Saturday, 6 September 2008

Six Drummers Drumming

Today I completed six French infantry drummers. I choose to work on them as a unit as the French (during my period) all wore the same livery.




Thursday, 4 September 2008

Off to a start

Well its been a while since my last post, what with holidays, work and stuff; but I'm back and I have much to report. The miniatures have arrived and as expected, they are fantastic. I have sorted/cleaned-up the French miniatures and completed my first unit - Regiment 54 Aumont. As you will notice from the below pics, I have changed the layout of the bases (Again) this was purely for Aesthetic reasons.




I have also produced a couple of forms to chart my progress; these also help to ensure that I complete the units more effectively. For example, I plan to paint all the French drummers at once (as they are all in the same livery). Regiment 8 Bourbonnois has miniatures already glued to a base, so this will be dealt with separately; but this will help to break-up the monotomy of doing the same miniatures over and over.
















Friday, 1 August 2008

"The Project"

After spending many hours working out army lists for Rossbach, I was dissapointed to realise that the purse-strings didn't stretch far enough to buy the miniatures. As a result I have made the decision to use the small scenario "Warburg" in the Might & Reason rules. I have placed my order with Pendraken (who can be seen at claymoor this weekend); hence I won't be seeing any miniature for a couple of weeks. This gives me time to do some planning.

Tonight I have been bringing together part of my French army list, uniform info from my Men-At-Arms collection, the fantastic (colourable) plates from "Not by Appointment" blog and of course the great resourse "Warflag". All of which I have placed on a handy A4 sheet, to help when painting. I intend to do these for all the miniatures which will be painted during the project. Unfortunatley I cannot add the file to this blog as it is a Word doc; but here are a couple of samples:

French Infantry Regiment

No. 64 Rohan-Rochefort.

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Flag













Monday, 28 July 2008

Might & Reason arrives

I was on holiday this weekend, but I was very happy to return home and receive my post, which included 'Might & Reason'.

First impressions are very good, the cover is glossy, it includes lots of diagrams (including many in colour), and miniatures included in the pictures are of many scales.

I have had a glance through all the book and read the two chapters (Introduction, Setting up the game). The text is easy to read and understandable (very important for a dyslexic, like me); this is backed up by the diagrams and pictures, which prove very useful (and pretty).


It was these pictures which have sent my basing scheme (from my last post) to the bin and a new one has replaced it. The basis of the change is that I have decided not to have mixed units, only having a single (smaller) rank and including a mounted officer:



The astute among you will notice the the mounted officer was raised from the ranks without time to change his uniform i.e. just a stand-in.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Basing Organisation

While waiting for my delivery of the Might & Reason rulebook, I turned my attention on the options I have for basing my miniatures.

The Base size I will be using is the standard (small scale) 50 x 25mm. Each unit of 2 bases represents a brigade of 4 battalions. As many armies of the time had mixed brigades (which are also shown on many army lists), I have decided that my brigades will be represented by 2 differently painted bases (battalions) brigaded together, unless shown (on the army list) as one large (2 base) brigade. This decision means that I don't want to use a formation which is spread across two bases, incorporating one group of command miniatures. Each base therefore, will have it's own command miniatures.

The next consideration (and most important to me) was how the bases would look when in play. Might & Reason uses two formations: March Formation(MF), one base behind another and Fighting Formation(FF), bases side by side. This means that any formation I use must be symetrical if it is to look uniform when in both formations.

Here are some pictures of the various options I looked at; showing veiws from the front and above in both formations.

This formation looks fine, in line but only if using a single brigade. I like having the officer on the end of the line and the drummer and flag centralised.



Again, good in line as a single brigade.




Only looks good in line, but dose use less miniatures.

I like the look of this "in line".

This has to be my favourite line formation if using a single battalion, it don't look too bad in MF.


I don't like the possitioning of the flags.


This is one of my two favourites (with the next formation), it's symetrical, looks good in FF and MF.

This benefits from a couple of less miniatures, it looks good in MF but I'm too sure about FF, the middle of the line (drummer next to officer) looks a bit 'off'. For these reasons I think I will go with the previous formation.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

SYW in 10mm: First Post

SYW in 10mm: First Post

Why Pendraken 10mm

Firstly let me say that this isn't going to be a shameless plug for Pendraken or a rant on the possitives of 10mm miniatures. I just wanted to let you all know why I have chason to work with the miniatures I have.

A few years ago now, I was at a wargames show (in Leeds I think) when I saw the Pendraken trade stand. I already owned and loved some Samurai miniature that I had tried by Pendraken a was interested to see more. (I was also in the market for a change of period/miniature (onother one of my flits)). At the time the miniatures were sold in bags of about 100. I had always liked the look of SYW and thought I would try something a little different to the usual Prussian choice; So I picked French (maybe not the best fighters then, but they looked good).

Here are some pics of the (not too little fellows)






These pictures don't do the miniatures justice (they were done on my mobile); but the first think that hit me was the detail and quality of the casting (these have only had some flash removed from the bases). I was even more impressed when I started to paint them and found them a joy to paint (a rare occurrence for someone so fussy about there miniatures). Here are some painted pics (based for DBx).


I need to improve on my mobile phone camera abilities I know, or maybe use the 'proper' camera; but I hope to provide some better pics on the blog.

So they look good, paint well, the price is right, the only potential problem I saw was those half pound bags of miniatures. I like to choose my lead, not make do. But Mr Pengilly (of Pendraken) has pulled through on this problem and agreed to my request for specifics. So all I need to do now is create a list of my 'specifics' and place the order. This will depend on the battle I will choose to fight, which in turn will depend on the rulebook. This I am pleased to say is on order and the payment was sent by post yesterday; so watch this space.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

First Post

Hi and thanks for showing interest in my first blog.
I wanted to use this first blog to explain 'where i'm at' with my hobby and my reason for blogging.
Ive been interested in all things military since boyhood and I started Wargaming when I was about 12, (21 years ago). I started out with Games Workshop's Rogue Trader (40k Rules), then BloodBowl and various versions of Epic (my favourite). Some time later I met my good friend Kev and he introduced me to historical wargaming. He once described me as a 'Butterfly wargamer', meening that I flit from one project to another, never really getting one finished. This is one of the main reasons that I am completing this blog; it will give me some inspiration to keep going. I also hope that those of you who regularly reading this will add some much needed encouragement.
As for the blogs content/focus. Well, I hope that this will solidify over they next few weeks, but basically I am aiming to paint two 10mm Pendraken miniature armies and wargame in the Seven Years War period using the 'Might & Reason' ruleset. Today I called Caliver books and placed my order for these rules, now all I got to do is arrange the cheque and wait for delivery.
The majority of my posts will provide a regular account of how the whole process is proceeding. Including explanation of what I have done and how, along with the obligatory eye candy (pics).
Before all this starts I have a few people to mention. Thanks goes to Kev for inspiring me for many years (sadly, I lives on the other side of the country now). My wife Wendy who has put up with my hobby for years. Dave Pengilley for the creation of the wonderful 10mm miniatures which have inspired me to create two armies (a big ask for me). Sam Mustaffa for creating the rules I will be using (comments on which I will provide when I have seen the rules with my own eyes). Everyone who is reading this and probably has provided me with support from various websites including the Wargames Society and Might & Reason Yahoo Group (all of which are in my links page). Lastly, the greatest inspiration to this blog comes from another blog, SYW6mm blog, if I create anything like that I will be very pleased.
I hope you all enjoy this as much as I will creating it.