Friday, January 19, 2018

10mm Blucher Austrians

I had mentioned in a previous post that one of the projects I hope to finish off are my Blucher starter armies. I purchased figures for Sam Mustafa's sample scenario ("Along the Danube"), both Austrians and French. I have a good majority of the Austrians done, and the French...well...they are purchased and sitting in bags.My figures are all Old Glory 10mm, which are very nice sculpts in my opinion. I based all "brigades" on a 60x30mm base. The plan is to place a thin 60x40mm laminated cardboard sabot underneath with the remaining exposed 10mm having unit identifiers and stats.

I started trying different painting techniques with these guys. I primed an off white, inked with sepia and then went over the straps and large uniform sections with bright white. I went with speed over detail with the infantry. I was happy with how they turned out.

Also, I apologize in advance for the shoddy photography. With the winter sun, I have a limited amount of natural light and was trying to rush to get some decently lit photos. I may have jiggled a bit with the camera. I ended up tossing alot of photos involving other projects. I will try to revisit these figures when I have more optimal light and steadier hands.

Here are some German infantry in helmet. Each brigade depicts two regiments in the same facings. The figures are on 5-figure strips, each brigade has 6 strips to a base.

Same two brigades from the rear.

Here are some Hungarian infantry in their shakos and blue pants. I must have accidentally ordered/received French command strips for my Austrian Hungarian infantry. I thought something was odd but painted them up anyway, when i finally looked at the package label I realized my error. You can miniature Austrian Imperial eagles on the fanions. Oh well....

And another rear shot..

Some Grenadiers.

And a rear shot showing their bearskin bags..

Austrian artillery in brown, very smart looking...

White coated Austrian kuirassiers

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ironic Inspiration...

I received my copy of Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy in the mail today. As I was thumbing through the magazine, I cam across an article on painting 10mm dark ages figures. Accompanying the article were some photos of beautifully painted 10mm Picts. I don't have any Picts yet but have often been tempted by Pendraken's awesome range...the eye candy got me motivated to tackle my 10mm dark age armies sooner rather than later and I was grateful for the inspiration provided by the author and his finely painted army.

Anyway, as I read the article I saw this very blog mentioned! I forgot that the author, Paul Burkin, had emailed me months ago to kindly ask my permission for him to mention the blog. I completely forgot!!!! At any rate, I want to thank Paul for his incredibly kind words regarding my blog and also thank him for providing me with inspiration with his amazingly painted Picts! Thanks Paul!

Friday, January 12, 2018

2018's Projects: Decisions to make

2018 is upon us and I am faced with the question of which projects to purchase, to embark on, which to resume and which I will abandon and sell off. Since I like to march to the beat of a different drum, I often collect projects that my gaming club would consider exotic and even when I collect armies for rules they use, I do it in a different scale! This means, I often collect both sides of a conflict. My 10mm WW1 project is close to complete, although I need more scenery and will ultimately odd some more units. Some of my planned projects (in no particular order) for 2018 are:

1) Finish off my 10mm French and Austrian Napoleonic armies for Blucher.
2) 15mm Renaissance Italian Condottiere armies for Kings of War Historical
3) Finish off my 28mm Frostgrave Warband
4) 15mm Carlist War armies for Blackpowder or Lasalle
5) More 15mm Irregular Wars armies
6) 10mm League of Augsburg
7) 15mm French Wars of Religion
8) Resume my 15mm Biblical armies or sell them off and pursue the project in 10mm
9) 15mm Revolutionary War for Maurice
10) 3mm WW2 Desert War for Rommel
11) Finish off my 10mm Dark Ages Britain for Dux Bellorum
12) And so many more others.....

So many projects, so much lead, so little time!!!!