I have been busily working away and researching more than usual this week as I embark on a project for myself , Kevin and Glenn to be playing once the new AWI supplement for black powder is released.
The period of conflict is no stranger to me and over the years I have painted many units for this period but always in 28mm scale. With our regular gaming venue having a smaller table our decision to move into 15mm late last year was one born out of practicality and costs. All new armies for the periods we play is an expensive choice both financially and in time costs.
Now while at Salute this year I spotted the AWI manuscript for black powder a period I and Kevin really enjoy playing. Originally I was going to paint everything for this period for our use but Kev being Kev plunged headlong into a painting frenzy then announced "I have started doing a load of AWI". After some cursing and swearing it was decided he would not paint any more Americans for a while and concentrate on the British while I worked the Americans, these little issues come up as we both like to have both sides for everything we play. I will do British and I dare say Kev will do more Americans once we have enough of one side completed each.
This left me in a bit of a dilemma though as upon further talks with Kev, he had used Lancashire Games 15mm figures. Now I must admit it now and say I learnt the true reality of "don't knock it till you have tried it" here!! Not for the first time in life but it's good to be reminded every now and again. You see a quick Google (not always a positive move) and you will find a lot of complaints about the figures etc etc and I am a bit of a lead snob as Kev puts it. So he offered up a unit of Americans for me to paint to see what I thought.
Now this is the point I was rather pleasantly surprised as the unit of 12 figures painted to regular table top standard looks fine to me. Indeed once I had done a little maths, I placed an order with Lancashire games for a couple of their battle packs and enough commands to get me started with 12 regiments. For the reasonable outlay of £40.00 or 33p a figure if you want to break it down even further.
I painted these up as Webbs Additional continental Regiment but I will save that for another post. Overall the unit once completed was very pleasing and will look great en-mass once deployed with some fine fellow Patriots.
So I have my side project well under-way now with 5 more regiments currently in progress. More on those later as well. Most of my Regiments will be painted in the wide variety of uniforms that were worn early to mid war as they are pretty colourful and of course I shall continue to share colour schemes and notes as I go along for anyone wishing to use them.
The rest of the week has seen me continuing to prepare Winter war Finns and Russians for a commission ( We will not be accepting any more baker company figures) these are a real ball buster to clean and God knows how they will paint up. They are quite possibly the worst figures I have ever seen in my 48 years of life on this planet. I still have not completed the 28mm French Indian war figures or the Fife and Drum 28mm AWI figures but they are coming along nicely and will be completed this week.
I will take this opportunity just to remind you all that the introductory prices on the Warbases animals will run out next Sunday so head on over to the web shop if you want to purchase while the prices are down there is a link on the right of this post. especially if you have contemplated the Hansom Cab deal as you will make a good saving.
So to conclude this post that just leaves me to welcome aboard the newest follower: MarkG row hard and fast and the journey will be a good one.