Monday, 26 December 2022
Wednesday, 21 December 2022
I painted a unit of these chaps over 10 years ago as part of my fictional Balkan-style army of Forbodia.
The figures are in fact these - amazing the difference paintwork makes!
Fast forward to a few weeks ago and a conversation with my wargaming friend Diego. He had asked me about sourcing 54mm figures for the Carlist Wars in Spain. I explained that there probably aren't any but many exist which can be bodged into figures with a suitable - or at least tolerable - appearance. I undertook to produce a couple of units so Diego won't have to carry the entire project. And I'm easily led.
A bit of research revealed that the government troops had a very 'Napoleonic' appearance. As I have er, 'some' Napoleonic figures and a few (really this time) I painted as Neapolitan government troops (see here), so I figure that the priority should be on the Carlist forces. As always with 54mm, I find that results are yielded by a combination of looking at pictures of troops and thinking what figures could be suitable bodged and looking at figure ranges wondering what they could be bodged into.
A painting of Carlist cavalry in the Osprey book sent me off in search of the figures above.
A dab of Milliput was used to add the distinctive shape of the Basque-style beret.
Berets came in different colours but red was popular. I repainted the trousers red, touched in bits of damaged paintwork on the horse and prepared to repaint and tone down the tunic.
Monday, 19 December 2022
I've somehow managed to get the photos in a jumble but here are a few more from this game. The result was a win - albeit a costly one - for the NKPA. A very jolly game which we cracked through in only about 2 hours.
Here's an even older YAK-9 keeping the TF's heads down.
Some of the tanks managed to force their way through the pass, while some tried to outflank....
The US figures were a mix of CTS, Deetail and TSSD
Another Mustang - but too late to stem the NK flow.
Monday, 12 December 2022
The mighty NKPA armoured column advances!
An intimidating sight from the TF's point of view.
A lucky artillery round soon found it's mark!
An overview of the whole sorry mess. Note the NKPA infantry battalion at the end of the column.
Much unpleasantness as the first tanks cross the bridge
The photos are a bit out of synch - this shows the tank column.
Tuesday, 6 December 2022
Russell and Pete joined me for this trip to 1950 Korea - the photos were contributed by all three of us. Above - one of the North Korean Peoples Army (NKPA) battalions - mostly made up of CTS NK figures.
Another NKPA infantry battalion - mostly an assortment of WW2 Sov figures.
The 76mm gun battery was a Rgt level asset.
Most of the NKPA Tank Regiment - each pair of tanks represents a company. Russell also contributed a company made up of a T-34 and a Js-2!
Major Smith makes an urgent 'phone call.
Thursday, 1 December 2022
The Duke's cavalry soon had the Markgraf's advance forces under pressure. At least the heavy regiment did - the light cav rgt twice refused orders to charge! The infantry - shot up by artillery just before the charge - didn't enjoy the experience and were soon in flight.
In time, a zig-zag of saps reached out to the town walls...
At this point we had a chat about what would happen next. It was agreed that the Duke's forces probably lacked the time to reduce the keep and would instead content themselves with slighting the town's walls and carrying off or spiking the guns.
A most entertaining day of gaming. Thanks to all the players and in particular to Pete and Russell for the use of their photos.
If you want more info about any of the toys please let me know in the comments.
Monday, 28 November 2022
On Friday and elite band (John A, Russell, Pete & Lloyd) again joined me to push some 54mm toys around. The small force above was commanded by Col. Bogward who was looking a bit nervous...
...and no wonder, for a considerably larger force was gathering under the leadership of no less a personage then the Duc de Tartiflette.
Will Col. Bogward's brave lads see off the attackers?
Has the Duc de Tartiflette remembered his siege train?
Will the good citizens of Taptonhalle notice the the statue of St. Lloyd the Dubious is only plastic?
More excitement coming soon!