ALY MORRISONS "BUTTERFLY" ADVENTURES IN THE WORLD OF WARGAMES AND TOY SOLDIERS

Friday, 18 August 2017

New books

I went to my local book store and found these...




Be still my fluttering butterfly...




All the best... flutter flutter flutter....... Aly

Monday, 14 August 2017

The War of Spanish Succession ... Prussian Infantry Regiment Kronprinz

So I have finally finished my first War of Spanish Succession unit...Hurrah!!!


I thought I would put down the whole painting process in this post, so I apologise in advance for the repetition of some earlier images...



Stage 1.


First I block in all the colours...


Coat and waistcoat ... Citadel ... Kantor Blue.
Cuffs, Stock. Piping on Pouch and Stockings ... Citadel ... Evil Sunz Scarlet.
Musket and Powder Flask ... Citadel ... Mournfang Brown.
Shirt Sleeves, Officers Cravats and officers Stockings ... Citadel ...Pallid Wych Flesh.
Flask Cords ... Wargames Foundry ... Boneyard 9B.
Belts and Scabbards ... Wargames Foundry ... Buff Leather 7B.
Officers Belts and Scabbards ... Citadel ... Doombull Brown.
Field Sign ... Citadel ... Elysian Green.
Hat Piping ... Wargames Foundry ... Ochre 4B.
Hats, Shoes and Ammunition Pouches ... Citadel ...Abaddon Black.
Flesh ... Wargames Foundry ... Flesh 5B.
Eyes and Hair ... Citadel ... Dryad Bark.
Lips ... Citadel ... Pink Horror.
Metal Parts and Officers Sashes ... Army Painter ... Shining Silver.
Gold/Brass Parts ... Citadel Retributor Armour.



Some paints....






Stage 2.
I then give everything a coat of ...


                                        


Aly's Brown Liquid...


                                         


40% Agrax Earthshade, 40% Seraphim Sepia and 20% Lahmian Medium...
The final ingredient is a few drops of Drakenhof Nightshade...
The colour you are looking for is not quite Brown any more but not entirely Payne's grey.
I usually put in a drop at a time and check the colour on a piece of white plastic or paper.


I also give the Face and Hands a wash of ... Citadel ... Flesh Shade.


Stage 3.




Everything is then highlighted with the original colour...
I added an extra highlight to...
The Belts ... Wargames Foundry Buff Leather 7B plus some Buff Leather Light 7B.
The Flesh ... Wargames Foundry Flesh 5B plus some Flesh Light 6C.
The Coat ... Citadel Kantor Blue plus some Citadel Caledor Blue... mostly this was a highlight around the edges of the coat.
The chins are given a wash of Aly's brown Liquid for that 5 'o' clock shadow.


https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint


https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling


https://www.thearmypainter.com/


Stage 4.






I varnish the black leather and metal parts with Tamiya Clear X-22 and give the officers scabbards and belts a coat of Tamiya Clear Orange X-26.




Yup! here's the picture...


The miniatures could live without this, but I like it... It gives a nice contrast and - in my opinion - 'Implies' extra detail.




I write most of this in a book... it helps when you get to my age...




Basing...




Using super glue I first stick the back row to the bases.
These are from War Bases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric


They are 60mm wide, 50mm deep and 3mm thick.






Next I apply and texture lightweight filler around the bases...






While this is still wet I attach the rest of the miniatures making sure they have a good contact with the MDF.






Once they are secure I apply the rest of the texture...


I leave the filler to set over night.
At this stage I like to have a good look over the unit, it gives me a chance to see how the unit looks as a whole , I can do extra work if I feel it is needed.
In this case I added extra highlights to the hat edging, the field sign and the officers hat.
I paint and flock the bases in my usual way...
https://alystoysoldiers.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/basing-tutorial.html


The flags are from Maverick Models...
http://www.maverick-models.com/flags.htm








All in all I have really enjoyed painting these toys.




I already have the first French unit started..




And thanks to a donation of some unwanted miniatures from my friend Adrian and a fresh delivery from Front Rank...
https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/18th-century/spanish-succession/


I have plenty to do...






I also took delivery of these beauties...a very good resource.
Available from The Pike and Shot Society...
http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/c4bb0c_1584fc60168040b9957f885cf553584d.pdf


All the best.  Aly.










Saturday, 5 August 2017

From my side of the table...The battle of Alexandria 1801

After a good rest (a very nice Thai meal and some beers ) we were ready to play the last game in Alan's Egyptian trilogy...


Rick Priestley and Peter Dennis came over for the day...
Peter joined the glorious French army while Rick sloped off to join the forces of reaction/darkness.


We had a cunning plan (yes...another one ).
Keeping our cavalry in reserve we would initially bypass the Roman ruins and move rapidly towards the enemy and 'stamp all over them' before they had time for their breakfast Gin...





A fine body of men...




Covered by a thunderous bombardment from Peter's artillery we went forward with all haste.


With some of the best dice rolling I have done in ages I was straight across the battlefield and closed with the enemy - forces of reaction/darkness...
Unfortunately I was the only one with "lucky dice " and soon found myself alone and in front of a wall of angry (and probably drunk) men armed with muskets and cannon...




With bayonets levelled I pressed on regardless ...



There was a crashing roar of Michael rolling 5's and 6's and my brave little force almost evaporated.
The bloodied and bruised survivors pulling back - hopefully out of range.


Bernhard's infantry were making slow progress...




I think we had the wrong numbers on our dice...





As Peter made his way steadily forwards under the cover of his artillery we decided to bring on our reserves.




  My light brigade advancing on the left flank of the forces of reaction/darkness...




Bernhard's Dragoons arriving opposite the Roman ruins...


The forces of reaction/darkness also brought their reserves onto the field...
Led by none other than Alan Perry!!! our host and umpire...
Money had obviously changed hands or someone had discovered Alan's collection of suspect murals...we were doomed.
My cavalry move towards the flank of our enemy but sadly found no weakness to exploit, although I did manage to draw some of Rick's men away from the centre where Peters attack was going in...
I also drew the attention of a lot of musket and cannon balls, which made my men want to be somewhere else.




While Peters troops charged forward and engaged the enemy...




Bernhard coordinated his infantry, guns and cavalry and managed to annihilate Stefan's 28th regiment of foot...this was followed by a disastrous charge against the Corsican Rangers.
I suspect foul play and dodgy dice...once again we threw all the wrong numbers.
With Peters attack being ground down in the centre and Stefan putting in a coordinated attack on our left flank...




The forces of reaction/darkness's numbers started to tell...
With our glorious French brigades breaking one by one against an ever increasing wall of lead and steel we admitted defeat...


What an excellent days gaming in excellent company...


As before another version of this can be found on the Perry Miniatures Facebook page...
https://en-gb.facebook.com/perryminiatures/




Once we got our breath back we headed out to...


Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem...


Then on to a very good 'French' restaurant (so a victory of sorts ).


All the best.  Aly

Thursday, 3 August 2017

From my side of the table... The British invasion of Egypt 1801

Well... the reason I didn't do any painting at the weekend was because I was trying to fend off the British invasion of Egypt.
But not on my own, I had friends...
Bernhard Hennen and Stefan Konigs flew in from Germany for a weekend of Wargames, food, drink and convivial company.
Alan (Perry) hosted a three game extravaganza for us all, based on the British invasion of Egypt.


Unfortunately I missed Aboukir Bay but Bernhard my fellow French general gave the British a bit of a bloody nose on the beaches....Hurrah!


My first battle was Mandara...
We had a cunning plan...
We put our small but beautifully formed force along a ridge facing - the forces of reaction/darkness - as Michael and Stefan are now known.....








A thing of rare beauty...


Our plan was to draw the enemy- the forces of reaction/darkness - towards us and then fall back bringing them into the range of our big guns on the heights behind us...
Once they crossed that 'Line in the Sand'... we would pound them with artillery and then charge in with our glorious cavalry.




Some glorious cavalry...


They would obviously run like the whipped dogs they are...


Sadly our enemy - forces of reaction/darkness- seemed to be on drugs or had specially made 'always roll what you need dice'...




They came on fast... we retired faster..




They were many...






We were few...





But we did stamp all over the Corsican Rangers...again!










But would they fall into our trap?...


No...




They cunningly stopped at that 'Line in the Sand' - Cowards!


Maybe we shouldn't have actually drawn a line in the sand...




I also think that the - forces of reaction/darkness - had spies!


A really enjoyable game...with more to follow.


For a slightly different version of events pop over to the Perry Miniatures Facebook page...


https://en-gb.facebook.com/perryminiatures/


And did I rush off and buy lots of Napoleon in Egypt miniatures?
No I didn't..




Here is one I painted earlier...


All the best.  Aly





Monday, 31 July 2017

The War of Spanish Succession

My wargames butterfly is always stimulated by a good game of toy soldiers.
As far as this flutter with the War of Spanish Succession is concerned it was 2 games of toy soldiers...


In June I attended a weekend get together of members and associates of the A Military Gentleman Forum... This is a group formed of people who bought the book 'A Military Gentleman of the 18th Century' by John Ray...on buying the book you were given the chance to enrol in the forum.


Johns blog is here... http://amilitarygentleman.blogspot.co.uk/


Over the weekend Paul Robinson of the Grimsby Wargames Club put on an excellent battle of Ramillies game which I played on both days...day one as the French and day two as the Allies (or the Maritime Powers).







Day one...







Day two...


See Pauls blog for more coverage... http://grimsbywargaming.blogspot.co.uk/?view=classic
                                                          http://www.grimsbywargamessociety.com/


This was easy temptation for me as I have 'history' with this period, having painted up a number of Prussian units and built the terrain boards for a large Blenheim game put on by my friend Adrian Shepherd some twenty-five years ago.


Instead of just jumping in and buying hordes of toy soldiers, I have just picked up two units of infantry, both eighteen figures strong.
One unit of Allies which I am painting as Prussian Kronpinz regiment and one of French which will be the Royal Italien regiment.


Both units came from Front Rank's excellent range... https://www.frontrank.com/product-category/18th-century/spanish-succession/


While I was waiting for my toys to arrive I got stuck into some reading...




This a great little book a good primmer for Marlborough's campaigns...


Although it did make me smile at the part where he refers to Marshal Tallard being held captive at Nottingham Castle...you might be forgiven for imagining a dank castle dungeon...





Not quite...




Charles Grant's books ...a must have...
http://www.caliverbooks.com/Partizan%20Press/partizan_phm_3.shtml
http://www.caliverbooks.com/Partizan%20Press/partizan_phm_4.shtml






A few more from my library...some old some new...




Now these are really useful,available from Baccus 6mm...
https://www.baccus6mm.com/catalogue/WSSUniformCDs/


There are of course many more books available.
If you are a newcomer to the period I would suggest a look at the Wikipedia page on the subject...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_the_Spanish_Succession#Leadership.2C_strategy_and_contending_forces


One of the surprising things I like about the War of Spanish Succession is the fact that there was wide spread use of mercenary troops...especially on the Allied side...you tend to think of this practice as a Renaissance thing ...for me this means lots of pretty uniforms and flags.




Hurrah! a painted toy soldier...


This is my test figure... I don't normally paint eyes in but these guys seem to suit it...
I didn't paint in the whites, I just put a dark brown dot for the pupils.



Everything is blocked in with flat colours...





Then given a coat of Aly's Brown Liquid...




Its not as bad as it sounds, it is a wash made up of...






40% Agrax Earthshade, 40% Seraphim Sepia and 20% Lahmian Medium...
The final ingredient is a few drops of Drakenhof Nightshade...
The colour you are looking for is not quite Brown any more but not entirely Payne's grey.
I usually put in a drop at a time and check the colour on a piece of white plastic or paper.
When painting figures with white uniforms I dilute the wash further with Medium.


Well so far so good...
 I didn't get any more painting done this weekend as I was off playing toy soldiers with my friends ...


To be continued ....


All the best.   Aly