Friday, 16 April 2021

More Shiny 30mm Men.

 So blag posts have been thin on the ground lately  but like buses(anyone remember them)  there are none for ages the 2 come along at once. 

 The photos are of my latest rather small unit for "Shinyloo" my retro Napoleonic mostly  30mm collection. These aged chaps are from Barry Minot who made a good bundle of assorted 30mm Historicals in the 70s and 80s. These days  some are a bit thin on the ground - which is why this unit is only a dozen strong. I have a couple more of the figures but they need some TLC and repair before I start painting them. 

Minot 30mm Painted as Fusilers -Grenadiers.

I do now have quite a bundle of Minot Napoleonics. Some splendid French Cuirassiers and a fair number of British Infantry and French Imperial Guard but of course most of them need painting. Earlier "Shinyloo" posts show those I have actually finished - both Minot and other makes. 

Firing line. Again Minot

Loading - an Officer and Ouch that Hurt ! 


 The "Shinyloo " collection is now in sight of 400 individual  models- not quite there yet but I can see it from here. Still  plenty to paint though. 

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Catching Up On My Reading 5

 Now as a general rule I hate reading wargames rules. The deliberately difficult language supposedly designed to stop players cheating added to often silly acronyms which have nothing to do with the period in question, but make the "game designer" feel clever (what are PIP, MU's and Fast Knights anyway and why the hell should I care?), make toiling through the average set of rules only fun to those who arrange their socks in numerical order and find half a shandy the epitome of excitement. 

So  it may come as something of a surprise to see this review of a set of rules from  the Helion stable that does not follow that well worn and oft repeated path.


In Deo Veritas actually reads very well indeed.

In these strange time reading is about all I can do with them anyway  but suffice it to say - Gentle Reader- that  once you can get to a wargames table they should also play pretty well too.

For the record the rules are for large, fast playing, 17th century battles in the smaller scales- so 15mm and below- and to my mind should do that very well. To me there are a few distant echoes of a 1980s-90s big battle set called Volley and Bayonet - which back then I played quite a bit of and enjoyed. In Deo Veritas being focused on the 17th century of course have significant differences but there are still echoes in the base sizes but the writer does acknowledge his debt to that ruleset and its writer Frank Chadwick.

 Using this set it becomes possible to refight such large 17th century battles as Lutzen and Marston Moor- that latter being one of 6 historical scenarios included in the book.  The accent is on the history- although for the gamey types there is a points system if you must.

 All the appropriate troop types are there from Spanish Tercios to late 17th century regiments, concentrating on Western style forces. I suspect a supplement might be needed to cover the Ottomans and the Poles and the Muskovites for example though with a bit of thought many  if not all of their particular troops could be organised or this game system. The accent here is definitely on "big picture" rather than regimental detail but that is as it should be for a "big battle" set such as these

Physically the book is up to the usual Helion standard though I could have wished for some captions on some of the eye-candy photos. However at about half the price of some of the hardback  paving slab sized rulesbooks you see about the place this softback is good value. 

 My preferred option here would be for the 30 Years War in 10mm  and for that or the ECW or for much of the 80 Years War and a decent chunk of the various Northern Wars these would fit the bill.

 Definitely recommended .... Now all I need to do is to get Jim to paint up a bundle of 10mm TYW troops ... well I do have most of the troop types in the Old Glory 10mm range so it might be rude not to/ ..... 


Sunday, 21 March 2021

Sikh High Command and Bengal Horse Artillery.

There are chaps out there who, because of lockdown, are racing through their assorted armies painters arms going like a fiddlers elbow, churning out figures left right and centre.

 Well I'm not one of them. Not least because I spend quite a lot of time SUPPLYING unpainted figures to these chaps. Now I'm not complaining  but it does tend to mean that when I should be painting I don't have the mojo because I am  temporarily sick of the sight of the little lead gits .!

 However this does not last. So here are a couple of pics of the newest additions to the Sikh Wars project..

Sikh Officers.


 The Sikh High command are all Old Glory and are 3 of the 6 different models in the High command pack in the Sikh Wars range- 28mm - aswe are supposed to call them now. 

 The Bengal Horse Artillery are much older being old 30mm Willie casting I've had in hand for about 30 years, relics of a past attempt at the Sikh Wars along with a few 16th Lancers.

Bengal Horse Artillery- 5 old Willies ! 



 The gun is a rather newer Eagle figure piece- I like their artillery and anyone who is into Napoleonic or 7YW should check out their ranges. They do some nice stuff. I like their Danes and Spanish. 

However that is by the by- their guns fit in rather nicely with these 30mm models. 


OK now back to a bit of writing. 

Monday, 1 March 2021

Catching up on my reading 4

     One of the several downsides of being a relatively studious chap in today's whiz-bang -kapow world is that so much  of the wargames reading on offer is pretty lightweight. It is one of the reasons I don't often read wargames magazines any more - unless I find something in them to engage my brain. Now this does happen as there is sometimes still good stuff in their pages but so often the articles simply do  not interest me, being yet another scenario for a "game" I've never heard of and would not want to use anyway or perhaps a how to paint- this extremely expensive collection of assorted thingys wiv pointy ears or overly large ray guns, or even if historically based frequently merely a scenario for yet another skirmish game with little or no reference to the historical sources.



So it my come as no surprise that my reading is somewhat more "in depth" than most magazines can(or indeed would want) to provide. These glossy journals being at the shallower end of the  pond so to speak.

     Now currently I'm chewing my way through William Dalrymple's "The Anarchy" - which being Dalrymple is a meaty tome indeed in size much like his "White Mughals" and "The return of the King" and equally being Dalrymple concerning an Indian Subject. This time the rise of the East India Company from its comparatively humble beginnings in the 17thcentury to being  overlord of the Indian subcontinent by the  first decades of the 19th.  Shortly put and with massive over simplification the EIC stepped into the vacuum left by the crumbling of the Mughal Empire throughout the 18th century. There were plenty of bumps in the road  but that is essentially the main thrust of the narrative.  This is a subject close to my heart as Indian military history is definitely one of my "things". However this is not a purely military book but puts the battles, sieges and assorted political skulduggery into context. Therein lies its value, context is everything-otherwise there is little point to the battles we (or at least some of us) study.

Definitely recommended for anyone interested in the wars of India. 



Next up is Stuart Reid's Sheriffmuir 1715. Now this is a more military study as you would expect from Reid. Now it is a long way from the heat and dust of 18th century India to the rain and cold of 18th century Scotland  but that merely goes to show how wide my taste in history goes. Once again however this is a book which puts the Jacobite Rising of 1715 into its political context as well as giving us a fine breakdown of the armies involved in the campaign. I've actually had this one a few months and like most of Reid's books it is a good read (sorry !!). Stuart knows his stuff and since I have a Highland army in the throes of rebasing.......

Again recommended.- especially if you can find a cheap one.

As it happens I also have Jonathan Otes's book on the same campaign - but I have not read it yet . India was in the minds eys much warmer than Scotland so after Reid I went with Dalrymple..... 

Monday, 18 January 2021

Sikh and Shiny.

 No Not a music hall act ..
.(I say I say Mr Shiny. My Wife's gone to the West Indies.
Jamaica Mr Sikh?
No She went of here own accord!.....)
 No it is not that all all - for which you may be thankful !
 While all you other chaps are painting away in isolation I'm managing to get a few items done while sending out gear to the chaps who are ... painting in isolation .
 So it goes.
 I am managing to add a few units to the various collections.

TLC for Old Lead Dudes 3

Minifigs 30mm British Napoleonic artillery of considerable age- about 1972 I think. 

Another view of the same group.


  The British Napoleonic Foot artillery are very aged Minifigs 30mm  pulled out from a very mixed lot of  aged 30mm stuff I picked up last year . Mostly guns limbers and horses of which this is the first fruits of those I can refurbish. There is also another British  gun and crew and a French crew without a gun and bizarrely a couple of Russian - I think- limbers and a British limber with horses and  riders- in the wrong uniform.
 All will go into the  "Shinyloo" collection which is now well over 300 finished. figures and still growing.


Sikh Wars

Nice Command figures- shame about the marching dudes. Fine paintwork from Jim though. 


A couple of additions to the Sikh Wars project which again has a long way to go. The Foundry Sepoys were a happy re-discovery. My good friend James Main painted them for me about 15 years ago - or perhaps longer- before the OG Sikh Wars range came out anyway.  They then languished in both his loft and mine until we both decided to  get into the Sikh Wars when "as if by magic" they re-emerged covered in dust and dead spiders. . Jim's excellent  paintwork survived admirably after a good bit of a clean up and basing. With the exception of the rather nice Command figures the unit lacks movement  for me and the marching figures especially  look a little stunted.  Size wise they blend in pretty well with OG so no worries there Have to get hold of some of those Studio Miniatures to see how they fit in. Not that I care really It would be nice to have at least one unit from all the Makers of Sikh Wars stuff in addition to the OG collection.   Once flagged they will still be the 25th Bengal Native Infantry ready to try conclusions with the Khalsa.

This unit when finished should be 7 bases- 28figures strong. 


 The Firing line is the first part of a unit for the Khalsa depicting non-Sikh troops of which there were a goodly number. The finished unit will have French tricolour flags.
Officer of Scinde Horse. 



The single mounted figure is an officer of the Scinde Horse in full dress- which they probably didn't wear on campaign but he is pretty and is the 6th figure in the OG British High Command set. 

So still ots more to do. Oh and a book to finish as well.