Thursday 6 December 2018

15mm Punic Wars Project

A clutch of figures painted for this project.
A unit of Gallic heavy warband and two units of naked fanatics, Gestati(or something like that).  Also a couple of mounted leaders and a cavalry unit.

There is also a mounted skirmish unit of Tarantine horse, a universal mercenary force who will fight for anyone of the right money....

Gallic Nobels, ready to lead the wildmen to battle

Gallic cavalry, a very useful unit who can fight on both sides or among themselves

Naked fanatics....

 Heavy Warband

Tarantine, mercenary light horse.....

Sorry about the bad pictures they were taken on an IPad in poor lighting.  Better ones will follow once they have been based.

10mm Seven Years War Russian

Just a very quick update, only one unit of Russian Cuirassiers, Prince Fedorovich.
Again the standard Russian Cuirassier uniform.

Tuesday 4 December 2018

10mm Seven Years War

I have not painted 10mm Seven Years War for ages but a few packs fell in to my hands out of my 'lucky dip box' (I bag my figures for my ongoing projects into units and put them all into a big plastic tub and blind pic what to paint).  It just so happens that I got three bags in a row this time around.

The whole batch.  In front are 5 Russian Generals.

The Novotroiskiy Cuirassier, now all Russian cuirassiers in this period look the same.  Buff coats, red saddle cloths and black cuirass.  
The only thing that marks the regiments apart are the colours of their standards, this regiments colour is green.

The 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the Observation Corps Grenadiers.  the Observation Corps wore standard infantry uniform except for their boots, they had been issued with black dragoon boots, the dragoons where being reorganised at the start of the war.

All figures are from Pendraken, my only (very small) moan, more of a exhale is the cast on flags and this is only because I am not a very good, in fact I'm rubbish, at freehand painting lol

15mm Punic War Project

Italian allies and Gallic chariots.  Etruscan citizen hoplites, these can be used as allies for both the Punic state and Rome itself.
The Gallic chariots, not really used in the Punic Wars but very useful for Gallic tribes against Rome or Carthage or indeed against each other.

Above and below the Etruscan citizen hoplites.  These form heavy foot units.
The figures are War and Empire and the shield decal are Little Big Man

Gallic chariots, I do like these and quite quick to paint.  I'm not sure of the make of these but I think they are a mix of War and Empire and Corvus Belli

Tuesday 27 November 2018

15mm Punic War Project

Found time to add to own collections.  This time the ever expanding 2nd Punic War project.

The first two pictures are off Punic Citizen cavalry and two figures for a command stand.  These are Corvus Belli figures as is the majority of my Punic citizen force.

24 Gallic warriors, these will form two 'heavy' warbands 'Soldari'  The figures are from War and Empire

 Gallic chariots, not really 2nd Punic Wars but very useful for fighting Romans anyway.
One chariot is Corvus Belli the other War and Empire

15mm Bolt Action British Commission

The last few pieces of Al's British army Bolt Action commission.

 So three mortar teams, two PIAT teams and a couple of left over infantry.

Next up on the Commission front from Al are about 140 WW2 US Paratroopers, again Battlefront miniatures for Bolt Action 

Wednesday 21 November 2018

15mm Bolt Action Commission- The Americans

This was the bulk of the Bolt Action commission I took on whilst home.  A horde of infantry, a few crewed support weapons and some vehicles.

All are Peter Pig casting, which where are very nice, very little flash.  the vehicles fit together well.

I did enjoy painting this little project.

The vehicles, a Stuart, an M8 and a Jeep

Support weapons and anti tank gun

The infantry, all individually based on metal washers

Tuesday 20 November 2018

15mm Bolt Action Commission-Germans

Whilst at home last time a club member asked if I could paint a few 15mm figures for a WW2 Bolt Action force he was building.  I said and yes and was given a bag full of US troops and a few German items.

These are the German items, a PzIII, Sd Kfz250/9 and 3 Pak36s.

SdKfz 250/9 and PzIIIJ

The models are from Peter Pig and are very nice, not much flash and easy to assemble.  I have not glued the PzIII turret on, so can be positioned as you wish. 

The Pak36s are mounted on metal washers, crew will be single based, which enables casualty removal.

Flames of War US Army Commission

Another US assault platoon for one of the PAW club members.
Battlefront miniatures, not too bad.  I think that makes 5 platoons I have painted as part of this commission.

Friday 16 November 2018

Hail Caesar Diadochi Battle-Seleucid v Ptolomy

Another big game at PAW.  This time Hail Caesar in the time of the Diadochi Wars, the struggle for dominance following the death of Alexander.

The battle pitched the forces of Seleucid against the might of Ptolomy.  The armies are the ones I have been collection to refight the Battle of Raphia, I'm nearly there but have a lot more elephants to do.  You will have to excuse the lack of basing, as you can imagine it's a massive task which i have still not decided how to do.

As stated we used the Hail Caesar rules, the only change being centimeters instead of inches.  It seemed to work very well.

And to the pictures.....

The mighty armies deployed, Seleucid to the left and Ptolomy to the left.  Over a thousand figures on a 12 foot by 4 foot table. 

Ptolomy's left flank's starting position.  Companion style cavalry, elephants with escorts and Egyptian Levy Phalanx

Ptolomy's Phalanx block

Ptolomy's right flank elephants

The Seleucid left, heavy cavalry, pike phalanx all fronted by 'dubious' Arabs

Seleucid's center. Elephants, peltasts and Agema Pikes, the elite of the army.

Seleucid right, Thracian light horse (black cloaks) and elite cavalry

Seleucid's Agema

The elites collide.  Seleucid Agema calsh with Ptolomy's Basilikai, his elite pike who fought in shallower formations.  Ptolomy's guard made a good show of the fight despite being out numbered.

Seleucid's mercenary Greeks advancing towards the Egyptian levies

A view over the far side of the battlefield, lots of action going on.

Top of the picture the two main phalanx blocks come to grips with each other.  In the foreground the Ptolomy's greek mercenaries advance on the elephants.

And on the Ptolemaic left the cavalry clash

From behind Ptolomy's line, the Egyptian Levy pike and the Basilikai elite phalanx.

A view form Ptolomy's right

As seen from Seleucid lines, yours truly rolling terrible dice.....again!

A general view of the field   

The battle was not fought to a result, although the Seleucids had broken two of Ptolomy's commands.

There were 5 players in the game, it went quite quickly despite non of us being Hail Caesar rules experts.  We did not make a few mistakes, missed the 'Break Test' on a 6 from missile fire, initailly and we used the Black Powder moral calculator not the Hail Caesar one, this last one would have have made a difference and the battle would have been a little more bloodier.

But all of us enjoyed it and we will play more large HC and BP games.  I do love games on this scale, to me this is wargaming.

All the figures are Xyston Miniatures ( and available through Colonel Bills,  The bases are from Simon Miller, Big Red Bat, (

I will be collection the Achaemenid Persian armies to fight against the conquests of Alexander himself.