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

Wednesday, 28 September 2022

40mm Napoleonics… Some more French Infantry.

Greetings…

Here are three ‘command’ types for the French 18th Line Infantry.

First up… A Sergeant..



This figure is a conversion…
I used the body of the Voltigeur running at the trail and added the arms from the Spanish Sergeant.
The rank and service stripes were added using Green Stuff putty.

Next up… A Voltigeur Hornist.



And finally…A Sapper…



As before these were a real joy to paint…
Of course the Sapper would normally be part of the Grenadier Company which means that I will really really need to paint some Grenadiers in the future… poor me 😁.

The Tunics are… Citadel… Kantor Blue with a touch of Caledor Sky.
The Sappers Tunic… Citadel… Hoeth Blue.
The Sapper and Hornist Facings are… Citadel… Wazdaka Red.
The Trousers are… Citadel… Pallid Wych Flesh, Administratum Grey and Khorne Red
The Greatcoats are Citadel… Administratum Grey.
The Muskets and Backpacks are… Citadel… Mournfang Brown.
The Shako Covers are… Foundry… Drab Light 12C.
The Water Bottles are… Foundry… Boneyard Shade 9A.
The Water Bottle Straps are… Citadel… Skrag Brown.
Yellow bits are… Foundry… Ochre 4B.
Green bits are… Citadel… Warboss Green.
Red bits are… Citadel… Evil Sunz Scarlet.

As always everything was given a wash of Aly’s Brown Liquid and highlighted with the original shade plus some extra highlights and work on the lighter colours and faces.



All the best.   Aly

Thursday, 15 September 2022

40mm Napoleonics… More French Infantry.

Greetings…

Here are four more French 18th Infantry Voltigeurs…

As before these are from  the Perry Miniatures 40mm Peninsular War Range.










The Tunics are… Citadel… Kantor Blue with a touch of Caledor Sky.
The Trousers are… Citadel… Pallid Wych Flesh, Administratum Grey and Foundry… Drab Light 12C.
The Greatcoats are Citadel… Administratum Grey.
The Muskets and Backpacks are… Citadel… Mournfang Brown.
The Shako Covers are… Foundry… Drab Light 12C.
The Water Bottles are… Foundry… Boneyard Shade 9A.
The Water Bottle Straps are… Citadel… Skrag Brown.
Yellow bits are… Foundry… Ochre 4B.
Green bits are… Citadel… Warboss Green.
Red bits are… Citadel… Evil Sunz Scarlet.

As always everything was given a wash of Aly’s Brown Liquid and highlighted with the original shade plus some extra highlights and work on the lighter colours and faces.



Once again these were a real joy to paint and I am looking forward to painting more…

All the best.  Aly

Sunday, 4 September 2022

40mm Napoleonics… French Infantry.

Greetings…

Here are three more figures for this project…

They are French 18th Line Infantry Voltigeurs…

As before the are from the lovely 40mm Napoleonic range by Perry Miniatures…

And as before they were a joy to paint…









The Tunics are… Citadel… Kantor Blue with a touch of Caledor Sky.
The Trousers are… Citadel… Khorne Red and Palid Wych Flesh.
The Greatcoats are Citadel… Administratum Grey.
The Muskets and Backpacks are… Citadel… Mournfang Brown.
The Shako Covers are… Foundry… Drab Light 12C.
The Water Bottles are… Foundry… Boneyard Shade 9A.
The Water Bottle Straps are… Citadel… Skrag Brown.
Yellow bits are… Foundry… Ochre 4B.
Green bits are… Citadel… Warboss Green.
Red bits are… Citadel… Evil Sunz Scarlet.

As always everything was given a wash of Aly’s Brown Liquid and highlighted with the original shade plus some extra highlights and work on the lighter colours and faces.


The paints are Wargames Foundry and Citadel...

The bases are as always…

Next up… More 40mm.

All the best.  Aly.





Monday, 29 August 2022

40mm Napoleonics… Rust and Malchanceux.

Greetings…

Hurrah!… A new post… A new project and a new scale.

You didn’t see that coming…

A while ago I started painting some Peninsular War figures for my Song of Drums and Shakos collection…

https://alystoysoldiers.blogspot.com/search/label/A%20Song%20of%20Drums%20and%20Shakos

I really enjoy painting them and was looking forward to having enough to play a game…

And then I saw the lovely game put on at Partizan by The Friends of Ian Smith…

https://alystoysoldiers.blogspot.com/2022/05/partizan-2022.html


That was it… 
The Butterfly Fluttered and this time it didn’t stop.

The painted Perry Miniatures plastics were sent to a nice new home and some lovely new 40mm Perry Miniatures were acquired…

And to start…here are.



The Villainous Rust…



The Glorious and Dashing Malchanceux…

Rust’s colours are…
Tunic… Citadel… Evil Sunz Scarlet with a touch of Wild Rider Red.
Overalls… Citadel… Administratum Grey.
Overalls Linings… Citadel… Skrag Brown.

Malchanceux’s colours are…
Tunic… Citadel… Kantor Blue plus a touch of Caledor Sky.
Trousers… Citadel… Khorne Red.
Belts… Citadel… Skrag Brown.

I painted everything in my usual way… but added a few extra highlights and a little more work on the faces.
I really enjoyed painting these fellows and have already started painting more…

The figures are Perry Miniatures…


The bases are as always…


More 40mm to come and I have started a couple of 15mm test figures.

All the best.  Aly





Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Britcon 2022.

Greetings… 

At the weekend I popped into Britcon…

It’s it’s first time in Nottingham and I am always happy to support a local show…

https://www.bhgs.org.uk/britcon.html

I actually ended up going in on Saturday and Sunday as I was in town on both days and not that far from the venue… and it was free entry 😁.

It wasn’t mobbed but it wasn’t dead… which would also describe the town centre… 

With the weather being uncomfortably warm I think most people stayed at home or in an air conditioned pub…

There were plenty of people playing in the various tournaments and the Too Fat Lardies had some excellent display/participation games on the go.. 

The trade wasn’t on a par with some of the bigger shows but there was certainly enough there to please this little butterfly wargamer…

Here are a few pictures I took of the Lard Workshop… 






A fine selection of games…

Did I buy anything ?

Of course I did… 

Books ?

Yup!…


No real reason for buying these other than they are interesting subjects… I have now read both of them and they pretty much do what they say on the cover…

One of my favourite games systems… so of course I was going to get this… it looks pretty good as well.

Did I buy any toy soldiers?

Yup!

Now here is something nobody would have expected… even me 😱


Yes… 15mm… the scale of the Devil…

https://www.forgedinbattle.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=197

I’ve always had a hankering to do Carolingians and play Ancients/early Medievals using reasonably big armies… but I only have a 5ft by 7ft table…

The Forged in Battle range is very nice and the figures are lovely and look very easy to paint.

So I thought why not. 😁

I am looking forward to getting this started so hopefully I will get a couple of test figures painted soon… 

And I will naturally have to buy some more books on the subject… 😁

Next time I will hopefully have some toys to show you… also something new and possibly unexpected.


All the best   Aly



Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Another new book…

Yup!…

It’s another ‘I haven’t finished painting anything….here are some pictures of a new book post’…

I have a number of things in the works but… work, weather and house improvements have got in the way of painting…

So here is another book I bought way back at Partizan…

Prussian Landwehr of the Napoleonic Wars by Dr Stephan Summerfield…

This is a rather lovely book… and it illustrates how the Prussian Napoleonic Armies are not boring in the slightest…

One of the things that is missing from my Shiny Napoleonics is Prussian Landwehr…

Hopefully I will find some suitable figures and make amends…

Here are some images from the book…



 






So… Not boring…

All the best.  Aly

Thursday, 21 July 2022

FromMy Side of the Table… Somewhere in Spain

Greetings…

Last week I went over to Alan Perry’s house for a game of toy soldiers…

Alan was play testing Jervis Johnson’s forthcoming Valour and Fortitude rules…

Alan and Steve played the French and their Allies while David,Michael and myself played the Anglo-Portuguese and Spanish.

Because of work commitments I arrived later than the others and came on the table as reinforcements.

Here are some images pre-reinforcements…






The reinforcements arrive…





Just look at that lovely Spanish cavalry…Led by the dashing Brigadier Desafortunada…
They are just begging to charge something… Hurrah!

The rest of the battle…



A bit of Light Cavalry action… Which I of course lost…. Gloriously.









Desafortunada… Cavalry…. A Grand Battery… Hmmmmm!
Yes of course he went for it…Encouraged by everyone….  Even my own side.

In the end the didn’t get as far as the guns because we won the day… Hurrah! (I’m not sure how much of a contribution that I actually made to the victory but I am still going to take the win).

A splendid game in splendid company which managed to use most of the table throughout the battle… Many thanks to Alan.

You can find a bit more on the game here…



All the best.  Aly.