Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Anybody interested in a road trip?


        Last year OldSarge and I had planned on a road trip to Old Fort Wayne (unsurprisingly located in Fort Wayne Indiana) but one thing led to another and we never went. I intend on going this year and have three open seats. My schedule is very flexible (being retired) so if anybody wants to tag along I can work with your schedule. I intend on doing my usual complete walk-around so wear comfortable shoes. You can check out the schedule of events here. One caveat, I will be leaving very early in the morning to get there ahead of the crowds.

1st Battalion 4th Swiss joins the ranks


       Back at the grind and trying to make up for lost time. I got these guys finished today and started on the 2nd battalion before other things demanded my time. With any luck I can get the 2nd finished and a fair start on the 3rd tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Then there were four, more Swiss

        A family function and the recent attempt on Trump's life (I am a politics/news junkie) cost me a couple of days but I got back in the saddle today and knocked out another battalion of Swiss. This will be the last of the 3rd Regiment; tomorrow I move on to the fourth, they have nice blue facings and blue/gray pants which will be a pleasant change of pace. I'm still looking for a free STL of French artillery in 28mm so that I can get started printing the guns.


Thursday, July 11, 2024

Another battalion joins the march to victory!


        I am finally getting a system for painting these little guys. I managed to grind out this batch in about 3.6 hours, much better than the 4+ hours yesterday. The unit is another battalion of the 3rd Swiss so nothing much new to see. I have to hunt up a 25/28mm artillery STL, it seems that each regiment had a two-gun battery to call it's own.

Epic Scale Ancients, a quick look at the new Warlord offerings


      An old fart like me isn't apt to be jumping ship to pick these up and build armies (I have 40,000+ minis in 15mm and 28mm), but if I were coming into the hobby new I would be on this like white on rice! Warlord has, once again, managed to make tiny figures that capture the look of the historic soldiers. The models are crisply cast and well detailed and rank up to look like historical formations. I plan on building DBA armies with them because why not? Let's take a look at some of the sprues.

Further Toy Soldiers Join The Fray!!!

3rd Battalion, 3rd Swiss regiment joins their brothers from Neufchatel 

       It took about four hours to get these lads sorted out, a bit of a slog even with the "toy soldier" standard paint job. I am going to try to paint a battalion a day and get these finished within the fortnight. Not very impressive up close, but at two feet they look just fine.

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Toy Soldiers on Parade


Berthier's "Canaries", the Swiss Neufchatel Battalion

       Having foolishly printed out nine battalions worth of minis I found myself having to paint them. Unable to endure that much blue paint I decided instead to paint the Swiss troops that fought under Napoleon. These were dressed largely in red coats but one bold stand-out was the troops from the Principality of Neufchatel (of which Napoleon had made Marshall Berthier the Prince). Yellow coats with bright red facings, cuffs and turnbacks was a delightfully long way away from dark blue and red cuffs so that was an instant choice.

       The minis are, well, rather simplistic. Rather than try to fight this with complex shading and highlights I have opted for a "toy soldier" approach; solid blocks of bold colors. this seems to fit the minis fairly well and greatly speeds painting! I will have to finish these and see how well I like them, but I have to say, they are giving me happy memories of playing with toy soldiers as a child.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Why Wasn't I Warned??????


what have I gotten myself into?

        So, I downloaded some STL files of Napoleonic infantry to give it a try on my 3-d printer. The figure that I printed was no award-winner but it cost less that a couple of pennies. Just for grins I populated the entire print-bed with the file and told my printer to get to work. It was humming away quite purposefully when I went to bed. This morning I awoke to a small army of minis that I now must paint. Not wanting to endure the endless blue of French units I have decided to make this the Swiss contingent; coat colors like red or yellow are much more interesting! I just need to round up an STL for foot artillery and I will be all set!

Sunday, July 7, 2024

Trenches for the Quar: Part XI, Crates

        With all of the terrain built, painted etc. all that remained was to make safe storage and transportation crates. This was a simple process because from the beginning I intended to use the bases as part of the crating system. Essentially I place two terrain boards face-to-face and then add sides just tall enough to hold them apart so that the boards don't come into contact with each other. This is easier to demonstrate than describe so off to the photos.

way back in the beginning I built the panels that the terrain was to be mounted on,
the sturdy wooden framework holds the panels flat and provides the basis for the crating system

Gaming Update; FRIDAY 12 July 24, 7pm

 I have family plans on Saturday so the game has been bumped to Friday, July 12th at 7pm, my place as usual. As yet no plans have been made regarding the subject, so if  you have ideas. pass them along!

Friday, July 5, 2024

Trenches for the Quar: Part X, Barbed wire entanglements

        No trench warfare game would be complete without  barbed wire entanglements, and as everything else except crating was done, they moved to the top of the project list. From the artwork available the Quar take a far less energetic approach to setting wire entanglements than was usually seen on the Western front of the Great War. Often the wire is depicted as a single strand strung along a line of posts, or concertina wire laid out without benefit of posts. This didn't sit right with me so I decided to lay out the sections of wire as concertina wire emplaced with posts to secure it. These would be painted and textured to match as closely as possible the terrain boards.

I cut shapes from 8" sections of Eco-Rug and hot-glued posts to the sections,
these were then given a heavy coat of the dark ground-color house paint

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Happy Birthday USA!!!!


248 years old and still going strong!!!!

Greatest country on the planet

I hope everyone has a happy 4th of July!


       And just keep in mind that if it weren't for some seditious young hot-heads with guns you would still be bowing down to this thing;