Tuesday, July 10, 2012

All along the Watchtower

On our second hobby day my son and I were very productive. I painted up the final layer of greenskin on an Orc Warriors unit and prepared some Napoleonic troops.
My youngest (he is fifteen) finished his scratchbuild Orcish Watchtower. In my opinion this tower has become a beautiful terrain piece and I must admit that I'm a really proud to show some pictures of the structure here.
The base is from a railway hobby H0 gauge bungalow model that I quite often bombarded with marbels and other stuff while playing with toysoldiers in my youth. The smashed bungalow is long gone but the base survived and now fullfills a new purpose. How nostalgic, but Orcs donotta grinn!


Monday, July 9, 2012

Today Orcs roamed the attic

I have two holi-hobby-days. Been working on my 7YW Russian infantry. Had a lot of trouble with the coat coming of  while putting on the first layers of paint. I stopped and decided to clean them up again. Shit happens!

My youngest son was sitting next to me, busy painting a Warhammer Fantasy Battles Orc Warrior unit. He however preffered to work on his scratchbuild watchtower. That's how I ended up painting greenskins this afternoon. All in all we had a good time, sharing work and fun with our mutual hobby today.Tomorrow we continu. I promised painting the final skin layer on the Orc unit. After that I'll switch back to historical again.           

Monday, July 2, 2012

Borodino 1812 with Black Powder

Paint it black; that's what I did today with four different Russian Infantry units. These troops are for my 7YW Black Powder army. But I have plans for more Black Powder Russians. I'm going to make troops with which I can refight the famous battle of Borodino 1812 and some fictional 1812-1814 battles between Napoleonic Russian and La Grande Armee troops too.
The funny thing is that I already have some painted 1:72 Russian and French troops. These troops are oil-painted and consist mainly of old Esci figures. Now I plan for acrylic painted ones with better quality figures from companies as Zvezda, Hat and Italeri. Below are two pictures of a wargame battle with my oldies.


Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Hussar Cry

I've been busy preparing a unit of 7YW Russian hussars. Basically I used the old Revell Prussian hussars. The riders are quite ok in my humble opinion, the horses however I find a bit too skinny. I decided to give the Revell riders new mounts. The horses I use now come from Zvezda's Napoleonic Russian Hussars.
I haven't made up my mind yet which historical unit I want my horsemen to represent. Some Russian units carried headgear just as the Revell Prussian hussar but others wore a more busby like style. This could mean I have to swap heads. In that case I will give the riders a new head coming from the old Esci British light dragoonsI will sleep on it a little longer, so no cries here.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Crossing Holy Water

Today I received two beautiful new terrain pieces. These are a (NW) European classical style church and a single arched stone bridge. Both are produced by HovelsHowever officially made for 25mm scale they match 20mm figs very well. The two items are useful for many historical periods and miniature battles. I have captured them on photo with some future 7YW Ruskies. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Black Powder 7 Years War Russian Army Project

Hi there,

Heavily influenced by a fantastic Black Powder Seven Years War demo at Impact in Uden, I decided to make my own miniature wargame troops for this historical period. And this is why I very recently started  creating a Russian 7YW army.

This army is going to have musketeer and grenadier battalions, Pandurs and of course cavalry units like cuirassiers, dragoons and hussars. Wanted it to have mounted Cossacks and horse grenadiers too. Furthermore I needed some field and regimental artillery plus command stands. Here you see the first result showing my basic Russians. 

All figures are in 1:72 scale and for most part plastics from companies like Revell and Zvezda. Have done some minor conversions like headswaps. Unlike the ones shown in the picture all model guns will come from Zvezda's Great Northern War Russian artillery set. Will start coating and painting my first units in July. So I don't mind when it's a bit of a rainy summer in Holland this year. 


LITTLE LIONS; miniature wargaming Blog

Today I started my own miniature wargaming Blog. I will focus mainly on playing historical battles with figures and vehicles in 1:72, 1:76 and 20mm scale. Hope you will enjoy the fun and fighting of my LITTLE LIONS too!