Sunday, 8 February 2015

17th century update

Back to the 17th century this past few days.
On Wednesday I received a signed limited edition print which I had first seen 20+ years ago as the cover illustration to Military Illustrated magazine (November 1992 issue).
It's a Chris Collingwood painting, and one I really think captures a certain atmosphere superbly well.

This was the front cover of the mag....


and here's the rear cover...

I took the picture to be framed, picked it up yesterday, and am now having to reposition other pictures in my hobby room to find space for it!

This week I've also been basing up some TYW figures.
The Swedish Yellow Regt is done, but flags not yet finished, so pics of these will be shown when ready.
Meanwhile, here are a couple of Imperialist officers. Both are conversions by Brian Rigelsford, painted by Dave Jarvis.

And finally, today I got chance to do some basic musket drill with a couple of fellows from my re-enactment unit who kindly came round for 3 hours and talked kit and weaponry! Excellent fun. Fortunately, we have quite a sizeable rear garden, and are not overlooked, otherwise the neighbours might have found it unusual to see 3 guys playing around with muskets! Looking forward to doing more in the coming weeks and months...

Monday, 2 February 2015


For those readers and visitors to the blog who have been following the progress of the 18th century Pils-Holstein project, you may have noticed that within my 30 figure infantry battalions I do not include drummers. This was for a number of reasons, not least because I wanted to have a series of super-numery figures dotted around the tabletop as single figures and in small groupings, rather than within the units themselves.
These figures will have no bearing upon the rules, and will play no part in the games, other than to make the table look good.

I visited Mark Allen yesterday to pick up the first of these figures, some of which are conversions from my standard officer pose, others are conversions of RSMs, and the drummers are from the Eureka range.

Mark has done all the conversion work and painting on these, and I'll be doing the basing over the coming days...


Picture shows 3 French figures and 3 Prussians.

Also on the workbench at the moment...
Thirty Years War Swedish Yellow Regiment. These are being based and flagged, and I'll have pictures for you in the next few days.

In my previous post, I mentioned my starting into the re-enactment world, and I can say I have had many positive messages. So thank you.
I'm enrolled with a regiment, and am now starting to put together some kit. Mark kindly lent me some gear from his days as part of the ECWS, and I'm very grateful. Just a few bits n pieces to get started. I'll be adding to this shorty, and then the fun can really begin. This coming weekend one of the regiment's members is coming round again to just get me started on some aspects of the basic musketeer training. Looking forward to it.