Saka Light Cavalry

Saka Light Cavalry

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Tomorrow is Cut Day

So Friday the 21st is the last day to join in with Secret Santa. See the last post for details if you would like to join in or check if you are on the list in that post.

Cath will be starting the work on assigning targets from Saturday, thanks to all who have joined in this year, past and new all are very welcome

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Last Call Secret Santa 2016

First of all sorry for the lack of reminders and posts for the Secret Santa this year. It coincided with my relocating at work to a new (for me) store and then two key staff members being off at the same time (one sick one holiday) this meant my working all days and extending hours to get all the paperwork done. Short and the tall has meant the last month to six weeks has been interesting.

Anyway to more important things. I will be closing Secret Santa this coming Friday, the 21st October. If your in your name should be listed below. If it is missing let me or Cath know and we will add you to Santa's good list. If you have yet to join in, it's not to late you can leave a message below, contact Cath if you have her email from previous years or leave a private message via the Contact Me button somewhere to the right.

New to this and what to know more? Well about five or six years ago we started to exchange gifts via Secret Santa where you spend about £15 on another gamer/blogger randomly picked out. The aim that we all would receive something wargames/hobby related at Christmas and it has grown from the first few to a nice number. The rough rules are below

1. Buy a gift to value of £15 or equivalent plus postage for your target, supplied by Cath
2. Check out your targets blog for ideas (targets can supply Cath with a list of types of things they like (not exact details please) that can if wished be used or you can go totally off your own ideas.
3. Make sure it arrives before Christmas
4. You need to have a blog to join in.

We have 22 for this year so far and you are

Thomas N
Chris S
Adam C
Mark B
Martin C
Thomas R
Ron C
Jake B
Markus S
Ray R
Conrad K
J Miles
Dave D
Mike W
Samuli S
Stefan K
Paul S
Andy N
Michael P

After Friday Cath will assign targets and will give you the details including full name, address and blog name. Once Cath has done this you can send her your wish list if desired. 

Please also keep Cath updated on your progress. Not for any checking up type of malarkey just because she loves the whole thing and enjoys reading about your gifts and it's a nice reward for all the hard work she puts in. I often get thanked for the project but it's Cath that does all the real work so a big thanks to my gal.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

SYW Prussian Light Infantry

Black Powder's supplement The Last Argument of Kings gives the Prussians one unit of light infantry as a maximum but a number of campaigns saw more than one fighting in the same battle. This may well be especially true once we start fighting a campaign.

We decided to make the fight units up with half the number of figures. This really is not correct as per BP as they pack as much punch as a normal battalion but I don't feel this should always be so. I am thinking of reducing their attack dice to represent their more open formation that is allowed by being in skirmish formation.

This battalion is Le Noble and has Jagger troops attached hence the green jackets on a couple of the figures. Talking of which these are the Old Glory as supplied by Timecast and come in a mixed pack of these and horse artillery. Unfortunately they come without command figures but do have a mix of three figures. The horse artillery also does not come with limbers so I think it's a poor mix really. I would prefer to have the option to buy limbers and guns in a pack with the light jaggers in another pack.

I used a spare officer from another pack for these boys. They al;so had the advantage of painting up quickly, always a bonus. I also painted up a second unit that at first glance look the same but have a few small differences.

von Mayr is the second battalion and I am thinking I will probably use one unit in a game and the other in the next game. However just wait till we get a big game going (about five years I am guessing LOL).

I have another one battalion of Grenadiers on the table that need finishing but can't decide if I will carry on with these or paint up some more cavalry given I only have the one painted. Indeed I need to buy more soon as I just don't have enough units for a decent force.

Both battalions together. The main differences is the cuffs on the Jagger's and Le Noble have a light blue trim to the jacket fronts as well as waistcoats.

Once I get the cavalry sorted out I should be able to crack on with the infantry and be in a position to actually play a few games with a fully painted force. I am setting myself a target of achieving this by the end of this years painting challenge. If I don't make the target I still will be a lot closer to the goal.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Baccus Prodromoi and Companion Cavalry

I have been rather slack on getting finished units onto the blog of late. Fortunately I have at least been painting a reasonable amount. I picked up these at the Joy of Six so they have not been on the pile for long.
These are Baccus AMA07 Prodromoi Cavalry, light cavalry but armed with Lance so a bit unique on the table. You get 45 figures for £7.70 in the UK. Given that where they are on an army list I have only found one unit of them so I assume you would not expect to see more than one on the table so 45 figures is rather overkill for most folks armies.

I used just the nine figures for my unit spreading them out to highlight their more open order formation. You get a really nice mix of three poses and I really like the look of them.

I did them the traditional pink colour with the helmets a darker shade so the colour did not swamp the figures too much. Unfortunately the pack does not have any command but I could have switched some in from spares or the general pack I bought ages ago.

This left me with enough figures to paint up as standard Companion cavalry. Being 6mm you can get away with painting out some detail. In this case the leopard skin horse blankets become standard ones with the legs just painted horse colour.

I used the majority of the pikes forward in the front rank and the upright ones in the rear. The two different poses make the line a little broken up but I am OK with that. If I do more though I would probably paint them up in such a way that all of the front ranks have the same pose. Just a little swapping out of figures.

This now gives me a good number of cavalry units for the Alexandrian armies, I will still need to get the heavier options at some point so as to be more correct for facing Lee's Romans. However the next 6mm figures on the table will be Persian cavalry. Yet to be shown is a couple of Egyptian marines or hoplites. 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

French SYW Infantry With a Twist

The whole Seven Years War project all started out based on The Boys choice of what to do next. I really thought he would have gone Medieval on us but after some good thought he opted for SYW and whilst Lee and myself have really ran with it, The Boy originally was painting his own but as a nine year old often does he lost interest in painting them himself so I have taken on the duties.

He decided the colours of his first battalion himself after deciding as it was Imagination he would go full hog. Since then he has rethought the idea and wants to be more historical so only a few battalions will not be standard SYW French. That is till he again possibly changes his mind.

As you can see they are a brightly dressed group. I expect to do another one or two battalions for this regiment at some point. At the moment I am painting up command and a regiment of Dragoons, all historically correct.

The figures are all Lancashire Games and the quality of the figures were what prompted me to buy some of their Prussian castings, a decision I have not regretted. My son has enough figures for a few more battalions but I will need to buy more figures soon for him. Possibly as a Christmas present but probably just because I can LOL.

The flag is from this ebay seller who has a tremendous range (more in a future post) and for £11.25 you get nine sheets each with thirty infantry flags per sheet, representing great value.

Also available are cavalry flags. He covers all major forces but also the minor allies as well. Prices reflect the number of flags available. The paper is matt and resists fault lines in the creases. I have since bought both the French and Prussian cavalry flags and the Prussian infantry whilst Lee who introduced me to them has not only the Russia and Austrian but plenty of the others as well.

Next up for the SYW will be the two light battalions I recently painted up but I also have a few 6mm units awaiting blogging but before any of these I will be updating the Secret Santa status as we stand. The Santa Clause has already been assigned (earlier notice so to be able to paint up our gifts) and Chris seems to be keeping us all in order :-)

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Leven Miniatures Soon to be Released Middle East/Egyptian Range

I was give eighteen buildings by Mike to paint at Joy of Six and have recently finally finished them all. As per usual they were good castings to work on and as they are all the same finish batch painted them for a quicker result.

Given the number of buildings I will just do group images in this post and save the individual shots for later.All will work with the current ranges though these are more ancient than the original range/

This collection tends to be a little more complex than the original range with less square buildings. The range includes temples but also more left field items such as a boat yard and even a potters workshop.

You can check out Levens facebook page here for any updates and whilst they are not yet on the site you can contact Mike for ordering information.

Not many suppliers of wargames buildings start a range with such depth, eighteen buildings as an add on for a range is something to shout about and I can't praise Mike enough for such commitment to his projects.

Many of the buildings have courtyards with tiled floors. I did think about painting some of these with lots of colour but decided that would detract from the look Mike was after.

I will certainly be buying some of these buildings for my 6mm Ancient project to mix in with the other buildings I already have. I just need to get a few of the buildings I picked up for me at Joy of Six painted before I do, otherwise I will feel the pangs of guilt. Or not......

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Chatter Behind The Bike Sheds - No Wolrds For Me

This is how I thought I would feel but I am more shrug. I have found shows more difficult since The Boy has got into gaming and wants to go to them. It almost seems like work to try and balance doing my stuff and getting the most out of a visit for my son. The fact that he waits patiently as I AGAIN stop and chat for twenty minutes as we nip to the next game he wants to play etc just makes me feel worse. Balancing the desire to chat with mates, supervising The Boy's purchasers and games as well as my own retail needs does make it difficult. 

Not making a show I have been looking forward to for months and not really being too bothered is a bit of a shock. Especially as I thought I was going to make it with no problem not having worked out my rota properly. The Boy is OK with it, I did say he may still be able to go with Lee but he is happy to have a game or two with me when I get home from work on Sunday.

I of course will miss the chance to catch up with a few mates which is the only part I can't manage to substitute via the net, however I will try and make sure I get to York being the next probable show for me. 

It does beg the question are shows losing their attraction to me other than the obvious face to face meet ups that normally only happen at such shows and if so is it the same for others?

Whilst I did have some good ideas on what I planned to buy I have so many figures  (over 5,000) that I won't miss out and even do myself a favour by not going. Get the lead pile a bit more under control. However below is a list of sorts of what I would have been looking at getting.

15mm Ancients 
I was certainly going to buy a couple of packs of Forged In Battle Alexandrian phalanxes, enough to give me three more pike blocks, even though I don't actually need any more blocks. I would also get some command which I probably could do with. I still have a few blocks worth of unpainted figures that I still have yet to paint.

I was NOT going to buy any more Magister Militum companion cavalry. I still have two units worth from the last Worlds waiting for me to paint. These should get painted in the upcoming Analogue Painting Challenge at which point I will need to decide if I want more cavalry and if so who from.

6mm Ancients
I have six units of Persian cavalry to paint up (108 figures) a few units of Thracian infantry (about 96 figures) and four phalanx (400 figures) clearly I need more, lots more. 
With Lee pushing his Romans I will be further building the Macedonian army. I would have picked up another four or six phalanxes and possibly another three units of cavalry. 
The Persians still need a lot of help to get up to a large enough army to face the Macedonians as they already stand. For this I would have added some more Persian cavalry, most likely the heavier options and some Satraps. I now have six Hoplite units so for infantry I would have gone after levy bow and javelin armed troops.

15mm SYW
The other main and fairly fresh project would see me dropping a few pounds the way of Old Glory or Timecast for more cavalry. I have plenty of infantry awaiting painting, two Lancashire Games battle packs untouched but cavalry wise I just have the unpainted I have used in a few games that need de-basing and painting up. Command and Artillery I have a plenty.

The Boy needs more of everything but he is happy with what he has till we get a few games in. He should be more excited once I have his Blue Moon dragoons finished (current project)

6mm Napoleonic's
Can I seriously consider buying more? The bulk of the 5,000 is indeed 6mm Napoleonic. Well true I do have rather a lot but the Polish need some command and these I need to order from Adler for picking up from a show. So this will now have to be Triples if he travels to that show, or mail order if not. Either way I have plenty to keep me busy for now.
I do plan to get back to painting up more of the Prussians and even more of the French at some point. At the moment the 6mm Ancients and 15mm SYW are absorbing most of my painting time.

And that's it, I stocked up with bases some time ago so am good to go and now I have Thursdays off from work can nip over to Mansfield if I am running low on the odd bottle of paint. So anyone who is going to the Worlds please keep an eye on Lee and remind him he still has SOME space in the shed!