I am giving the hobby a break for a while as the year moves to its busy side. Next year will be a year of changes for the family. Among these many changes will be my oldest daughter moving off to Auckland University. Anyway, I hope to keep the hobby going in 2017 but I will sign off now with a pic of my old Del Prado Napoleon at War. Vive la Emperor!
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Today I took a break from figures and built up this little house. I have a dearth of houses and general terrain for my imaginary wargames table so today's effort goes some way to fixing this. It was a great little day project in between my work on the Austrian artillery. Good times!
Monday, October 17, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
As the title suggests I now have an extra arm to my Austrian Army. The brown of the uniforms is passable and on the table will look ok. I really like the cannons though. The Austrians had a lighter caliber than tbe French and I think the models reflect this well. My next part of the project will be the 1809 Austrian "German " infantry.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
I found a company online which does Uhlans and Hussars in 20mm lead called Newline Designs. Previously, I had decided to avoid leads as the figures look a little like dwarves and are very chunky. These figures however might fit reasonably well next to my plastics at one pound a pop they are certainly more expensive than plastics but since I'll only need about 50 figures it isn't too much of a big deal. Getting these figures would mean that the project will be fully provisioned and all that will be needed will be time to paint. That I can handle!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Apart from a few touch ups these figures are ready for the box. I really enjoyed these dudes and I look forward to starting on the hussars and uhlans down the track sometime when a company gets around to producing a good couple of sets of 1/72. In the meantime I am spoiled foe choice in terms of painting my Austrians. I'll see what the fates choose for me later in the week.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Friday was a snow day so I was able to stay at home and paint the day away. Saturday saw I light dump but a significant freeze as well. Unfortunately I was away for the evening doing family duties so painting had to wait. Today saw me being a taxi driver all afternoon for various activities so tonight will be paint "en mass" night. For these figures I have decided on a big brush for the first four colours and a much smaller brush to finish. I have never been the type to paint individual figures and I suppose the mediocre results prove it. Still, it makes for large armies and fun weekends!
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Thursday, August 4, 2016
10 Landwehr battalions of 25 figures.
2 squadrons of Dragoons
2 squadrons of Chevaux Leger
2 squadrons of lances
2 squadrons of Hussars
6 stands of Cavalry artillery
8 ammunition wagons.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
After a relaxing weekend finishing off the final bits these babies are now safely tucked away in their box in the laundry. Now I am thrashing around looking for a new winter project. There are a few British infantry to paint but in all honesty I am pretty much out of figures to work on. I am going to have to raid Hannents for a restock.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
I have been painting til I lost feeling in my legs - and loving it.
I got up this morning, climbed over sleeping children in the lounge (josie had come back with a school friend at about 1 in the morning after a karaoke party) and got straight to work on a couple of battalions of Austrians. I must have painted for at least two hours before 2nd child asked me to make pancakes. I managed to get another couple of hours in before dropping 1st girl off for a sleepover tonight and then going down to record my wife's concert. Now I have lit the fire and am settling into a restful evening of painting. Winter seems to be slowly making its presence felt (about 6 weeks late ) but I am happy in my little house at the bottom of the planet.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Over the weekend I have been chipping away on some household cavalry. Still a bit of work to do on them but already they look pretty cool IMHO.
I'll finish these chaps by Thursday and then the family is heading up to Christchurch for the regional chamber music competition final. Maybe I can get more kitset in the big smoke. Here's hoping!
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
|Back of the "Big Box"|
|Side with a blurb of the battle with some pretty dodgy English|
|The complete sets on the Big Box|
|Barn- I am interested to see whether this reflects the real farm at the time or the later additions which were done about 20 years after the battle.|
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Over the past month I have chipped away on my Saxon Lieb Garde and French Curassiers. This has kept me painting quite happily as autumn slowly makes its presence felt at the bottom of the South Island. Between the Saxon and the French, I pulled out a broken old Airfix cottage kit and started resurrecting it over the Easter period. Still a long way to go on this baby but it will go some way to dealing with my dearth of buildings on my imaginary wargames table.
Friday, March 25, 2016
I recently picked up two boxes each of Saxon and French curassieres from Zvezda. These are fantastic kits and for the first time I am making an effort to paint the horses as well as I can with my meagre skills rather than just painting them generic brown. This has been a lot of fun and I think the results will make much better eye candy on my imaginary wargames table.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Apart from the sword hands the Bavarians are finished and ready to be put to bed - or rather stored under the bed. Not sure what the next project will be but it could well be either bavarian dragoons or hat's british heavy and light cav when they get released later in the year. Overall, this was an unexpectedly fun project and I will look forward to starting a new one in about six months.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Sunday, February 7, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
I haven't painted for so long that lots of my paint tins have dried up and my brushes have gone all fuzzy. Still. .. the project is to paint 10 battalions of line and two of light. I also am going to add 3 cavalry squadrons and one battery of artillery. Life is so busy but it seems much better if I squeeze in time for my hobby.