Over the last few weeks I have been trying to progress on three different projects. Now those of you who don't get bored when organising their socks in colour and numerical order may thing this a little odd. Well maybe it is but single minded concentration on 1 wargaming project to the exclusion of all others would simply bore me witless and the quality would therefore suffer.
So Gentle Reader my painting table always has more than one lot of partly painted figures on it.
Currently the projects in hand are-
1/. Anglo -Sikh Wars. This is progressing nicely. I now have forces for both sides that are bigger than the game shown in the Sikh and Ye Shall Find post a few months back. Currently working on the 1st Bengal European Light Infantry. This is the most pressing of the projects as I need to add sufficient to the two armies for a demo game at The Battle Ground Wargames show in late November - by which time my book on wargaming the Anglo- Sikh wars should be imminent if not actually published. Once 1 BELI are done then it is on to 2nd Bengal Native Infantry Grenadiers. Assorted Sikh Irregulars will fill in any gaps on the painting table.
|Bengal or Bombay Field battery- with a 9 pdr. In front |
of a British camp. Bengal Native Infantry in the background.
|The same Foot battery with the first of the First Bengal European Light Infantry.|
More of these on the painting table.
Old Glory 28mm figures . Gun by Eagle Figures
2/. Shinyloo!. I always have a few retro style models on the table as a sort of light relief. Most recently finished are some French Foot artillery and a few French Dragoons. Both arrived here in a 'sort of painted' state so didn't need everything doing to them hence they were quite quick to finish and add to the growing collection of old shiny dudes.
|Recently added shiny dudes.|
Hinchliffe 30mm French Foot Artillery.
Connoisseur French Dragoons.
3/. 40mm Thirty Year War. This project has languished for quite a while. Mostly because I simply could not decide which way I wanted to go with it. However two excellent books recently published by Helion have helped me on the way. So French and Imperialists it shall be, with perhaps a slight accent towards the Spanish of the 1640s-50s. But then again I might change my mind ....
incongruously appearing in the Punjab!
Models on their sabots are a mixture of my own Romanoff Miniatures some ex-Jacdaw
and some with Sash and Saber heads
|After reading a line in the recent Helion book on |
Rocroi where a Spanish commander takes up a buckler
I rather thought I'd make such a figure from various Romanoff parts.
The result is the chap in the middle.
|The 18 Musketeers no 2 exactly alike . Rebased on round 25mm diameter bases.|
Units will be largish so not too many actual units on the table - accent will be on 'minor tactics' and battalion command, at least that is currently the plan. Rules will be somewhat retro as many modern rules simply 'abstract out' many of the interesting bits of 17th century warfare in favour of game simplicity for the hard of thinking but the role of a colonel or captain was very different from that of a general and rules should reflect this- you can't refight Lutzen using Pikeman's Lament- and it is not meant for such but I'll not use them for this project as they have many other historical and organisational problems despite being supposedly set at the command level I am looking for.. I have found a Featherstone set which may do the deed if I can graft on some command rules. We shall see.