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

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Lion Rampant... Sassanid Cataphracts.

Greetings...
I have now finished another unit...
This time it is some more Sassanid Cataphracts...






Everything has been painted in my usual manner...
Citadel Contrast brown shades for the horses...
Block colours for the rest followed by an Aly's Brown Liquid wash... then highlighted.


The previous unit had a blue theme to it so I have gone pink/red this time...


Tunics, Trousers and Cloth Barding... Citadel.... Mephiston Red, Wazdaka Red or Pink Horror.
Leather Goods... Citadel... Skrag Brown or Doombull Brown.
The Yellow bits are... Foundry... Ochre 4B.
The Kontos is... Citadel... Evil Sunz Scarlet.


The bases are unfinished... I will probably be doing this in a couple of batches after I have got a few more units painted.


I really like the way the colour theming on these has come together....


I think that the next Cataphract unit will have a green theme...



 The miniatures are...
A&A...  https://www.aandaminiatures.co.uk/
Aventine... https://aventineminiatures.co.uk/

The shield transfers are...
Little Big Men Studios... https://www.littlebigmenstudios.com/


The paints are Wargames Foundry and Citadel...
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling


And the bases are...
Warbases... https://warbases.co.uk/


All the best... And stay safe...   Aly





Monday, 23 March 2020

Shiny Napoleonics... 3rd (Dutch) Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard

Greetings...
Here we have another unit for this project...


The 3rd (Dutch) Grenadiers of the Imperial Guard...







I have used a slightly different painting style for these... I know...I will settle down soon...


I undercoated the figures with... Citadel Corax White... Then gave them a wash of Contrast Apothecary White...
Everything was highlighted with Corax White... Then given another highlight with Corax White plus some pure white...
Plumes and Epaulets are... Citadel... Evil Sunz Scarlet... Which was given a diluted wash of... Contrast Blood Angel Red... This was highlighted with Evil Sunz Scarlet...
Facings... Citadel... Wazdaka Red.
Backpack and Musket... Citadel... Mournfang Brown.
Greatcoat... Citadel... Caledor Sky.
Straps were blocked in with Corax White then painted pure white...


The bases are from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/


And the Standards are from GMB Designs...
https://gmbdesigns.com/product-category/28mm-range/28mm-range-napoleonic-wars/


I ended up using more flat colours than I would normally as I wanted the shading on the white to stand out a bit... it has come out quit subtle...
Overall I am rather pleased with these toys...


Next up... more Sassanids...


Al the best   Aly

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Lion Rampant... Roman Infantry

Yet another unit for this project...
Some more Roman Infantry...



This unit is made up from the men that were left over from my re-basing...
I have added spears and new shields so that they now represent Auxiliaries...

The miniatures are...
A&A...  https://www.aandaminiatures.co.uk/

Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric

The shield transfers are...
Little Big Men Studios... https://www.littlebigmenstudios.com/

This was a nice quick turnaround which has given me a whole new unit...


All the best   Aly

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Lion Rampant... Sassanid Light Cavalry.

Here is my latest unit for my Lion Rampant 3rd Century Rome project...


Sassanid Light Horse with Javelins (and Bows)...





The horses were painted using a couple of coats of Citadel Contrast Colours Gore-Grunta Fur

over... Army Painter Brown Fur 


The tunics are... Citadel... Pallid Wytch Flesh.
The Trousers are... Citadel... Lothern Blue.
The Leather work is a mixture of... Citadel... Skrag Brown and Doombull Brown.


Everything(except the horses ) was given a coat of Aly's Brown Liquid and highlighted with their original colours...
Once matte varnished the metal parts were glossed and the leather was given a coat of Tamiya Clear Orange...


I have an idea for the basing... so hopefully that will get done soon.


The paints are from...
https://www.wargamesfoundry.com/collections/paint
https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/Painting-Modelling
https://shop.thearmypainter.com/products.php?ProductGroupId=15
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tamiya-Acrylic-Mini-Clear-Orange/dp/B000BX2306


Bases from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/?product_cat=premier-bases-metric

The shield transfers are...
Little Big Men Studios... https://www.littlebigmenstudios.com/

The miniatures are...
A&A...  https://www.aandaminiatures.co.uk/


I am very pleased with how the colour combinations worked on these figures...


All the best   Aly


Sunday, 1 March 2020

Shiny Napoleonics... Neapolitans and Prussians.

Greetings...


Still not getting enough painting in at the moment...


I have cleaned up some Sassanid light cavalry and they are ready to be sprayed a nice shade of brown so I can start work on the horses...
Unfortunately some idiot forgot to buy some suitable brown spray... Ha! well...


Fortunately I have some images of the last two units that I have painted up as test pieces for my Shiny Napoleonics project...


First up the Neapolitan 8th Infantry Regiment...







These are later Lamming Miniatures with Minifigs Command...
I also added short swards and pompoms to the flank companies...


I have to admit that originally I wasn't to pleased with these... I felt that the painting style didn't fit with what I had already done... I have however grown to like them...


Next up the Prussian 1st Guards regiment.







Now I am really pleased with these... They are pretty much what I want from this collection...


They are a mixture of S Range and Intermediate Range Minifigs... and were a joy to paint.


Okay... Not everyone's taste... But they make me smile... and that is in the end all that matters.


The bases are from Warbases...
https://warbases.co.uk/


And the Standards are from GMB Designs...
https://gmbdesigns.com/product-category/28mm-range/28mm-range-napoleonic-wars/


All the best   Aly...

Monday, 24 February 2020

TACTICA 2020

Greetings...


I Have just realized that I haven't posted any photo's from this years trip to Tactica...
As always it was a splendid show with lots of great games... covering everything from the Prehistoric World through to High Fantasy, Star Wars and Warhammer...


The main theme for this year was Seiges


Here are a few games that caught my eye...



A star Wars Game... Red Two Down... By THS




Dyppol 1864...By Bruce Weigle and Friends...



More Star Wars... By Martin Schneider and Friends.


 



Frank Becker's Fort William Henry...






 The Siege of Tire... from Cryns Miniatures.



The Siege of Antioch... by Rusus.



The Siege of Acre... by Table Top Nerdz Mainz... not the best picture I'm afraid...


The Siege of Orleans... by Frank Bauer.







The Wall... Game of Thrones... by Frank Becker and Friends.




The Bataver Insurrection... by Team Wurfelkrieg.





More Fort William Henry... Mostly because I joined in a game .... and didn't loose horribly.







A beautiful WW1 Air War game ... by Svend Ask Larsen and Friends.


There were many more games than the ones I managed to photograph ...


More can be found here...
https://tabletopdeutschland.com/2020/02/17/tactica-2020/


https://tabletopdeutschland.com/2020/02/24/tactica-themenraum-2020-belagerungen/


Many thanks to all our friends for looking after us so well and thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello...


Here's to the next one...


All the best   Aly

Sunday, 23 February 2020

A Little Bit of Family History... My Great Great Grandfather

Greetings...


Things are still a bit slow on the toy painting front so, I thought that I would share a little bit of my family history with you...


When I was visiting Edinburgh I found out a bit more about my family's military heritage...


I remember my Grandmother saying that she had been bounced on the knee of a Crimean War veteran...
As she was actually born in the Sergeants Quarters at Stirling Castle ,I have always assumed that she was referring to a member of The Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders...


Apparently not... She was talking about her Grandfather... My Great Great Grandfather...


Edward Bolton... Gunner Royal Horse Artillery.







I am hoping to find out a bit more about J Troop... It would be quite fun to try and recreate an action Edward Bolton took part in on the tabletop...


Many thanks to my friends and family (Trish and Linda) for finding this for me...


All the best   Aly