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The Montrose ‘regulars’ did have some good flags – I quite like the Strathbogie regiment’s colours, but Montrose’s 1650 colour is the best by a long way (black with the severed head of Charles I on it)
Thanks for sharing. Just finalising my shopping list for my Montrose Army. So yours are a timely reminder and an inspiration to crack on with mine.
I’m going for Peter Pig figures, and been waiting for some Highlanders with muskets to join the range. Just sorting flags (Maverick Models) and custom casualty markers (Warbases) out before I put my PP order in.
Headswapping is really easy with PP figures, it just seems really daunting if you haven’t done it before. Here’s a how to guide that I wrote, and have added stuff to as I have discovered easier ways of doing things.
Hopefully the post should answer any questions, if not I’m sure I can help further.
Edit: afterthought, occasionally it all goes wrong drilling into the body, despite using a pilot hole etc you drill in the wrong place. Fill the hole with green stuff, try again tomorrow when the headswap gods are looking down more favourably on you. It happens. Also, some figures are just really awkward to drill, pick a simple pose ( head not straight on shoulders, no raised arms or anything close to the face) for your first few goes. Warning, it can be addictive, don’t be surprised if you become slightly obsessed about it.
I use both of them. Happy with both brands, pretty much interchangeable and identical. But then you would expect them to be seeing as they are both made in the same factory. (As are P3, RailMatch, and I think the current crop of Humbrol acrylics)
(Although I might possibly slightly prefer Foundry as they have a bigger range of colours)
Thanks. To be very honest, I’d been out taking pictures of stars the night before and hadn’t changed the settings so the colour ones are a bit washed out.
Okay mine is relatively new so the stats are slowly increasing (16k first year, 26k year 2) but 26k in five months? Post wise, possibly 25% increase.
The narrow focus of my blog, very much a niche of a niche, and the stats for these last 5 months has very much taken me aback.
Rather than use a vice to hold the figure I’m drilling, I use blutack. Big blob of the stuff.
I’ve drilled the hands of 100s of Peter Pig lowland pikemen out (annoyingly the only pikemen in their range not available open handed). Still got all my own fingers.
Blutack is brilliant. Wrap the figure in the middle of the blob. Push it down onto the cutting mat, for extra security hold in place with your fingers. Blutack provides a buffer zone between fingers/figure/sharp thing if there is a slip. You can angle figures to drill at strange angles. If you need to hold the figure to drill, still wrap in blutack – if you are drilling a number of figures you’ll find hanging on to figures is hard going on the fingers, blutack provides a welcome cushion.
My other top tip is don’t forget a pilot hole – I use a long RC fuel line cleaning needle thing.
You may find that drilling/cutting/filing a groove is a lot easier (and much less stressful).
I use Liquitex burnt umber to undercoat resin buildings and terrain items. Doesn’t clog detail. Does seem to take longer to dry, or that could be because it is on resin – I don’t know.
Takes model acrylics happily (I tend to use Cd’A and Foundry). Works as well as Army Painter sprays.
Only reason I don’t use it on figures is because I prime them black or white, and I buy Army Painter sprays locally.
You could use different coloured flower tufts to denote experience. No flowers = grunts, yellow = regulars, red = veterans for example
Firstly a big thank you to everyone who helps put the show on, it is very much appreciated. V apnartak is one of my favourite shows – it’s timing hints that spring is around the corner, plus it gives an excuse to visit York.
Before I begin I hope the chap who had managed to bury his car axle deep in the mud got a tow!
A few observations
Vapnartak website: I knew where I was going, but it might help new attendees if you put the location of the show on the front page. An up to date trader list would be good, as would a downloadable floor plan – when the show is spread over many floors it is good to plan ahead so you don’t miss anyone. Not everyone uses or wants to use Facebook.
Parking: the Bishopsthorpe Road entrance was locked, which meant a minor detour. Funnelled everyone through the main entrance, which would be fine if it weren’t for drivers blocking the road to drop people off. Those with mobility issues and those arriving by taxi need somewhere to be dropped off, a dedicated space would have helped. The upper, grass car park, is accessed via pinch point in the road where it crosses a bridleway. Chaos ensued when two way traffic met – the locked entrance removes this issue.
Ticket desk: great that there were three ticket sellers, shame that everyone had to walk past all three to enter the show (no room to pass behind anyone buying tickets). Perhaps this annoyed me because of the ignoramus who just barged through me and my two boys when we were buy in tickets.
Space: when I was there the space between stands was good, I know Peter Pig weren’t in attendance, looked like a few other traders weren’t there also. The bring and buy is much better than it has been in previous years.
Games: agree with Craig. Why put a game on at a show if you don’t want to interact with anyone?
Traders: even without Peter Pig, Vapnartak is still one of the best shows for 15mm fans (due to number of manufacturers in attendance). Beats the much bigger Salute hands down.
If a game has good reviews, and I like what I see then I’ll buy it.
If it has a fancy cover and pretty pictures even better (although I’ll probably have to pay more for fancy stuff).
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My preferred scale/figure size is 15mm, I do find it slightly disheartening the dominance of 28mm in magazines and at shows. It’s not the end of the world, but it would be good to see something other than 28mm represented in a printed magazine.
15mm wise, Vapnartak is the best show for me as there are usually 5 or 6 15mm manufacturers present.
Martin over at Peter Pig has tried to launch a 15mm centric e-magazine, downloadable free from the PP website. It’s a good start.
Under representation seems to be a common theme with smaller sized figures (probably due to the absence of 15mm/10mm/etc manufacturing behemoths)
Another Army Painter user.
Can go cloudy if you are a bit over eager spraying and put too much on.
If I’m right that Silflor = MiniNatur, then they are available from Warbases (and loads of model railway shops)
Oh heck yes!
No manky tape measures here – brass and steel measuring rods (Products for Wargamers). Royalists have a red folding dice tray (All Rolled Up) and red dice, Parliament has an orange dice tray and dice. Nice leather pouches (cheap LARPs stuff from fleabay) for the dice too. Almost forgot appropriately coloured arc of fire templates (Warbases)
Not forgetting Warbases custom casualty markers – all using a suitably seventeenth century looking (chapbook italic). Dead chap in the middle relating to the specific unit, and if it’s a Royalist unit “pro Deo Rege et Patria” around the dial edge, Parliamentarians get “for God and Parliament”, Scots get “Couenant for Religion King and Kingdomes”
As a youngling south Manchester was a desert, our closest shop was Games of Liverpool. It was often easier to pop down to the original Games Workshop in Dalling Road. Then GW opened a second shop in Manchester. A small local model shop also started selling RPG stuff and Hinchcliffe figures.
Fast forward 35 years and there is a gaming megastore in Stockport – Element Games. Just don’t try and visit at the weekend as it is heaving with people playing.
It’s appeared a couple of times on Combat Dealers (Discovery channel).
Bruce Crompton is restoring a Panther which will join the collection when he finds all the correct parts.
I use Sally 4th’s figure storage boxes. No magnetic basing, just stood up in the box. As they only get moved around the house, this isn’t an issue. If they were travelling to and from a club regularly then I’d either go for fancy foam storage or use magnetic basing
I know what you mean about no motivation to paint, the to-do list can be too daunting.
I’ve got about 1000 unpainted Napoleonic figures to paint. They’ve been waiting 4 years. No desire to paint them, or any inclination. Tried two small units recently, finished one quickly (meh!), the other is half finished on my desk.
Yet, during those 4 years I’ve knocked out a few thousand ECW figures. Waiting to be done 200 foot, 50 horse. They will be done fairly quickly. Maybe I just like ECW more than Napoleonics? Or maybe it’s because of how they were bought. Napoleonic armies were bought whole army at a time – partly because I heard that the range was about to become unavailable and more modern ranges wouldn’t match size wise. ECW has been bought a few units at a time. ECW manageable, Napoleonic daunting?
Plus the way I paint has changed, I set myself challenges. Buy units at Vapnartak ( February) and they have to be completed before Salute (April) so I can purchase new units, for example. Seems to work.
It also helps having started a blog, going public has helped inspire me to keep to my deadlines. Maybe starting a painting log will do the same for you? Just don’t set yourself too ambitious a target.
My ECW painting pile is 10 units worth – goal is to paint them before the offspring break up for summer holidays. That’s about a unit a week. I’ve almost finished two already. But if I set the goal of two a week I’d almost certainly fail.
Oh my word. I had the shops/buildings as a youngling. Loved them.
Another vote for Stuart at Maverick.
Peter Pig, Navwar, ERM and Warbases all stand out for customer service
Visited Photography Show yesterday and picked up a foldio portable studio for £20. Built in LED lighting, backdrops. Excellent.
<p style=”text-align: left;”>In the process of writing a blog post http://www.keepyourpowderdry.co.uk/2019/03/photography.html?m=1 on photographing miniatures I discovered an older version of my portable studio for £10.99 on Amazon.</p>
I went, seemed to be a lot more competition games going on on the top floor (compared to last).
So nice to visit a show that has lots of smaller scale stuff for sale – Peter Pig, Ancient and Modern, Museum Miniatures, Magister Militum, Baccus and Kallistra. Most shows seem to be very 28mm focussed.
Picked up lots of pre-orders, so saved a few quid on postage (even factoring in travel and entry).
I think Vapnartak is possibly my favourite show, prefer it to Salute tbh.
Manchester Regiment museum has been shut for a number of years, and will remain shut for a wee while longer.27/12/2018 at 08:08 in reply to: National Civil War Centre and Cromwell Association #106423
You also link to the National Civil War Centre, which used to be a bit “meh”. NCWC is now worth a visit (along with the Queen’s Sconce and Newark castle) if you haven’t been before.
They have a temporary exhibition chock full of arms and armour, lots of Tom Fairfax artifacts. If this was a permanent part of their exhibits then it would lose the “meh”.http://www.keepyourpowderdry.co.uk/2017/12/newark.html?m=1
Peter Pig are/have released a mini game figures pack of duellists, with seconds and a referee. Listed under 15 Mill news I think.
Their pirates, and AWI ranges should probably have something appropriate for your other needs.
After several attempts at not getting it quite right, I have a specific figure for different units – harquebusier for cavalry, musketeer for infantry, and a generic casualty for dragoons/artillery/engineers. My Covenanters have a dead Marty Pellow figure for foot, similar but with Scots bonnet for other units, and a harquebusier with bonnet for cavalry.
All mounted on customised dials. Different slogans on edge for Parliament/Royalist/Covenanters.
I’d buy a kettenkrad, and use it for going to the shops.
If you are after the plan of Naseby you’ll have more luck searching for Streeter’s plan of Naseby.
Streeter (sometimes Streater) was the engraver (he was also a renowned painter, painted Pepys’s ceiling) who created the plan. It appeared in Sprigge’s book Anglia Redivia. Streeter’s plan has a lozenge top right with a portrait of Fairfax. (Joshua Sprigge was Sir Thomas’s priest.)
The plan was ‘redone’ for the Royalist restoration audience by Sturt. This version is slightly different, most obviously the Black Tom portrait has been removed.
Have a look at Ancient and Modern Miniatures camp stuff.
Their figures are not 20mm, allegedly they are 15mm. The 15mm variety that is actually 18mm, and in some cases a little bit more.
There are a number of items which could help you out – fire, hog roasting on a spot, baggage etc
We know even less about the clubmen than we do about the ‘proper’ military units of the civil wars. So in other words you can do what you want. As for military types in clubmen bands, unlikely unless they were invalided out. Possibly deserters, but having seen the Royalist branding iron ‘mittens’ on display at Newark I think they’d keep a very very low profile.
I know this is the wrong size of figure for you but the Matchlock 15mm one legged musketeer with pig, would be an ideal candidate to bolster a clubmen band.
The only time I have come across anything in detail about clubmen was their support for Parliament at Adwalton Moor (in other words to protect their homes in Bradford); and a similar example from the Royalist defence of Newark. Although they were pressed to shore up the defences initially.
As for white ribbons, the only mention I’ve seen of that is on Wikipedia.
Devon, thanks for your input. You raise several good points.
I’ve been doing further thinking on the subject of ‘Great Commanders’ and I wonder if the certain generals might be moved between ‘Field Commander’ & “Great Commander’ in my games, depending on the scenario or even, perhaps, on a dice roll?
Even Napoleon & Hannibal had their off-days & it seems to me that Rupert, for example, could be very good but also commit blunders on occasion.
In FoG;R, the addition of a ‘Great Commander’ to an army is not by any means a game winner. The differences between Troop – Field- and Great Commanders is more subtle than that.
Certainly makes sense. If you consider the York march: Rupert’s clever tactics, particularly as he approached York; then, compare it with his misinterpretation of Charles’s letter which led him to venture straight out of York to Marston. The former was good+, the latter was reckless. Can he really be castigated for misinterpreting the letter? Possibly not, but surely as the commander on the ground he should have used his brain.
As already mentioned Faithful Fortesque swapped sides at the start of the battle of Edgehill, his troopers forgot to remove their sashes (showing allegiance to Essex) and about a third of his cavalry troop was killed by their new comrades.
Whilst agreeing with the consensus of ‘why?’, I can see the occasional game using event cards could be fun. So…
If you consider many of the topics that affected people, or were at the forefront of people’s thoughts (other than war) then you get a handful of themes: disease, superstition, religion and politics. Rumour also playing a big part too.
Plague outbreak, or rumour of plague. Rumour – troops will not enter the area unless they have a strong commander with them/ take a morale test. Then if they do enter the area they then have to make a throw to see if there actually is a plague outbreak. If plague is present troops in that area have to throw for how many turns they have to stay in the area, and how many losses are incurred. Known plague outbreaks create no-go areas. Reduce plague penalties by deploying plague physicians (I know they didn’t have much of a medicinal role, but they must have had some positive impact by clearing the dead?)
Witchcraft – there were some ECW rules which covered witchcraft, can’t remember their name, no idea if they were any good, just know of their existence. Without turning it into a ‘D&D/civil war mash up’ you could have troops fearful of entering certain areas because they believe a witch lives there. Only entering the area whilst a witchfinder is present.
God bothering. Regiment has to miss a turn to finish their prayer/ they refuse to fight because it is a holy day.
Political agitation – levellers, diggers etc. Regiment starts having a debate and misses turns. Although only really relevant for reserves.
Certainly in 15mm all of these events are catered for with figures – witch finder (Matchlock), plague physicians (Peter Pig), Preachers (loads), political agitator (matchlock). Sure there’s loads of figures for 28mm which cover the themes.
Sorry! Tired. About the third time this evening I’ve read something and not really taken it in at all.
Their axes are nice.
They have a number of spears, halberds, poleaxes
Hopefully something might be of use