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Evilstu’s Historical Tinkering

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About the Project

Repository for the various historical projects that I am working on. Projects are subject to change and vary without warning or any apparent logic depending on what is being played at the club, self-imposed deadlines or what new shiny things I have just procured...

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Army Sorted for Tomorrow...

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Today's addition. A speedpaint to tabletop so quality is not outstanding but at least identifiable as grenadiers so going to call it a win and move on ;-)Today's addition. A speedpaint to tabletop so quality is not outstanding but at least identifiable as grenadiers so going to call it a win and move on ;-)
The 50 point list, with paint pots cleverly left in the back right to remind me of some of the colours I used later on...The 50 point list, with paint pots cleverly left in the back right to remind me of some of the colours I used later on...

It's Not a Real Cancon Army Unless the Paint is Still Wet...

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Sixteen Grenadiers to hammer out today before Sharp Practice at Cancon tomorrow night…

It's Not a Real Cancon Army Unless the Paint is Still Wet...

State of Play at Project Kick-Off

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Where are we at then?

Presently on my paint bench I have around 100 Perry and Warlord late Napoleonic French in various states of progress.

Assembled and primed I have:

  • The start of a 1745 Jacobite Rebellion force, 2 units of clansmen and a unit of Royal Ecossais. The older minis are, I believe, Front Rank while the newer ones I have procured through the Flags of War kickstarter. Just had it confirmed today that there will be a third Kickstarter for this range so already looking forward to it;
  • A Sharp Practice sized force of Union infantry from Perry for ACW;
  • A unit of AWI militia from Warlord. Am planning on being clever and seeing if I can press some of these into service for both the French & Indian War and AWI;
  • a bunch of celts from various sources that I really need to organise into a 600 denari warband for an SPQR campaign (I may be holding off for the Wargames Atlantic Persians to drop, as fabric on a Persian army will be really quick to paint, right?…); and
  • A couple of units of Caesarian Romans, see above.

Assembled but not yet primed I have a box of Perry War of the Roses infantry, with a second box and a box of foot knights still on the sprue. So a bit of cavalry and I’ll be away. While this is outside the Black powder period there are a set of Sharp Practice rules for this one which I’m keen to try out… Also part way through putting together some Perry Confederates to oppose the Union force mentioned above. Yeah, assembling minis feels a bit more like a chore to me than fun regrettably. Another point in favour of metals I guess…

Longer term would like to put together a Napoleonic Russian force as the 1812 sojourn into Russia has always struck me as particularly interesting. And I do feel quite drawn to the French & Indian War. Will need some more trees first though…

 

Cleverly Titled Opening Post...

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Well for me last year was the year of mindlessly grinding through painting fantasy armies. While good fun, and as it turns out, quite productive, my painting was at tabletop batch painted level. so while i did get a lot faster over the year, my detail painting has not improved.

Similarly, I have had a policy with regard to historical minis for a few years that when I see bargain priced minis that I grab them quickly and set them aside for later until I know what to do with them. So in an effort to try and get some of the stuff to tabletop and improve my painting skills I’m going to shift some of my focus from spamming out fantasy armies to working on historicals. Will still be taking them to a tabletop standard, but hopefully somewhere slightly forward of the 8-10 colour AP dip method I have been utilising.

Don’t really presently have a use for all the bits and pieces I have kicking about, but if I can get stuff painted up now I can always find a rules set for it later. and it will be easier to paint now than in 20 years time when hands are shakier and eyesight is worse…

So will be starting out with smaller forces, and then building as far as the mood takes me. Will generally aim for a ‘Sharp Practice’ sized force initially, and then work up to the scale of one of the books from the Merseyverse or potentially something mass battle (Black Powder 2, Pike & Shotte or similar).

So, without further ado…

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