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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

EUREKA! Guns for my Minden Miniatures Gunners

ABOVE: The competitors go muzzel to muzzel!
(Old Glory on the left, and Eureka Miniatures on the right. MINDEN Miniatures French gunner check them out)
Hi All
The question was asked recently "who's Guns will you use to equipe your MINDEN MINIATURES gunners"?
I considered my options.
A) I could put my OLD GLORY ARMY CARD to good use and purchase the guns from OLD GLORY at a very reasonable price, (a 40% discount, and the Aussie Dollar is VERY strong at the moment); OR,
B) Go with the "LOCAL" option and purchase the magnificent EUREKA MINIATURES guns.
The Eureka guns are expensive in comparison to the OG guns, (but then every other manufacturer's gun is expensive in comparison I guess); but they (Eureka) are a better quality product I think.
BELOW: OG (silver) and EUREKA (undercoated black) guns side-by-side. MINDEN MINIATURES French gunners survey the contenders. "Well Fronk, what do you think? Silver is sooooo 70's no"?

ABOVE: They French gunner's chose their "weapon of choice"! "Ohhhh LA LA! Qui qui, (poo poo). Look, zay even throw in zee equipmont. Manifeequ!"
Well, I've chosen to use EUREKA MINIATURES fantastic Artillery Pieces from their Age Of Reason range.

I went with the EUREKA guns for the following reasons:
1. Better quality, (being a GUNNER myself I knew I had to get the best guns for my Gunners);
2. EUREKA are a "Local" product. (I like to support Nic and his team at EUREKA as he's an Aussie, provides great customer service, and is a nice guy);
3. Even though the EUREKA guns are more expensive, I was only buying a few; so the price difference in the end wasn't such a big consideration, and;
4. The OG guns came with gunners, (that I didn't need).

I eventually purchased three packs of the OG Guns (and gunners) anyway to add to my AWI army.
You can never have to much Artillery!
The OG guns (and Gunners) represent EXCELLENT value for money, and with the extra 40% off with the ARMY CARD are an absolute BARGAIN!!! Add in the excellent customer service from the team from OLD GLORY and you're on a winner,...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Minden Miniatures: Regt Bulkeley Infanterie (28mm)

Hi All
I've just finished paining my second unit of MINDEN MINIATURES 28mm Figures. These guys are from the French range.
This time I painted them as the "Wild Geese" Regiment Bulkeley, the heros of Fontenoy.
I've include in these photos the first MINDEN MINIATURES unit I painted; the white coated Royal La Marine Regt.
The flags are from GMB Flags.
I didn't make the same mistake I did when I painted Royal La Marine,.... this time I put my glasses on and put the flags on the staffs the right way up!
These Flags are truely little works of art.

BELOW: A close up of the Grenadiers of Regt Bulkeley!

Below: The Drummer urgers the Regt forward!

BELOW: A close up photo of the magnificent GMB Flags!

BELOW: Two more pictures of the Colours!

Below: The Wild Geese maintain excellent dressing ("By The Right"!), as they advance!

I've come to the conclusion that Minden Miniature are probably the most anotomicaly correct miniature I've ever painted. Fantastic miniature that deserve better than my feeble attempts at painting them,...
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Cheers For Now!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

A Roman Work Party! 28mm Ancients.

Hi All
Here is a few pictures of some Early Imperial Romans I painted about three years ago. The Roman Officer with the big nose is from OLD GLORY. The Legionaries at work are 1st Corp (I think). The officer with the parchment is a figure I purcased via the DBA FANATICUS page.

Feel free to leave a comment or two!

"So Centurion, what are the men up to"?
"Urm, digging Sir"!
"Ow wheeeeeellllly"!
"Urm, Yes Sir, really"!
"Oh! Well, do cawwy on"!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

VICTRIX Peninsular British: 32nd Foot

(ABOVE) "Blimey Sir; steady on! The Frog's ain't goin no where,.." !
The Colour Party of the 32nd Regiment Of Foot. The Colours (flags) came with the PERRY Plastic British Box Set! Unfortunatly the Flags are for the 33RD FOOT!!! oooops. Oh well, I'll do the 33rd soon, so I'll just swap out the Ensigns.
Hi all!
Here is the second unit of VICTRIX 28mm plastics I've assembled and painted. This time it's the British 32nd Regiment of Foot. I tried a different method of painting this time, and am happier with the results. (See this entry on the 44th Foot I painted earlier).
DISCLAIMER! I freely admit I'm not a brilliant painter, so these are pretty much painted to what I consider a "Wargames standard". I don't do faces very well, so I don't bother trying.
As usual, I did use some parts from the PERRY Plastic box set, ( including Flags).
(Below: A close up of our "Enthusiatic Tommy". One of the advantages of plastic "kit" figs is the ease of "conversions" such as "Tommy" here).

(Above: The Brave 32nd advance on the equaly Brave Frenchmen)
I also used a differnt basing method. Again, better results I think.

Painting: I still undercoated the figures with a Matt Black spray, (available from any harware shop). I painted the coats with a base coat of Games Workshop Mechrite Red, then did a highlight of Vallejo AV Red and then a 2nd highlight using Vallejo AV Scarlet.
I also painted the soldier's pants as various shades of off white, pale greys' and the occassional browns.
Shakos and Packs I painted in a flat black, and then highlighted with a mix of flat black and "Flesh", (Dwarf Flesh by GW). You need to experiment a bit to get the right mix, but it does produce a very good "black highlight"
(Below: The Light Company)
BASING: This time I simply used some fine "gritty" sand I found in the gutter at work. Cost? Just some personal pride as i must haved looked like some lunatic derro as a gathered it up into an old plastic bag! Other than that; it was FREE!
I glued the figures to the VICTRIX bases using common PVA (woodwork) glue, and left to dry. A few hours later I covered the bases with the same PVA Glue and then dipped the entire base in the "gritty" sand. Again, I left to dry (overnight).
Next day I covered the base with a diluted dark brown ink wash, and (again) left to dry. I then Dry Brushed "Fawn / Light Brown" hobby Paint on the base, and then added dabs here and there of PVA Glue. I then sprinkled on the flocking grass and I was done!
Rather good result I think!
(Below: One last look at the 32nd Foot).
I based each member of the Regimental Colour party individualy on 20mm x 20mm bases. I also based the Flank Company soldiers (the Grenadiers and Lights) singularly.
As I intend to use the figures mainly for playing "SHARP PRACTICE", so I figured I'd need some single based figures.
The rest are all based 4 to a base, (40mm sqare).
Feel free to leave a comment!

Monday, November 2, 2009

28mm Ancients!

ABOVE: The backbone of the late Empire; battered old Veterans! "Bloody Vandals! Far to much Arson around these days"! Foundry 28mm figures with LBM shield transfers.
Below: Late Romans advance towards the waiting Vandals!

Below: Xyston Miniatures Alexander The Great

Hi All

I thought it was about time I uploaded some pictures of something other than Napoleonics.

Here are some photos of some 28mm Ancients (Late Romans, Spanish and a personality Figure).

Below: A young Alexander, (not yet Great)! The miniature is by Xyston Miniatures,painted by me.

Below: Ancient Spanish from the FOUNDRY MINIATURES stable. I still need to add javlins, but I thought I'd share all the same. They were painted by FERNANDO ENTERPRISE to Showcase Quality. They really are beautifully painted!

Next are some GRIPPING BEAST, WARGAMES FOUNDRY and OLD GLORY 28mm Late Romans. All painted by me with some Little Big Man shield transfers.

Below: Auxilia with archers in support! I've aded a fallen barbarian here and there,...

Next is the Heavy Infantry:

Below: A Close up of the heavy infantry:

Below: Massed Late Romans as seen from behind

Below:The Late Romans as seen from the business end!

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