Sunday 19 October 2014

More Renovation and Refurbishment


It's been a couple of months since I did a spot of R&R.  Well here are a couple more of my Prussian units that have been given a basing makeover.

The basing is very traditional in its look and is very much a through back to the way Peter Gilder did his. I blame John Ray for putting glororios pictures in the book 'A Military Gentlemen' and Phil Olleys blog.

First up Grenadier Battalion 29/31. I painted these figures about 15 years ago.   
I certainly don't paint eyes on 28mm figures now. Figures by Foundry bought in the days I could afford them.

Second up a unit of Elite Prussians I bought years ago at Vapnartak showin the Merchants Hall at York.

Tuesday 14 October 2014

The Great War in 10mm


I have been interested in the Great War for many years as certainly goes back to the early  1970s when I had Airfix armies.  In 1978  I collected and painted Peter Laing 15mm armies for the period.

I do now have quiet a few 28mm figures for both the early war years as well as for later trench games. 

But recently I have been basing up some 10mm figures as well as adding a few 12mm kalistra Germans. Which is kind of full circle as they are at least as big, if not bigger, than the Peter Laing ones I had all those years ago.

Anyway here are a few photos of some of my Russians and Germans.

A Kallistra German MG next to a Pendraken one.

The Kallistra Germans are bigger than Pendrakens Russians side by side. On the table the size difference is less noticeable. 

Monday 13 October 2014

Battle Maps

As a youngster back in the 60s I was given a number of gifts by US folks visiting my father. Among these was a book the 'American Heritage Pictorial Atlas of United States History' and my first board war game Battle Cry also by American Heritage. 

The book included some very nice Battle Maps by artist David Greenspan and these iconic images had a huge influence on me and no doubt influenced me to start collecting plastic ACW figures.

As a eleven year old I remember drawing my own battles influenced by these battle maps. It was not long afterwards that I got  a copy of 'Charge'.

Here are some photos of these maps showing of the American War of Independence and Civil War.

The images show parts of the maps for Trenton, Bemis Heights, Cowpens and Burnside Bridge at Sharpsburg.

The full set of ACW maps where also published in a Bruce Catton book the Picture History of the Civil War. My son who is 8 also loves these pictures and is developing a keen interest in history.