Saturday, 23 July 2016

Bridges and Churches - 28mm

Here's a look at five scenery pieces I've painted up. three bridges and a chapel and church. They all had lots of stonework so I did them at the same time using hardware store paint for the grey. Very quick to paint these, with the church at back right having a bit more detail and thus time required. 

First up is a Warlord Games resin stone bridge, suitable for crossing a smaller stream. Some Perry Austrian Chevaulegers on 5cm square base fit across ok.

It will span a 5-8cm or 2-3inch river.

Then two Warlord Games plastic stone bridges which come in six parts on a sprue, but assemble easily with plastic glue. The parts are 2 sides, 2 top parts of bridge and 2 undersides of bridge.  

These bridges are considerably larger and will span a 12.5cm/5inch wide river. They will be needed for the Elster River at Leipzig, though a Hudson and Allen 20" bridge may also be put into service as the causeway.

Next is this Tabletop Workshop 'Medieval Chapel'.  I'm not sure this is currently in production. Warlord Games still advertises it for sale, but I tried to order a couple more Tabletop Workshop products in a recent order and was told they were unavailable. I bought this one as part of a package deal from Tabletop Workshop a couple of years ago before that company folded. I understand Warlord Games bought the rights to the plastic castle they made, so expect they might also have the rights to the building range.

The Chapel is a simple affair, 4 walls, a base, and a roof which comes in two parts.

The roof also lifts off and the inside has details you can paint if you so desire. If I play skirmish games I might paint this interior in the future, but I didn't bother at the moment.

Lastly this solid resin church which I picked up off a New Zealand Auction site. Uncertain of the manufacturer and couldn't find it online, but it weighs a tonne! Also not the best sculpt with a number of marked irregularities in positioning of windows and so on, but looks ok painted up I think! 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Polish Infantry - 28mm Murawski

A couple more Polish units done for my Duchy of Warsaw forces - some much needed infantry. These are from the excellent Murawski Miniatures range again.

1st and 8th Infantry regiments (probably). I say probably because I find uniform details pretty confusing for Duchy of Warsaw even when I have the sources. In reality I imagine the Poles were often even less uniform in appearance than many other nations and prone to changes, and scavenging gear from defeated enemies and so on. Murawski do make "campaign dress" variants if you want them, but naturally I chose to have my Polish all striding along in pretty looking full dress uniform :) 

Here's the 1st regiment, including mounted commander. Once again 36 strong units for these Poles, and flags from GMB.

I also painted up a couple of bases of light company skirmishing for this regiment.

And next is the 8th Regiment with pink facings. These regiments are all in full dress, but I wanted the officer waving his hat from the campaign dress command pack, and Rodger from Murawski very kindly included him for me. Great service thanks Rodger.

I often voice a few minor grumbles about miniatures, in the interests of being objective and because no-one will believe me if I don't suggest a few areas that might be considered in development of future ranges and so on! However I really don't have any grumbles with these. In addition to being very clean sculpts, the sculpting is also done so as to "hide" behind equipment minor details of straps etc that would otherwise have to be painted and slow progress down. This is a great feature that some modern ranges have and it is much appreciated when you're painting many dozens of figures!

That's all the Poles I had planned and my unpainted Polish box is now gratifyingly empty. But these Polish are very nice figures and nice uniforms, and I'm tempted to get some more. Maybe the 13th in their white uniforms, and another regiment of Uhlans, and more command... plus some of Murawski's Baden range of course, got to have them for Leipzig!