Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Close up of the figures - Officer

Close up of the figures - standard bearer

I still need to finish the flags.

Close up of the figures - Drummer

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Close up of the figures - Infantry

15mm Minifigs Prussian infantry

Big battalions old school style

I am very pleased with my new battalions of Prussian Seven Year War 15mm minifigs. They are lovely and look great in such BIG units! I have finished two battalions of 72 figures. Click on the images to enlarge.

Monday, 14 July 2008

Tercio - 72 man unit

Pictured here are three views of a pike and shot tercio (click on the photo to enlarge). Figures are 15mm Essex, from the ex- Hal Thinglum collection. Hal's 15mm collection are now with me and I promise to look after them with the upmost care. A lot of effort (and love) has been put into the creation of the collection. They are sitting on a medium sized hill.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Hoplite Greek - infantry

When it comes to ancients no "collection" is complete without some Hoplite Greeks. Pictured here are a variety of colour schemes in the army. Figures are (I believe) old Donnington 15mm figures that scrub up quite well.

Hoplite Greek

These are old 15mm Donnington Hoplite Greek. These are the infantry / charioteers for their four horse sythed chariots. I can't wait till the chariots are ready for them to take to the field!

Renaissance sword

Some more Essex miniatures from the 15mm Renaissance range.

Renaissance foot command

Essex 15mm Renaissance figures, standard bearer and drummer.

15 mm modern SAS and Syrian

For my modern range of figures I have got some SAS in a variety of dress (black, urban, jungle etc.). These are "urban assault troops" and look mighty fierce. I have a variety of middle east armies, pictured below the SAS is the Syrian shock troops (their special forces).


15mm figures from Irregular Miniatures from their Colonial range.

Friday, 16 May 2008

I have already received the Bavarians and my recent order for Austrian has just been shipped so I better get priming.


7 Battalions of foot (36 figures each)
1 Battalion of Guard (40 figures)
1 Battalion of Light (36 figures)
2 Artillery batteries with 4 horse limbers (4 guns each)
1 Hussar unit (24 horse)
1 Cuirassier unit (24 horse)
1 Sapper unit (8 figures)
1 Divisional HQ (4 mounted and 4 dismounted figures)


7 Battalions of foot (36 figures each)
1 Battalion of Grenz (Guard - 40 figures)
1 Battalion of J├Ągers (Light - 36 figures)
2 Artillery batteries with 4 horse limbers (4 guns each)
1 Hussar unit (24 horse)
1 Cuirassier unit (24 horse)
1 Militia (mixed Round Hat and Korsehut hats - 40 figures)
1 Sapper unit (8 figures)
1 Divisional HQ (4 mounted and 4 dismounted figures)

15mm Napoleonics (Bavaria and Austrian) - and the winner is...

Napoleonics is one of the two eras (the other being WW2) that for some reason I always get drawn back to. I finished large Prussian, Russian and French armies some time ago and have not looked at the era for years.

The other day I was reading up on the Austrian invasion of Bavaria and I thought I would order and paint up both of these forces (of which I have no figures and limited books).

All of my Napoleonics are Minifigs so that seemed like the obvious way to continue. But I thought I would have a look around first to see what else was out there. I ordered some 20 samples from various manufacturers and have decided to go with Fantassin Miniagures range:

Here are the reasons why I choose them:

1) the figures are beautifully sculpted
2) there are a variety of poses in each package
3) the horses are well proportioned (in fact some of the best I have seen in this scale)
4) they have high level command packs (mounted Generals, mounted ADCs, officers etc.)
5) they have a comprehensive range of both Bavarian and Austrian troops
6) there is a discount when ordering division or battalion size packages
7) they have a good online shop
8) they have great photos of all their figures online (which makes a BIG difference for me)
9) they accept PayPal so no difficult international transactions
10) they have the most reasonable postage costs on the market (it kills me to pay for postage!)
11) there is no flash on the figures

The only thing "wrong" is that the limber crews do not exist for Bavaria.

Other than that I am a happy camper.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Shanty town

At Salute I was rather taken to the new Shanty Town models from Wilson Wargames. They come in three sizes: small, medium and large (for 5, 10 and 20 GBP respectively). They are prefect for AK-47 (Peter Pig 15mm) range. Click on the phots to enlarge but the photos really don't do them justice. Note the extraordinary detail (i.e. the burnt out cars, the oil drums, posters on the walls). They are sitting on a desert 3 inch hex mat from Holtz Mats (which are also very nice).

Monday, 7 April 2008

25mm second order

The Sash and Saber order arrived just before the deadline of their amazing 50% off sale. The figures are so nice that I have put in a second order as follows (infantry contain 50 figures including commands, cavalry 20 figures also including commands):

2x RYPSI1 Prussian Musketeer Advancing Shoulder Arms (100 figs total)
3x RYPSI2 Prussian Fusilier Advancing Shoulder Arms (150)
1x RYPSI3 Prussian Grenadier Advancing Shoulder Arms (Prussian Cuff) (50)
1x RYPC1a Prussian Hussar in Mirliton (20)
1x RYRSI1 Russian Infantry in Kamzol (sleeved waistcoat) Advancing Shoulder Arms (50)
1 x RYPC1b Prussian Hussar in Fur Cap (20)

I will, therefore, have about 11 battalions of foot and 3 units of cavalry. Remember, I don't do 25mm!!

Prussian infantry - Sash and Saber

Pictured here are a) on top - line infantry (musket) b) drummers and c) standard bearers. Figures by Sash and Saber (25mm) Prussian Seven Years War.

Prussian arrive - they are good

The Sash and Saber figures arrived, pictured here are three different angles of the Prussian Hussars withfur cap and one photo of all the varients that arrived.

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

25/ 28mm figures orders - scarey

I don't do 25/28 mm, really I don't! But for the UKBigBattalions game next October I have just ordered the following Sash and Saber figures. These are especially interesting since they are currently half price!

1) Prussian Regimental Pack
1x Prussian Hussar in Fur Cap (20 figures including command)

2) Prussian Regimental Pack
1 x Prussian Musketeers Advancing Shoulder Arms (50 figures including command)

Chris, at Sash and Saber, was extremely quick at sorting out my order, I hope the post brings them just as fast.

Saturday, 8 March 2008

6mm ACW - battalion

From the same range (Baccus 6mm) this is a line battalion with a few skirmishes out front. Unpainted - obviously. On a small wooden base that I also got from Baccus (60 x 30 mm).

6mm ACW - amazing!

I must admit that I am very impressed with my new Baccus 6mm ACW figures. Pictured here is a 6 horse limber, carriage and gun. [Click on the picture to enlarge]

Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Mounted officers

Prussian Mounted officers 15mm manufacturer unknown. If you know please drop me a line.
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Prussian Infantry Standard Bearer

Minifigs, 15mm Prussian Standard Bearer.

Prussian Infantry of the Line

15 mm Minifigs.

Prussian Grenadier

Minifigs 15mm Grenadiers

Prussian officer

Close up of foot Officer (15mm Minifigs)