Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cardboard Kingdom

The first few shipments of 15mm I have ordered have arrived and I have been busily organising and undercoating the figures. I purchased 3 Infantry Bns and 6 Cavalry Regt from AB miniatures to complement my french and as always I am impressed with the AB figures. The above is my Swiss mounted officer who will be a Brigade commander of the Swiss brigade. I also have a mass of Prussians coming, I have a 28mm Prussian army and I really fancied one in 15mm and as the exchanhe rate on USD was 83 at the time my fingers got the better of me.

Below I am completing another unit of Wurttenburgers, I need to find a decent pink as that is their facing colour, I have the Vallejo pink but I'm not sold on it yet. Some of the colours are wonderful, yet some of the more pastel colours are so runny and weak its a pain. Pink and yellow are my main issues with GW and vallejo, I really need to find one that covers well.

Along with this I found some old French Line Artillery that I will complete, the batteries in VLE have 3 figures so this worls out quite well as I found 12 figures. I already have the artillery pieces from Battleline (at least the guns are good) so next on the list for these guys is some buttons and basing.

Another Spanish unit being repainted after the earthquake, these figures are 20 years old but will hopefully look a lot better once done.

Today the lads finished the Waterloo game. I don't have the pics of the first day as I haven't seen them yet but I was looking at some miniature wargames and I saw an ad for cardboard buildings from Pireme Publishing. I have seen this before, and they are like the old weetbix cardboard cutouts but Ion has some cardboard buildings he aqcuired back in the day (Village in a book I think it was called) and they are fairly decent. I dont have much space to store anything these days and I was looking for some light buildings. I have resin ones but the box is so heavy that I didnt fancy any more. One day when I have my own wargaming table\room I'll have great scenery but given that these the packs were on special and the Waterloo set (La haye Saint, Belle Alliance and Hougoumont) cost me $15 (inc postage) I couldnt resist. I have completed the Barn from La Haye Sainte and here it is below, Ill need to tidy it up somewhat but I was rather happy with it. Hopefully by the end of the week the whole things will be done.


Rodger said...

Good work Paul. I like the Swiss mounted officer, very cool. Have often wondered about the Waterloo buildings but never bought. Would be interesting to see them all made up.$15 you really can't go wrong.

Jacko said...

Yes, I hope the Swiss Officer looks good once I have finished all the detail - those AB figures are quite tasty.

The Waterloo buildings are a bit fiddly but look OK. I plan to spruce them up somewhat by basing them and adding some further fluffery (flock, bushes etc) as they look very cardboard-ish. Hopefully have the rest of le Haye Sainte finished tonight.


Rodger said...

Paul, is each building a "stand alone" piece or does each complex have to be made up into one. Always liked Hougoumont but I would probably only use it once as a complete structure.If I could keep it as seperate buildings that could be mixed and matched I would buy.