Thursday, 4 July 2019

More French Carabiniers

Here is the second batch of the 17 French Carabinier’s which are made by Italeri that I am continuing to painting up. The trumpeter is the easiest figure to paint out of this set with clear clean lines. I have kept all of the troopers that are holding their carbines as there are four in a set and I do not want to buy another set just to make the numbers up. It’s a great shame that the set does not include a figure holding the regimental flag. Last five figures to finish off painting and they are nearly all done.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

French Carabiniers 1815

At last, the first batch of the 17 Italeri’s French Carabiniers for which it has taken me a total of seven years to complete. I started painting the 17 horses in 2012 and finished them pretty quickly but the troopers have been a bit of a night mare. The reason being is that there is not much information about what they were wearing at Waterloo. There are so many accounts of what they did and not wear it drove me crazy to decide what they should wear. Although the figures have some issues with the uniform, I love them.

It seems that most wargamers have painted them up in their parade uniforms but we know that is is not so but they do look really good in their white posh uniforms. So in the end I took a bit of this and a bit of that and I am well pleased of the finished results. I have painted them in much of their campaign gear and I have decided to keep their carbines, although some of the researchers said that they did not have them at Waterloo. The same goes for the badge plates on their helmets, as you can see I have kept mine on as it gives them a bit of quality for the French cavalry. I know my painting won’t win any prizes, but they will do for me. My second batch will be here soon.


Monday, 18 March 2019

Skirmish 2019 Sudan

I cannot believe that we are in March and this is my first post of the year? Still yesterday I went to my first show of the year at Skirmish 2019 “Sudan”.
After some rotten wet and windy weather, the sun was actually shinning when I left for the Sidcup show. I arrive by 10. 30 and it was just a little bit too quite as with previous shows. Although I did not make it to the September show last year, I made the effort with some money from the war chest.
The first thing to do on my list was to get some of the new HaT figures. These are the “French Command” box and a box of the “Colonial General Service Wagons” which were on sale.
On into the main hall and things where very quiet, but it was good to go round and see what’s on offer. You had a small choice of books, terrain, figures and kits. On the main stage there was the usual show of arms and equipment of the Sudan period. This is always very good to see what the armies had at that time.
Into the gaming hall and most of the games were for the Sudan period but a naval game and even Lords of the Rings were thrown in. The Bring and Buy tables were well stocked with goodies.

The best display and game was from the Replica Metal Soldiers with a the battle of Tel el Kebir a Egyptian game with 54 mm figures made in the traditional metal toy soldiers.

The other game I picked was from the Skirmish Wargames called “What a Carry on up the Nile” I just loved the paddle steamer.

The best part of the show is that I won one of the reprints of a British soldier from the camel corps in the free raffle. What a great way to end the day.

Monday, 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas From The General

Well it’s another year over and not a very exciting one for this blog again and not how I would have liked to end 2018 but it's too late now. It seems that my wargaming has come to a complete stand still again even though I have been to a couple of shows this year again which I had hope would jump me into action. Although you can not see it, I have been doing a little bit of painting here and there but still no completed units yet. Once the Christmas and New Year period is over I will sit down and finish them off  if you can remember what I was painting.
I would like to thank my nine followers once again for staying with me and for all of you who have taken a look over the year from around the world. 
I hope that you all have a really great time with plenty to eat and drink. So I would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas.

Monday, 22 October 2018

SELWG 18 Report

Yesterday I went to my second show of the year by going to Crystal Palace Sports Centre and SELWG 2018. It seems that even at this time of year, the weather was very sunny and warm. Not a bad for an autumn day but it always seem to be so on SELWG day. With a few coppers from the war chest with my small list of things to buy, off I went.
I was hoping to be there by eleven but with heavy traffic I did not arrive until 11.20 am. The half hour drive took me an hour.
Once I had brought my ticket I looked around the concourse and small hall, which I always do at SELWG. There did not seem to be many people around as I made my way to the Bring & Buy tables. At this point you are usually being pushed around as it is always busy but not this year. There was a load of goodies here from books to models but nothing for me so I thought that I would come back to it later on in the day.
So off I went to the main hall. Here there seems to be a few more people but still room for you to see all the trade stands and what was on offer. But it was once I was half way round I suddenly realised that there we no trade stands selling 20mm HaT figures or much 20mm accessories for the battle table.  I am beginning to think that I am the only person still playing with 20mm wargames, as there were loads of 28mm stuff to no end. But just like last year there were a few traders tables still vacant and a couple of gaming tables.

So on to the games. The game that caught my eye was in the small hall from the Shepway Wargamers doing a demonstration game from The Lords of the Ring, “War in Middle Earth” in 28mm. As you can see from the pictures there were loads of figures in this game all well painted with a very good layout/table.

Next up was this lovely model from the Maidstone Wargames Society “Zeebrugge 1918”. The picture shows the ship H.M.S Vindictive landing a force of sailors and Royal Marines on the mole at Zeebrugge in 28mm.

There were also a lot of participation games this year and they all seemed to be very busy which is great for the hobby. For me the show was a little disappointing as I could not get my HaT French command figures, so the money has gone back into the war chest for Skirmish 2019.