ALY MORRISON'S "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Thursday, 18 July 2019

General Rapp Malchanceux and Jacob Wolff.

Greetings...
I have had these miniatures sitting on the painting desk looking impatiently at me for sometime...
So as a little change from WSS I decided to get them done...


First up...
General Rapp (Malchanceux).





This is one of the Giants in Miniature from Wargame illustrated...


http://www.northstarfigures.com/prod.php?prod=12056


I am going to use him as General Malchanceux for my Drums and Shakos games...
I painted this using Contrast colours in the same way as I painted The Duke if Marlborough.


Next up...


Jacob Wolff...


Jacob Wolff (1868 - December 4, 1926). Wolff was the owner of the cigar factory L. Wolff in Hamburg. Before the First World War, he was involved in the peace movement and supported them financially. At the outbreak of World War Wolff volunteered for the Air Force, although he was released as a major industrialist, from military service. Airplane and aviation training paid out of pocket, so as not to be rejected because of his age. In the course of his missions Jacob Wolff scored four confirmed and one unconfirmed Kills. His superiors repeatedly told the Jewish industrialist to convert to Christianity in order to increase his chances of promotion. Wolff always refused, though he never described himself as pious. In 1917 he was promoted to lieutenant of the Landwehr. Wolff survived the First World War and died in 1926 as a result of a motorcycle accident.







This is the miniature I made for this years Tactica in Hamburg...


I also found a link on the internet to a sale of some of Jacob Wolff's belongings.


http://www.jagermedals.com/_shop_section/ww1_aviation/j2273.html
http://www.jagermedals.com/_pdf_files/ww1_pdfs/j2273_large%20pics.pdf


All the best   Aly



Sunday, 14 July 2019

The War of Spanish Succession... The Duke of Marlborough

Greetings...
This is my first Command Stand... And I have decided to start with The Duke of Marlborough himself...


I also thought that it would be a good opportunity to try out some of Games Workshop's new Contrast Colours...




The Duke was first undercoated with GW White Primmer...
The horse was give a diluted wash of ... Contrast ... Gryph-Charger Grey.(All of the Contrast Colours were diluted using Contrast Medium)




The lower legs were painted with two coats of diluted ... Contrast... Black Templar.
The first coat was encouraged to bleed out onto legs using a brush dipped into the Contrast Medium...
The second coat was used to give more intensity to the fetlocks.
The main and tail were painted with pure Black Templar...








The coat was painted ... Citadel... Wild Rider Red.
Then given a slightly diluted coat of... Contrast... Blood Angels Red.
The horse trappings were painted... Citadel... Mephisto Red.
Then given a wash with... Contrast... Flesh Tearers Red.




The Horse was given some highlights using very diluted white... mostly on the rump and head.
The coat and trappings were also given some highlights... again using a diluted version of their original colours.





Some dapples were added to the horse using slightly less diluted white.
The horse harness, shoes, scabbard and hat were painted black.
The Gaiters were painted... Foundry... Buff Leather.
Then washed with slightly diluted... Contrast... Snakebite Leather.




The Gloves were painted... Foundry Buff Leather 7B.
Then given a coat of... Aly's Brown Liquid.
The Face was painted... Foundry Flesh 5B.
Then given a coat of diluted... Contrast... Guilliman Flesh.




The Braid was painted with a mix of Gold and Orange.
After a wash of Aly's Brown Liquid it was highlighted with the original shade.
Buttons etc. were painted with pure gold.




After a coat of Matt varnish the Leather Goods were given a Coat of Gloss.




The Trumpeter was given a Grey undercoat... Halfords own brand Grey Primmer (any good matt primmer would do)
The Horse was give a good coating of... Contrast... Black Templar.




The Horse Harness etc. Were painted black.
The Coat, Horse Trapping and Trumpet Banner were all painted...
Citadel... Evil Sunz Scarlet.
Then washed with slightly diluted... Contrast... Blood Angels Red.
Again this was highlighted with the original shade.



The cuffs were painted... Citadel... Kantor Blue.
The Gold, Gloves and Flesh were all painted the same way as the Duke's.




The Runner was based loosely on this image from the Blenheim Tapestries.




The figure was given a white undercoat...
The White Quarters were given a wash with Diluted... Contrast... Gryph-Charger Grey.
Then highlighted with Diluted White.
The Blue Quarters were painted... Citadel... Kantor Blue.
Then Washed with... Contrast... Leviadon Blue.
The Stockings were a wash of... Contrast... Wyldwood.





The Reds, Flesh, Hair, shoes and Hat were treated the same way as the Duke's.





The Gold's were again painted the same way as the Duke's.











Finished and Based...


I really enjoyed painting these... it was interesting using a new set of paints.
The Contrast colours are very high in pigment hence diluting them... You can always add another coat ... it is not so easy to take one off.
The other thing that I did was to mostly paint over a coloured base rather than straight onto the primmer... I felt more comfortable doing this as it was closer to my normal style of painting.


Will I use Contrasts again... yes
Will I completely change my normal painting style... probably not... but I will add Contrasts to my painting palette and use them for command stands, small units, characters and most defiantly horses.


Hopefully this all makes sense and is of some help...


The miniatures are as always Front Rank...
https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/18th-century/spanish-succession/
The paints are Wargames Foundry and Citadel...
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling
Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric


All the best   Aly

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Two Years Old...

Hurrah! Hurrah!...   Another Birthday...




Well... Another year... almost to the day... since I started blogging.


No one is more surprised than I am that I have managed to stay relatively on track with my War of Spanish Succession project... I get closer and closer to having a game with each new unit.


This of course doesn't mean that my butterfly has been entirely silent... there are many many more toys that I would like to paint...


The French in Egypt... The War of 1812... Shiny Napoleonics... Shiny 1830s... Sassanids... and on and on...


As I said last year it is defiantly your support and encouragement dear followers that has kept me focused...although some of you are also responsible for my temptations...
For this ... I thank you.


Apparently I now have had 85,035 views... quit a bit up on last year... I am indeed thankful for all the Viagra salesmen and bots that have helped this along...


As for the next year... More of the same...


All the best   Aly

Monday, 8 July 2019

Shiny Schleswig-Holstein...

Shiny Schleswig-Holstein...
(Try saying that after a few gins)...


Dan Faulconbridge from Wargames Illustrated asked me if I could take a few pictures of my Shiny Toy Soldier Schleswig Holstein collection for an article in this months issue...


As the magazine has now been published I thought that I would post the full set of pictures that I took...


I know its not to everyone's taste but this is one of my favourite collections... and one of my favourite periods.













I have been (very) slowly rebasing and reorganising this collection and hopefully sometime near the end of the year I will have a game or two...
They are of course all made by yours truly and are available from...


http://www.spencersmithminiatures.co.uk/html/s_t_s_.html


All the best   Aly

Monday, 1 July 2019

The War of Spanish Succession... New Units

Hurrah!...


At long last I have managed to get some War of Spanish Succession units finished...


First up... The Royal Scots Dragoons (Greys)...






One of my favourite units...
They saw action at...


Blenheim in... 1704.
Ramillies in... 1706.
Oudenarde in... 1708.
And Malplaquet in... 1709.


The Coats are... Citadel...  Evil Sunz Scarlet.
The Facings are... Citadel ... Kantor Blue.
Hat piping and saddle cloth edging... Wargames Foundry ... Ochre 4B.
Belts... Wargames Foundry ... Buff Leather 7B.


Next up...
Rivers Regiment of foot...






This is another of the lovely units that I bought from my friend Adrian...
I re-flagged them as Rivers mostly because.... I liked the flags.


They saw action at...


Cadiz in... 1702.
Then spent some time in the West Indies returning to Spain to see further action at...
Almansa in... 1707.
Minorca in...1707.
And Almenar and Saragossa in 1710.


Next up...
The French Infantry regiment Monferrat...






This unit started life as an eBay purchase ...
I spruced them up and changed the facings so that I could have this regiment... I chose this regiment entirely because of its flags.


They saw action in Italy at...


Cremona, Luzzara, Governolo in 1702.
Chivasso and Cassano in 1705.
And Turin in 1706.


Finally we have...


The Imperial Infantry regiment Buol-Ried/Unknown.






This unit is another eBay purchase... I bought it as a Dutch unit but couldn't find a regiment that fitted the dark grey coats with red facings...
I did however find the Imperial Infantry Regiment Buol-Ried... which fitted nicely....Although there was no standard for the unit...
But I did find an unknown one which looks fine to me...


The miniatures are as always Front Rank...
https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/18th-century/spanish-succession/
The paints are Wargames Foundry and Citadel...
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling
Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric
The Flags are from Maverick Models...
http://www.maverick-models.com/flags.htm
Or home made using Photoshop and images from Robert Hall or the Internet...


All the best   Aly