Saturday 19 February 2022
Introducing the freshly recruited (painted and based) 28mm Front Rank figures depicting the 1st battalion of the Regiment du Roi. The purist will note that I have not painted the orange-red lace on the coats that the historical unit had. This was because it would have been too time consuming and I wasn't confident that I would make a decent job of it.The thing I like most about this unit is the superb flags by GMB Flags. Keep up the good work in producing these, Grahame! There will be a 2nd battalion to fight along side them in due course. When I saw that Front Rank was up for sale, I stocked up on packs of French, British and Hanoverian units so I could complete my project just in case the lines were discontinued. Lucky I did, as the take over by Gripping Beast took way longer than predicted.
Wednesday 16 February 2022
Another purchase from the swap meet here in Christchurch late last year was a 12-figure skirmish unit for the French and Indian War that I've painted up as the 60th (Royal American) Foot. These figures are by Blue Moon and are the first I've had from this company. The unit was quite quick to paint as I didn't have to both about any lace, apart from the officer and the cocked hats. It turns out that these figures were originally purchased by one of my mates from the Southern Strategist League of Gentlemen Wargamers (the venerable Chris Packer)...along with all my other purhchases that day. What I particularly like about these blokes is the dynamic poses which had some realism. One of the figures came minus it's musket, so I attached a pistol to him to ensure he had a weapon to take on the dreaded French and their indian allies.
Wednesday 9 February 2022
Every year I pop along to the annual Christchurch Wargamers Swap Meet at the Woolston Workingmens Club with no intension of buying anything...and every year I've come away lighter in the wallet. Last year was no acception, although the August event was delayed until November due to Covid restrictions here in New Zealand. At one stage it was thought that the event would not go ahead at all, which led me to actually buy a 28mm two-masted 18th century sloop directly off a bloke who had 3D printed it off to sell at the swap meet. That done, my intention was to head along and have a chat with like-minded blokes that I only get to catch up with once a year...we'll that was what I told my long suffering wife. Anyway, within 5 minutes of arriving I had secured some bargains that included a pack of 3 Perry Miniatures 28mm Confederate generals, some 28mm French and Indian Wars British infantry, French couriers du bois and a host in woodland indians...and some Foundry Plains Wars US Army infantry (that I wasn't that interested in, but I was attracted to the mounted Gatling Gun that was included). At the Mess such purchases tend to get thrown in a box and can remain unpainted for years. However, this year was the exception and I managed to paint the Confederate generals in record time for me.