Well, this series is getting a head of steam!
The thunder of hooves resounds as the Husaria charges home! As someone once said of the Polish winged hussars: 'We're here to kick ass and eat pierogi. And we're all out of pierogi'.
Here we have photos of my 28mm Eastern Renaissance armies, which have seen action on Fridays, and at two big games at Rob's war room (Relief of Vienna, and Battle for Zaporozhian Sich).
My Ottoman/Allied army consists of:
Janissaries - 3 units
Irregular foot - 5 units
Tartars - 3 units
Irregular horse (can also pass for Tartars) - 5 units
Dellis - 1 unit
Medium Turkish cavalry - 4 units
Armoured Spahis - 2 units
Artillery - 3 large guns + crews
This period is colourful, fun, fascinating and flexible. As indicated a few months ago, I have added more singly based characters for the skirmish/RPG version of this collection: 'Gangs of Rus'. Apart from these, I still have possibly hundreds more figures to paint (most purchased in bring and buys at Warfare shows in Reading).
Here are some images of the November Uprising 42mm project I've been working on since the start of 2019.
Facing what is essentially a Napoleonic Russian army in green uniforms, is the Polish army of the Uprising, largely in blue.
A Polish banner from the Uprising: "In the name of God, for our freedom and yours!"
This is the first in what may be a series of blog posts showcasing my wargames armies.
And now for the Union army
20mm plastic figures have been fun to paint, and I reckon even a very basic paint job looks good, so I may be open to doing other periods in this scale. I intend to put on a game with these armies at the club using a retro set of rules, possibly the Airfix ACW ones, once we are back to normal.
In this time of no barbers, however, I am reduced to growing period-specific facial hair.
I hope you are keeping safe and sane at this difficult time. Of course there are more serious matters than wargaming to attend to. At the same time, many of us now have buckets of free time available for personal projects - and no excuses not to finally action them; so I thought I'd update you on some of mine, for your entertainment and diversion.
When I'm not applying for jobs - like Sisyphus - during the week (yes, I left B&Q on 1 March), I have several wargames' activities on the go.
1. 42mm November Uprising (1830-1831)
On Friday 14 February 2020 I umpired a 6mm ACW game at the club.
Rob and Noel were on the Confederate side, and Doug and Phil on the Union side, as we refought the first day of the battle of Shiloh (6 April 1862), one of the classic engagements of the Western Theatre.
Historically, General A. S. Johnston led the Confederate Army of Mississippi in a surprise attack on the Union forces of the Army of the Tennessee under General U. S. Grant, encamped in woods off the Tennessee River.