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The First French Regulars for the FIW

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I’ve just finished up my first French regulars for FIW gaming.  I have been wanting to game the Battle on Snowshoes for quite some time and many of the combatants are regulars.  The main impediment to me was that fact that Galloping Major didn’t make the figures.  After waiting an acceptable amount of time, I took the plunge an bought some of the excellent Front Rank SYW regulars.  Many of the Front Rank FIW figures are real stinkers, but most of their ranges are excellent.

What I really wanted was a unit or two of French Marines, so I made the decision to paint these guys as French Marines, but they were wearing bayonets instead of hatchets and gaiters rather than leggings.  So I painted them as the very active regiment Languedoc Infanterie, very close to Marines in appearance so as to be an acceptable stand in until Galloping Major makes some Marines.  Once that happens, they will jump over to the role of regulars.  A great solution I think.

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Huron and Provincials

I’ve recently painted up some wonderful Galloping Major figures, Huron Warriors with Hand-to-Hand Weapons, Anglo-American Provincials Under Attack, and Anglo-American Civilians Settlers Defending Command and Characters.

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Huron with Hand Weapons

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Provincials Under Attack

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Flexible ‘Big Men’ for TFL Games

I’ve been a big fan of Too Fat Lardies for quite some time.  I really like how their games center around ‘Big Men’ and their effect on the battle field.  That being said, I’ve never found a way to mark the Big Men models, for game plays sake, that I’ve been happy with.  Some folks use different sized or shaped bases, but for me that ruins the aesthetic of the model in every other venue except this one game.  I’ve been putting off a solution for a while, but I’ve finally got it figured.

I base my figures on 7/8in steel washers, because I like the size and the ability to use magnates for all kinds of different things.  It just so happens a 7/8in washer fits inside a 30mm round lipped base perfectly.

So you take a few rare earth magnates and super glue them to the bottom of a 30mm round lipped base.

Then you can pop the ‘Big Man’ on it at will and use him in a game.  The next game he might be a regular Joe, or part of a unit on a large square base with 5 other blokes.

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More 1812 Figures to the Front

I’ve been beavering away for the past few weeks, but with no camera to show progress.  Well, I’ve got the camera back now and here are the fruits of my labors.

A few shots of the beginning of my 21st US Infantry Regiment.  They are coming along nicely, I have 11 painted (5 command still waiting to be based) and after my next order, I’ll have the complete unit.  I debated about he color of the coats for a long time.  I know they should be darker, but I loose so much detail with a dark blue coat and black straps that I just couldn’t do it.  So I have a lighter coat than I should, but I like the overall effect.

Also in the finishing stages is 9 US Infantry Regiment from Scott’s Brigade in the famous grey roundabouts.  I just need a flag now, but that’s in December’s budget.

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Scott’s Brigade

I’ve got a few of my Knuckleduster War of 1812 figures painted now.  So it’s time to show them off a bit, even though I still have a bit of static grass to add to the bases.  As these are my first ranked up 28mm figures, I’ve been doing a little playing around.

I have used some 3mm plywood bases that I have left over from a project that never took off.  On top of those I have place some magnetic sheets that have sticky backs.  It only takes a few snips of a scissors to fit it pretty close to size.  After applying the magnetic sheets, I sprayed the bases with cheap Wal-Mart red primer, then painted over that with a brown craft paint that I bought for all of my large scenery pieces.  I think I will go over that (very quickly) with the same color that I use on the figures bases.  I usually don’t do this as it’s a Vallejo paint and I don’t like to use it on large areas, but I think it will be necessary to finish these off.  Once that’s done, I’ll put some static grass on and they will be done.

I’m going to get a command base to finish off this unit, and a flag, then I’ll have some final pictures.

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Anglo-American Provincials

Ahhh, a chance to paint The Galloping Major’s miniatures again.  These are the guys that I’ve missed the most on my break from historical minis.  I’ve been watching people paint them and biding my time, well, I finally ordered them.  First impression of the figures is that they are cracking!  Great character and lots of great details, but nicely raised so they are a joy to paint.

I struggled with the uniform to paint for a while.  I’m a die hard New Englander these days, so I wanted to paint them as Massachusetts men, but the uniforms were more drab.  So in the end I went with the New Jersey Provincials, they are very similar to the Mass troops, but they have white gaiters and a yellow hat band.  Very minor differences I know, but there you go, a little splash of color to liven up the table.

Painting these guys was like talking to a college friend that you haven’t talked to for years, you can easily slip into a comfortable and fun activity after being away for a long time.  After a few brush strokes, it was like I was still in my 7 month spree of painting the other GM figures.

Here’s a few more shots.  I still have 9 more to go and they are all primed and sitting on the painting table.

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1812 Here I come

I’ve had my eye on the War of 1812 for some time.  I even thought I had a chance to play Lasalle and have a game of War of 1812 at the same time once.  It was not to be, but I’ve been left with a desire to get into the conflict in a big way.  I also had a game of 28mm rank and file troops last November that changed my mind about gaming large conflicts in that scale.  So, due to all of that, here I am.  Painting troops from Scott’s Brigade for the Niagara Campaign of 1814.

I want to document how I’ve painted these figures so I can repeat it later and become more efficient as I go.  I have a feeling that I may be painting quite a few of them.

Luck for me, and anyone else that might like to get into gaming the War of 1812, Knuckleduster Miniatures makes some great minis for the conflict.  The company seems to be on track to produce everything you need to game the Niagara Campaign, PERFECT.  I’ve had these minis around for a few months, and I’m getting ready order a few more as soon as my monthly spending allocation is renewed.

Scott’s Brigade – Troops from 9th, 11th,22nd and 25th US regulars

I’ll cover basing these as soon as they dry from my first coat of varnish, and as I’m a skirmish gamer mainly I’ll show how I base them so they can be part of a rank and file unit and still pop off for a skirmish.

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Cangames, New Buildings, and a Bad Guy

So I’ve been slow in posting things recently due to life in general.  I’ve still been plugging away at my painting, it’s just that I’m not posting it as soon as it’s finished.  It’s mostly due to putting too many things on the painting table.  Unless I have I current project and ONLY one other project primed and ready, I tend to get discouraged and loose momentum.

Here are a few things I’ve been working on/doing.

Sarissa Precision Buildings

These things are freakin’ awesome!  I have been watching them on the various forums, people are raving about them, so I ordered a few to spruce up my table.  They come in a great flat pack and are delivered VERY QUICKLY from the UK.  They go together like a dream and more than that, they are fun to put together.  I used only spray paint to paint this one and I think it’s turned out great.  I have 6 more to go, so more about them later.

Bad Guy from Pulp City

I’m not a huge fan of the Pulp City style of miniatures and the price of them has kept me away from ever trying them.  But when I decided to start my own Super Hero miniatures line, I thought I better get a couple to show comparison shots.  So this guy is the one I picked.

CanGames in Ottawa

I never miss a chance to go to Canada, I may be the biggest Canophile in the US.  When I saw there was a convention in Ottawa that I would be able to make where they would be playing Lasalle, I jumped on it.  I’m originally a historical gamer and I really like the rules put out by Sam Mustafa, he seems to know what I like in rules before I do.  But I live in a Historical gaming desert, so if I want to play I have to travel. So up at 4:15 and on the road to Ottawa, about 4 hours from my home in Northern Vermont.

My first game was a Borodino game of French vs. Russian.  We played an assault on the great redoubt, and I controlled the infantry on the far right of the line.  It was a fun experience and I really enjoyed my first live run through of Lasalle.  It’s simply elegant and works well and I was excited to finally be playing them.

I thought my next game was going to be a Lasalle game from the war of 1812, this would have been something close to Nirvana for me as I’m very interested in all of the early American wars from the horse and musket era.  Unfortunately it was not meant to be.  First the guy running the game showed up and setup a different rule set and just hands us four pages of scenario to read.  Then informs us he didn’t have a chance to play the scenario through with Lasalle, so we’ll be using Rockets Red Glare, which he heard “was easy to us” so we’d be “learning together” during the game.  He’d never played this rule set either!!!  Then to top it off, my team mates (we played the Americans) decide to not divvy up the units, but to make all decisions by committee since our side was arriving piecemeal.  ugh…  From bad to worse.  I was never able to get invested in the game and as a result didn’t become involved in the decisions.  Pretty much a poor showing all around, I don’t think the Brit were that into it either, but everyone made more of an effort than I did.  I’m a little bummed I gave up so easily, but I’m blaming it on lack of sleep, but all I could think of once this game unfolded was my long drive home.

I’ll try and make Cangames next year and will most likely bring my family along so they can explore the city while I’m at the convention, that way there is no drive home at the end of it.