Monday, February 28, 2022

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Mystery Uniform

 A friend of mine sent me the following picture of his wife's great grandfather seeing if I could identify the uniform. The only clues I was given was that family was from the Baltic/Polish and the photo was around 1900. I'm thinking the cap and badge might give something away, I'm thinking maybe a mounted gendarmie or something? Can anyone assist?

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

James Scott, Duke of Monmouth

I managed to paint the final piece for the 2022 Pendraken Painting Competition. This one will be entered into the Single Base category. For this entry, I chose to paint up a command stand for the rebels at Sedgemoor. The stand consists of James Scott, Duke of Monmouth charging into the fray alongside a cornet from his Lifeguard who is carrying a flag with the Duke's royal cypher on a gold background. 

For inspiration, I chose this painting of the Duke in a red coat faced white with a blue sash, riding a white charger.

Here is my version, a bit simplified:

Pendraken offers up a lot of mounted command types in wonderful poses but I only possessed one of these sculpts, so the same pose serves double duty as commander of Grey's troop of horse. I actually like this pose for Monmouth as it captures the dash and elan I associate with him. 

Here is a different angle, you can see the cypher a bit better and you can also see a casualty of the uprising. The Duke himself seems rather indifferent to the plight of his fallen man on the ground. So that bring a conclusion to my painting for this competition. I managed to paint three entries in 3 weeks: Colonel Brandt's scythe battalion, Lord Grey's troop of horse and the dashing Duke himself. It was a fun and challenging mad dash to the finish line but I am glad I can relax a bit. I will probably snap a few pics of my British Para force for the Falklands and enter that into the Army category. 


Sunday, February 20, 2022

More Pendraken Painting Competition 2022!

I finished painting my second unit for the Pendraken Painting Competition. This entry will be for the "Mounted" category and it depicts Grey's Horse, a rebel cavalry formation during the Monmouth Rebellion. I decided to keep to the theme of my initial entry, which was Colonel Brandt's Scythe battalion at the battle of Sedgemoor. 

Grey apparently wasn't the initial leader of Monmouth's cavalry. Grey, while brave wasn't terriblt experienced and he failed to press home his attack across the rhine on the British camp. Had he been more aggressive, who knows what would have happened. As befitting a hastily gathered rebel army, I depicted these riders in a hodgepodge of clothing and gear. There are a smattering of the purple faced red coats that Monmouth brought over with the initial invasion force.

I also decided to add some of the Falklands stuff I painted up in 2021. I painted the Argentine infantry in late 2020 and early 2021 and then tackled the British Para infantry and the vehicles in mid 2021. First up is an Argentine Panhard armored car.

Next up is a British Scimitar (or is it a Scorpion? I think its a Scimitar..). These were fun to paint, I added some antenna sourced from old toothbrush bristles. 

Lastly, I have included a British Para platoon (minus the support weapons). I have to give credit to Doug from Dougie's Wargaming Blog. He provided the roadmap on how to paint the DPM camo.


Well, that's it for now. I am currently working on my final entry for the painting competition which is none other than the Duke of Monmouth himself! Wish me luck, I only have a week left to get him done!

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Pendraken Painting Competition 2022

 Here is my entry for the Pre-20th Century Foot category, Colonel Brandt's scythe battalion at the battle of Sedgemoor. In Stephen Carter's recent work, Fighting for Liberty, the author notes that many of the scythe companies were possibly converged with the Lyme independent company to form an honor guard of sorts. Carter also notes that the "Fear Nothing But God" battle standard was recovered near where the scythe battalion would have been positioned and may have accompanied the scythes.

I tried to go with a subdued color palette to reflect the tradesmen that would have mustered into Monmouth's army. There are a few purple coats faced red mixed in to represent the coats distributed to the original rebel soldiers. There are also some red and grey militia coats sprinkled in for good measure.

I created the flag from merging several different images in MS Paint and then resizing and tweaking the contrast and brightness in MS Powerpoint. After mounting it, I had to touch it up a bit. I should say that I acquired these figures from the prizes I won in the 2015 painting competition. Last year I entered some Falklands Argentines that placed, hopefully these gents have similar success! I hope to paint and enter some additional entries before the deadline. Wish me luck!