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I don’t think I can bring myself to start performing full amputations at this stage – I would like to keep the original figure as intact as possible – but ultimately I may end up going down that route. At the minute, I seem to be doing a pretty good job of making an already damaged figure well and truly broken.
Just to update things, yesterday I had my first attempt at drilling out the hand on a 15mm pikeman and it ended in complete failure. Not only did I fail to drill through the figure’s hand but I managed to break the plume off his helmet in attempting to do so.
I’m not going to give up just yet but I am not sure I am going to have the patience – or a steady enough hand – to do a complete unit. I think a more realistic option for me may be to drill a hole in the base of the figure to anchor the pike and then just carve a groove in the figure’s hand and glue the pike into the slot.
I use Minifigs which are listed on the website as 10/12mm. So maybe I get the best of both worlds? Or maybe they are just hedging their bets.
I would buy the same thing I always buy if I have got some spare money: 15mm 2nd gen Minifigs. I would probably be able to get about two hundred infantry for that. For some reason it doesn’t matter how many I buy (or how few I paint) I always seem to need more.
The Perry figures are very nice. You will certainly end up with a good-looking army. The book by Bill Rawkins will only be published digitally and whilst it is due to be published this year I imagine that the current situation puts that into doubt so you may need to rely on the books you already have to get started.
I expect you have already found this, but there is a pretty good guide to Danish uniforms (including lots of pictures of painted Perry figures) here: https://www.chakoten.dk/wp-content/uploads/Danish-Infantry-of-the-Line-and-Light-Infantry-1803-1814.-The-Perry-Achievement-.pdf
Good luck with the project.
Thanks again for all the replies. It all sounds like good advice. I’ve placed my order and I should get my drill (and some blutack) some time next week. I will let you know how I get on.
Thanks for the replies everyone. Tonight I shall order myself pin vice and a set of drill bits. I will hold off on the desk clamp for now and see how I get along without it. Then, when the bleeding has stopped, I will buy one.
You have also sold me on brass rod. Is 0.5mm reasonably sturdy or do I need to go for something a bit thicker (the next available size seems to be 0.8mm)? I don’t want to replace bendy pikes with something just a prone to bend.
Finally, does anyone know whether it is possible to buy packs of drills of one size (for example a pack of 10 x 0.8mm drills)? All the adverts I have found are for sets of drills of different diameters and whilst I will buy a set to get me started it would be handy to be able to buy a pack of whichever drill turns out to be the right size for a 15mm Minifig fist.
This is probably a stupid question but how do you tell if you are buying good quality drill bits? Is price the only guide to this or is there a brand you would recommend?
Looking at the hands on my renaissance pikemen I think I will need something under 1mm but I am not sure how feasible this is. I think it will take a very steady hand to drill successfully without snapping the bit.
That looks like just the job.
I’m afraid I can’t offer much guidance because the the only Danish Napoleonic troops I have are languishing unpainted somewhere in the lead pile but I would be interested to hear about your progress. What figures are you using and what are you using as uniform guides?
My favourite paint is the Miniature Paints line from Ral Partha Europe. However, even this recommendation is of little help because the company relaunched the range last year with a Kickstarter, which for some reason reduced the selection of colours on offer and now the palette is so limited as to be virtually useless: http://www.ralparthaeurope.co.uk/shop/miniature-paints-c-54/?sort=20a&page=1
With uniform guides there is a chance that Bill Rawkins’ study, The Army of Denmark-Norway 1800-1814, may still be published later this year and if it is it will be well worth getting. His works are a labour of love: they provide a wealth of information and are remarkably reasonably priced.
Stephen29/04/2020 at 09:32 in reply to: The correct translation of marins de la Garde impériale #135555
Back in the day I got taken to task for calling them marines on another miniatures website. If memory serves it was a well-known linguist and close, personal friend of Colonel Elting who put me right (or wrong, depending on how you look at it).
Much appreciated. So it seems he was knighted for his service in the Peninsular War.
Those are cool ghouls.
I think they look great jeffers. I bought a few sample Hinchcliffe AWI figures from Hinds a couple of years ago and they really are very nice and full of character. Some of the one piece casting cavalry figures are particularly good (especially if you like your figures in action poses).
In the end I decided to go for 15mm figures – mainly because I am such a slow painter that I find the idea of painting a whole unit of 25mm figures very daunting.
I think that’s a wonderful little army. Those Minifigs paint up really well. Nice work.
Thanks OB. I’ll have to give that a go. It really makes them look like they are made of wood. You had me wondering whether you had replaced the pikes with cocktail sticks.
Nice pictures. I particularly like your pike unit. How do you get the wood effect on your pike shafts? It’s really effective.
I liked the Garrison Hyboria range as well. Or at least I liked some of it. The standard of the sculpts was pretty variable but the good ones painted up very well. Unfortunately it is now out of production: http://www.miniatures-workshop.com/lostminiswiki/index.php?title=Sword_and_Sorcery28/02/2020 at 10:36 in reply to: Dear Tony Blair – a blog about old school minis… really! #132350
My pleasure. I have emailed you via the enquiries address on your website so you can send me your postal address.27/02/2020 at 22:14 in reply to: Dear Tony Blair – a blog about old school minis… really! #132341
Yes I did see those. I’ve got a couple of Minimags (Numbers 1 and 2). Do you know how many they produced? I think I have got seven catalogues dating between 1970 and 1997. I have a feeling there are still one or two from the early years that I need to get.
I’ve just checked and I have got two copies of Minimag Number 1 and you are very welcome to the spare one if you would like it.27/02/2020 at 17:01 in reply to: Dear Tony Blair – a blog about old school minis… really! #132327
I love your blog. I am an obsessive collector of Minifigs so I was delighted to find the interview with Dick Higgs and Neville Dickinson. I had never seen that before. And I was amazed to see how Dick Higgs went about sculpting 15mm figures using solder. It never occurred to me that was how he did it.
The figure second from right in the top row is a young woman/girl armed with a bow. She is wearing a simple tunic that I imagine could be painted to look like Highland or indeed Viking costume. It is actually quite an attractive little figure and comes as part of the Indian Villagers set (WW3) in the Minifigs Wild West Range: http://www.miniaturefigurines.co.uk/Catalogue.aspx?ScaleID=2&CategoryID=13&SubCategoryID=87
The picture is taken from this site: http://urpsilete.free.fr/dbm/yr/figs_eur.html
Another alternative is the figure on the right in the picture below:
This is actually a male figure but I use it as a female in my own RPGs. I’ve painted his braided hair blonde and he does look very much like a female Viking. He is from set 70V of the Minifigs Montcalm & Wolfe range: http://www.miniaturefigurines.co.uk/Catalogue.aspx?ScaleID=2&CategoryID=9&SubCategoryID=58
I buy loads of figures on eBay. I’ve never done any selling but from a buyer’s point of view I would say it still seems to be a thriving marketplace.
Dettol for me as well. Be sure to remove any flock from the bases as you will end up with a horrible mess if you don’t. Also, try to get rid of any glue if the figures have been glued to bases as this will also gunk things up. I find it best to leave the figures submerged for at least a week and then attack them with a toothbrush and washing up liquid to get the paint out of the creases.
What size figures are you using? For 15mm Magister Militum stock the Chariot range which has lots of items that might be useful: https://www.magistermilitum.com/era/napoleonic-war.html?cat%5B0%5D=6192916/09/2019 at 07:30 in reply to: Should I do Lee's Legion or Washington's Dragoons? #122386
I would go for Washington’s Dragoons because I like the white uniform with pale blue facings. I did once attempt to paint Lee’s Legion infantry in the pale purple uniform in this Don Troiani painting but I couldn’t get it right and they came out looking like they were wearing romper suits. I ended up stripping the paint off and doing them again in green tunics (which may be another reason why I favour Washington’s Dragoons)12/09/2019 at 07:39 in reply to: Does anyone know the maufacturer of this 15mm vivandiere? #121934
Thanks for the information. I guess I won’t be buying from Stonewall after all.11/09/2019 at 22:21 in reply to: Does anyone know the maufacturer of this 15mm vivandiere? #121919
I’ve never heard of Stonewall Miniatures before. Is there a problem?11/09/2019 at 17:58 in reply to: Does anyone know the maufacturer of this 15mm vivandiere? #121899
They are very nice figures. I’m going to have to get some. My troops need their cognac ration. https://www.stonewallfigures.co.uk/shop/capitan-warmodelling-15mm-napoleonics/artillery-capitan-warmodelling-15mm-napoleonics/vivandieres/
Am I right in thinking that the Battle Honours range is no longer available in the UK?
I’m a bit confused about this. Is this the same set of rules but with four different titles?
Wow! I didn’t see that. Charging someone to buy something seems nonsensical to me. That puts the figures even further out of my price range.
I am a big fan of Ian and his full metal packets!
Me too. Though I do feel a bit guilty at the thought of my postman having to haul them in his bag. A few hundred steel bases makes quite a thump when they drop through the letter box.
I use steel bases that I get from Precision Wargames Supplies Ltd
The service is very good, though there is a two or three week turnaround if they are doing custom bases rather than supplying from stock. I like them because they are thin (0.8mm), they give figures and extra bit of heft and you can easily use magnetic tape to create sabots.
I’ve got that figure as well and I have an idea it was one of a small range of fantasy figures produced by Orcs Nest in London. I certainly bought it from them and I think it was an ‘own brand’ figure. On mine there appears to be a code on the bottom of the base underneath the hammer but even under a magnifying glass I can’t make it out (so it may just be an imperfection in the casting).
It’s a nice figure and I really should get round to painting it one of these days.
I see what you mean. Even by the standards of the day that is not a pretty dwarf:
Mind you, I still think it is a hell of a lot better than the Hinchcliffe one I posted earlier.
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I haven’t tried them but that’s a lovely bit of brushwork.
Good lord, what is that thing on the top — a Deep Ones dwarf?! Not any of those either, sorry. Now you have me worried.
The Aureola Rococo range did feature some pretty hideous figures. I think they were trying to do something different with the dwarves because they came out looking like an unnatural liaison between a hobbit and a goblin.
I gave up playing with toy soldiers when I went to university because I was hoping to get a girlfriend. Thirty years later – still single – I decided I might as well start up again.