29 December 2015

A New Scale: 18mm AB Napoleonics

As many of you know, I have recently put up my 28mm Napoleonic collection for sale. I had put a lot of work into the collection over the last 10 years, but three issues kept on coming up.....storage, transportability and playability. After a lot of thought and some preliminary feelers, I put all but my Anglo-Portuguese and the Brunswickers up for sale. It has been pretty successful, with just 14 units of French Infantry left to go, and I have made enough to replace the 28 mm armies with three Divisions each of French and Anglo-Portuguese as well as a Spanish brigade with money to spare. This includes several cavalry units as well as artillery and command. The new army will be all AB miniatures, based on metal stands of 6 bases per unit and are presently being painted in southern Europe and Asia. I have already accumulated a dozen units and more are on the way. A proportion of the funds are also been directed at a secret project that I will reveal soon, but the madness of a wargamer with funds to blow, knows no bounds.

I am not a slouch though, so I have decided to paint up several bases of artillery which I hope to complete by the end of the challenge. To get some practice, I have over the last couple of weeks painted up a British unit that I present here.

I must say that the 18mm figures are quite challenging to paint and I am happy that I have just a few to do. I am still looking for a flag vendor, the Flagdude has unfortunately become unresponsive again, but I will remain hopeful as really he has the best flags.

I plan to have a New Year post to discuss my 18mm OB, as well as to display the units I have already acquired.

28 December 2015

The Tong

Over the last 9 months, I really have done little painting, but it is this time of year that heralds the Analogue Hobbies Annual Painting Challenge. Time now to wash the brushes and paint some figures.
My first submission is some figures I had left over from last year's challenge; The Inscrutable Tong and his gang. These figures are from Westwind Productions and like the whole Empire of the Dead line are quite impressive. I really enjoyed painting them.