ALY MORRISON'S "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Song of Drums and Shakos...French Voltigeurs

Greetings...


My daughter's (very intelligent ) desire to play with toy soldiers has re-fired my interest in starting some collections based around various skirmish rules...
One set of rules that has caught my interest is Song of Drums and Shakos by Ganesha Games...


http://ganeshagames.net/


I have played a couple of solo games using my Shiny Toy Soldiers and have found the rules easy to learn and fun to play and most importantly you only need a dozen or so miniatures a side.


My first unit is 12 French Voltigeurs plus an NCO and an Officer wearing the 1812 Barden uniform.
I sculpted new plumes on the NCO and Officer using Green Stuff.


The miniatures are all Front Rank...
https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/napoleonic/napoleonic-french/




This is the French NCO...
The basic colours have been blocked in in my usual way...


Coatee ... Citadel... Kantor Blue with a wash of Drakenhof Nightshade...
I wanted to make the colour quite dark.
Belts, Breeches, Plastron Etc... Citadel...Pallid Wych Flesh.
Cuffs and Piping... Citadel...  Evil Sunz Scarlet.
Collar, Plume and Shoulder Straps... Foundry... Ochre 4B.
Musket and pack... Citadel... Mournfang Brown.
Rolled Greatcoat... Citadel... Administratum Grey.


https://www.games-workshop.com/en-DK/Painting-Modelling
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/pages/the-foundry-paint-system




Everything was then given a wash of Aly's Brown Liquid...
See https://alystoysoldiers.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/the-war-of-spanish-succession-prussian.html stage two.




Next the figure was highlighted with the original shades and the Belts and straps were painted with Citadel Ceramite White.






The finished unit...


The bases are as usual from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=bases


My next addition to this project will be some British infantry wearing Belgic Shako...
But before that I have two WSS Dutch infantry and one Danish cavalry unit to get on with.


All the best  Aly

















Sunday, 10 December 2017

Hedges

A while back I wrote a hedge making tutorial and posted it on the A Military Gentleman Forum...


I have now at long last finished all of my hedges and to celebrate this I thought that I would post it here on the blog...


All my hedges are based on K & M Terrain's medium sized hedge...they seem to be between 15 and 20mm tall and approximately 6inches long...there is some variation but not enough to worry about.
I tried a few other materials before settling on K&M but I have found that K&M give the best choice of colour,they are very strong and bendy.


Things you will need...





K&M hedges or similar.
Balsa wood sheeting.
Balsa wood 'D' shaped dowelling... as you will see from the pictures this isn't a proper 'D' it is about 15mm wide and about 17mm high... If you can't find this shape rectangular would be perfectly acceptable and you can of course change the size to suit your needs.
UHU or similar glue.
PVA.
Light weight polyfiller ...I found this a few years ago and I love the stuff ... it is exactly what it says it is... if you imagine someone has whipped up ordinary filler and put a lot of air in it... it doesn't warp bases and it has a nice texture.





I cut my Balsa to the appropriate size...it is useful to draw any irregular or curved shaped lengths out first...




The dowel is then cut and glued down using PVA...
Curves and corners are easily made with some inventive cutting...




At this point some of the hedges will need to be bent to shape so they can fit on the dowel...






The dowel and a suitable amount of Balsa are now cut out and the base is beveled...
A groove is now cut into the top of the dowel ...this should be deep enough to accept the wire core of the K&M hedge...








The K&M hedge is now glued into the groove using UHU..





The next bit is texturing...
I know everybody has their own way that suits their terrain and collections,but I will run through what I like to do...





The first thing I do is apply the light weight filler to the base and up the sides of the dowling...
I then take a damp brush ... an old size 2 is what I use...when I say damp I mean  damp... if you put to much water on this stuff it just breaks down to almost nothing...


So I take a damp brush and use it to make branch like shapes near the hedge... they can be quite crudely done...




Once I am satisfied I stipple the rest of the base with my stippling brush...yes I have one just for bases and small bits of terrain...


Once dry I paint and dry brush the groundwork to match my gaming boards and add the appropriate grass and undergrowth foliage...




The base coat is applied ...
The colour I used was a Wilko's colour called Earth Stone... but I am sure there are many other suitable colours available...




Everything is dry brushed with shades of dark and light sand...




Some static grass/floral clumps are added to represent various kinds of undergrowth...




Then everything is flocked in my usual way...






The finished hedges...


And no one is happier than I am that they are finished... I could probably have planted seeds and grown them faster...


I hope that this has been of interest and of some use...


I have also been doing some painting... but more of that later...


All the best.  Aly.




















Sunday, 3 December 2017

Revolutions Podcast

Ok... Not much to post at the moment...
I have got myself into that (butterfly) situation where I am doing a number of things and none are finished....
But while I have been doing that I have been listening to this...


http://www.revolutionspodcast.com/


I can't recommend Mike Duncan's Podcasts enough, he started with the History of Rome and has now moved on to Revolutions , where he is currently covering 1848.


He is very easy to listen to and is very informative...
Go on give it a go ... you know you want to...


All the best   Aly


Disclaimer
I have as yet received no remuneration for this plug...

Thursday, 23 November 2017

From my side of the table... The Battle of Giniss.

No!...
Not a Bottle of Guinness...


 The Battle of Giniss in December 1885...


 Our friends from Germany...  Johannes, Oliver , Frank Becker and Frank Bauer came over for a weekend of Toy Soldiers, Food and Drink...


Michael Perry kindly put on a Sudan game for us all on the Saturday where we were also joined by Steve May.
Frank Becker , Alan and Oliver took the part of the Imperial Colonial Forces... While Johannes, Frank Bauer, Steve and I took the part of the Enthusiastic Giniss Defence League...


















After a hectic night of poetry, basket weaving and yoga , the Giniss Defence League sleep soundly in their beds...




But what's this?...






The sound of Imperial Colonial boots , hooves and camel ...feet! have been drowned out by our 'gentle' snores...




And sticking a flag in the ground doesn't mean it belongs to you... when we wake up you will see that we have lots more flags than you...




This is the last guy who tried it... Or maybe he was the noisy postman who woke us up to early...




They keep coming... Tramp Tramp, Clip Clop, and whatever sound camels feet make (Flip Flop?)




This believe it or not this is the paddle steamer 'Lotus'... and its on the Nile... Covering the advance of the Imperial Colonial Force.............. go on use your imagination... we had to...




This is where we put our cannon/alarm clock... The crew should be wide awake and watching for trouble.... but... they are asleep...




Suddenly Steve's cavalry are awake... Maybe it was a camel barking or a horse farting we will never know... but they are up and ready for action...




As were Johannes's Nile Arabs and riflemen... my men were also coming around but to be honest I was so surprised I forgot to take a picture...




Frank Becker was also surprised... so much so that he rolled a blunder...




But the rest of his men managed to keep coming...




They all kept coming...




The 'Lotus' even started shooting at our alarm clock... fortunately our imaginary gun on the other side of the imaginary Nile shot at the imaginary 'Lotus' and disabled it...





We were all wide awake by now and waving our flags ...




Franks men came on regardless...




Our enthusiastic cavalry prepare to engage the Imperial Colonial Force...




Oliver's cavalry move forward...




As does Alan's infantry...




But our Enthusiastic Giniss Defence League is ready to go...




Brace your self...




Oliver's cavalry decided to pull back






But left behind some men to occupy... a hut!





We decided we wanted it back... and we got some free camels into the bargain...









Steve's cavalry engaged the enemy cavalry... and were fairly successful.




The Enthusiastic Giniss Defence League surge forwards towards the enemy...
Well most of us.... it turns out that Frank Bauer rolls worse dice than I do...




He should have been here...




I charged Frank Becker's men...




Frank Bauer's men begin to edge forwards...






Johannes's and Steve's men surge forward and attack...







Bloody combat ensues along the whole front...




Frank Bauer's men... are here...




They should be here... maybe they didn't get the memo about carrying your enthusiasm to the battlefield...
Or maybe Frank rolled a blunder...




Although I manage to force back Frank Becker's Scots and Egyptians after a prolonged and bloody fight my force is also broken and looks like becoming the proverbial fish in a barrel...
If only Frank was here...




Sadly Frank is there...




Johannes charges his men into Alan's infantry... it is literally down to one throw of the dice...
If only Frank was here...




Sadly Frank is still there...



The dice gods are against us and all of our fighting men are broken... We decide to leave Giniss to the Imperial Colonial Forces and head off to the Khartoum Mindfulness Centre and have bit of a rest and some herbal tea.




With one last throw of the dice Frank manages to prove he is the king of unlucky dice and fails to move...
To be fair he has come out of the battle with his men in perfect order and not a scratch on them...
A victory... of sorts...


An excellent and surprisingly close game in the company of some great friends...


All the toys were Perry Miniatures from the collection of Michael Perry...


 https://www.perry-miniatures.com/index.php?cPath=23_35&osCsid=gh3kn3sibo6b0ied0ljf467407


The rules were Black Powder...


https://store.warlordgames.com/collections/black-powder




Alternative ( and possibly less reliable ) versions of this game can be found here...


https://en-gb.facebook.com/perryminiatures/posts/1360528550735914


https://tabletopdeutschland.com/2017/11/21/ginnis-by-michael-perry/




All the best  Aly