So, here we are.

I’ll kick off this blog with a photo of some 6mm figures. This is my first attempt at arranging them with a backdrop. It’s a little too faint, but is appropriate for an overcast sky. 6mm is a challenge to photograph and needs a lot of light.

The wonderful thing about 6mm is the numbers. With my current focus on the northern frontier war, it’s entirely possible to do entire regiments at their original strengths. Based on Watt’s numbers given here, this represents the three companies that were present at the time of the very bloody ambush at Oriskany. Each one were at roughly fifty men, which lines up well with three stands of sixteen men each. The light infantry are based at half that – so, six stands at eight men each.

There’s a story about the light company pulling their coats inside out to approach close to the rebel lines during the battle. Perhaps I’ll have to paint some with turned coats.

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A little more 6mm photography! This time we’ve got scenery from Novus Design, west German vehicles and infantry from GHQ and fields from Hotz Mats.

Next up, I’ll be making some roads out of grey felt and road marking stencils. 6mm is a pleasure to make scenery for; you can produce some very nice miniature dioramas with only a little effort.

Ruse de Guerre

A little while ago Glenn Pearce, the writer of a set of rules published by Baccus, was kind enough to let me join in and take some photos of one of his house games, which this time was the battle of Orthez.

Battle of Orthez

I enjoyed the game quite a bit, with some reservations. I felt the bidding mechanic and game played by the commanders didn’t really relate to any decisions that I could imagine a commander making and assigning tempo with penalties from the full physical distance of the chain of command didn’t seem quite right either. Both slowed the game down significantly, but the commanders of each army seemed to enjoy the challenge and in a large game that’s important too.

The mechanics of moving and firing, on the other hand, were straightforward and worked well for me. Overall, though I’d be willing to try it again, and see if it doesn’t click more on a second try. Perhaps with a smaller battle.

You can take a look at the whole album here.

Photos from Broadsword 3

Hamilton Tabletop Gaming Society hosted a great little convention this weekend. I got to play Blood and Plunder, which was a very clever little game, and elbow my way in to take pictures of everything else going on that I could.

I’ve uploaded the full set of pictures here!

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Rebel Militia

These men will stand in nicely for any rebel unit in civilian clothing, but I have to admit I’m reluctant to paint too many more of them. The variety in their clothing easily tripled the amount of time it took to finish them compared to other units.

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Still, the effect in mass is worth it. They make quite the colourful line.

Iroquois Warriors

Another unit for my 6mm collection. This time, fifty Iroquois warriors with shirts and warpaint.

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At the bloody battle of Oriskany, there were a few hundred Mohawk and Seneca Indians fighting for the British under Joseph Brant, with 60-100 Oneidas fighting for the Americans. I have quite a few more to paint up before I can play it out on the tabletop.

Army of the Black Prince

Here’s a DBA army I put together for the time period of the battles of Crecy, Poitier and Agincourt. I absolutely adore these miniatures and they were a real pleasure to paint. It’s really great to see the arms, armor and clothing modeled so well, with nice chunky details to catch the brush.

DBA gives me a chance to really put in the effort to give each and every man a proper paint job. Details like the camp and civilians give the army a real cohesive theme.

Here’s just the men at arms, the camp and the mounted archers. My only regret with these was that I couldn’t find any with polearms and heavy weapons instead of swords, since they were out of production at the time.

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And the longbowmen, looking properly massed.

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Royal Artillery in 15mm

Here’s a few photos that a good friend of mine took of a number of years back. I chose one of them to be the first banner for this blog.

They represent the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers during the Italian campaign, with a mix of green and khaki vehicle paint and the regimental logo stamped on their helmets. These figures are all from Battlefront.

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And a shot of their adversaries that day.

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