Monday, 29 October 2018

28mm Spanish Dragoons, 30 Years War.

 Hello Gentlemen, 

I present you dismounted Spanish dragoons, painted some time ago. The unit is Tercio de Dragones of D. Pedro de Santacilia, the first peninsular regiment of dragoons sent to the Army of Cardinal Infante in Germany, during the Thirty Years War.. These would have been present in battle of Nordlingen in 1634, where the Spanish and Imperial armies triumphed over the Swedish-Protestant army of Gustav Horn and Saxe Weimar.

The miniatures are excellent Bicorne ECW range in 28mm but there is a single Horcata Miniatures foot dragoon too. I tried to spend a good amount of time on each figure, because they are based individually (Dragoons in those times fought in skirmish order,, although not always). I use them for large battles, but due to the individual bases, I can use them in skirmish games like "Encamisada" from Liber Militum Tercios. 


The full unit, based and ready to fight ! The banner is a red guidon, typical of Spanish cavalry and Dragoons, with Catholic iconography and a Burgundian Cross of Saint Andrew.



the "Capitán"


Ensign




Drummer



some more pics of the dragoons







I hope you like them!! 

Cheers.


Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Sassanid Iranian horse archers for Impetus



Hello friends,

Now I bring you some more Late Antiquity miniatures, cavalry of Sassanid Persia. I already have a Sassanid army, base for Basic Impetus, and I needed light cavalry, apart from all those fancy cataphracts. 

The miniatures themselves are from Gripping Beast (riders) and Aventine (horses). I like the sculpts a lot, (much more than Gripping Beast's plastics...)  The colours I used are completely concjetural... like most Sassanid colours depicted in several illustrations out there. For the base, I wanted a more desertic look than my usual bases, although, I made a mistake and you can notice the horse base just under the sun, but I do not mind at all.

The unit is very versatile, because I can use them in their Sassanid army, but also could serve as mercenaries or eastern foederati in late Roman or Byzantine armies, specially in Belisarius army, who used Sassanid cavalry in the war against the Ostrogoths in Italy.

I hope you like this little update.

Cheers!













Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Tercio "abanderado" (or flag bearer)

Hello again friends,

Today I bring you a single figure, a "heroic" 28 or 32 mm flag bearer,  the miniature is " Don Pedro" from Spanish brand "Tercio Creativo",  here you can see some of their miniatures: http://www.terciocreativo.com/tienda/index.php/1650/nuevo-orden-c-22_1?page=4&sort=5a&osCsid=b54ea1061096162f63d82d4a5a5c98a4

Although I don´t play their fantasy skirmish game (set in an alternate XVII c. world) some of their miniatures are suitable for historical games. 

I bought the standard bearer for my 30 years war army, or for later conflicts maybe 1650-1660...or even later as a militia unit flag bearer. It is based individually, so I can use him for games like "Encamisada", "Donnybrook" etc.

It is a big miniature, but does not look out of place in comparison with other historical brands of 28mm figures, because is a big (fat) man, with a large cloak, so the difference in size is justified.

I tried to use a brownish and greyish palette to paint him,  using different shades of browns, typical of the period (unless you were rich!), and the white flag with red Burgundian Cross, so Spanish, you can not use this miniature for other nations unless you cut the flag pole, but I do not recommend...

I hope you like it.





Monday, 8 October 2018

Firelock Games Miniatures review

Hello all,

I received last week my first Kickstarter order, from Firelock Games' Blood & Plunder games.
I bought me just some miniatures, I am not interested (yet) in the rules, although I have heard only good things about them.

I ordered the European Militia box, and some Dutch militiamen. I want them for my mid to late XVII c. Spanish army.



The miniatures, in general terms, are well sculpted and the proportions are correct Imho...  The thing I don´t like is the 20mm round base cast on them, but it is not a big problem.

They are digitally sculpted, and you easily notice it. I prefer the "traditional" way, but they are good miniatures.


Dutch musketeers, I find them very interesting for 1660-70' Walloon or Dutch militia or foot soldiers.





Artillery:

I think it has too much flash...





anyway, the poses are rather nice, and they are valid both as naval or land artillery crew.


Regarding the uniformed men, they are very nice Matchlock armed soldiers, with the early "webbing", no waist belt yet.  so I think they are intended for 1660-80'.








You get 8 musketeers, I don't know yet If I will base them individually or regimented in square bases.  They are very versatile, you can field almost every nation with these miniatures.


And the last part is the cavalry... Frankly, I do not like them, the poses, the horses (too big for dragoons) and the way they have been casted in 2 parts;  rider torso and horses with the rider's legs.

4 cavalry are included, plus a  mounted commander .








I recommend this brand, good quality, not very cheap but a period you don´t see quite often. They are perfect and well researched for colonial militia in pirate games, and also good for Europe and skirmishes in late XVII c.

Cheers.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Bolt Action Japanese & comission

Hello,

Several posts this week ;)  today I bring you some tanks for Bolt Action I painted for a client recently. I rarely accept comissions in 28mm because of the time required to paint 28mm stuff... and I prefer painting for me and my collection.  I accepted this time anyway hehe. 

Here you have 3 vehicles, the first one is a  Type 95 Ha go from Warlord Games, in colors of SNLF (Japanese Marines) in Saipan 1944. painted to a  high TABLETOP standard imho...  Its not a showcase model, but  not  a bad paintjob anyway.





The second is from company B models, US based,  it is a Type 93 Sumida Armored Car, painted in SNLF colors too, inspired by some pictures from the Japanese raid or attack in Shanghai in 1932.
Again a tabletop level paintjob.






The third tabletop painted model is a Sherman, from an unknown manufacturer (probably a resin copy, I bought it second hand), its a major conversion, using some wooden planks and sandbags (metal accesory from Company B), painted similar to those Shermans from the US Marine Corps in Iwo Jima and Okinawa.





Apart from the previous comissioned vehicles, I have more beautifully painted ones, like this scale model of a Type 2 Ka-Mi



Yes, I love Japanese Navy tanks...


And now some showcase of my painted Japanese "
Army for Bolt Action!


 Type 97 Chi Ha, Resin model from Warlord Games


 Zero fighter, 1/72 Hobbyboss "easy to build" line


 Warlord Games "Jungle Fighters"


The Assault Group, 28mm Japanese officer and riflemen



I hope you like this little update! 

Cheers!