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Frosted toys

Yesterday I sprayed three 28mm ECW figures with GW Purity Seal Satin Varnish. They looked great.

Now I usually avoid sprays because I have had disasters with frosted figures. I used the spray because I was in a hurry.

Today I sprayed another 13 figures. They frosted! Same can of spray, same shaking, sprayed in same place (outside).

Today is more humid - so that must be the issue.

I managed to fix the figures. Here's how.

First I brushed on some Daler-Rowney Soluble gloss varnish.

When the figures were dry I brushed on Windsor and Newton Galleria Matt Varnish

Worked brilliantly with no frosting.

The picture shows the result.

Now I need to base them up.

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Roman and Punics on Parade

I had the table out for a game last night. This morning I thought that I would get a visual representation of how my Punic wars armies are coming on. So here are some pictures.



A few close-ups

Republican Romans

Just a few pictures of my Renegade Republican Romans.

Velites - two small units for Hail Caesar

Two more units of Velites

Two of Hastati

More Hastati

Two Principes

The other two Principes

One of the two units of Triarii

Small unit of Equites

More Equites

The whole lot. Javelinmen in front are from Crusader.

Overview shot.

Hope you like them.

Carthaginians so far

Attached some shots of my 28mm Carthaginians. Figures are mostly Renegade. The Elephant is from Aventine. Slingers and Numidians from various manufacturers.

Bases will be finished when I have most of the army painted.

Spanish infantry. I am building the army for Hail Caesar. Standard units will be 160mm wide. Medium infantry will be 12 figures per unit. Heavy infantry will have 16 figures.

I will add some shield transfers later.

The army so far. I can add a good horde of Celts and I have two more units of North African Infantry to paint.

Current Projects

Not updated this for ages.

Just thought I would pop in a quick update on what I am working on.

Carthaginians - I have almost enough to play a game with. These are 28mm renegade figures and I am really pleased with how they look. I will try to post some pictures soon. They will match up against my Republican Romans.

Wars of the Roses is coming along very slowly. I have half painted the horses from the fantastic Perry plastic set.

I have been working very hard on these. I now have a credible army and they have had some outings in "Pike and Shotte" games.

The Wargames Room

Most wargamers long for a place to call their own, the Wargames room. I now have mine. It is not strictly speaking mine, I have to share it with the kids, but its pretty close.

I have a good sized space in my recently converted garage, with a table and plenty of storage.

The table is made up of two 6 foot trestle tables from Amazon. They are very sturdy and a bit wider than I expected at 2 foot six each.

On the table is a solo game using Black Powder and my 28mm ACW figures. These are a mix of Perry, Sash and Saber, Redoubt, Crusader and just a few Foundry.

The game ended in a draw. Both sides had a brigade break in the same turn. With the stats I use for ACW with Black Powder the games are pretty attritional. Units tend to blaze away at each other trying to do enough damage to make a charge worth-while. (I lower the hand to hand value to 5).

Next step. Play some real games in the new room.

WoTR Ready to Paint

I have now assembled, based and undercoated all 120 figures for the first part of the project. I have organised them into units as show in the photograph.

I know that there are only 118 figures in the picture, I had two casualties as I set up. I have painted a few of the fully armoured nobles already as they need no livery colours. I have been researching the livery colours and badges that I am going to get started with. They are as follows:
Yorkists: Edward IV – Blue and Murrey, Sun in Splendour George, Duke of Clarence – Blue and Murrey, Bull (Black) Richard, Duke of Gloucester – Blue and Murrey, Boar (Blck) or White Rose William, Lord Hastings – Murrey and Blue, Lion in Yellow Richard Woodville, Earl Rivers – Green, Trefoil in Yellow Sir John Howard, Duke of Norfolk – Red, Lion Rampant in white Sir William Fiennes, Lord Saye and Sele – Orange and Red – based on shield ! Or White ? Unicorn Head badge ? Sir William Blount – Blue, Sun Bursts in Yellow ? John Bouchier, Lord Berners – …

Wargaming the War's of The Roses

It is all the fault of those Perry twins! I keep on seeing blog posts, forum entries and magazine articles about their plastic Wars of the Roses figures and I want them.

So before buying any I thought that I had better start to understand these "wars".


So, what books do I have. Well I hoard books so I already had some. But of course why read those when I could buy new books. So I bought two books on the military history of the wars. First John Sadler's "The Red Rose and the White". Then Philip Haigh's "The Military Campaigns of the Wars of The Roses". Read them in double time. Both very good, Haigh has the edge in writing style and detail but Sadler tries to bring in more of the first hand experiences of the politics and the fighting.

Then I pulled out the Terry Wise men at arms book, the WRG Armies of-the middle ages book, the army lists (WRG, FOG, Impetus). More army and troop type information.

So I have enough knowledge to be d…