Wednesday, 29 June 2022

15mm Medieval Spanish Crossbowmen

 Next in line for this army are some crossbowmen, with sixteen elements in closeorder and six skirmish elements comprising 76 figures in total:

The figures are Khurasan but smaller and more slightly built than some others in their range, and to my eye the corssbow looks a little oversized. They probably look better en masse:

When I was painting them I couldn't get the image of the Monty Python French soldiers out of my head due to the similarity of the helmets:

I preferred painting the skirmish figures some of whom are in lighter clothing:

That's the crossbowmen completed then:

I hope to have completed the basing for twelve elements of cavalry before the weekend is over, which will mean I am starting to make an impact on this army. I am looking forward to doing some Spanish knights as part of the project but will probably save them until last as I am expecting they will involve the most work.

Friday, 10 June 2022

15mm Medieval Spanish Handgunners and Slingers

 The DBMM Medieval Spanish list allows a few different types of skirmish troops among which are several elements of handgunners and slingers. The handgunners were particularly fun to paint:

The figures are again from Khurasan, and with all that armour have a distinctly late medieval feel about them. I'm not sure how quickly they would have moved in real life though and it will be amusing to to see them sprinting around the table at skirmish speed:

The slingers look much more skirmish-like, and look like peasants who have picked up a few rocks and joined the fray:

I have finished a couple more law subjects this semester, once of which was a double-weighted a honours research project, so now have a six week break before commencing my final two subjects during which I hope to ramp up my production output and really get stuck into this project. Next up will be some Spanish crossbowmen.

Friday, 3 June 2022

15mm Medieval Spanish Jinetes

Having recently finished the French Napoleonic cavalry I wanted to move on to something a little different so thought I would tackle a medieval Spanish army. First to be completed are twelve elements of Spanish light cavalry or Jinetes, which is apparently Spanish for 'horseman':

The figures are from Khurasan and look to be a true 15mm, so are on the smaller side. The Jinetes come in three different poses which is enough to provide some variety:

Most of the figures are armed with javelins which came with the figures, but for some reason were difficult to attach with me having to hold each in place for at least a minute before the glue would bind. Some also came with a rather curious three-tailed javelin which looks more like a large dart, seen here on the figure on the right. This features in a few other Spanish packs so it must be a medieval Spanish thing, but not something I have seen before:

I am planning on using a few reds and yellows in this army, particularly on the knights, to try to give it some Spanish flavour:

There is quite a bit to do in this army, but if all goes to plan I hope to have it completed some time in August so they can make their debut in a game in late August or September.

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Napoleonic French Cavalry Completed

After having recently completed the last regiment of Napoleonic French cavalry I found a bit of time over the weekend to haul them all out again for a few group pictures:

The figures are all Wargames Foundry or Perry, with the flags from GMB. First up a couple of pictures of the line chasseurs and lancers:

The dragoons and cuirassiers:

And the hussars and guard, along with a regiment of carabiniers:

The final tally is as follows:

  • 3 x regiments of line chasseurs
  • 3 x regiments of line lancers
  • 4 x regiments of dragoons
  • 5 x regiments of cuirassiers
  • 1 x regiment of carabiniers
  • 3 x regiments of hussars
  • 5 x regiments of Guard cavalry

That gives a total of 312 mounted figures. I estimate it took me ten months all up to do this lot which in retrospect is not bad going. 

Now for some 15mm medieval Spanish, which I am hoping should only take a few months to get through, if I can get some momentum going.

Friday, 20 May 2022

Polish Lancers

The twenty-fourth and final regiment of French cavalry completed, the Polish Lancers need no introduction. I read somewhere that each squadron had a different coloured horse which probably didn't last long on campaign, but I thought it would be a nice idea to do them that way. The colours were black, bay, chestnut and grey, which I think makes a pleasing combination: 

The figures are Wargame Foundry and have been in the pile for twelve years with some of the other previously completed regiments, so it was nice to finally give them some attention:

The lance pennons and flag are again from GMB:

I have to admit to a sense of satisfaction having finished this lot, and found painting them very enjoyable mainly due to all the variety present in French cavalry regiments:

I have prepared some French artillery, but before I move on to them I want to squeeze in a 15mm medieval army or two, starting with some Spanish which I am hoping should only take me a couple of months to complete. Well, that's the plan at least, so I'll see how it turns out come the end of July.

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

French 3rd Regiment of Line Lancers

The last of the three line lance regiments, and an excuse to break out my Foundry pink triad again for the facings:

The figures are Perry this time, unlike the last two regiments which are Wargames Foundry. The flag is from GMB again:

I also included some elite company figures to provide a bit of variety:

I can't remember whether the Perry figures came with lances or not when I prepped these some time ago, but I ended up using the sturdy North Star wire spears which fit nicely and look the part with the GMB pennons attached:

I also purchased three of the Perry casualty figures which I thought I would paint up while I was in the mood, making this a fifteen figure unit in total although only twelve are likely to make the table at any one time:

Only the Polish lancers to go now, which I hope to have completed within the next week.