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

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Partizan 2018... A little more dressing

Mark has made another vignette for the game...


Filling in the maintenance log...










He doesn't waist any time does he....


http://over-open-sights.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/filling-in-maintenance-log.html


All the best  Aly

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Partizan 2018... Buildings and 'Table Dressing'

Greetings...


Dave has been busy putting together some buildings for La Gorgue Airfield... They are based on the Blotz Barracks Hut MDF building from their WW2 collection...


http://blotz.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=23_29_100&products_id=418








He has added corrugated roofs ,chimneys ,guttering and drains from plastic rod and sheeting...


Our friend and co-conspirator Adrian Shepherd has engaged Mark Hargreaves to produce some 'Table Dressing' for our game...


This is his first vignette



Can you see anything?...



No ... to much fog...



Have another look...



Can you see anything?...


 No to much fog...




Have another look...............................................................


Beautiful and full of character... more to follow




Marks inspiration...


If you don't already know ...


You can find Mark here...


http://over-open-sights.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/waiting-for-fog-to-lift.html




All the best  Aly


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Partizan 2018... Soldado Milhoes

Greetings...


Helen aka Grey Heron reminded me that there is a new film coming out this year called...


Soldado Milhoes...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r04_l-amkvY&feature=em-share_video_user


This is a Portuguese made film about Anibal Augusto Milhais ... the most decorated Portuguese soldier of WW1... He became Known as Soldier Millions.


A perfectly timed film as the events portrayed happened 100 years ago during the battle that inspired our game...








More about him can be found here...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An%C3%ADbal_Milhais


He will be represented on our table...




Normally Dave and I depict our Light MG teams as two men on a base ...A gunner and a number two...
But for Soldado Milhoes I have based him as a single figure...


Anibal Augusto Milhais July 9th 1895 - June 3rd 1970.


All the best  Aly





Sunday, 8 April 2018

Partizan 2018... A few more Portuguese infantry

Here are a few more finished Portuguese infantry...







They were originally Great War Miniatures British marching infantry...


http://www.northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=577






I thought that mixing two or three infantry in with the refugees would be quite effective...


I have in fact painted more Portuguese ... but I have run out of the correct sized bases...


That will be another order to War Bases then...


This does however give me an opportunity to post a whole load of cool colourized photo's of Portuguese soldiers that I have found on the internet...


They are by a chap called Henrique M. 















All the best  Aly.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Partizan 2018... King Edwards Horse.

A few more miniatures finished for our game...


These chaps will represent King Edwards Horse who were pushed into combat around Estaires to try and stem the flow of the German advance...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Edward%27s_Horse


I have still to paint insignia on them ... I shall wait until I have finished all 12 of the figures I intend to paint for this unit.






Everything follows my usual process...


Although this time the figures were undercoated with ...Tamiya Nato Brown Spray...




The horses were then give a number of brown and red washes ...all Citadel...
I paint a number of layers of each colour until I am satisfied with the results... I am aiming for some subtle variation across the unit.


The Uniform is... Foundry... Drab 12B.
Gasmask case ,Small pack, Officers breeches etc. are... Foundry... Drab Light 12C.
Helmet... Foundry ... Drab Shade 12A... With a touch of Black.
Leather... Citadel... Doombull Brown.
Steel... Silver with a touch of... Citadel Dryad Bark.




Everything is given a coat of Aly's Brown Liquid...




Then re highlighted with the original colours...


After matt varnishing, the leather equipment was given a coat of Tamiya Clear Orange to give it a lustrous shine...














I am rather pleased with these...


I found another map that covers the German offensives...






Also a link to the Long Long Trails page on the Battle of the Lys...


http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/battles/battles-of-the-western-front-in-france-and-flanders/the-battles-of-the-lys-1918/


The paints are mostly Wargames Foundry and Citadel...
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling
Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric


The miniatures are Great War Miniatures...
Available from North Star Military Figures...


http://www.northstarfigures.com/list.php?man=20&cat=153&page=1






All the best  Aly




Saturday, 31 March 2018

Partizan 2018... Some refugees

Despite my hectic social life getting in the way(boo! Hoo! poor me)...
I have painted up a few civilian refugees...


These figures are from Brigade Models Great War range...


http://www.brigademodels.co.uk/GreatWar28/Items/GW28-1139.html


Apparently they are based on photo's from 1914...




I managed to track down one image...









These have all been painted in my usual style...


I have tried to keep the colours fairly muted to try and reflect the mood of the retreating refugees...
I also did a head swap on a couple for variety...


The paints are Wargames Foundry and Citadel...
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling
Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric


I have also started painting up some British cavalry to represent King Edwards Horse who were pushed into the fighting around Estaires.




Nuno has also sent me some more background on the Portuguese army...


Taken from...
Sniping in France... by Major H. Hesketh-Prichard.






All the best  Aly