Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Giant Commission -- French Reinforcements

Glenn needs more Frenchmen to fight Austerlitz, so more Frenchmen he will get!  These figures are in the 1812 uniform.

Line Voltiguers



Line Grenadiers



Chasseurs and Grenadiers of the Guard


The fusiliers are up next.

Friday, January 13, 2017

28mm ACW Aides de Camp

In my last order from Litko, I bought 25 2" by 1" "pill" shaped bases.  I have been reading the new Pickett's Charge rules, which call for several aides de camp per side.  I think this would be a workable way to denote couriers.






Three of the figures are from Sash and Saber, while the bald Union officer removing his cap is from Old Glory.  I hope to put on a Pickett's Charge game this year.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

1805 Russians in 15mm

One of my post-commision projects will be to build forces for the linked General de Brigade Austerlitz scenarios.  I'll need about 20 battalions of infantry like this one.





The figures are all Blue Moon, the flag is from GMB, and the bases are from Litko and Wargames Accessories.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Little Distraction

My gaming buddies and I enjoy exchanging Christmas gifts each year.  This year Jon got me two 54mm white metal figures from EK Castings, a Russian outfit that produces some beautifully detailed military miniatures at a great price.  Over the past few days, while I have been priming French infantry in sub-zero degree weather, I tackled the first of the figures.

This is a Roman hastatus suitable for the 4th-2nd centuries BC.  I would guess from his helmet that he is from the earlier years.

I used this figure to experiment with some ink washes and light acrylic glazes, using mostly Vallejo paints.  While I am happy with the overall look of the figure, his face did not come out quite right.  I may have to break out the oil paints for the next figure, at least for the flesh tones.




He'll go in my model display case now.  This was a fun diversion, and I look forward to trying my hand at some more figures from EK Castings' range.

I have found one Russian vendor that sells these figures for about $4 each (plus shipping costs).  Once I figure out how to actually place an order, I will probably get a couple dozen figures.  I really enjoyed painting this guy.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Giant Commission -- Austrian Militia

The first figures of 2017 are these Austrian Landwehr that Glenn wanted to add to his army.





I have a few hundred French infantry going through the priming process now!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Retrospective

2016 was yet another busy year for me.  I felt like I really hit my painting stride this year, cranking out the figures while not sacrificing quality.  I finished 1,821 figures this year, or about five figures per day.  Not too shabby!

Virtually all my painting (more than 90%) was done for Glenn's massive commission.  I did finish up some figures for my gaming buddy Kevin as well, and I was able to paint a few figures for myself.

My 2016 totals were:

54mm Foot: 1
28mm Foot: 64
28mm Mounted: 42
15mm Foot: 1260
15mm Mounted: 416
15mm Guns: 38

For My Collections:
28mm WWII Germans, 28 infantry
28mm WWI Germans, 8 infantry
28mm Saxons: 4 infantry
54mm Romans, 1 infantry (painted alongside my daughter)
15mm Napoleonic Spanish, 34 cavalry
15mm Napoleonic Russians, 32 infantry

For Commissions:
15mm Napoleonic Austrians, 546 foot, 122 horse, 13 guns
15mm Napoleonic Russians, 682 foot, 258 horse, 25 guns
15mm Napoleonic Prussians, 2 horse
28mm Napoleonic British, 24 foot, 42 horse

My Analogue Hobbies scoring system total for the year was 5,086 points, a 13% improvement from last year.  I was also able to complete a few scale models, including my first ever aircraft and a large diorama.

All in all, 2016 was one of my most productive years.

All of that commission work has had one goal in mind: to fund a hobby room for myself.  I will be tearing down my old garage and replacing it with a new garage, 960 square foot gaming room, and another 480 square feet of basement storage.  The permits came through the week before Christmas.  All the bids are in, and my wife and I have chosen a contractor.  As soon as the temperatures rise, we will break ground!

So 2017 should see me finish my massive Napoleonics commission.  It should also see me moving in to a gigantic new gaming space!