Sunday, July 23, 2017

English Civil War Clubmen (and Women!)

Productivity is up a bit this week - I finished off a bunch of 17th Centruy civilians that will most likely see service as Clubmen in various forces for The Pikeman's Lament.

And then there's this fellow...

Mounted Preacherman from Redoubt Enterprises. He actually came in three parts - the horse and the preachers legs and lower torso, the upper half of the  Preacherman (less his right hand), and a right hand holding a book. I'm not sure why the right hand holding a book was a separate piece?  It's not like they provided alternative extra optionals hands...? In the end I gave him a spare sword I had (I think from Old Glory). I probably should have modelled a sword belt with a scabbard draped over shoulder... but I was lazy...

(I tell myself I added the hand because he already had one book under his arm, what other book would he need besides the Bible? the truth is I partly gave him the sword because I misplaced the right hand holding the book that was provided with the miniature...)

These are the civilians I finished up this week. Most are from Redoubt Enterprises, but a few are from Wargames Foundry or Casting Room Miniatures. This batch finishes up three units of Clubmen!

Three units of Clubmen for The Pikeman's Lament. A whopping THREE POINTS for the lot of them.

I've been toying around with a map based campaign system and considering allowing the defender to always be able to field one or two units of clubmen - as a free bonus - depending on the size of the village or town. Nothing may ever come of it, but I like thinking about these things...

The most recent unit - all new minis from Redoubt Enterprises.

Over half of these were painted this week and is made up of miniatures from Wargames Foundry,  Casting Room Miniatures, and I think there might be a model in there from Warlord Games and maybe Dixon Miniatures...?

This third unit was painted a few years back. It is made up of figures from Warlord Games.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Scots Government/Covenanter Force for Pikeman's Lament

I finally finished off the last two units for my Scots Government/Covenanter force for Pikeman's Lament.

The two latest units are both horse. I'm not sure if they'd be classed as "trotters" or "gallopers"? They're 4 points each either way... All the figures in the two units of Horse are form The Assault Group

Horse Unit #1 - these have some command figures, so they could be fielded as the commander of the whole force. Trotters or Gallopers - 4 points

Horse Unit #2 - Trotters or Gallopers - 4 points

The entire force so far - about 34 points worth of stuff (give or take). Some could be upgraded or downgraded depending on the situation.

Below are some new pictures of the rest of the units in the force.

Forlorn Hope - 6 points

Figures from Dixon Miniatures

Shot #1 - 4 points

Figures from Dixon MiniaturesThe Assault Group, and Renegade Miniatures.

Shot #2 - 4 points

Figures from Dixon MiniaturesThe Assault Group, and Renegade Miniatures.

Pike #1 - 4 points

Figures from Dixon MiniaturesThe Assault Group, Perry Miniatures, and Renegade Miniatures.

Pike #2 - 4 points

Figures from Dixon MiniaturesThe Assault GroupPerry Miniatures, and Renegade Miniatures.

Regimental Gun - 4 points

Figures from Warlord Games.

Now to get these guys on the table!!

Despite the fact that I should really be getting on with some Jet Bikes(!) I've been working on some more stuff for the English Civil War. Civilians, mostly - for a few units of "Clubmen".

Mike Bravo Miniatures

A package from Mike Bravo Miniatures finally arrived a week or so ago. It was a bit of an ordeal to get it, but I'm pretty happy with the figures. About a year ago they'd self-crowd-funded a new line of models: State of Emergency. It included British troops circa 1970-1980 and an assortment of armed civilians. By "self-crowd-funded" I mean they didn't do it through Kickstarter or any other crowd-funding websites, they just did it on their own through pre-orders - much like North Star Figures has been doing with their "Nickstarters".

As the fellow running it was just starting out there were a LOT of delays. At one point in the fall he'd offered to send partial shipments of the miniatures that were ready at that time and would send the rest along to others. I like to think of myself as a patient guy, and I dig the lines of minis this guy is trying to make available, and I'm aware for small guys like this it's more of a labour of love and that postage is a killer... So I said I'd wait until it was all ready.

In the new year I was snooping on their website and it looked like ALL off the range was now available for ordering... but I still had not received my stuff. So I sent an email asking if it was indeed available and when my stuff might ship. Got a reply stating that he'd be picking up the last batch of stuff that week and would send off my stuff presently - and even include a few bonus figures from the new Zimbalawi line! Hooray! The next day I received an email confirmation that the miniatures were indeed on the way. A confirmation from his webstore, mind you, not from a carrier with a tracking number or anything.

So I waiting in eager anticipation.

And waited.

AND waited.

After a couple months I thought I'd best get in touch as it seemed something had gone amiss. I had hoped that perhaps he'd simply forgot to mail it. I'd placed an order with Hasslefree miniatures around the same time, and they admitted they had simply forgot to post it... Such was not, apparently, the case with Mike Bravo. He said he'd sent it out and it simply must have been lost in the mail and he would send along a replacement.

In nearly 30 years of ordering stuff from England (and this includes pre-internet days when I would get a money order from the bank and mail off orders to companies I'd found out about in Wargames Illustrated advertisements) I don't think I've ever had an order simply disappear. packages have arrived bashed and broke. Packages have arrived missing items I ordered. Packages have arrived with the complete wrong order. Things have showed months after I ordered it. And on one or two occasions, businesses went out of business and never sent anything at all.  But I don't recall anything ever going completely missing forever? Maybe I've just been insanely lucky. How about you, dear reader? Has anything you ordered simply disappeared in the mail?

Anyway, the package finally arrived. It didn't include any bonus miniatures from the Zimbalawi line. It didn't even include the Iron Lady special figure that was supposed to come with any of the crowd-funded orders (it is listed in the webstore as an item that could be ordered - but was listed as Out of Stock when the replacement was shipped... so I'm guessing they were just out of them...). I did get a bunch of extra miniatures, though... so... If I ever order more (and I might,  not completely writing them off just yet!) and they have the Iron Lady in stock, I'll hit them up for one then...

Here are the first batch:

Some SAS types with M-16s - the pack was to include four, I got seven? I painted up four of them and then painted the other three. As I was finishing the last three I decided to repaint one of the berets green - so I could pass the figure off as a member of the Royal Marine Arctic and Mountain Warfare Cadre (which I think also made use of the M-16).

An assortment of modern irregular/insurgent types. Could be I.R.A...? Could be Tooting Popular Front...? Could be some really extreme football hooligans...?

I have a fair few more of both British and armed civvies. I'm not in any rush to get them done, though. I do really need to work on the Jet Bikes!!!

The pictures were taken between bouts of rain - I do like taking pictures outdoors in natural light. And I usually like taking pictures on overcast days when the light is more diffused. I'm also trying to figure out how to edit photos on my fancy new computer. I don't love the new photo program... 

In other news...

I have also finished off two troops of Scottish Horse - which finishes off my Company of Scots Government/Covenanters for The Pikeman's Lament. I'll put them up in a separate post later today. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

40K Day with The Boy

No, not THAT kind of 40K...

...THIS kind of 40K!

In other news... I did finish up the cavalry for my Scots Government/Covanenteer force. I've also finished up a bunch of 70s/80s British and some armed civilians/insurgent types. I'll hopefully get to posting some pictures of those later today or tomorrow.

Monday, July 17, 2017

More English Civil Warriors

Awaiting the arrival of my new computer today, I thought I'd mess around on Amanda's "work" computer and see if can start to figure out how these new programs work.

I've been working on a few more items for my Pikeman's Lament forces for the English Civil War.

Preacherman from Redoubt Miniatures.

A Devout Cavalryman from The Assault Group.

 A unit of English Shot - these are a mix of figures from Old Glory, Wargames Foundry, Dixon Miniatures, and a few of my own home-cast figures.

Casualty marker for the red coated Englishmen (from Wargames Foundry)

Four rather well armoured scotsmen from Wargames Foundry (They were actually English figures - that I've painted in hoden grey to use as Scotsmen. I didn't want to buy a pack of Scotsmen as I didn't need six guys in bonnets... but I figured I could pass armoured Englishmen off as Scots if I painted them in grey....).

The entire Scots government English Civil War force so far. Two units of Shot, two units of Pike, a light frame gun and a unit of dismounted cavalrymen (fielded as a Forlorn Hope). 26 points so far - which could be modified by upgrading or downgrading any of the units. I also have two units of Scots Horse to paint up and then this will be complete - well as complete as it's going to be for the foreseeable future. Redoubt Miniatures does have some Scottish Civilians I might pick up as some point to act as camp followers - which could be fielded as "Clubmen".

In other news....

I have about half of the Jet Bikes assembled - hopefully have some pics of finished ones shortly. I've also been working on some figures that finally arrived from Mike Bravo Miniatures (bit of an ordeal there...) They'll probably be the next things pictured on the blog. I also have the aforementioned Scots Horse on the workbench (it IS getting rather cluttered!). Progress on these has been slowed by the fact that I have been getting out for more bike rides and will be further slowed as I have a bit of prep work to do (mostly cleaning and organizing - and later DEMOLITION!) as we get ready for our kitchen renovation now scheduled for the end of the summer.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Experiencing Technical Dificulties

Please Stand By...

Well it seems my 11 year old iMac is finally giving up the ghost. The last couple times I tried to use iPhoto it quit unexpectedly as I tired to export photos, and the last time I used it just downloading photos caused the program to crash the whole computer (well... the computer restarted itself...). The writing has been on the wall for some time. iPhoto was one of the main reasons I was holding on - as I like some of the functions it has that the new Photo program on Amanda's slightly newer iMac DOESN'T have!? How does a newer, fancier, more expensive computer have LESS functions than my ancient fossil of a computer!?

So I've ordered a new computer and it should be here early next week. Hopefully I'll figure something out with the Photo program.

I have, in the meantime, finished up another unit of English shot of The Pikeman's lament - as well as a handful of Scottish pike to finish up a unit of those. I'll post pictures of those as soon as I can next week. I also have a bunch of Scottish horse on the workbench and have build a half dozen more Jet Bikes - though, so far, they have only been assembled and primed...

Stay Tuned For Further Developments....

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jet Bike!

With Rick’s Robot finally off the workbench, I’m back to building Jet Bikes! I built four of the last few days, have another two partly assembled, and finished painting the first of the aforementioned four last night.

(Remember: click on the pictures for a bigger version):

This was assembled with parts from the Jet Bike Construction Kit Kickstarter and are available from Ramshakle Games.

Flames totally make it go faster.

I built this one for my friend John one of the organizers of ToonCon Where I will be running a game of Faustus Furious in September  making use of all these jet bikes. I have a second one for him that I’ll be finishing up next, then one for me and one for Amanda (and I’m sure the kids will be hounding me to help them with theirs!). Then I’ll have to play another GAME!!

Coming soon on Tim’s Miniature Wargaming Blog:

MORE Jet bikes! It’s really the only thing I have no the workbench at the moment. Well the only thing on the workbench that I’m at all paying attention to!?