable day, didn’t provide me with the boost I needed so the painting brush has been idle…

However, the inestimable Essex Boy has recently been sorting through an acquired lead pile and ID’d a number of Minifigs 2nd Gen 15mm ACW figures. Some Union, some CSA, infantry and cavalry:

The paintjob was quite basic and as I’d implied that I was going to strip them EB just dropped them in bags to post. When they arrived quite a few were chipped but the CSA stuff actually still looked mostly OK. The Union stuff looked a little rougher and I wasn’t keen on the blue used… So I thought I’d touch up the CSA stuff. Most just needed a highlight adding to the chipped surfaces and I then applied a thinned GW Agrax Earthshade and based them up. Ten new stands.

It was nice to complete something but I’ve no idea what to do next. I quite liked the cavalry that EB sent as well:

These look to be Frontier Miniatures but are unfortunately lacking horses and as Frontier seem to have disappeared I think these figures will never get used. So…still no idea what to so next!

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The game approaches – nearly there!

Took yesterday and today as flexi days. With the big ACW game coming tomorrow I wanted a bit of a rest before and a nice leisurely preparation with no panic and stress. Yeah…as if…

First off, the walls and fences took a LOT longer to do than planned. But they are done and packed and ready:Then I sorted out the Order of Battle for both sides. I’ve got loads and loads of ACW. There was no problem there! Yeah… as if.. I was short 5 Union command stands, 2 CSA ones, a CSA corps commander, two CSA guns and a Union caisson! But with  full day yesterday, focus, and just sitting in the attic listening to music (KFL, Van Der Graaf Generator, Levellers, Sabres of Paradise, Rogers Waters) I got them all done!Corps command stand.Two more command stands.CSA guns.And for the Union: Three stands for the Irish BrigadeTwo others.And a caisson I need as ammo supply marker.Not bad for a days work!

I’ve also done labels for all the units which stick on the bottom and the coloured strip folds up at the back of the base.And this morning I laid out the table to get a feel for what it will look like: I will need more fences!!! I have another 3 meters of MDF to make up so that will help!

So tomorrow I will meet up with Iain, Dave, Simon and Ken to do battle! What could possibly go wrong!

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Don’t fence me in!

As a change from all the Fire and Fury markers it was time to start on the fences! Lots needed to make the table look suitably ACW! I’ve got a some Irregular bits I used for my 15mm AWI and I’ve got some 4Ground fences to yet make up. But on eBay is a chap called Treefella who does snake rail fencing as finished pieces. I got 12ft of fencing and he was kind enough to not paint and flock the base so I could do that myself to match my own stuff. In return I got free shipping. Anyway, this is what they looked like on arrival.And it took a wee while to paint and flock them but I think they look OK.  Only slight issue is they are a little big for my ‘small’ 15mm figures. Better suited for 18mm/20mm maybe. But they will do!I’ve got some of the 4Ground fences that I did a test of last year.These are the very small lengths (30mm?) and the rest are 60mm. Problem is they are still short and quite light so a bit untidy on the table. So for these I’m sticking two to 120mmx15mm plasticard and shaving the edges off the sides to blend them in a little. And taking the end pole of one of them to make the ‘join’ neater. Bit more faffy but will get these done by the weekend I hope and then make up some of the 4Ground snake fencing.

Getting there…

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