Sunday, November 8, 2015

State of the painting desk

Nothing finished to show - but the fact that I have been able to take a photo of painting underway is a significant breakthrough for me and a reason to post.
I think I have picked up a paintbrush on only 3 or 4 occasions since early July - each time lasting less than 30 minutes.  I've really struggled with motivation to paint anything.  Part of the issue has been a struggle to decide what I wanted to focus on among the many projects that I've got on the go.
So a few days ago I just decided to paint whatever was buried somewhere on the desk or in started piles around the room. 
Over the weekend I have finished two battalions of Prussian LW in 6mm (not based yet and not on the desk as they are now done). 
I'm also half way through a 6mm LW cavalry regiment with two more prepared and horses painted.  Also two battalions of 6mm Prussian Musketeers are prepared and undercoated.  
In the back right is the finishing touches to a unit of CP Spanish Cavalry for my Renaissance Spanish.  Horses were finished and based in July and the cavalry have hung around since them. 
Finally on the left is a unit of Cheveauxleger for the SYW Saxons.
So a pretty good weekend and hopefully start of a productive period (around family, friends and work commitments over the next 2 months).

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Remodelling the game room

I am making some changes to the games room to fix two issues.  Firstly I do not have enough storage for stuff so need some more cupboards.  Secondly being below the house there is little air movement and so it gets a bit stuffy, so I have spoken to a builder about getting a smallish window at one end above the table.  I am lucky as the room sits about 4 feet below the driveway and so a window would open out onto the driveway and faces east which is where most of the (good) breezes come from (NE or SE).

While I am at it - I decided to widen the table to make it 6 feet wide and add the ability to have an extension of 2 feet which, when added, will make it 10 feet long.

So it has meant taking off the table top and frame, dismantling the terrain storage rack that I built and getting a few new cupboards.

So now need to engage an engineer and someone to amend the drawings so I can submit it to the council to get the window approved.  It is supposed to be easier under the new process - ha ha.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

TYW Battle of Brettenfield

We had a wonderful days' gaming yesterday at Ralph's house.  He had put on a refight of the Battle of Brettenfield in the Thirty Years War.

We were using his wonderful 15mm collection of miniatures on purpose built terrain for the battle. Special mention must also go to Rosie for keeping us well provisioned during the long struggle all day.

On one side we had me with Gustavus and his Swedes with Ralph taking the Saxons.  Facing us was Richard and Alan with Tilly's Catholic - Imperial army.

Pappeneheim's cavalry that I was facing

Tilly's tercios arranged for battle

My victorious cavalry - see last photo below :)

More glory for Gustavus' cavalry

On come Tilly's mighty tercios - some a bit softened up from fire on the way in

Hard fighting in the centre with the Tercios up against Swedish foot

The Swedes have broken through Tilly's powerful tercios

I know I should not gloat - but here are Pappenheim's casualties

Friday, August 28, 2015

Italians v Burguandians

We had a great casual game recently with my Italians up against Richard's very nice looking Burgundians using 500 points with Impetus.

The photos are not too good as they were taken with an iphone into the light - but they're all I have got.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Renaissance Spanish at work

Last weekend was the first outing of the new Renaissance Spanish army in the Impetus comp at Wintercon in Canberra.

They had a pretty good run - only falling to those superhuman Swiss class A pike blocks.

A few photos of them about to do battle.  I will get some better shots of the new units on the weekend.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Papal Army on the attack

Last weekend at the club - the Goulburn Valiant Stormers - we had a few games of Impetus.  While my new Spanish Renaissance army is being painted, I pulled out their Italian cousins in the shape of the Pope's Army.

Here are a few "action" shots from the day's play taken brilliantly by David Hilyard.  Thanks David for the photos.