27 November 2015

On The Workbench - Get In The Queue

I've got a number of half finished projects that have been sitting in what I've begun to call 'Workbench Hell', they're those half finished, never quite started projects that litter your workbench collecting dust. But I've hit upon a plan to clear the decks that doesn't involve stuffing them in a box. Although I have some of in that state too.

Since I'm pushing along with 'Operation M' and the more recent 'Plan N' and of course having a lot of fun with both of them I thought I might use them as a 'reward' for getting projects out of 'Workbench Hell'. None of these waylaid tasks are up to the same scale as either 'Operation M' or 'Plan N' so before I can move on with the next step of either I must first free something sitting in 'Workbench Hell' by completing it. Much in the same way that I completed my 'space torpedoes' before painting my cosmo navy scout planes.

My plan is already in progress as I've stared a queue which so far consists of:
  • Finish painting a human Bloodbowl Team - Workbench Hell
  • Painting a battalion of napoleonic British line infantry - Plan N
  • Paint a group of 1/600th scale MiG-17s - Workbench Hell
  • Paint three assembled Cosmo Navy destroyers and one non-scale 3 step carrier - Operation M
  • Finish painting a non-scale Comet Empire battleship - Workbench Hell
  • Assemble and paint a battalion of Napoleonic French line infantry - Plan N
  • Finish painting a non-scale Comet Empire carrier - Workbench Hell
  • Paint three assembled Cosmo Navy cruisers - Operation M
  • Finish painting a non-scale Comet Empire missile cruiser - Workbench Hell
  • Assemble and paint a second battalion of Napoleonic French line infantry - Plan N
  • Finish painting a GZG 15mm scale NAC gun jeep - Workbench Hell
  • Paint one assembled Cosmo Navy Battleship - Operation M
  • Finish assembling and paint one non-scale Earth Defence Force cruiser - Workbench Hell
It seems a lot, but once I work through this, what has been languishing on my workbench will be finished. Complete and ready to use. The Bloodbowl team is already almost finished and my son already is telling me how I might add to the team. But before that there's those British line infantry and any more Bloodbowl miniatures will just have to get to the back of the queue.

16 November 2015

It's 'N' For Napoleonic - Plan N, Part 2.

Last time I outlined my plan to work through a number of scenarios from ‘Scenarios for Wargames’ and build up a collection of 28mm scale French and British napoleonic miniatures and terrain. The next step I intended was to work out the roster of both the opposing forces using the Piquet ‘Les Grognards’ I intend on using. But before that a more obvious next step would be to take stock of the miniatures that I have in hand. So I did that instead.

There was no plan in what I purchased aside from sticking with British and French nationalities, almost everything was purchased locally from a shop here in Hobart over a number of months and they have up to now sat on top of a bookcase in the hallway.

Here is a list of the miniatures accumulated so far;

Perry Miniatures

1 x French Napoleonic Hussars 1792-1815 (14 x Mounted Miniatures)

1 x British Napoleonic Line Infantry 1808-1815 (40 x Foot Miniatures)


1 x French Napoleonic Infantry 1804-1807 (60 x Foot Miniatures)

French Napoleonic Line Infantry Flags 1804 to 1812 Patterns

1 x British Napoleonic Highlanders Centre Companies (60 x Foot Miniatures)
1 x British Peninsular Infantry Centre Companies (52 x Foot Miniatures)
1 x British Napoleonic Foot Artillery (15 x Crew, 3 x Guns, 3 x Limbers)
1 x Mounted British Peninsular Colonels & Foot Pioneer (2 x Mounted, 1 x Foot Miniatures)
1 x Mounted Highland Colonels & Foot Pioneer (2 x Mounted, 1 x Foot Miniatures)

British Napoleonic Flags Of The Peninsular War 1808-1814(1)


French Line Artillery, Full Dress (6 x Foot Miniatures)
French 4LB Field Gun (1 x Gun)

Duke of Wellington & Staff (5 x Mounted, 5 x Foot Miniatures)
British 12LB Field Gun (1 x Gun)

Warlord Games

1 x British Royal Horse Artillery 9LB Cannon (1 x Gun, 3 x Crew)

Previously I had made a start on the Perry Miniatures British line infantry so I rescued them from the hell that is corner of my work bench and spent Sunday afternoon dusting them off and assembling the extra miniatures required to bring that unit up to the required 32 miniatures.

I’m also reliably informed that Santa will bring me a box of British light dragoons and another of French dragoons, both from Perry Miniatures.

Obviously I will have to acquire some more miniatures but this should keep me going for the immediate future.

12 November 2015

First Lick Of Paint - Operation M Part 10

I finished painting the three Type 100 cosmo navy scout planes for operation M. I still don't know how I intend to use them on the tabletop but I've got three cool little 1/1000th scale space planes to buzz around the large ships on my tabletop.

06 November 2015

On The Workbench - Torpedoes Away.

I've finished my space torpedoes, I varnished them this morning and now the are ready to go zooming across my tabletop.

02 November 2015

Plan N - "On dit que Dieu est toujours pour les gros bataillons."

The first in an occasional series of posts about my latest mad scheme.

Over the years I’ve alway had some napoleonic miniatures in my collection. Currently I have some 15mm scale British based for ‘Napoleon’s Battles’, but over the last couple of years I have purchased some French and British hard plastic 28mm scale napoleonic miniatures from ’Warlord Games’, ‘Vitrix’ and ‘Perry Miniatures’.

I picked up a copy of Warlord Games ‘Black Powder’ rules and while the rules appear to be quite serviceable I haven’t played a game with them yet. But still the book is still well worth the purchase. It’s beautifully laid out and full of lot’s of images of well painted miniatures in large units on well presented wargaming tables laid out with some excellent looking terrain. Reading through this book gave me the inspiration with which how I’m to use my as yet un-employed 28mm scale napoleonic miniatures and return to some ‘old school’ wargaming and get some big battalions on the table top.

The plan is simple, use my copy of ‘Scenarios for War-games’ by Charles Stewart Grant. It contains 52 war-game scenarios, the idea being that it provides the wargamer with ready made problems and challenges to face on the table top. So why not start with scenario one, assemble and paint enough miniatures for both the ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ forces described in the scenario and do the same with the terrain and then enjoy the game.

Next move on to scenario two, flip the sides, so who ever was the red force is now blue. Assemble and paint up any miniatures and the terrain required for that scenario and once more, enjoy the game.

What next? You guessed it. Move on to scenario three, flip the sides again and once I have assembled the forces for this scenario I should have a British and a French force each containing;

6 to 8 units of infantry
1 x unit of light infantry
2 x units of heavy cavalry
1 x unit of light cavalry
4 x cannon

I’m fairly certain that this amount of miniatures will cover the majority of the horse and musket forces described in the most of the scenarios in the book, so once I’m past scenario three the majority of the miniature collecting and painting will be over. Although occasionally a scenario might call for one or two more units or something along the lines of a baggage wagon and maybe some interesting terrain.

I intend to initially work through the first five scenarios, once I’ve done this I intend on pausing for a moment to see what I’m might do with this next. Continue on playing through all 52 scenarios? Maybe?

I’ve noticed on reading other wargaming blogs and forums Black Powder is a fairly popular, so just in case I do run across the opportunity I’ll base my miniatures as suggested by Black powder (four infantry miniatures on a 40 x 40 mm base, 2 cavalry miniatures of a 50 x 50 mm base. Artillery, as required) so if the opportunity presents itself I can fit in with someone who is already based his miniatures for Black Powder, or at least a similar basing scheme. 

But the rules I’ll play the game with are going to be the Piquet ‘Les Grognards’, napoleonic supplement. To get those big battalions I’ll be making use of the ‘zoom rules’ on page 70 of the Piquet master rules which allow you to scale the game to suit the level command. I’ll be doubling the number of stands for each unit and using a ground scale of 1” equals 12 yards. Your average infantry unit will be made up 8 stands with 32 miniatures, and a cavalry unit would also have 8 stands with 16 miniatures. Which matches nicely with the nominal unit size given in Black Powder.

Next is to decide which nationality gets to be ‘red’ and ‘blue’ and the answer is an obvious one, since the British are ‘red coats’ they can start as the red force in ‘Scenario One’ which is a positional defence they have:

4 x units of infantry
1 x unit of light infantry
2 x units of heavy cavalry
4 x guns (cannon)

The French, the blue force are have:

8 x units of infantry
1 x unit of light infantry
2 x units of heavy cavalry
1 x unit of light cavalry
4 x guns (cannon)

Next time. What these armies are made of and ground they'll fight over.