Saturday 21 December 2013

SYW painting

It certainly has been some time since I've posted anything on the blog and I thought I should get at least one more entry in before the end of the year. For most of the year I've been concentrating on revamping my PhD thesis which meant my unpainted lead mountain still remains. However, that didn't mean I didn't get any painting or gaming done. Below are a few photos of my latest painting projects, together with some images of other wargaming adventures during the latter half of the year. The wargaming highlight of 2014  was participating in the 150th 28mm Gettysburg refight held in Christchurch in July. Seamus and I represented Confederat general Robert Rodes in attacking Cemetery Hill. Sadly our division got torn to shreds, and like a good Mill & Boon character, our troops 'lay spent' on the open fields in front of the hill. Hopefully we'll do much better in the Antietam refight in 2014.
Seamus and I contemplating our losses attacking Cemetery Hill 

The surviving Confederate and Union commanders at the end of the Gettysburg refight 

My latest completed painting project - Front Rank British SYW 11th Dragoons. Rodger Wood made the foliage that really lifts the final result.    

28mm Brigade Games Napoleonic French naval officers

28mm Brigade Games Royal Navy officers and bosun

25mm Dixon Roger's Rangers

A mixture of Dixons and Front Rank 25/ 28mm figures that I've painted up as French coureur du bois and militia.


I've just about finished Dillon's Regiment of the French Irish Brigade which will be the subject of my next posting (hopefully before the new year...fingers crossed!).

Saturday 4 May 2013

Lastest paintwork

It's been quite some time since my last dispatch. Real life has imposed on my beloved hobby, but that hasn't meant that I've stopped painting figures or stopped gaming. On the contrary, over the last few months I've been tarting up and rebasing my old 25mm Dixon ACW armies. The September 2010 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch ensured these armies suffered substantial casualties....mostly in damage to the paintwork, but also with broken bayonets and carbines.

With the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg being celebrated in Christchurch this year with a massive re-fight in 25/28 mm, I have needed to get to work on these. So far I've managed to finish five infantry units, four artillery stands and four mounted generals of my beloved Confederates. I have promised to fix up some 'pesky Fed'rals' as well to ensure some of my gaming colleagues have sufficient forces for the game. I'll have some photos of them in my next dispatch.

Here's some images of an ACW game that the Southern Strategists held in the Mess late last year.

The motley crew from left to right: Dave Houston, Adrian Powell, Seamus Stack, Rodger Wood, Geoff Martin,  Chris Packer and Gavin Bowden

The motley crew from left to right -  Dave Houston, Adrian Powell, Seamus Stack, Rodger Wood, Geoff Martin, Chris Packer and Gavin Bowden

Rodger's scratch-built rebel signal tower