Thursday, 31 May 2007

The British have arrived!

First batch of British arrived from Essex Miniatures today. Excellent figures as usual, I love the charging 'Scots Greys' ....I'll add a picture of a few unpainted figures later for comparison. The line infantry are solid and accurate with nicely detailed hands and faces.

Still finishing off the second French infantry unit. I hope to be starting on a British battalion by the weekend though.

Sunday, 27 May 2007

French Line infantry. Unit number 4.

Grim Bank Holiday weekend here so far! Finished painting the first 8 figures of French line infantry unit number 2. I'm enjoying these Essex figures, nice bold chunky detail and easy to paint.

Ordered the first of the British troops yesterday so after this unit I will do the first British line battalion of 16 figures then I'm going to follow up with the Scots Greys....I'm 'itching' to get onto those!
Also realised how to upload thumbnail images to the posts today :-)

Wednesday, 23 May 2007

French Lancers - unit number 3!

Today I have finished painting a unit of 9 lancers. Very enjoyable figures to paint and I'm happy with the results so far. The bases need finishing off in the pics. I have added a link to a web page where I can display larger images with more detail...hope you like them.

First 3 units now almost complete. Bases are covered but I need to add flags, varnish then finish the bases with synthetic grass.

A second battalion of French line infantry is underway withe first 8 figures just started.

Sunday, 20 May 2007

The Waterloo campaign from scratch in 15mm!

Welcome to my blog. I started painting and collecting wargames figures way back in 1972 when I was still at school. I remember what started it all still! A couple of mates told me they had joined the school wargames club, I had no idea what that was but went along one night to have a look. What I saw there was a 4 x 6 table covered in Airfix Napoleonics that had been beautifully painted including many fine conversions. One little unit that I admired was the converted British 'Life Guards' , I just could not believe how wonderful they looked back in those days of gloss varnish!......... I was hooked.

So fast forward to February 2007. Over the years I have painted and sold thousands of figures in all scales from 6mm to 40 mm but mainly 15 & 25mm. For the last 5 years I have not painted a single figure but continued to peruse wargames magazines and web sites on a regular basis. So after much thought and planning I have decided to start again and collect and paint British /Allied & French armies. My painting skills have improved considerably over the years and I now consider myself to be a pretty good painter of miniature figures, hopefully as this project progresses I will build myself wargames armies of a high standard.....at least thats the plan!

OK so now the plans for this project in brief. After looking through all of the manufacturers of 15mm figures I have decided to go with Essex Miniatures. Why? well because I like that chunky style, and they paint up well en mass. They are also very accurate Napoleonic figures which I like. I have also spent many happy hours over the years in the Essex showroom if you can call it that! I just love browsing through the display cabinets....very inspiring.

So I have set myself some guidelines for the armies I plan to produce, together with some modest tagets:

* Units organised to WRG rules, so decided to standardise my unit size at 9 figures for cavalry units and 16 figures for infanrty battalions. Artillery batteries will be of 3 guns for British and 4 guns for French. Smaller units like the British 95th Rifles etc will be in uits of 8 figures.

* Plan is to paint 1 unit per fortnight minimum, so 24 regts/battalions in the first year is my target. I hope to produce rather more than that though!

*Painting standard will be good to v good I hope! I enjoy painting and find it very relaxing. Over the years I have developed my style and I'm happy with it. I use the Foundry 3 shade paint system - base colour/shade/highlight. They are good quality acrylic paints that cover pretty well over my chosen black undercoat. For basing I use fine 'birdgrit', highlighted brown/white then I add synthetic grass in patches.

So the first battalion will be a French infantry unit of 16 figures, made up of 2 voltiguers, 2 grenadiers, 1 officer, 1 standard bearer and a drummer plus 9 other ranks. They will be based in 4's to WRG napooleonic rules but on slightly bigger bases: 40mm wide elements x 10mm deep.

Time to get painting!