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Getting ready for Wargame Holidays 2013 season

Post  Jon Suth on Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:14 am

No sooner are we back from Crete than the race begins to get everything ready for the new season in 2013.
As we're going to be away for the bulk of October, I figured that smaller "rounding off" projects would be the way forward.
Hence, to begin with, there is a eclectic selection of different painting projects. My aim is to finish off some bits and pieces for the ACW, more artillery, some extra cavalry and a few new regiments.
Add some more merchant ships to the growing pirate collection and finish off the bulk of the French and Indian Wars unpainted stuff that has been hanging around for a year or more.
When we get back from the US, the rest of year will be devoted to 28mm Anglo Zulu War - I've promised customers to run a two day Zulu event, day one 15mm Islandwana, day two Rorkes Drift (one for one scale) in 28mm.
In the new year, it will be all speed ahead with the Greeks, I've got over 2,000 to paint in five months.

First up, my very first Rapier Miniatures. I bought eight artillery pieces and crews, the officers are mainly Perry. Very nice figures, a joy to paint and I highly recommend them - they are a bargain too if you buy the unit packs (not that they are expensive if you don't) Many thanks to Stephan for the lightning fast delivery.

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Three packs of Gripping Beast (thanks Lord Sherwell for the id), these I'll use for the French and Indian Wars to lope alongside the Woodland Indians:

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Finally, for the first batch of new stuff are three new merchant ships for the hugely popular pirates games. I got these from Ebay, they are scratch built. I did quite a lot of work on them, added detail and a proper base to the hulks. Quite pleased with them. The figures onboard are Blue Moon FIW figures, all of the pirates are in Crete!

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Next up are some loyal Americans and Canadian militia for the FIW, then some British and French regulars.
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Re: Getting ready for Wargame Holidays 2013 season

Post  Jon Suth on Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:24 am

Some vintage figures here for two batteries for the rebs. Some Minifigs, Garrison and Hinchcliffe and probably others I don't remember any more!

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No guns yet, they are on order and due any day.
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Post  Jon Suth on Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:17 am

Have been working on 5 new Confederate regiments, just acquired a couple of hundred Tradition, Garrison and Minifigs that will fit in nicely. Have enough figures in the job lot to make another 4 or five Union regiments, eight more limbers, five more guns for each side, a bunch of skirmishers for both sides and... lots of Hinchliffe Reb shotgun armed cavalry.
Should have the first lot of new Reb regiments done by the weekend.

And, the guns have arrived for the Reb artillery.
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Post  Jon Suth on Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:22 am

In the run up to the US trip, I've been inspired to round off the ACW collection. I'm adding around 12 new infantry regiments, 12 batteries for the union and 8 for the Rebs, ten more limbers, wagons, some more skirmishers, around 120 cavalry and a heap of little vignettes. Here's the progress so far:

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Four new Reb regiments, mainly Tradition, Minifigs and Hinchcliffe.

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A pair of old Hinchliffe wagons that have been sitting around unpainted for about 30 years.

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Two newly painted Reb batteries now with their guns.

Next up are some limbers and two more Reb batteries, then two Union ones.
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Post  Jon Suth on Sun Sep 02, 2012 1:29 am

Newly acquired Indian Mutiny buildings. They just need a little bit of work, but really pleased with them:

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Post  Jon Suth on Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:50 am

New batch of ACW artillery and a nice little wood store:

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No idea of the make of the wood store, will probably use it for FIW.
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Post  Jon Suth on Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:30 am

Meet the Spartans!

First shots of the latest stuff - have actually made some progress on the Greeks for the 2013 season despite being side tracked with ACW and terrain (not to mention about 60 ebay sales). Had hoped to put up the last ACW regiments for the time being, but rain has stopped varnishing.

Here are the Spartan command stands. The 3 stand base is the Spartan King. The Spartans have three divisions, each with 5 36 man hoplite units as as well as skirmishers and so on. The figures are Gorgon and Wargames Foundry. The bases are by Warbases (their 60mm round ones). The hoplites will be based up on their 60x40mm bases six figures to a stand.

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Working on two 36 man blocks at the moment, all Gorgon and Foundry with a handful of Vendel mixed in. Most of the blocks will be Warlord.
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Post  Jon Suth on Wed Sep 12, 2012 9:29 pm

A lull in the rain has allowed me to varnish these blokes. Two New Jersey regiments for the ACW collection. Will probably return to the ACW sometime in the spring.

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Post  Jon Suth on Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:37 am

Trees have been on the agenda for the past couple of evenings. I'm making another 500 or so to cover the 45 foot table with the things for the French and Indian War games. Doing them in batches of around 50-60 as its a messy job and takes up a lot of room - drying time is a issue too, although the old dehumdifier speeds things up. All of this lot are oaks or similar with the same colouration, there will be other shapes, sizes and hues of green to break things up.

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Twig branches culled from the Cherry, May, Lilac and Holly trees.

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Monstrous pile of horsehair and hoghair.

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Box of the smaller trees around 5" tall.

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Some of the bigger ones, mainly singles but some doubles on each base.

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The latest lot of really big ones, about 8-10 inches tall.

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Example of one of the finished bases.

For your amusement, here is the pile of crates with the Warlord Greeks ready for the paint table:

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Post  Jon Suth on Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:26 am

Diane's been a busy girl making me ten small crop fields. Details of construction and accessories used will be in a future article for Battlegames Magazine. I've been plodding along with the Spartans and nearing completion of 5 30 man hoplite units - decided to go for 30 instead of 36 as I'm basing them in 6s, so that makes 5 bases a unit with the command stand in the middle.
Have got around to basing my first skirmish unit of Wargames Factory Numidians - doubling up as Greeks - very versatile figures. I've now got two boxes, so I'll be doing another lot of javelins, two lots of slingers and two of archers:

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