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  • in reply to: I need advice on a vice #138333
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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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.

    in reply to: I need advice on a vice #138320
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

     

    in reply to: Any 1/144 (12mm) gamers here? #138316
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    http://www.miniaturefigurines.co.uk/Home.aspx

    in reply to: £100 budget #137204
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    in reply to: Advice for Painting Danes #136943
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    in reply to: I need advice on a vice #136935
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    in reply to: I need advice on a vice #136926
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

     

    in reply to: I need advice on a vice #136897
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    Thanks Tony,

    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?

    in reply to: I need advice on a vice #136895
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    in reply to: I need advice on a vice #136893
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    Thanks Mike,

    That looks like just the job.

    in reply to: Advice for Painting Danes #136886
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    Hi Ben,

    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.

    Stephen

    in reply to: Looking for plastic minis #136270
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    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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).

    in reply to: When was Maj Gen Sir Edward Barnes knighted? #134586
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    Thanks Geof,

    Much appreciated.  So it seems he was knighted for his service in the Peninsular War.

    Best wishes

    Stephen

    in reply to: Crom's Anvil – 15mm Fantasy #133925
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    Those are cool ghouls.

    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    I think that’s a wonderful little army. Those Minifigs paint up really well. Nice work.

    in reply to: This Year’s Interests and Games #132699
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    in reply to: This Year’s Interests and Games #132693
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    Nice pictures.  I particularly like your pike unit.  How do you get the wood effect on your pike shafts?  It’s really effective.

    in reply to: Royal Armies of the Hyborian Age #132578
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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_Sorcery

    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    My pleasure.  I have emailed you via the enquiries address on your website so you can send me your postal address.

     

    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    in reply to: 15mm female hunter type #132269
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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

    in reply to: Ebay still a thing? #129023
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    in reply to: Stripping enamel paint from miniatures. #126872
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    in reply to: Outbuildings & scatter peninsular war #123460
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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=61929

    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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)

     

    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    Thanks for the information. I guess I won’t be buying from Stonewall after all.

    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    I’ve never heard of Stonewall Miniatures before.  Is there a problem?

    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    Thanks guys.

    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?

     

    in reply to: Renaissance War Game Rules #119674
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    I’m a bit confused about this. Is this the same set of rules but with four different titles?

    in reply to: Napoleonic flat figures auction #117937
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

     

    in reply to: re-basing Pike #117017
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    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.

    in reply to: re-basing Pike #117000
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    in reply to: can anyone identify this figure #116835
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    in reply to: Saddest Wargaming purchase? #116746
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

    in reply to: GW's new contrast paints #116743
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    I haven’t tried them but that’s a lovely bit of brushwork.

     

    in reply to: Saddest Wargaming purchase? #116741
    General SladeGeneral Slade
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    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.

     

    in reply to: Cold Turkey #116740
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    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.

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